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Posted by pcfive on Sunday, July 4, 2010

 I started using GarageBand recently, because I want to make multi-track recordings. I never thought my single track recordings sounded right, and maybe it's because bluegrass banjo is not really meant to be played without accompaniment. Whenever I listened to the BHO jukebox, the recordings that sounded best to me were not usually single track. Sometimes, but not usually.

I thought about using GarageBand for a long time before I actually did, because I didn't want to get distracted from practicing. I try to practice 2 hours a day and that doesn't leave a lot of time for fooling around with computers. But GarageBand is fairly simple to get started with. I didn't read any documentation or anything, just went ahead and started recording.

The only thing I couldn't figure out yet is how to cut sections out of a track. That should be very simple, but I couldn't find it, and I even searched in help. Sometimes I have empty space at the start of a recording and I need to cut it. 

So I spent hours with GarageBand today. Thank God for 3 day weekends. I made lots of 2-track recordings (myself playing backup and lead on banjo) and deleted all but 2 of them. Most sounded not too bad, but I knew they could be better. 

This is a whole different world than single track recording. I have wanted to do this all my life!! Long before I ever played banjo I played other instruments and always recorded myself. I wished I could do multi-track but in those days it wasn't so simple.

So I could easily spend every minute of my free time with GarageBand, but I won't because I still need to practice a lot. I feel like I am getting somewhere with bg banjo playing, and I don't want to get distracted.

I uploaded one of the recordings I made today. It takes a while to start because, as I said, I couldn't figure out how to trim the empty space in the beginning. How could that be so hard? It's simple in my old recording software.






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