Whether you’re playing an acoustic into your Mac’s mic, plugging in an electric or learning to play the piano, Garage Band makes a great tutor.
Free with your app are a couple of introductory lessons for piano and guitar, which you can try out right now.
They come in two parts – Learn and Play – so you can watch an instructor show you how it’s done in a video, with the help of fret and key maps, tablature and chord diagrams.
Then you have a go yourself, and afterwards you’ll receive feedback on how well you did.
Once you’re up and strumming, you’ll find that the Lesson Store is packed with everything you need, from chord and scale trainers through to blues masterclasses and even lessons from Sting.
Step 1: Head to the store Fire up Garage Band and select Learn to Play from the sidebar.
You’ll see a first free lesson in both the Guitar and Piano categories.
To get more, click on Lesson Store and choose Guitar.
Step 2: Look for lessons You’ll see Rock, Blues and Basic categories.
If you’ve made the in-app purchase for Garage Band’s loops and sounds bundle, all the Basic lessons will be free to download.
Step 3: Learn from the best Click the Artist tab at the top to switch to the Artist Lessons.
They’re a little pricer but packed full of extra content that you wouldn’t normally get, like the song’s story.