Sunday, November 6, 2011

Garage Band for iPhone

While I was browsing the app store, I saw that there is now an iPhone version of Garage Band.  Garage Band is a Digital Audio Workstation program (a multitrack recorder, plus a few extras).

I've been trying it out.  Here's Cherokee Shuffle, recorded with the built-in mic on my iPhone (the one you talk into when you call someone).  The bass is a "virtual instrument" that's built into the program--I don't have an upright bass.

I think it sounds pretty darned good.  The mic hypes the trebles some, but I think you really and truly could record a commercial album on your dadgum old phone, as long as you have a good engineer master it after it's recorded.  Amazing.


  1. Very nice! Dave would it be possible for you to post your lead guitar parts for Cherokee Shuffle?
    I love the way you're playing it, I have Mike Strangeland's version which is good but yours would be great to also have.
    Thanks Dave.

  2. Jeremy, I'll put it on the list. I didn't really plan out this arrangement, I was just kinda playing off the cuff to try out the Garage Band app.

    Right now, I'm working on rhythm tracks for Fox on the Run, and a guitar/mandolin arrangement of St. Anne's Reel. I will of course post them here when I'm done.

  3. Wooo hooo! Looking forward to St. Anne's Reel, that's a real favorite of mine along with Angelina Baker (which you already did). I'm going to put that tune on my "next to do" list.

    The Cherokee Shuffle sounds great Dave. I'm afraid I don't have an I-phone...must be the old geezer in me that has resisted new technology stuff. :)

    Max in AZ

  4. Oooops, I just noticed you already have a version of St Anne's Reel here. How did I miss that? I gotta start on that tune tonite then!

  5. Incredibly inspiring.

    I watch for changes on this site daily...
    I'm wondering if you could give some advice... on how to go from being an OK jammer, to the monster flatpicking that I hear here.

    What are the key components in practice?

  6. Thanks Dave, that list of yours must be a few miles long, You're the man! :)

    Looking forward to TEMPERANCE REEL.

    What about "Red Wing"? That's a good tune! lol

  7. I just downloaded the app to my ipod touch. I need to figure out how to use it. one question.. Did you play the bass or use a pre recorded sample? thanks

  8. I played the Smart Bass, with AutoPlay off, in Chord mode. Let me know if that helps or not.

  9. Steve:

    Things that helped me--
    1. Practice with a metronome. As soon as I can play through a song, I start working it with the metronome.
    2. Set aside time to improvise. Don't just work from tabs, even tabs that you wrote yourself. Spend some time each week improvising, trying to stay away from familiar licks.
    3. Practice with a purpose. Don't just sit down and start playing (or if you do, don't count it as practice). Have an idea of where you want to go, and how you plan to get there. Then do the work you have to do to make it happen.
    4. Consistent practice is more important than long practice. I think it's better to practice 30-40 minutes every day (focused practice), than to practice for 2 or 3 hours twice a week.

  10. Did you just sit in front of the mic with all instruments? Thanks, I'm blown away by how good it sounds for a phone!

  11. It was recorded a track at a time--I sat in front of my phone and played rhythm guitar, then rewound, played lead guitar, then rewound and played mandolin.

  12. I am going to give the iphone a try. I do appreciate all the work that has gone into the background tracks.