This resource includes numerous pages for helping the teacher and/or students with the basics of this fabulous component new to GarageBand for iOS (iPad, iPhone).
This activity promotes exploration of the app, GarageBand for iOS and the tactile experience of using the graphic layout to represent the rhythm and percussion instruments.
This resource focuses on the basics of the Beat Sequencer component, the graphic representation of rhythm (quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes and rests), building a 1 – 4 bar/measure pattern and changing the percussion instruments. Students can use different time signatures, as well.
They will create one measure/bar patterns for quick assessment, e.g., one period lesson, which leads up to a 4 bar product with characteristics of a typical 4 – 8 bar drum pattern with contrasting bars, e.g., bars 2 and 4, and bar 4 having a ‘fill in’ or riff.
Next step lessons would include looking at the features on the bottom right of this component, that include Velocity, Note Repeat, and Chance.
Discussions could easily be generated on common features (rhythms, instrument choice and velocity) of the various genres included under the pattern icon on the bottom left of the Beat Sequence screen, e.g., Classic House, Warehouse Vibes, Festival Bounce, Wavey, Backbeat Funk, etc. Students could ‘play’ with these, modify them, or create their own with descriptive titles.
If your plan is to have students write actual drum music on a drum staff, check out this site for an online Web 2.0 resource called Groove Scribe, an excellent resource.
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