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Entries in Francis (6)

Theme from Dying Young, demonstrating the iPad GarageBand thumb piano technique!

"Trying to thumb my way through this piece with an iPad Mini. Turns out I can. Not smooth nor 100% accurate, but it's ok. Thumb arpeggios are tricky but it's like texting with music".

Great iPad musicianship from Francis, just as we have come to expect.

GarageBand: The Perfect Kiss by TelevatorMuzak 

I must admit, I've been ignoring GarageBand lately. I think it's because GarageBand isn't something that you can simply dip into for a few minutes. No, it takes a good chunk of time to really produce something satisfying, as Francis has demonstrated yet again. Thank you for sharing your work Francis, it's really appreciated.

'We Got The Beat' iPad GarageBand Tutorial

Francis has been busy. Yes it's another cover of a classic 80's track, but this time, with the video split into 4 video 'tracks' it becomes much easier to see exactly how Francis composes each track. GarageBand is the crown jewel of iPad apps, especially for those looking to take their first steps into the very large and beautiful field of music creation with the iPad.

Huge thanks to Francis for continuing to share his work.

Further reading: 'Just Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

'I Melt With You' by TelevatorMuzak

Francis (TelevatorMuzak on YouTube) is something of a GarageBand master. His covers are among the most lovingly crafted iPad songs we have ever encountered. If you're new to GarageBand, or even if you think you know all it has to offer, we strongly advise you to listen to all of Francis' work on YouTube. Below is a selection of some of our favourites.

'Feels Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

Amazing Joe Satriani cover played in the new GarageBand for iPad

Francis once again demonstrates how to get the best out of GarageBand for iPad

More GarageBand perfection from TelevatorMuzak

'Just Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

'Feels Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

Yep, he's done it again!

More from Francis

'Just Like Heaven' by TelevatorMuzak

Wow! We absolutely love this! Dare we say that the intro sounds better than the original classic by The Cure? It just sounds a bit more epic to us. Francis admits that his vocal performance might need some work, but keep in mind that it was recorded using the mic on his iPhone headset. Also note that not one single external instrument was used, it's all GarageBand native.

We are hoping to speak to Francis (YouTube user TelevatorMusak) about his experiences with GarageBand for the iPad, but in the meantime here's some information directly from the YouTube link.

"Here's my full song recreation on the iPad 2 featuring of one of my favorite songs growing up, The Cure's Just Like Heaven.

Everything was done in the GarageBand app from scratch. No external instruments were used. For the voice, I just used an iPhone headset's mic, which worked adequately but not the best. It would have probably sounded better if I were a better singer. haha

There were a few bugs I found out while doing this. Some notes will cut out after the app "optimizes for performance". I discovered that the fix for this was re-quantizing the tracks.

The guitar also has a lot of limitations (esp. on the range of the fretboard) which is annoying.

The interface is also not as intuitive as it should've been ( no level envelopes nor automation) but hey, this is the first song I've mixed partly on the toilet.

Anyway, it was a fun first attempt and the iPad GarageBand app is definitely a great creation tool!"