What I love about the GarageBand App is that it is versatile – I can use it on my Ipad, my Mac, or when I don’t have both of these gadgets, I can borrow a PC and use it there!
I have been studying college part-time for several years now. The only reason I can’t commit to my studies full time is because I need to fund it myself. I had a regular gig at a bar (which meant I had to work nights!), but there are many impromptu gigs that I would join (which meant I had to be absent from class several times). Two years of this kind of life, and I was seriously considering of just forgetting about college and just focusing on my music career.
But really, much as I love playing in front of an audience, I love playing with kids the most. I love teaching the most. I have decided to go to college because I wanted to be a teacher, and my music career was just a way towards that. But what do I do? I was stuck in a circle – if I quit music and focused on my studies, how to I pay for my needs? If I don’t quit music, then I don’t know what era I would complete my degree.
Then came the garageband app. Far off you say? I assure you, it isn’t.
You see, I have been running my own YouTube channel for years, and I have been getting good views every month. I used to just get gigs out of the channel – clients see how I play, and they get me to perform. But these past year, I have decided to focus on monetizing my channel by putting in content – a guitar tutorial, a cover of a song, and sometimes, even a garageband tutorial! Those tutorials are the most widely watched. Today, I have earned enough from my YouTube channel, that I can afford not to go on gigs.
But the truth is that garageband app is not just content for my channel – it is the power behind my channel. I use it to add music or voice to my video, and the best part is that I can do it even when I am travelling to school (thanks to my trusty iPad). In just a few minutes, for example, while waiting for my order to be served at a restaurant, I can already have a video, complete with a voice over and very soft music! All these with a single gadget!
Of course, the app can be used in many other ways. I know my friends in my former band couldn’t find another guitarist, and so, had to resort to using the garageband app for feeds of my guitar audio tracks. I also used the app one time to edit an interview (clean up voice audio, cut recordings, add soft background music in some parts) I was required to submit for a class. A classmate actually made a short using garageband for all the sound elements of the video!
Its true, Garageband is used mainly by musicians, but the truth is that it can be used many number of ways. It can be used to make class projects more dynamic. In my case, I use it to fund my future.