If you plan to take a GarageBand project and have it played by a real band, you’re going to need sheet music. Here’s how to get it…
The ability to create music on a computer is something a lot of us take for granted; it’s extremely easy to do and even the least musical people can have great success making music on their Macs. The rub comes when you’d like to transfer the music you’ve made and play it with your own musical instrument or have another musician play it. They could listen to the track over and over again to see if they can work out the tune themselves, or you could just give them the sheet music so they can learn it exactly the way you have played it. Creating your own sheet music is incredibly simple. GarageBand’s ability to transcribe your work as you play is a wonderful example of just how powerful the software is. So you can easily print out all of the parts to your arrangement and have them played by a brass band, jazz trio or even the latest pop sensation.
Step 1: Get creative
If you haven’t already, create a musical masterpiece. Now click on the track that you want to create the sheet music for. You have to create sheet music for each separate part. Now click View/Hide Track Editor.
Step 2: From roll to score
You will now see the default Piano Roll window. Here you can check that all the notes you’ve played are in time before you print. Now click the Score button to be taken to the track in notation view.
Step 3: Super stave
You can now see all of your notes on a musical score. Even if it means absolutely nothing to you, you can be sure GarageBand has done all the hard work and a musician will be able to make sense of the score.
Step 4: Same as always
Now all you have to do is go to the top menu and click File and then Print. You will now get your arrangement printed and you can continue the process for every track in your composition.