How to Play Piano on GarageBand

how to play piano on garageband

No matter if you prefer practicing on-the-go or using GarageBand to create piano tracks, there are multiple methods of doing it successfully. The key is understanding how it all works and knowing exactly what needs to be done.

To play the piano on an iPhone, first launch GarageBand and tap “Get Started”, before selecting Piano from the list of instruments.


No matter your skill level or musical experience, GarageBand makes playing piano an enriching experience for musicians of any level. Not only can you learn an instrument quickly and effortlessly, but you can also collaborate on creating music together with family and friends.

This app provides users with tools for recording audio, editing MIDI files and creating musical compositions. Furthermore, its extensive effects include limiters and equalizers which provide users with added sound control options.

GarageBand for iPhone includes a touch-enabled keyboard that lets you play piano directly on your device. While its operation varies slightly from that found on Mac devices, it’s still great fun and an effective way to learn to play piano on portable devices.

As well as using an onscreen piano keyboard, you can also use your mouse to click individual notes on a real piano keyboard. This method provides musicians with an easier way to visualize each note’s position on an actual piano keyboard.

GarageBand provides Musical Typing as an effective solution for those without access to a MIDI keyboard, providing an affordable way for filmmakers who need various musical elements without one to add various musical components without purchasing an instrument. This feature can also serve filmmakers when adding various musical effects without needing one.

To activate this feature, open GarageBand Preferences window and enable Musical Typing option. When done, you can click piano icon in Musical Typing window to switch representation of piano keyboard.

Once you’ve switched to this keyboard, simply click and drag any note you want to play until they fit within your desired range – once this has been accomplished you’ll be able to play any piano key found within its keys.

One of the great advantages of an onscreen keyboard is its flexibility in terms of size and orientation. You can change its size or orientation based on your needs by dragging the blue rectangle in the overview window or the arrows on either side of it up and down.


No matter your level of piano expertise, GarageBand provides many ways to add depth and texture to your tracks. One popular approach involves using plugins to incorporate unique musical sounds into your project.

These plugins are an invaluable way to transform your music listening experience, with options like resampling classic recordings, adding reverb, or creating vinyl-style noise. By employing such effects you can bring the classic recordings alive while providing a truly immersive listening experience.

The best piano VST plugins will give you numerous options for customizing their sounds. Some allow you to select whether the piano has an open or closed lid, while others enable you to determine where their microphones should be positioned for greater depth and character in your soundscape.

Reverb can also help enhance the sound of your piano by adding depth and character. Reverb’s effect will help your instrument stand out more in tracks.

Use a stereo imaging plugin on your piano to give the impression that it was recorded in two separate rooms, which will give your track a more immersive and realistic sound than using GarageBand’s default piano sounds. This can give your composition a richer soundscape and help it sound more lifelike than its stock piano sounds alone.

If you want to use a piano plugin with Garageband, it’s crucial that it provides ample control of its tone and dynamics. Arturia’s Piano V2 provides this ability, enabling you to alter its sound for expressive, vibrant or quieter sounds as desired – as well as featuring a special button that simulates piano lid sounds!

Some piano plugins feature an automation feature that enables you to set points where main notes and sustaining pedal should automatically play, making it much simpler for keeping songs moving while playing the piano.

Pianoteq 7 is a sophisticated piano plugin, offering realistic organic elements that sample pianos fail to provide. This amazing product can take your piano sound to new heights while running smoothly on most laptops.


Garageband features many useful tools that make playing the piano and creating music easy, such as virtual instruments and MIDI capabilities, making it an excellent option for musicians looking to take their talent on tour.

Garageband provides more than just software instruments; it also boasts an impressive array of arrangements. These features include the ability to play notes by hand using keyboard and musical typing features that will surely please even the most dedicated piano enthusiasts.

Make the most of this feature by organizing multi-track music performances of any kind imaginable – all without compromising audio quality!

To use this feature, simply tap any audio region on the Piano Roll, select Edit from the Menu, and use your sliders to modify its volume, pitch and duration.

If you want to go one step further, take advantage of the Piano Roll feature to add and arrange musical notations into your tracks. Be patient as this process takes some time – it could be well worth your while!

The most notable feature is likely to be the ‘arrange the best of the best’ functionality, which enables you to arrange multiple tracks in any order – this feature is especially helpful when working with multi-track arrangements of identical material such as songs and backing tracks.


Garageband is an invaluable tool for creating music, whether you are an experienced composer or just starting out. Not only can it record audio but there are a host of options to customize this application as well.

One of the many capabilities offered by Garageband is recording piano. You can do this either by connecting an external physical keyboard or using its tap keyboard feature within the app – but for this to work you’ll require either a Mac or iPhone with iOS running as this feature cannot work on Android phones.

Apple provides an onscreen keyboard as part of GarageBand for people without physical MIDI keyboards who still wish to record piano notes (see Figure 4-1). Although not as precise or convenient, this free feature does the job.

To use an onscreen keyboard, click on the keyboard button in the upper-left corner of the window. This will reveal a blue rectangle which you can move over any range of notes you want to play.

As you’re playing, the keyboard will adjust the velocity of each note that is played; and as long as you hold down a particular key it will continue playing until released and music will stop being produced.

Adjust the tempo of your piano by clicking on the arrows on either side of the keyboard. Playing along to songs while keeping fingers on keys will help give you a good understanding of playing piano, and practicing rhythmically will give your songs new life!

GarageBand allows you to go beyond simply tapping virtual instruments by providing another method: piano parts creation through tapping a grid that appears upon starting a project. Although more challenging, this technique can still provide great fun!

Once you’ve created some piano tracks in GarageBand, they can easily be shared with friends by selecting the “Share” menu. From there you have three options for sharing: saving to your library or exporting as MP3. Lastly you could upload them directly onto websites.