Choose instruments

Each Magic GarageBand project includes Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, and Melody instruments. You can choose different instruments for each of these categories to change the sound of the project. Each choice has a slightly different sound and character, while still fitting in with the other instruments in the project.

You can also “shuffle” the instruments in a Magic GarageBand project to quickly try a new set of instruments for the project. After you shuffle instruments, you can change individual instruments.

To choose different instruments in Magic GarageBand:

Select the instrument that you want to change, then select a new instrument from the list below the stage. The instrument name suggests the type of sound and character of the instrument.

To shuffle instruments:

  1. Click the stage so that no instrument is selected.
  2. Click the Shuffle Instruments button below the stage.
    MGB shuffle instruments

To return to the original set of instruments:

  1. Click the stage so that no instrument is selected.
  2. Click the Start Over button below the stage.
    MGB shuffle instruments

If the song is playing when you choose a different instrument, the new instrument starts playing at the start of the next measure.

Each Magic GarageBand song also includes My Instrument, which you can use to play and record your own original part together with the instruments in the song.