Friday, December 13, 2013

Easy Tempo or Signature Switch from 4/4 to 3/4 in GB

I have written a number of songs like "Christmas with the Birthday Boy" that begin in a 4/4 rock "angst" mood -- and then switch to a comforting 3/4 swing to portray peace.
SAMPLE AUDIO (free to hear):      Click on this LINK.  

But simple (cheap:) studio programs like Garageband do not have the built-in capability to do this. I figured out an
            EASY WORKAROUND  to share with you:            

1. Set your signature info (tempo, 4/4 or 3/4 e.g.) for Part 1.

2.  Create all the tracks for the first part of the song. 
In the track name include original info. Example:
PIANO 4-4 at 120

3.  "Bounce out" (like sending to iTunes) the Part 1 song.

4.  In the Project info box, change the signature info to what you need for Part 2. You will see the tracks for Part 1 SHIFT - that's ok; they'll go back if you later revert to the original settings.

5.  Now -- important, NOT UNTIL you do step #4 --
IMPORT the bounced out song of Part 1 into a new track.

6. Starting where Part 1 ends (which you visually see from the Step #5 imported track):  
Create all the tracks for the 2nd part of the song. 

HINT:  If needed, create some interim music to switch the timing.   For example, I often use the following interlude:
---- 2 measures in 4/4 time of drums and a bit of piano, then 
---- 2 measures in 3/4 which lead to the switch. 
And the transition is easily completed.  

Other examples can be found at my main Music website

Much joy to you creating new dramatic and comforting music!
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