Follow the instructions below, but be prepared to stop and learn how to use the MIDI edit window to cut, copy, paste, delete, transpose.
Open an empty GarageBand file and drag in the MIDI data. Be sure to set the key of the GarageBand project to the key of the MIDI file. Re-watch the video below if you need those instructions again. Listen to the basic tune. Is it too fast or too slow? Adjust the tempo until you believe the pulse is appropriate.
Start thinking now about what style of music you would blend with this old tune. The Apple Loop Library may give you some ideas: rock, funk, jazz, hip hop, pop, etc.
Your first decision is how fast or slow the tempo should be for your arrangement. Consider that rock, jazz, hip hop, and pop all have different characteristics including how fast or slow a tune might be in each genre. Change the tempo in GarageBand until you find a suitable tempo for your fusion.
- You may cut, copy, and paste MIDI notes and regions onto new tracks with different instruments
- You may use any loop that seems appropriate for your style. Apple Loops are organized by genre and type!
- You may extend the piece to add an intro, outro, drum break, etc
- You may record yourself playing a MIDI controller on an existing or new track