One Chord Groove with GarageBand for iPad

One chord is all you need to start making music.

With this book, you’ll step into the role of a music producer to create your own track based on just one chord.


Using Tracks or Live Loops, you can create a one chord groove in any genre of music — Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance, and many more!


Contents Page of One Chord Groove, split into two categories: Tracks and Live Loops.

Focus on sound. Make creative decisions as you listen to different combinations of instruments and loops to produce your track.

The two projects in this book represent the first two lessons I teach all new music students about how to create music with GarageBand.


Screenshot of instructional page from One Chord Grove about how to Add a Drumbeat using Drummer with GarageBand.

Students can learn all of the basics of how to use GarageBand through these projects, including:

  • Creating and customising drumbeats with Drummer and The Beat Sequencer.
  • How to use Autoplay patterns to record chord with bass and keyboard instruments.
  • Add Apple Loops to a project.
  • Create music using both Tracks and Live Loops.
  • Mix and arrange a track.


Instructional Page from One Chord Groove with GarageBand for iPad about how to add an Apple Loop to a Live Loops project.

Once you’ve created your first One Chord Groove, it’s time to go further!

All of the ideas in this book are interchangeable:

  • You can use Drummer with Live Loops, or use the Beat Sequencer with Tracks.
  • Rock out with an Am chord in Tracks, or a create a groove with a C chord in Live Loops.
  • Add a touch instrument playing a chord with Live Loops, or drop loops into a Tracks song.


You can download One Chord Groove with GarageBand for iPad here, and start creating music:

One chord can go a long way.

All Comments

Posted on April 03, 2023

Exploring creative possibilities of music creation with GarageBand? 🤔 Yes, please! 🙋🏼‍♀️

Beautifully designed and scaffolded for all learners, ❤️ the flexibility of this book and its approach to music production. It provides a clear understanding of how learners can experiment with different combinations of instruments and loops to create tracks in any genre of music, making the book a valuable resource for musicians of all levels and interests.

Thanks for sharing with the Apple Education Community and larger music community, Eoin.

I can't wait to see how other educators bring #OneChordGrooves into their learning environments.

Posted on April 04, 2023

Thanks so much, Erika! 😊 I always really appreciate the kind words!

Hopefully, it helps to encourage others to start creating music with GarageBand in their classrooms and beyond! 🎧 🎶

Posted on April 03, 2023

Downloaded! Thanks for being my music teacher Eoin! You do such a nice job of explaining the “how to’s”

Posted on April 04, 2023

Thanks so much for downloading it, Cheryl! Delighted to hear that I am helping you to create music with GarageBand!

I hope you enjoy it! 🎧 🎶

Posted on April 04, 2023

Wow! The graphic design is beautiful on this one! I’m excited to walk through your activities and see how I can implement this into the curriculum of my Everyone Can Create Music with iPad course. (Reposted from Twitter, but wanted to make an official comment here.) 😁

I am always impressed with your innovation and design!

Posted on April 04, 2023

Thanks a lot, Donald!

That’s so great to hear that this book and the concept might have a place in your classroom! 🎧 🎶

Thanks for the kind words! 😊

Posted on April 08, 2023

Another beautiful book, Eoin! Can't wait to read this one!

Posted on April 10, 2023

Thanks so much, Jessica! 😊 I hope you enjoy it!

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