In addition to choosing the Guitar sound in GarageBand, you can also put the INSTRUMENT 1 in a Guitar preset.
When you strum the bridge triggers, you’ll hear GarageBand’s guitar through the speakers of your INSTRUMENT 1.
Now, keep in mind that you can use any INSTRUMENT 1 Preset with any sound in GarageBand. You can strum a piano, or bow an organ. You can arpeggiate a vocal sample, or slide a Japanese Koto. The same way a MIDI keyboard controller could be used to play guitar sounds, the INSTRUMENT 1 can use several techniques and play any sound.
Tap the Browser button again and scroll to the Keyboard. To make things interesting, don't change your INSTRUMENT 1 preset: stick with the Guitar preset and you’ll find you have a strummable piano. 🤯
If you’re not familiar with the fretboard, we recommend using the Piano Preset on the INSTRUMENT 1, which is a simple C major scale. For a refresher on the different INSTRUMENT 1 presets, view video four of our Step-by-Step INSTRUMENT 1 Guide: Meet the Presets.
GarageBand’s keyboard instrument is not just limited to the acoustic piano, either. Each instrument in GarageBand is preloaded with a variety of alternate sounds. Tap the dropdown in the top left corner of the Keyboard screen to have a look. The library is expansive and sounds incredible.