As for the title... I can't figure out... I can have drummers play only snare drum, but not when I'd like. I just want every eighth note, nothing more...

update: as suggested, I tried either to create an empty bar or record me playing drums on keyboard, but no way, I'm doing something wrong, I cannot do any of the 2. attaching new sample image.

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  • If your basic understanding of GarageBand is so limited, you should read the owners' manual. It's found here. help.apple.com/garageband/mac/10.1 – user1044 Jan 29 '16 at 1:22
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  • thank you, I already reading the manual (I'm also a long run web developer, so quite used to study and learn by myself) but strangely enough I'm not finding too much answers. Hoped asking here would have shorten up the process. So, could you please tell me how to either "record a bar of yourself tapping eighth notes on the snare drum" or "record an empty drum bar"? :) – Luca Reghellin Jan 29 '16 at 7:10

If all you want is eighth notes on the snare drum, then don’t use Drummer at all. Create that specific part yourself.

Just create a drum track and do one of the following:

  • record a bar of yourself tapping eighth notes on the snare drum

  • record an empty bar, then tap the bar and choose “Edit” and in the drum editor, pick up the pen by sliding the pen slider at top left, and draw in your eighth notes on the snare drum line

… and then loop the bar you created to extend the part over the course of your song.

Drummer is for the times when you don’t want a specific part, but rather only want to provide some guidance like push or pull the feel, play more complex or more simply, and then get back a very typical drum part of kick, hats, snare, and fills. If you have a specific part in mind, you just create that yourself. Especially if it is a very atypical drum part like eighth notes on the snare.

  • Ok thank you. I get the thing, but I just realised I cannot (don't know how to) do any of your 2 points. I'm attaching an image to the main question. I'm using an imac, not a tablet. I'm able to play the snare drum with the keyboard, but I'm not able either to record me playing (apart from the microphone, which is not the right way I guess) nor to create an empty bar. – Luca Reghellin Jan 28 '16 at 7:35

Ok found an answer by myself thanks to Simon. The thing that wasn't clear was that I had to use a MIDI track, while instead I was tring with vocal (microphone) or drummer type tracks. So, the basic process:

  1. create a midi track (the type with the synth, play from your mac)
  2. change the instrument on the library, use a drum kit
  3. window > show keyboard
  4. start recording and play drums through the keyboard
  5. stop recording, double click the region and edit as you like (if needed)

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