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GarageBand’s new update includes 1,000 new loops and makes Artist Lessons free

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Apple has announced a new update to music-making app GarageBand that adds loads of new sounds, loops, and instruments. As part of the update, Artist Lessons, which were previously $4.99 each, will now be free and included as part of Basic Lessons within the app.

As part of GarageBand 10.3, the app is introducing two new drummers that play roots and jazz-influenced brush styles, 1,000 new electronic and urban loops in genres like future bass and chill rap, and 400 animal, machine, and voice sound effects. There are also three new traditional Chinese and Japanese instruments: the Guzheng, Koto, and Taiko drums. (Sounds from these instruments were introduced as loops as early as 2016, and were included as options within GarageBand’s Sound Library last year.)

Artist Lessons, which were previously $4.99, are now also free. Apple first introduced Artist Lessons in 2009 as a way for users to learn popular songs on piano and guitar via the artists who actually made them. Lessons from Death Cab for Cutie, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, John Legend, Fall Out Boy and more are now included as part of Basic Lessons in GarageBand. Also, Artist Lessons were previously only available in 20 countries, but are now accessible to all users in over 150 countries.