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How to play 'Louie Louie' on your iPad

Christopher Breen | Feb. 4, 2015
Recently I showed you how to record "Louie Louie" on your Mac. But why should Mac users have all the fun when this three-chord delight can also be recorded on an iPad? I can't think of a single reason. So let's get to the steps required to catch that musical ship across the sea.

Sing it out

Let's finish it off by adding a vocal track. Tap Instruments and then Audio Recorder. Tap the Record button, wait for the requisite clicks, and then start singing. (As with the Mac project, pebbles in the mouth are optional — and dangerous.) Your recording will be cleaner if you listen to your work on headphones plugged into the iPad rather than playing it through the iPad's speakers. Again, listen to your work by tapping on Tracks and tapping Play.

Now let's share your song. Tap on My Songs in the top-left of the screen and then tap on your song's name in the Songs screen. Give it an appropriate name — you might try Louie Louie — and tap Done. Tap Select in the top-right corner of the window and then, when the songs start wiggling, tap on the song you just created. Tap on the Share icon in the top-left corner of the screen and you'll see that you can share it via email, on Facebook, on SoundCloud, and via YouTube. You can even save it as a ringtone, if you like. Tap Done to stop all the wiggling.

And that's it, "Louie Louie" on your iPad and in your ears. Creating other three-chord rock tunes is just as easy. When you next feel the itch, give "Wild Thing" and "Hang on Sloopy" a try.


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