How to Make Instagram Guitar Videos (The Ultimate Tutorial)

Most of us know by now that a lot can be accomplished with the internet and social media more specifically. There was a time when record label A&R guys chose which artists would be signed, and there were significant barriers between artists and the beginning of their music careers. Things have changed a lot since then, though.

With the popularity of platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok, artists can access potentially millions of people if they have the right work ethic and determination. Guitarists have their own little ecosystem on these platforms, but not all of them know how to make a video.

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To make guitar videos for Instagram

  • Mount your phone or camera in a ringlight
  • Connect your guitar to a DAW to record high-quality audio
  • Record with your camera, and in your DAW simultaneously
  • Export the audio and video files and match them in iMovie
  • Upload the finished recording to Instagram

There are a few ways of recording guitar videos for Instagram. You can use a ring light like what I just suggested, you can use a DSLR camera rather than an iPhone; you can use ScreenFlow Editor instead of iMovie, or you can just use your phone to record the audio and video directly. The last method is undoubtedly the fastest way of making content, however, the audio wont be as good. Regardless, Ill show you a little bit of each in this article.

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The Easiest Way to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram
The Better Way to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram
What You Need to Make High-Quality Guitar Videos for Instagram

1) Smartphone - iPhone 6s (A Newer One Is Better)
2) Computer - MacBook Pro
3) Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
4) Ring Light - Ubeesize with Manfrotto Stand
5) Digital Audio Workstation - Garageband
6) Amplifier Simulator - Blue Cat Audios Axiom
7) Video Editing Software - iMovie/ScreenFlow

Optional - (For People Who Would Rather Use an Amp)
8) K&M Mic Stand
9) Shure SM57 with XLR Cable
How to Set Up Your Gear For Making IG Guitar Videos
How to Record Yourself Playing Guitar for Instagram

1) Set Up Your Phone/Camera in A Ring Light
2) Start Recording with your iPhone/Camera and your DAW Right Away
3) Turn Loud Appliances Off If Youre Not Recording Direct
4) Record Continuous Footage, Rather Than Different Clips
5) Make Sure You Have Enough Space and Battery On Your Camera
How to Upload A Guitar Video to Instagram

1) Mix and Enhance the Garageband Audio in Your DAW (Garageband)
2) Export Your Recorded Garageband Track as an AIFF
3) Airdrop Your iPhone Footage to Your Desktop
4) Drag and Drop Your Video and Audio into iMovie/Screenflow
5) Match the Video and Audio in iMovie/ScreenFlow
6) Turn the Video On Its Side for Instagram Reels
7) Share the iMovie File to Your Desktop
8) Turn the Video Sidewards In Quicktime Video Player
9) Airdrop the File to Your Phone
10) Upload it to Instagram
Can You Post Guitar Covers On Instagram?
How Do I Record Guitar Videos On My Phone?
How Do I Sync Guitar Videos?
Tips for Posting Guitar Videos to IG and TikTok
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The Easiest Way to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

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Theres no question that using a smartphone and a ring light is the easiest way of creating guitar videos quickly, efficiently, and effectively. The greatest advantage to this method is that its incredibly easy and quick to set up so it doesnt get in the way of your creativity or inspiration. Its not uncommon for me to use this method if I just want to lay down a quick idea but then expand on it later.

When looking at what other people are doing on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, Ive found that a lot of players are using this method occasionally, or sometimes its the only method theyre using. However, there are many that are recording higher quality audio, and for that, youll need to use a DAW.

First, Im going to walk you through what you need to make guitar videos for Instagram using the least amount of equipment possible. This is the quick and dirty way that only involves your phone and a ring light.

1) Use an iPhone or Smartphone Camera

iPhone - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

I use an iPhone 7 Pro and I find its more than enough for recording audio and video. I also own an iPhone 6s but I find the gap between these two devices is big in terms of quality. The iPhone 7 does a much better job of recording audio and video, although, I still use the 6s because it has more storage space.

That brings me to my next point which is that if youre going to use this method, you either need to have a big iCloud Drive to accommodate all of the content that youll be creating, or you need a phone with a lot of storage space on it; I would say at least 512 GB like this iPhone Pro MAX 11 from Amazon.

2) Mount Your Phone in a Ring Light

UBeesize Ring Light - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

I recently bought 2 ring lights from Amazon (this one and this one) and Im really glad that I did. I have a massive Softbox light which Ill use on occasion, but the problem with it is that its another piece of gear that has to be set up and played with to get just right, whereas the ring light is small and it takes far less time to get working properly.

Like Ive said already, when it comes to making content thats creative in nature, especially for music, youll need to go about things in a way that doesnt interrupt your workflow. Or at least thats what I have to do anyway. If it takes 15 minutes to set up all your equipment every time, you probably wont even bother after a little while.

I think its worth mentioning though that I use a Manfrotto Stand that I bought from Amazon rather than the stand that the Ubeesize light came with. The ring light, itself, works great on the Ubeesize ring light but the stand isnt great. The head is detachable and camera mounts are usually universal, so I just had to screw it my Manfrotto stand.

Setting your camera and ring light up for making guitar videos is easy. Find the right spot for your ring light and phone to sit, and hit record on your phone whenever youre ready to start playing. You can edit the footage in Instagrams video editor, and then upload it the way you see fit.

The Better Way to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

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Using a Phone, Ringlight, DAW and Amp Simulator

Ring Light, DAW, Axiom - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

Connecting your instrument to a DAW and recording audio while also recording video with a ring-light mounted smartphone will improve the quality of your recordings significantly. The reason is that youre capturing high-quality audio in addition to video at the same time. You wont just have a solid-looking video. Itll sound good too.

This is the way that I prefer to do it, however, If I dont feel like hooking up all of this equipment (which really takes only 2-3 minutes) then Ill use the first method. As I said, it only takes 2-3 minutes to do this, but 2-3 minutes is an eternity when it comes to creativity and inspiration.

Additionally, the thought of setting up a bunch of stuff before you start playing might discourage you from playing at all, and we want to avoid that. Some people, including myself, are totally fine with a 2-3 minute set-up and I imagine you are too if you are interested in using a Micd amplifier which is what well talk about now.

With a Mic’d Amplifier Instead of an Amp Simulator

Amplifier - How to Make Guitar Videos For Instagram

Im sure there are other ways of recording guitar videos, but this is the last way of doing it that Im aware of. Essentially, rather than using an amplifier simulator like BlueCat Audios Axiom (my favorite from Plugin Boutique), youll have your amp micd with a Shure SM57 or something similar.

I also use this method sometimes, in fact, I have a Shure SM57 (which I for a great price on Amazon) sitting directly in front of my Mesa Boogie cab at all times. The key to all of this stuff is to have your gear set up in a way where it can sit like that all of the time, that way you dont have to go through a rigorous set-up whenever you want to play.

What You Need to Make High Quality Guitar Videos for Instagram

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1) Smartphone – iPhone 6s (A Newer One Is Better)

iPhone 6s - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

One thing I havent said already about the iPhone or a similar quality device is that its very possible the video and audio capability of these devices will get so good one day that well hardly even need to record the audio externally. Ive never recorded footage with an iPhone 12 Pro MAX before, but I imagine the A/V quality has improved tremendously since the iPhone 7 Plus (heres a good one from Amazon).

2) Computer – MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro - How To Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

Ive been using a 2017 Macbook Pro ever since I bought it brand new, and its not enough for what I need. If you plan on making high-quality video content for streaming platforms, youll probably need a more powerful device with way more storage space like this one from Amazon, for example.

My computer only has 120 GB of space, 8GB of RAM, and a 2.3 GHz processor and its not enough. However, the way that I get around this is by having an external hard drive connected to my computer all of the time. Additionally, Ive set up my Screen Flow Editor so that whenever I create footage, it records directly onto my external hard drive, rather than my computers hard drive.

This is how I free up space. A better way of doing this is to use a Solid State Drive like the Seagate SSD (from Amazon as well) rather than an external hard disk drive because SSDs are built for retrieving software whereas external HDDs are made for file storage. Put simply, SSDs are significantly faster and much better suited to this kind of thing.

3) Audio Interface – Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 on Amazon is an incredibly popular audio interface that people have been recommending forever. Its cheap, it works great, and it looks cool. This is the device I also recommend to people because I know it works and I know youll probably get it.

In simple terms, this is the device that converts your guitars language into a language your computer can understand. Its how youll connect the two devices for recording higher quality audio than just your phones microphone.

There are other audio interfaces as well that you could get, including the iRig HD 2 which is made for guitar and bass, the iRig Pro I/O, which is for guitar, bass, and vocals, or if youre really serious about recording, you could get something from Universal Audio like the Apollo Twin.

Other companies to check out includes Apogee, Behringer, and M-Audio. You can see a big list of whats available here on Amazon.

4) Ring Light – Ubeesize with Manfrotto Stand

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Ring Light - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

I use the head of a Ubeesize Ring Light that I got from Amazon on top of a much higher quality Manfrotto stand (also from Amazon) that Ive had for a few years now. This works very well for what I need, however, I imagine there are companies out there where you could just pay good money straight upfront for the ring light and get a really high-quality product.

Manfrotto probably has something like this, but I wasnt able to find it, so what Ive been using for the last little while works just fine as its replacement. You can find the Manfrotto stand that I own on Amazon and I also bought another ring light although I dont recommend it.

The one thing that is really nice about these ring lights is that, while the stand itself isnt great, the light works exceptionally well. It also includes a Bluetooth remote as well as a small switch where you can change the strength of the lighting and the color of it too.

5) Digital Audio Workstation – Garageband

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You can use pretty much any DAW that you want, but Ive been using Garageband for years and I find it works great for stuff like this. I have no doubt the other more popular DAWs like FL Studio 20, Logic Pro X, and Pro Tools are better or at least just as good.

Garageband is free, however, so a lot of users may decide on that factor alone. The nice thing about Garageband and Logic Pro X is the Logic Remote which works with both software, as well as the fact there is compatibility between iPhone and macOS devices. Garageband makes it very easy to transfer files from macOS to iOS.

6) Amplifier Simulator – Blue Cat Audio’s Axiom

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Im always singing Blue Cat Audios praises because it seems like everything they produce is awesome. The Axiom from Plugin Boutique, which is an amplifier and effects modeler, has everything you could ever want and need including a plethora of amplifier models, effects, and a whole litany of awesome presets.

If the presets arent enough for you (which is practically impossible), there are more than enough controls to really make this thing shine. More importantly, Blue Cat Audios Axiom makes me feel inspired whenever I turn it on which is great for creating content.

7) Video Editing Software – iMovie/ScreenFlow

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iMovie/ScreenFlow Editor - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

For the video editing software, you can use iMovie which is free for macOS and iOS devices from the App Store. I think using iMovie in the beginning stages is just fine because it at least gets you started and with no barrier to entry. That said, using premium software like ScreenFlow Editor from Telestreams website is better.

And its better for a couple of reasons, mostly because the editing functions are more advanced and the user interface is more streamlined and easy to use. For instance, you cant drag and drop files around in iMovie as easily as you would in Screenflow.

Optional – (For People Who Would Rather Use an Amp)

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These are the other pieces of gear that I would recommend for people who are trying to mic their amplifier with a traditional dynamic mic. If you plan on using Amplifier simulators, you wont need to bother with this stuff.

8) K&M Mic Stand

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K&M Mic Stand - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

I bought this K&M Mic Stand around 4-5 months ago (you can also get it from Amazon) and I was incredibly impressed by it. Its very sturdy, reliable, and adjustable in a way that actually works. Ironically, the guy at the shop tried talking me out of buying this and choosing a cheaper one instead. Im glad I didnt cheap out.

One of the tell-tale signs that a stand is high-quality is the material that its made out of and the length of the legs on the bottom of the stand. If Its made almost entirely out of steel and the legs at the bottom are long, youve got yourself a decent stand.

9) Shure SM57 with XLR Cable

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The Shure SM57 (from Amazon) is kind of like the classic microphone that people get when they first start micing instruments. Every recording studio on earth likely has at least one Shure SM57 (probably more like 6-8 of them); theyre an industry standard at this point.

Like the Shure SM58 which Ive talked about at length before on Producer Society, the SM57 is sturdy, reliable, and it sounds good. Explained in another way, you dont have to worry about bumping these mics and breaking them as you would with a more sensitive condenser mic.

How to Set Up Your Gear For Making IG Guitar Videos

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1) Connect your Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface to your Computer

Connecting Scarlett 2i2 - How to Make Guitar Instagram Videos

Connect your Scarlett 2i2 to your computer via the USB to Thunderbolt cable that it comes with. If you dont already have one, grab a 10-footer from Amazon. I find that the longer ones always come in handy. Its better to be too long than to be too short. You may also need to get a USB to USB-C adapter as I showed in the image above.

A) Open Garageband and Configure the Settings

Scarlett 2i2 Configuring Settings - How to Make Instagram Guitar Videos

B) Go into the Preferences and then configure the Output Device and the Input Device so it says Output Device: Built-in Output, and Input Device: Scarlett 2i2

  • The input has to be your audio interface and your output has to be either the built-in output, which could be speakers connected via a headphone jack, or it could also be an audio interface if youve connected speaker monitors to your audio interface.
  • I prefer using the built-in output because I have my iLoud Micro Monitors connected to my laptop underneath my desk.
Guitar Setup - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

C) Turn on the Monitoring Button so you can hear yourself playing

D) Turn on the Feedback Protection and the Noise Gate

E) Turn off the metronome unless you want to play with a click track (my guide on this).

F) Keep your guitars VU meter below -5dB

2) Connect Your Guitar and Choose an Amp Simulator

Connecting Guitar - How to Make Gutiar Videos for Instagram
  • Select the INST option on the Scarlett
  • Have the Gain set to between 6 and 7 oclock
  • Test the audio interface gain levels by strumming hard on chords. If Its still green when youve strummed hard, youre all gucci.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Set Up - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

A) Mic Your Amp If You Don’t Want to Use An Amp Simulator

Mic'd Amp - How to Make Guitar Instagram Videos

If you dont want to use an amplifier simulator like Blue Cat Audios Axiom (the one I use), mic your amp instead like whats shown here. Its quite simple. Just put your Shure SM57 in a stand and then put the mic head at the center of the speaker inside the cabinet.

For the audio interface settings, Ill turn up the gain to around halfway and then I turn off the INST option on the Scarlett. The INST option is meant for instruments, not mics. The settings are pretty much the same inside Garageband, although, turn the monitoring off, because youll hear the amp anyway.

3) Put Your Phone in a Ring Light Mount

iPhone Ring Light - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram
  • Filming with the Phone Upside Down

If youre using an iPhone, you have a couple of options for how you want your recording to turn out. For instance, I sometimes like to film with the camera phone turned upside down.

This means the camera lens is at the bottom of the phone and its facing upward to me, rather than with the phone flipped the right side up. I find this puts greater attention on the fretboard.

  • Have Your Phone Connected to a Charger

Another thing that I commonly do is I have a charger on an extension cord and up to the iPhone, that way if it starts to run low on battery, I just have to plug it in. Having a charger nearby is a great way to avoid problems, because nothing is more annoying than having to stop and charge your phone. This can totally destroy your workflow.

  • Avoid Natural Light While Using A Ring Light

Using natural light is a great way to efficiently and cheaply get a high-quality video, however, it can sometimes mess up your lighting if its coming from the wrong angle in combination with your lighting set-up. Try closing your windows and turning off other lights and see how this affects your footage.

  • Try Different Lighting Tones

Assuming you purchased the Ubeesize ring light I told you to get, youll have access to more colors including a hard white, a soft yellow, and colors in between. If you dont like the way one looks, you might like the other.

4) Test Everything Once

How I test everything is that I set up my recording gear for my practice session, and then when Im done, I take a look back at the footage and see how it looks. Ill make any changes, and then Ill hit Record again, both on the phone and in the DAW.

The key is to always be recording whenever youre playing. This is the best way to capture ideas, riffs, ideas, concepts, and more, without impeding your regular process. And I couldnt stress this enough. The purpose of all this, this entire set-up, is to have things organized so that you can always record yourself playing as a habit.

This is a win-win because not only do you get a constant stream of content all of the time for your social media and Youtube channels, but you also get to see how your playing really sounds (which is a crucial part of the learning process as Ive explained before).

A) Use Logic Remote if You’re Using Garageband/iPhone

Logic Remote - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

If you want to use a Logic Remote while youre recording, you have to be either using a second iPhone or smartphone, or you need to be using an actual camera rather than your primary phone.

The Logic Remote is a crucial part of this process for me because it saves me from having to constantly get up and go to my computer to hit Record, Play; turn up the volume, or turn on the looping function. Id recommend getting this from the App Store.

Its worth mentioning that you can actually use it to program all kinds of controls, including the Monitoring button which I just had to do the other day. The four dots in the middle of the interface mean that you can swipe it over to the right four times. Do that and youll see there are spaces for you to program whatever controls you want.

B) Mark the Camera Mount With Tape for Next Time

Tape Off Floor - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

Calling back to the idea of having things set up so its good for next time, you may want to mark off where the tripod sits on the floor that way you know where to put it for next time. There was a time when I would disassemble my ring light and put it under my desk, so using tape was great, but this became too cumbersome.

These days, I leave the ring light and my tripods up all of the time and I never take them down. I do this because if I dont, its just too much work to record myself playing, and then its no fun.

C) Keep Your Gear In An Accessible and Easy Place

Easy Access - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

What you see here in the image shown above is how my set-up looks all of the time now when Im not using it. In fact, when I turn my head around and look at my place, this is how it still looks.

I have my Hughes and Kettner/Mesa Boogie cabinet micd with a Shure SM57 and sitting in a K&M stand in case I want to use that method; I have my ring light in the right spot and its plugged in and ready to go, and my audio interface is sitting on my desk with the guitar cable connected to it at all times.

I take this a step further too. I have Garageband open for much of the day with my audio interface connected and all of my settings configured. That way if I want to start playing, its as simple as plugging my guitar in, sitting on the couch, turning my phone and lighting on, and then playing.

Additionally, I utilize Garagebands Last Project feature and patches by making it so that my amp settings and jam tracks are the last things that I had open, so when I open Garageband, I dont have to configure settings again. Its all about making things easy on yourself.

D) Use Multicolored Smart Bulbs for a Different Effect

Smart Bulb - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

Get creative with the types of lighting you have in your recording space. If youve bought a multicolored smart bulb like this one from Amazon, you can change the color scheme of some of the lights in your place, and just having one or two of these in the background of your videos will introduce a different element to your content. Check out Channelmakers YouTube video about this (at 6:53).

How to Record Yourself Playing Guitar for Instagram

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Once your gear is all set up, youve done the hard part. Now you just have to start recording and make the recording process a regular part of your routine. Eventually, having this all set up will just be a normal part of your playing and youll soon have enough content for 10 IG accounts (assuming you play a lot).

1) Set Up Your Phone/Camera in A Ring Light

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Follow the set-up process I showed you earlier. Make sure your angle and lighting are good and that youve tapped on the screen where you want your phone camera to focus (this is how the iPhone works).

2) Start Recording with your iPhone/Camera and your DAW Right Away

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  • When you first sit down to start playing, make sure youve hit record on both your DAW and your phone at roughly the same time. This is going to make matching your audio and video much easier later. It doesnt have to be exactly the same, but the closer you are together on your phone and in your DAW, the easier it will be.

    Leave 3-4 seconds of space between when you hit record and when you start playing. This allows for breathing room when editing. Explained another way for clarity, hit record on both devices, wait 3-4 seconds, and then start playing.
  • If Im sitting on my couch away from my computer, I always, and I mean always, use the Logic Remote. It just makes everything easier. Another thing that Ill do is Ill make sure I have enough space on my desktop in case I record something really long in Garageband macOS.
  • I usually have Garageband open and everything ready to go as one of the first things I do in the morning. That means all I have to do is plug in my guitar and press play on my phone camera and Im ready to go.

3) Turn Loud Appliances Off If You’re Not Recording Direct

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Air Conditioner - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

If you plan on recording your guitar with a microphone/amp combination, or if you intend on recording with your iPhone, youll need to shut off loud appliances as Ive explained elsewhere on the site, otherwise, you wont get a very good sound. For a rough draft, itll be just fine, but a loud air conditioner, for example, will be a nuisance.

4) Record Continuous Footage, Rather Than Different Clips

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I find that recording footage all as one continuous clip is far easier than having to sort through 8-9 different videos just to find one clip of myself playing. Maybe this is counterintuitive, but at one point, I found myself making many different videos because I thought it would be easier this way. It is not.

5) Make Sure You Have Enough Space and Battery On Your Camera

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  • This might be the most important point because running out of space on your camera or iPhone is incredibly annoying and it will drive you nuts. Make sure youve purchased an iCloud subscription or you have ample space on your device. I try to make sure I have 15GB available at all times.
  • I actually have two iPhones, one for recording guitar videos and one that is my main everyday phone. Not everyone has two, so you can either use a separate camera for recording or you can ensure your device has plenty of space.
  • One advantage of using a second phone for recording is that you can use your main phone for the Logic Remote which I talked about earlier. Its also important to have your phone charged.
  • The best way is to just leave the phone on the charger the entire time youre recording (extension cords like this one from Amazon are your friend), but if this isnt available, youll just have to make sure its charged beforehand.

How to Upload A Guitar Video to Instagram

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One of the advantages of recording audio directly in Garageband is that youll then have a high-quality recording to mix, master, and manipulate in whatever way you choose. You could pitch correct, time quantize or add effects in post-processing to increase the overall quality of your recording.

Another advantage of this is that while there are many people doing a similar thing, not everyone is. Take pride in the fact that youre going the extra mile. So lets get into it.

1) Mix and Enhance the Garageband Audio in Your DAW (Garageband)

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One of the first things I like to do in this case is pan the two tracks: the backing track (if youre using one as I did for this tutorial): and then my playing. By the way, I have a guide you can read about playing with backing tracks.


Panning - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

When panning the two tracks for an IG post, Ill pan one to the left and the right by 20-25 approximately. You dont have to get fancy with this. The point is to just create a bit of breathing room for both tracks to co-exist. It might even sound better to have them both just ever-so-slightly off-center.

Mixing the Volume

Volume for Track Meters - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

As the image suggests, when Im playing and recording, Ill have the VU meters turned up (not above +0 dB though), that way I can actually hear whats going on. But when it comes time to add a compressor and EQ, Ill drop the VU meters way down to around -15dB or less.

For the next few subheadings, well talk about the changes that Ive made on the Master Track and not the individual tracks.

Master Track - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Master Track – Channel EQ

Channel EQ IG Post - How to Make IG Guitar Videos

Because its only for a quick social media post, I wont take the time to do any nuanced EQ changes. I find the presets work well enough on their own for this. In this case, I used the Final Mix - Rock preset because there wasnt one for Jazz.

Master Track – Compressor

Compressor - How To Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

On the Master Track compressor, Ill throw on the trusty old Platinum Analog Tape preset which is the same one Ive used for years. Its a great way to equalize everything and also bring up the volume. I find this preset also gives it some much-needed punch too.

Master Track – AUPeakLimiter

AUPeakLimiter and Desktop Volume - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Both the Compressor and the AUPeakLimiter working together is how we get the total master volume way up. Its also the reason why we have to put the VU meters way down to around -15dB. If theyre any higher, itll sound like everything is being squashed and warbled.

What I like to do is increase the pre-gain setting on the AUPeakLimiter until it sounds loud enough when the computers master volume is around halfway. This makes it so the song is loud enough at a reasonable master volume, so it can be lowered by a lot or increased by a lot if the listener needs it.

2) Export Your Recorded Garageband Track as an AIFF

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Share IG Post - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Before exporting the recording, Ill ensure:

  • my metronome is turned off
  • the Master Volume is set to +0.0dB.

Hit Share in the toolbar, then Export Song to Disk, and then select AIFF. Choose a name for the project and export it to your Desktop. This will make it much easier to find. Once youve done that, your recording is now is ready and we can move on to the iPhone video footage.

3) Airdrop Your iPhone Footage to Your Desktop

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Airdropping iPhone Footage - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

The best way to get your video files to your desktop is to simply AirDrop them. This will save oodles of time, and Im so grateful for this feature because of that. At one point, you actually had to get a USB cable to import files but thankfully those days are behind us.

4) Drag and Drop Your Video and Audio into iMovie/Screenflow

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Drag and Drop - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

You have both your AIFF Garageband recording and the video footage on your desktop, so just open iMovie or ScreenFlow Editor and then drag and drop the files into the interface. Normally I would use Screenflow Editor for this, but ScreenFlow costs money so I chose the free and more accessible software instead.

5) Match the Video and Audio in iMovie/ScreenFlow

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Matching the audio and video footage is the difficult part, at least when you first start. Zoom in on all the files with the zoom feature on the right-hand side or by using (Shift + Command + =), or both. Youll be able to see how the Garageband file can be matched up with the audio file from the video footage. This makes it much easier.

Zoom and Detach Audio - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Youll need to separate the audio from the video footage by right-clicking on it and selecting the option, Detach Audio, which can also be done with (Option + Command + B). You can see both the Zoom and Detach Audio functions in the image above.

Matching Peaks and Troughs - How to Make Guitar Video for IG

Once youve separated the audio, drag the exported Garageband audio up to the video footage from the iPhone, rather than the other way around, that way they match. You may have to delete some footage at the start of the video/audio recordings because iMovie doesnt always make it easy.

Youll know that they perfectly match by hitting Play and noticing if either file lags behind one another. For whatever reason, iMovie connects the three files so that if you make a change to one of them, itll sometimes change all of them. I get around this by moving the files around and seeing if it disconnects.

Also, you can use the automatic (Shift + Command + E) function to see if it improves the sound or video footage automatically. Sometimes it works great, and other times not so much. Once your video/audio is matched up, its time to move on.

6) Turn the Video On Its Side for Instagram Reels

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Crop to Filll - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Like I showed you how to do on my other site, Producer Society, youll have to select the Crop to Fill function and then turn the clip to the left and export it that way. Itll become a vertical video by doing this which means you can use it for TikTok as well. Well talk about cropping and Instagram dimensions in a second.

7) Share the iMovie File to Your Desktop

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Sharing IG Video - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Hit Share, name the file, and choose 720p resolution (or more if you want better quality), and then click Next to send it to your desktop.

8) Turn the Video Sidewards In Quicktime Video Player

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Rotate Right - How To Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

When the file is on your desktop, youll notice its on its side which its supposed to be. Go into the Quicktime Video Players menu and select, Rotate Right, from the Edit menu, and itll make it straight.

9) Airdrop the File to Your Phone

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Airdrop Video to Your iPhone - How to Make Guitar Videos for IG

Airdrop the file to your phone and then wait for it to upload. Quicktime will ask you if you want to save the changes that you just made to the file, and I usually do save those changes, because who wants a sideways video?

10) Upload it to Instagram

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Uploading Instagram Post - How to Make Guitar Instagram Videos

Your completed video is now on your phone and its ready to upload. Depending on how long it is, you may have to upload it to IGTV if its longer than one 1-minute, but if its less than 1 minute, it can just go on your profile as a regular post.

Also, youll find that Instagram might want to crop out some of your video to fit it in their frame, however, I find that IGTV is kind of misleading in that way. The cropping feature will make it seem like your video wont fit, but then when you post it to IGTV, itll show the entire video without losing anything.

Cropping IGTV - How to Make Guitar Videos for Instagram

If you do need to change things though, you may have to do so, or you can do a few other things:

  • Turn your phone/camera sidewards rather than upright when recording
  • Leave plenty of headroom above you in your video recordings to accomodate for Instagrams cropping feature

There is a lot we can say about Instagram yet. Talking about the nuances of Instagram and how a person would become successful on it would probably take another 5000 words, so we wont go there. But a few things I will say is that you just want to add a long description and then some relevant hash-tags.

Can You Post Guitar Covers On Instagram?

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While it is possible to post guitar covers on Instagram, its the copyright owners discretion as to whether or not you have the right to use their material.

Ive posted videos of myself playing guitar along to popular rap beats before and one of my videos was actually blocked from spreading because of a complaint filed by a record label. I dont remember which label it was, but it was a song from Lil Uzi Vert.

How Do I Record Guitar Videos On My Phone?

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Plain and simple, if you want to record guitar videos on your iPhone, you just have to put your phone in a mount of some kind and then press Record. Using a ring light will help you a lot because it provides you with the mount and lighting you need. Dont expect the best audio quality from this, however.

How Do I Sync Guitar Videos?

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The best way to sync guitar video and audio is with Telestreams ScreenFlow Editor. This allows you to analyze the peaks and troughs of your audio recordings, match them up visually, and then drag and drop the files in whatever way you chose (get ScreenFlow from their website).

This tutorial focused primarily on iMovie because its free and accessible to all iOS and macOS users, however, if youre looking for something a little better, ScreenFlow Editor is a great choice and you can get it cheaply from their site.

Tips for Posting Guitar Videos to IG and TikTok

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1) Keep Your Raw Files If You Want To Cross-Post

As I said in my TikTok video tutorial on Producer Society, keep your raw video files because you cant just download your post from IG or from TikTok and then post it on the other platform. Actually, you can do this, but it could hurt your reach.

It would be better to keep the raw footage and then upload them directly to the platform, that way you dont get punished algorithmically for promoting businesses other than Instagram. Plus, you dont want a TikTok logo on your IG content.

Gear Mentioned

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1) iPhone Pro Max 11 from Amazon

2) Large Ubeesize Ring Light (from Amazon)

3) 10″ Ubeesize Ring Light (from Amazon)

4) BlueCat Audios Axiom (from Plugin Boutique)

5) Shure SM57 (from Amazon)

6) iPhone 7 Plus (from Amazon)

7) 2020 13″ MacBook Pro i7, 2.3 GHz, 32GM RAM, 1TB SSD (from Amazon)

8) Seagate One Touch SSD 1TB (from Amazon)

9) Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (from Amazon)

10) Manfrotto Stand (from Amazon)

11) ScreenFlow Editor (from Telestream)

12) K&M Mic Stand (from Amazon)

13) USB-C to USB-A Cable (from Amazon)

14) Multi-Colored Smart Bulb (from Amazon)