If you've ever been frustrated by looking at a region and not been able to figure out what part of the song you're looking at, here's a super simple tip for making your life easier.

Suppose you have a track with a region in it that looks like this
Long Recorded Region

It's very difficult to tell, visually, where the different parts of the song are.

Now suppose you could add little visual markers that could show you where different parts of the song are so that you can move to them quickly without guessing? GarageBand (versions 1 through 3) don't directly offer this feature, but there is a hack approach one may take.

Create a software track
New Track Menu


Software Track Dialogue

And drag the track to the position you want it in the timeline (I typically place it as the first track, but for large projects I may move it around, as needed so that I can always refer to it while working on any particular track)
Drag Track to position

Now here is where the fun begins! Press down the Command key/Apple Key key on your keyboard and click in the Software track. A new blank region is created.
Blank Region Created

The size of it will vary depending on the Zoom slider zoom setting you use.

Zoom all the way out ( Zoom Slider zoomed out all the way ), and the region will be tiny
Tiny region due to zooming out

Zoom way in ( Zoom slider zoomed in all the way ) and it will be bigger than we have room for on this web page. As well, you can stretch the region, just like any other GB region, to suit your tastes, it really only matters how much information you need to see, and how many of these "markers" you're going to need in your project. For this demo I'm going to set things somewhere in between and use full words to be most clear, but you might very well find that working with a very simple abbreviation, perhaps as small as a single letter (like "V" for verse), works well enough for you.

With the marker at a comfortable size (and remember we can change that at any time), the first thing to do is drag it into position.
drag the region into position

Unlike most other times, precision is not important, I'm not going to zoom in to make sure the two regions start at the exact same place, just close enough by eye is good enough for us in this case.

Next, with the empty region still selected, click the track editor button button to open the track editor. In that pane you'll see a field labeled "Name"
Region Name Field

Triple-Click in it to select all the text
Text Selected

And enter a new name
new name entered: Intro

And when we look back into our timeline we find
Region named "intro"

Repeat these steps as many times as needed and you'll wind up with something like this
Series of markers showing Intro, Verse, CHours, verse, etc


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