Guitar Software To Help Improve Your Playing
By Chris Elmore, Elmore-Music.com
for PJ's Guitar Chords and Lyrics
After hours of struggling along in front of your computer,
completing your homework, work reports, university assessments, or what not, you head for
your guitar to let the keyboard typing tension flow from your fingers into your strings.
However, as some of you may have already discovered, you
don't necessarily need to leave your computer to get that relaxing feeling you get from
picking up your guitar!
Instead, let your computer open up another dimension of guitar playing.
Today, there is an abundance of computer software that can enhance your
Software ranges from the most small and basic shareware (some of which
is quite practical), to the extremely elaborate, technically advanced, and expensive
industry standard software. For people who are just starting to feel their way around the
world of guitar software, the choices can be quite confusing. Here are some software
applications that are definitely worth checking out.
"I'm a Mac user!"
The choice is simple. If you are just starting to explore playing
guitar and using computers to enhance the experience, check out Garage Band (http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/).
It's available in the iLife 04 software package. Garage Band is a
thorough but simple application that allows you to record, edit, and create your own
music. It is specifically designed for beginners to intermediate musicians, and includes
pre-recorded loops from multiple instruments with a drop and drag interface. You can be
your own one man band without even having to be able to read music!
Keep at it, and you will eventually progress to serious musician. At
this stage, you will want to take a look at Logic Pro 7 (http://www.apple.com/logic/).
This could set you back some serious pocket money and is recommended
only for people mad about their music. It uses plug-and-play and allows you to network
computers to create a massive audio lab. There is not much that Logic Pro 7 can't do.
I use Windows!"
Not to worry, Windows users have a far greater selection of software to
choose from. But with greater choice, comes the task of sorting out the good from the bad.
To save you some time, check out Cakewalk (http://www.cakewalk.com/).
Cakewalk offers numerous applications for the guitar user who is PC
literate. They offer software that ranges from to easy-to-use studio applications for all
guitar players (Guitar Tracks Pro), to sophisticated production tools (Sonar 4 Production
Edition). Their website is worth a visit, as it lists in details all their software and
what you can achieve with it.
Another handy piece of software exclusive to Windows users is Power Tab
As the name suggests, it is a tablature editor specifically designed to
create scores for acoustic and bass guitars. It is designed for beginners and advanced
players alike. Smart inclusions are a chord and tuning dictionary and printable power tab
scores. Best of all, it's free and can be downloaded from the website.
"Now that I've married my guitar to my computer, is
there anything else I should check out?"
Of course, there is plenty of stuff out there! To get you started, here
are three very practical websites that Guitar Tips Online recommends.
A site that allows you to have your own backing band at your beck and call, jamming with
you when YOU feel like it.
A site that allows you to find chords at the click of a button using easy to read diagrams
An online metronome with too many user options to list. You'll never miss a beat!
A great way to supplement you Guitar Tips learning process is with this easy to use guitar
Have a look around the Internet and guitar shops to get a better idea
of the range of software available. There is a lot to choose from, and it varies in
quality and price. Unfortunately the latter doesn't necessarily affect the former, so if
the software is going set you back some hard earned cash, always try to demo it first.
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