Jun 13, 2007 -- posted by TechMonk
In the beginning I would recommend people not to open a software and start learning guitar from it . To my knowledge no software can teach you guitar from scratch and if you try doing so you would get fed up in few weeks if not days and loose interest. Every thing we learn has a procedure and so we must follow one to be a good guitarist.
You must have at-least some knowledge of music or some basic understanding before starting guitar on your own or I would recommend a small amount of professional help on how the hold and place the fingers and also how to move the fingers on the fret board and also learn to play using fingers and plectrum.
There are many methods of playing a Guitar. Spanish guitar is played preferably using fingers and styles involve plucking and strumming and also muting in the fret board. Electric guitar which everyone must have seen or heard in rock concerts or songs has a magnetic pickup attached to it which gives the output to the amplifiers or processors and the style of playing involves hammering, pulling, vibrato, tremolo, fret board plucking ( though they could be done in Spanish guitars also but more audible in electric guitars) and also using processors to add distortion to the sound and also shaking or moving the guitars in front of amplifiers to produce feedback effects . The third form is the Hawaii Guitar which uses metallic bar to hold notes in the fret board and is played using metallic nails and the styles to my knowledge involves playing classical music with sounds staying for longer periods.
Once learnt the basics of Guitar one can then use excellent software named GUITAR PRO. This software helps to amateur guitarists to pick up some difficult songs like presently I am using it to learn Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits (every guitarists dream song). Now if one is good enough and is able to pick up the songs by themselves then Guitar Pro will be a blessing in disguise for them too. Usually bands like Dire Straits or Eagles and many others use many harmonics of the notes along with the note they are in, which makes it very difficult to catch the actual and correct note perfectly. So Guitar Pro helps the individual to play the right notes and it also gives directions on how to hold the fret board and one can slow down the pace of the song for better understanding. One can also learn to play Violin, Piano, Mouth Organ and many more from this software. Basically the files are in gp3,gp4 or gp5 format and are provided by many web sites.
Guitar Pro also provides options for tuning the guitar. One can also use a software named GUITAR TUNER for the same.
For adding distortion to the guitar sound, one can use software named GUITAR FX BOX. This software has the options of adding to the sound the following effects general distortion, echo, pitch variation, wah-wah effect, reverberation, chorus, tremolo etc. What these effects are and how they function, I will write in my next blog. But still I would recommend use digital distortion processors then this software, the reason being that it is real time processing of guitar sound and this requires processors to be very fast or one will get delay which is not what a guitarist likes.