Posts Tagged ‘guitar tablature’

Review: Guitar Pro 6 Tablature Software

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Earlier this month the folks at Arobas Software, who produce the popular guitar tab software Guitar Pro, released version 6 of their application.  Guitar Pro 6 represents a complete rewrite of the application that’s grown way beyond a mere tab editor and into a fully fledged score writer with support for multiple instruments and a huge library of sounds.  Guitar Pro 6 has become an formidable composition tool at a price the average guitarist can afford.

We’ve had a chance to test drive the new Guitar Pro 6 and we’ve found it to be an impressive upgrade from the previous versions. It’s a great way to compose scores and learn new music from the plethora of online resources that provide free Guitar Pro tracks.

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Songsterr – Flash Guitar Tab With Sound

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008


We noticed over on TechCrunch they posted on a new website called SongsterrTechCrunch does a good job of providing the overview of the site.  Songsterr is basically trying to make guitar tablature better by providing the sound (rhythm and duration) along with the tab.

So far it looks like Songsterr only has about 150 songs on their site with plans to expand out to 50,000.  I imagine the process involves taking tabs off of sites like Ultimate-Guitar.com or Guitartabs.cc and then programming them into something like PowerTab and creating a flash version using the MIDI tones generated by PowerTab.  If they can convert a catalog as big as Ultimate-Guitar.com, they could be a real destination for guitar players.

Check out “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin.  If you listen all the way through it almost sounds pretty good.  Would you find something like this useful?

Can Guitar Tablature Go Legit?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Most of us remember what happened with recorded music.  After services (like Napster) that permitted people to share music for free were taken down by the RIAA, Apple launched its iTunes store with the blessing of the music industry (blessings are routinely granted in this business in exchange for a piece of the action).

The iTunes store had music from all of the major record labels and was organized in such a way that the music was easy to find.  At $.99 per track, the price was right too.  By June of this year, Apple had sold over 5 billion songs in iTunes.

When I started learning how to play the guitar, a good friend of mine recommended Olga.  At the time, Olga was the most popular service for finding guitar tablature.  Unfortunately, what I saw on the site was this:

“OLGA is currently offline while we attempt to resolve legal issues with the archive.

Read on to learn what has happened.

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