All the tools you need to learn the guitar and compose music
- A complete package with variety and depth
- Supports a wide range of languages
- MIDI input for composing your own music
- Very busy interface with many buttons not needed by beginners
- Insistent nag screen in demo
Guitar Pro is a tool that aids in learning to both play and compose music for the guitar.
Finding suitable software to help learn to play a musical instrument can sometimes prove to be more difficult than just sitting down and teaching yourself. A disproportionate number of programs scrape the surface and don’t provide the flexibility, depth or support that you'll need. Fortunately, Guitar Pro provides a complete tool that will take you from tuning the guitar, through learning the scales and even composing your own sheet music.
Guitar Pro's main interface might initially seem like a daunting array of buttons on both the top and bottom of the window. On further inspection it becomes clear that the majority of button on Guitar Pro's interface are involved with composing and each one refers to a very specific element. There are actually very few that you need to be familiar with to get going.
The digital guitar tuner and the metronome feature provided with Guitar Pro are extremely handy to have, and save you the bother of going out to buy them. Once prepared, you can get started on the individual note library that lets you visualize the fingering as well as listen to how they should sound. Moving on, you can practice the large variety of scales that each come with a plethora of variations.
When it comes to composing or playing sheet music, Guitar Pro's virtual keyboard can be a little tedious, but will yield results when you want to compose something of your own. For optimum results with Guitar Pro you can hook up your own MIDI device like a keyboard and get working on tracks that are as simple or complex as you want. Guitar Pro's extra dimension of a separate MIDI device lets you get ideas down much quicker while also giving you the ability to experiment with variations of a piece.
Guitar Pro unfortunately does have quite a cluttered interface. A facelift certainly wouldn't hurt, with tabs or something similar that would better categorize and clean up the buttons scattered around the screen. The help file covers each topic without going into excruciating detail.
Guitar Pro is a good one-stop solution for beginners and experts alike to learning to play and compose music for the guitar.
- An entire rewrite, this new version is truly a major evolution for Guitar Pro, with its new interface and completely redesigned ergonomy. Characterized by a soberer presentation and leaving more room to the score, access to the various editing and sound-setting tools has been made optimal via a side-panel. You can now open several documents simultaneously, create them from templates, and edit them in full-screen mode.