Guitar Pro 6
One of the past-times I enjoy the most is playing and learning new techniques on guitar. I’m one of those that believe if you set your mind to it you can accomplish anything. So when I picked up my sisters accoustic Ibanez early 2007 I was under the impression I would teach myself and I managed to do just that.
The Great Tutor
I’m gonna be honest and say I didn’t learn everything I know by myself. There are some things that are better explained by someone doing it, example Harmonics and string noise removal the right way. But when it comes to learning everything else, Guitar Pro coupled with System of a Down and Disturbed tabs was always my tutor.
What other tablature editor and players alternatives are there?
I’m only going to list one, because its free and can read the latest Guitar Pro files effortlessly. Tuxguitar. As you’ll see on the site, the last time it was updated was back in 2009. But waht are the major differences that I noticed between Guitar Pro and Tuxguitar? Not much, tuxguitar is a great free alternative. It has a speed trainer (will explain a little later on this amazing feature), it plays back, it loops and you can view different chords. But the reason why I prefer Guitar Pro is for 2 reasons, the midi support in Ubuntu is not out-the-box and – seperately or because of this – the realistic sound engine (RSE) soundbanks are quite an attractive feature.
Realistic Sound Engine (RSE)
The biggest selling point for Guitar Pro in my opinion is the RSE. What exactly is the RSE? The RSE is a sound engine that makes use of prerecorded samples of real instruments and applies alternate algorithms and effects to come up with a realistic sound for various techniques, such as strumming full chords, down or upstrokes, alternate pickings, tapping, hammer-ons etc etc. Or in short it sounds less annoying than midi. Not that midi sounds that bad in Linux as it does in Windows.
New RSE Features in Guitar Pro 6
Guitar Pro 6 boasts a wicked set of effects for the RSE namely amplifiers, effects and “master” sound sample effects (like EQ etc). Using these effects you can come up with an incredibly authentic sound for you tabs. Personally I wouldn’t spend too much time on it unless you’re a hobbyist trying to match the tabs to your playing or your favourite song, or on the other hand you’re a sound engineer that wants to record samples and use File -> export -> WAV (although live instruments sound more real, sometimes you don’t need real instruments to get the effect you need. Perhaps a good example would be for dance tracks).
I’d have to say this is the feature that sells me the most in tablature software. This is how you perfect techniques, get more proficient at chord transitions and just plain get man fingers. By pressing F9 you are able to loop through, or speed train your selected riff or the entire song. Buy speed training you are to start off slow and each time you repeat the riff it will increment the speed by your chosen percentage.
Other Useful Features
- Tuner – Tune the guitar pro instrument or view the tuning for your favourite song
- Capo – Add a capo on all strings or select strings
- More… There’s probably more but these are the ones that effect me
My source of guitar pro tabs
By far the biggest guitar tab database I have come accross is Ultimate Guitar. It has a huge audience base, and provides reviews and all. You’ll also have quite a few versions of a songs tabs to allow you to choose the most accurate one (usually the latest).
Getting it to work Ubuntu 11.10 64 Bit
In order for this to work you’ll need to do the following:
- InstallGP6Ubuntu11.10_64bit.sh script.
- Copy the script into your Downloads folder.
- Copy your Guitar Pro 6 .deb into the Downloads folder and rename it to guitarpro6.deb. (The reason the Downloads folder is recommended is because the script downloads some requirements into a folder named “lib32portaudio2_19+svn20071022-3.2_amd64″)
- Rename your .deb to guitarpro6
- Change the permissions of the InstallGP6Ubuntu11.10_64bit.sh script file to executable by right clicking on it -> select “Properties” -> Choose “Permissions tab” -> Tick “Allow executing file as program”
- Open the InstallGP6Ubuntu11.10_64bit.sh script and choose Run In Terminal.
- Once completed search for Guitar Pro 6 in the dash and “Presto” you have Guitar Pro 6 32 bit in Ubuntu 11.10 64 Bit