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rgralnik

Free Guitar Software

Postby rgralnik » Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:48 am

I have been trying to find a good program to help me learn the fretboard.
So far I have found 3 programs that do varying quality jobs of accomplishing
this and I thought I'd share them with the group:


1. GuitarNoteReading
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/guitarFrets.html

This is EXACTLY what I need - show me a note on a staff and let me
click the string/fret combination on the fingerboard that my left
hand would press to sound the note. There is only 1 problem -
it only goes to the 5th fret.

There is a lot of good music theory training on this site. Don't limit
yourself to the fretboard program.



2. Fretboard Warrior
http://www.francoisbrisson.com/fretboardwarrior/

This is a good program but it isn't quite what I need. I need a program
that gives me a note on a music staff and asks me to click the string/fret
combination for that note as if I was sight reading. Still, it's a good piece
of software

3. Advanced Fretboard v2.0
http://www.tabguitarlessons.com/advanced-fretpro.htm

Like Fretboard warrior, you are given a string/fret position on a fretboard
and must click the button for the right note by name C, C#, etc.
Like Fretboard warrior, this isn't quite what I need. I need a program
that gives me a note on a music staff and asks me to click the string/fret
combination for that note as if I was sight reading. Like Fretboard Warrior
a really good program even though not my ideal



NOTE: AVOID THIS PROGRAM - Guitar Toolbar 1.0

My antivirus software (AVG) says there is a trojan embedded in the guitar.dll
file that is part of the software.


4. GuitarCodex
http://www.microtools.de/guitarcodex/

This is a chord and scale map maker that shows all of the positions on the
keyboard for just about every chord and scale there is. You can also pick
the string tuning you like (EADGBE, DADGBE, etc.) You can run it on the
website or download the java program.


For a really good list of all kinds of guitar software, check out this link:
http://www.harmony-central.com/Software ... uitar.html


If you have some other free software you like, please add it to this list.

Richard

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Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Vesuvio » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:46 am

Hi Richard,

I'm sure a lot of members will appreciate your links, thank you for taking the time to do this,

All the best, V :merci:
"There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience." Paul Hindemith

Fernando

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Fernando » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:08 am

My son play violin, but recently is showing interest in guitar. These sites will be helpful to introduce him to note representation in the guitar.

Fernando

wianno

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby wianno » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:35 am

Richard,

Thanks for the leads. You might find these sites helpful.

Fretboard drills

http://sed.free.fr/sight/

Chord library

http://jguitar.com/chord?root=C&chord=M ... &fingers=4

Jack

Christa

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Christa » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:05 am

Thank you very much for the links. They will be very helpful !!!
Bye

Mack33

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Mack33 » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:31 pm

Let me add my appreciation for making us aware of these programs. Thanks.

Guitar Slim

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Guitar Slim » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:02 pm

I don't mean to be rude, but everyone who knows me knows that this is one of my "pet peeves" -- so I can't resist saying it:

The best way to learn the fretboard is to just learn the notes. It's really not that difficult -- you just need to know the first seven letters in the alphabet, and how to count lines and spaces! Finding the notes on the fretboard is also simple -- you can also do it by counting, or by using a simple, 1-page fretboard chart.

Computer programs giving you the answers is not the way to learn, in my opinion. Figuring it out for yourself on the guitar, instead of on the computer, is far more effective. Besides, stopping every measure to consult your computer is hardly going to help improve your sight reading. Nor is it ultimately the best way to intuitively learn the fretboard.

Start simple, find a method book that teaches you how to read, and work through it a step at a time. Even if you can physically play more complicated music, remember that learning the notes on the fretboard (and learning to read music) is a separate skill.

Like everything to do with music, it just takes practice. So take it a step at a time and learn by doing.
Last edited by Guitar Slim on Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:14 pm, edited 2 times in total.

mjbindy

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby mjbindy » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:11 pm

Chris, you are sooooo analog.

Guitar Slim

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Guitar Slim » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:27 pm

mjbindy wrote:Chris, you are sooooo analog.


Heh heh -- except when I'm using those "digital editing techniques." :twisted:

Calc

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby Calc » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:50 pm

wianno wrote:Richard,

Thanks for the leads. You might find these sites helpful.

Fretboard drills

http://sed.free.fr/sight/

Jack


That is just perfect! No downloads necessary and does exactly what I need it too! Thank you!

rgralnik

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby rgralnik » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:58 am

Chris,

I agree that you can count from a known point and go
5th fret - D. Ok, E(2 frets), F (that's 8 ), G (10) and
eventually you'll find the note you want and pluck it,
but it's a slog and makes sight reading painful at best
until the notes start to stick in your memory.

I looked at a few sites that had "fretboard" software
and found only 1 I liked because it gave you a NOTE and
then you clicked on the fretboard - an interactive
electronic flashcard (emusictheory.com). The problem
was it only went to the 5th fret. I emailed the author
asking if he had plans to extend the program to the rest
of the fretboard, but I never got a reply.

I emailed the authors of various other programs in which
the screen indicates a string/fret position and you respond
by clicking on a LETTER. I told them I'm trying to learn to
sight read and need a program that gives me a note on a staff
and then I click the string/fret position. None of them even
answered.

This site, however, is EXACTLY what I was looking for:

http://sed.free.fr/sight/

It gives you a note on a staff. You click on the string/fret
position. Better yet, you click on ANY of the correct string/fret
positions. It has definitely helped me when I pick up an
actual guitar (OK, I can nitpick and wish the fretboard was tilted
the way I see it when I'm playing, but this is a 90/10 solution and
it's free, so no complaints here.) Oh, and it does sharps and flats
too, and for you purists, you can turn off the helper dots on the
fretboard at frets 5/7/9. And I can practice at work (during breaks
of course :)

Check this out. It does not GIVE you the answers. And it does help
for when actually playing, or at least it helps me.

Richard

alex1551

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby alex1551 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:03 pm

Hey, those links sound interesting! I haven´t try´em yet, but I am sure I will, and, just for see what do you think about guitar pro 5[/code]? it is good? I really want to hear it! and if anyone is interested, answer to this message and I will send you as soon as possible for me.

P.d.: Thank you for the note about Guitar toolbar 1!! :D

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Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby arby » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:32 pm

http://sed.free.fr/sight/, the best one I have found, doesn't give you the answer, you have to figure it out, it just tells you if you were right.
Another good computer tool for learning the fretboard is a program like Tabledit.
Take the sheet music you are working on and tab it out, achieves the same thing as these programs plus gives you a score with notation, tab, and a midi to listen to at any speed.

havardrt

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby havardrt » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:45 am

Thanks for software sources

fingers&thumbs

Re: Free Guitar Software

Postby fingers&thumbs » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:42 pm

Guitar Slim wrote:The best way to learn the fretboard is to just learn the notes. It's really not that difficult -- you just need to know the first seven letters in the alphabet, and how to count lines and spaces! Finding the notes on the fretboard is also simple -- you can also do it by counting, or by using a simple, 1-page fretboard chart.

Computer programs giving you the answers is not the way to learn, in my opinion.


Yes but the nice thing about http://sed.free.fr/sight/ is that you are learning by recognition, there is the fretboard in front of you and you click on the right string right fret.
I think learning by counting or a fretboard chart is using something as a crutch which you may find yourself falling back on when you forget. Just my opinion.


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