Thursday, April 7, 2011

TuxGuitar = best free program ever.

I'm not a theory hound or a bassist's bassist.  I like playing songs and writing songs.  If I had to peg one thing as the greatest asset to my personal musical hobby, it would probably have to be TuxGuitar.  It's an opensource multitrack tab editor that will also read guitarpro type files.  If you've never heard of it before, then I would encourage you to go here and download it.  These are some of the things that I use it for:

- Listening to guitarpro files (which you can get here)
- Slowing down guitarpro files for practicing
- Transposing non-standard tunings (with the offset feature)
- Writing songs
- Converting songs to midi files to drop into Garageband
- Converting drum parts to midi to run through EZDrummer

Its very versatile, especially when combined with other programs. The learning curve isn't especially steep, you can definitely jump right in and start using it.  But to take full advantage of everything it can do definitely takes some time.  In conclusion: great free program.  Check it out.

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