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April 25, 2010

Guitar Pro 6 Review

I am very happy to see a new version of Guitar Pro being released. I have been using Guitar Pro 5 for about a year now, and it has been very useful for teaching. It's great to be able to enter notes easily by clicking the virtual fretboard, and instantly be able to hear what it sounds like. For teaching, this has been a real time saver for me. However, over time, I have also discovered some issues and quirks, but the new version has dealt admirable with these.

I am a Mac user, and with GP5, only a single document could be open at a time. Closing the document would also shut down the whole program. The Virtual Fretboard had a major bug on the Mac - it wouldn't display properly at all. The most annoying thing was how the feature for notation correction worked. If you entered the wrong time values for notation, the correction feature would sometimes screw up royally, making the score look something like a message from a Marsian. Since writing notation is one of my weak spots, this has been very frustrating and annoying for me.

guitar pro 6

Now, Guitar Pro 6 has more or less removed, or solved, all these problems. I have only been using Guitar Pro 6 for a few days, but my impression is that everything works much better and makes much more sense than before. It doesn't crash as easily as the previous version either. The development team have taken a promising piece of software and turned it in to something solid and much more professional.

One minor complaint - it took several hours to get all the plugins and sounds downloaded. Their server must have been slow at that time, but it should have been quicker to get everything installed.

The user interface has gotten a big overhaul, and it is much, much better than before. You can have multiple documents open, and there is a new toolbar, which makes is much more convenient to use the program. It is much easier to enter notes, and the sounds are so much better.

Guitar Pro 6 now has Full Realistic Sound Engine (RSE) for non-rock band instruments (grand piano, strings, and so on.) You can also have multi-track lyrics, which can be handy.

There are also post-production sound features such as attack, and there is also a keyboard shortcut for making notes have longer duration - this can be very handy!

guitar pro 6 notation

Do check out all the features at the Guitar Pro website - it's all explained there much better than I've done here.

Overall, the new Guitar Pro 6 is much easier to use, quicker to write notation and Tab with. The sound is much better too, with more realistic instruments. I definitely recommend Guitar Pro 6. It is not a small upgrade from version 5 - it is like a whole new program, and very much worth the cost.

You can try Guitar Pro 6 for free by clicking the banner below. The main limitation of the free trial is that you can't save files or open files outside of those provided in the download.

Guitar Pro: a tablature editor, a score player, and a backing band all in one

Guitar Pro for iTunes, iPad and iTouch

Update! This is great. You can get Guitar Pro for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad. I love it! Very, very handy, and a great app too.

Click the image below to get it via iTunes.

Guitar Pro iPhone iPad

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com


Posted by Robert Renman on April 25, 2010

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