Guitar Pro 6 is software designed to create, edit and play tablature for guitar, bass, and other fretted instruments. The Fretlight Ready version of Guitar Pro 6 lets you see fingering positions light... Click To Read More About This Product
Guitar Pro 6 is software designed to create, edit and play tablature for guitar, bass, and other fretted instruments. The Fretlight Ready version of Guitar Pro 6 lets you see fingering positions light up on the Fretlight fingerboard. You can download thousands of user-created songs from many tablature websites and watch them all light up your Fretlight guitar. Even the bass, keyboard and vocal parts can be displayed on your Fretlight guitar.
The software features three modes: Tab, Chord Diagram, and Scales. Tab modes lights up the tablature as it plays, Chord diagram mode lights up the Chord diagrams, and scale mode lights up one of the included scales.
You'll also get access to over a hundred soundbanks, and over fifty effects pedals and amps with many presets for all styles, and you can also configure your own effect chains. You can apply a mastering to the final result, with a compressor-limiter, a reverb, and a 10-track equalizer. You can also listen to your scores in MIDI sound.
Optimized playback options
During playback, the score automatically scrolls on and a highlighted cursor lets you know which note is being played. You can adjust tempo, and play all or part of a piece in loops. The Speed Trainer will then let you play any section of the score in loops with progressive accelerations. All of the articulations (e.g., bend, slide, ghost notes, etc.) are rendered into the playback, as well as various playing styles.
Request any chord in any tuning, and Guitar pro will display all possible finger positions for you. Draw a diagram by clicking on the grid, and Guitar Pro will suggest all possible names for that chord.
The scale engine presents a large directory of scales, from the most common to the most exotic, for you to look at and listen to. Whichever scale you select can be shown on the fretboard or keyboard to work as support for you to write your score. The search function also allows you to quickly find out what scale is being used in all or part of the score.
MIDI and digital tuners
The tuner allows you to tune your guitar by plugging it into the soundcard, or via a microphone. You can also tune your guitar by ear with the MIDI tuner.
Virtual fretboard and keyboard
The virtual fretboard and keyboard are here to help you see the notes from the score, or capture them into it. They can show you the notes of the current beat, as well as the notes of the next beat, of the whole bar or yet again of the scale you have selected. Those are indispensable tools if you are beginning or is you wish to capture notes with the mouse. What better way to get guitar lessons.
Summary of the notation elements
Dynamics, grace note, staccato, fade in, left-hand and right-hand fingering, brush, pick strokes, ghost note, accented notes, muffled note, let ring, harmonics, tapping, slap, hammer-on / pull-off, bend, tremolo bar, slides, vibrato, wide vibrato, trill, tremolo picking, palm mute, multirests, double dotting, n-tuplets, fermata, double accidentals, left-hand tapping, rasgueado, arpeggio, rhythmic - slash - notation, ornaments, extended barre; and of course texts, lyrics, lessons, chord diagrams.
A MIDI file is a description of musical data, which Guitar Pro turns into an actual multi-track tablature. The software calculates and optimizes the position of each note on the fretboard for you to play it as easily as possible. You can also export the tablature as a MIDI file for use in another software.
The ASCII format, or simple text file, was the first format used for the sharing of tablatures. It is so easy to use via a mere text editor that it is still widely used today, in spite of its outdated look. Guitar Pro will let you convert ASCII files into tablatures in one click, to play them or print them out. The reverse option is also possible.
With the WAV Export option, you can convert a Guitar Pro file into an audio file, which you can play or burn onto an audio CD.
Exporting into PNG (image) will let you save your tablatures as large pictures. Those pictures can be integrated into a webpage for wider diffusion, or edited with the appropriate software for pedagogical purposes.