How I use Guitar Pro

I’ve had a few people ask me how I create the tabs that you see in my lessons, like my monthly instructional column Unleash Your Inner Rock God in Mixdown, or the occasional lessons I do for Gibson.com or stuff like this for Guitar World. The answer is simply: Guitar Pro 6 by Arobas. But I use it for more than that, and since it’s such a useful program I thought I’d tell you a bit about it. Plus I’m a huge gear nerd and I just like talking about stuff like this. A lot of people use Guitar Pro to display tablature to learn, and there are plenty of unofficial, fan-created tabs out there that can be very handy when they’re made by someone who really knows what they’re doing, but believe it or not, that’s not how I use it.

First of all, I use Guitar Pro to create the tabs for my lesson columns, and it’s really handy to be able to play the scales/chords/riffs/melodies back to make sure I’ve transcribed them correctly. Occasionally like in this Gibson.com article about 7-string guitars, I also use Guitar Pro to make chord boxes. This is super-handy because sometimes it’s just easier to conceptualise a chord if you see it this way rather than as a bunch of numbers.

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