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  1. Peter Caffrey
    April 25th, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

    Hello: I couldn’t find a date anywhere on your article on Auld Lang Syne/Chord Melody, so I’m not sure whether wrote this article yesterday or 10 years ago.

    Anyway, two things.

    1) In measures 15-16 (plus 23-24 and 31-32) the D7 B7 nicely resolves to an Em, so measure 16 *could* go: Em C D9 (that is, single beats on Em and C, two on D9)

    But that’s not so important…What I really wanted to ask is about Guitar Pro. I have GP6 and find it utterly impossible to use…I tried finding articles and videos on “Guitar Pro for Beginners” but could not find any before I gave up. (I was trying to take a jazz solo transcription and enter it into GP…after one hour I had succeeded in entering only the first measure, although I must admit it sounded really good when I had GP play it).

    That said, you must know some shortcuts or tricks….I find it hard to believe that this program could be that difficult to use…

    Good for you on throwing yourself into a simple, traditional song for Chord Melody. It really is difficult, and as far as I’m concerned, is one of the more important advanced concepts on the guitar, jazz or otherwise. It’s basically piano “close 4 voicings” made playable on the guitar through Drop 2 and Drop 3. The guitar has come SO far in the last century…there are countless jazz trios where it has replaced the piano. The piano is still the “best” instrument around, but it has been overwhelmed through sheer numbers: how many guitar players have come to the instrument through it’s sheer availability, portability, popularity and low cost?

    Thank you.

    Peter Caffrey

    • Tom Nelson
      December 29th, 2016 @ 8:14 am


      Look at TablEdit for a song writing program. It’s about $60 to download and then all updates are free. It is adaptable to many instruments and can open GP files as well as other forms. I also looked into GP 6 and found it confusing and the notation screen small. There is also a TablEdit forum that is helpful.

      Tom Nelson

  2. Peter Caffrey
    April 25th, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

    Part II: Sorry, I meant:

    |Em C D9| (that is, two beats on Em and single beats on C & D)

    • Tom Nelson
      November 26th, 2016 @ 8:46 am

      Concerning GP6, have you tried TablEdit ? I have had it for about 8 years and find it very good. I also have found for chord and reverse chord lookup handy.