FREE Tools to Learn Guitar Playing Online

If you like to play a little guitar in between reading Make Use Of and surfing the internet then I am sure you’ve often wished for a few free tools to help you learn your guitar playing online. Unfortunately most decent guitar software and tools are either commercial or shareware.

Well luckily there is always a free alternative. This list is short, but provides you with all the essential tools and resources to learn and improve your guitar playing.

Guitar Tabs

Don’t feel bad if you can’t read music notation, 90% of guitarists can’t either regardless of fame or success. Using guitar tabs will provide you with everything you need to know to play any piece of guitar music.

Guitar Tabs Online

Power Tab Editor

Power Tab Editor is a completely free music notation creator. Tabs can also be played back using MIDI. Not only can you create your own music, but you learn songs by downloading Power Tab files created by other people.

There are a huge number of online tab websites, but in my experience only two are necessary:

Guitar Power Tab Editor

A user submission system, tabs are submitted then voted and commented on accordingly.Ultimate Guitar Chords is always my first source for tabs as the quality and quantity here is much greater then any other site.

If I cannot find a song I am looking for here then I will resort to 911 Tabs.

guitar tabs search

This is a search engine that indexes all available guitar tabs online. The reason that this isn’t my first choice when searching for tabs is that the website can be very slow and frustrating. Although a user rating and reporting system exists it is barely used so a huge proportion of indexed tabs are either dead links, duplicated content or just crap tabs.

As you download a number of tabs then you may start having trouble locating the songs you want on your own computer. Luckily the creators of Power Tab Editor thought of this and have also created Pt Librarian.

Pt Librarian will sit in your taskbar and after scanning your tab files meta data organize your collection much like music library software.

Guitar Scales V2

This is a fantastic application created using Adobe AIR. This application provides you with more scales then you will ever need, tuning options, strings and even number of frets. There isn’t much more I can say about this, its simple, attractive and incredibly useful.

Guitar Scales Practice and Lessons

What do you use to practice guitar? Do you have any favourite freeware applications? Let us know in the comments!

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Are you Looking for Free Music Download?

Following are the greatest Music search websites for true music lovers. Note that all these websites are free so just fasten your seat belt and download as many songs as much you can.. Hope you will enjoy it as i do.

SeekMP3

Woonz

Groupzz

All of these three, enable you to search for any music you like and download it to your own computer. Oh, and they have another thing in common: They all transfer music from eSnips. I thought it would be a good time to pay eSnips a visit to see what’s going on there and was surprised to find the largest music-database I’ve ever seen. Not only you can find songs, but you can also find pictures, videos and any other media related to an artist..

I think eSnips is one of the first Web 2.0 application that I’ve tried, so I really respect them for their hard work – They really have an amazing community. Even if they’re not focusing just on music, it’s simply there, so you might as well enjoy it. Personally, I’d prefer to use them than other music search engines, but I still have some issues with their ‘must have window player’ in some places at the site. On the other hand, I was impressed that I could find songs that I didn’t even find at YouTube and was happy that I could search in my own language. (that’s important and none of the other services above offer). Moreover, it was very easy to create this playlist and share it here

Music at eSnips is all user generated content, and because eSnips actually giving a stage for young musicians and singers, they’ve recently changed their download policy at the site:

Up to now, audio files could be downloaded only when you were signed in. As of today, users who upload or already have a MP3 or WMA audio file in their folders can decide if it can be downloaded or not.

 

SSMunch is a simple search engine that helps you find the music you like on the web, then allows you to listen and download your favorite songs to your computer. None of the songs on site are hosted on SSMunch servers. SSMunch system crawls the internet for audio tracks and then provides the information for the users. SSMunch is free and easy to use, and very similar to:
Mp3gle | SeekMp3 | Woonz | Groupzz

However, the experience is faster because the site built with ajax, and you can also grab a search widget to your own site (well for at least now you can see, where the music comes from):

Another search engine that I tested today is Droble – Same idea, different design.


BTW, when I first wrote about SeekMp3, I really liked the service, but now this search engine drowning with ads. Ads are very legitimate of course, but at this site, it’s just disturbing.

 

More on this in their blog.

Bottom-line I’m going to use eSnips more simply because I really like the way people sharing music there, and the way eSnips itself care about their community