I have used GuitarPro for years, and have absolutely loved it. I have had pretty good success on running GuitarPro on Linux using Wine. I looked a few times, but never found an open source alternative that lived up to my standards. On occasion, I would open up Ubuntu’s Add/Remove Applications and type in the word “guitar” to see what applications were available to assist in me in my musical endeavors. I assumed every Open Source application known to man was available in Ubuntu’s Add/Remove Applications, but I was wrong.
I officially have a new favorite Open Source Music Composition Application, TuxGuitar. It provides me nearly everything that I loved about Guitar Pro, but it is actually more intuitive for me to use. And best of all it is free!!
- Tablature editor
- Score Viewer
- Multitrack display
- Autoscroll while playing
- Note duration management
- Various effects (bend, slide, vibrato, hammer-on/pull-off)
- Support for triplets (5,6,7,9,10,11,12)
- Repeat open and close
- Time signature management
- Tempo management
- Imports and exports gp3,gp4 and gp5 files (I can open all of my old GuitarPro compositions)
- Scale Listings
There was only one feature that is current missing from TuxGuitar that I would like to see in the near future. GuitarPro has a feature called “scale finder” that allows users to find what scale they are using, based on the score.
TuxGuitar was painless to download and install with install with the provided Ubuntu Binary Package (.deb).
There is one major quirk, TuxGuitar only likes to have one audio item playing at a time. For example I can’t really use YouTube, Rhythmbox, and TuxGuitar at the same time. I am sure it is something simple, but I haven’t bothered to research the issues.
So if you have an interest in guitar based music composition on Linux, I highly recommend you check it out!