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    1. eMedia Guitar Method Version 3
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    2. Sibelius 3 Professional Edition
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    3. PrintMusic 2004
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    4. Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 4: Symphony
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    5. eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method
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    6. Finale 2005
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    7. INport
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    8. eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method
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    9. Finale Guitar 2003
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    10. Sibelius PhotoScore Academic Bundle
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    11. GarageBand Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools
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    12. G7 Kontakt Edition
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    13. GarageBand Jam Pack 3: Rhythm
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    14. GarageBand Jam Pack 1
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    15. Sibelius G7
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    16. Soundtrack 1.2
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    17. Music Studio 2005 Deluxe (Large
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    18. Cakewalk Kinetic
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    19. Tune Transfer for iPod
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    20. Music Creator 2

    1. eMedia Guitar Method Version 3
    list price: $59.99
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    Asin: B0000X63JE
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eMedia
    Sales Rank: 75
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Learn chord strumming, playing melodies, and fingerpicking
    • 160+ comprehensive lessons, plus new modern rock chapter
    • 50+ videos including split-screens and close-ups of both hands
    • 70+ songs; artists include Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, and more
    • Automatic tuner, metronome, and 250-chord dictionary

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for beginner guitar players!!
    If you are a beginner guitar player and are frustrated with your lack of progression, this product is a must have. It is a progressive program, starting with the basics such as; tuning a guitar, replacing strings on a guitar, and even how to hold the guitar. The lessons then move into your first couple of chords and basic folk songs which use those chords. Learning is by repitition and continually building on what you've already learned. You may feel a little silly playing songs like "She'll be comin' around the mountain" and "Oh-suzanna" but you'll soon see the benefit of these simple songs when you can suddenly make smooth chord transitions, which will of course help you later with the more complex lessons and songs. The best thing I've found about this program is that you move at your own pace. If you're having problems with a particular lesson or a certain chord transition, you can continue working on it until you're ready to move on. You can even go back and review any lesson you want. This is especially handy if you've had a break between practice sessions and it's been a while since you picked up your guitar. Also, after each chapter, the program gives you a list of popular songs which you should be capable of playing using the chords and techniques you've learned up to that point in the lessons. The program also has a very useful chord dictionary, metronome, and animated fretboard to follow along with during a song. Even if you don't even know what a fretboard is... even if you don't know a single chord... if you just picked up a guitar for your first time and haven't the slightest idea where to start...THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP!!! ... Read more


    2. Sibelius 3 Professional Edition
    list price: $599.00
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    Asin: B00018TKAW
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 1272
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Software for writing, playing, printing, and publishing music notation
    • Scan in printed music; high-quality sounds for playback
    • Saves time; elegant and intuitive; school feature sets
    • Publish music world-wide or create personal CDs and MP3s
    • Designed for students, educators, and professional composers

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Yet Easy to Learn
    I have always written music the old-fashioned paper-and-pencil way and have never been capable of producing a fair copy in ink. So in order to give a more permanent form to some dreadful music I've accumulated in notebook sketches -- my aural communication to the ages -- I've been looking into music notation software. I ended up buying Sibelius 3.1, although Finale 2004 was also a strong contender and I downloaded the demo versions for both. Finale has a reputation of being difficult to learn and use, so I decided on Sibelius.

    After just two days -- about twelve hours using the program -- I have mastered it to the point of being able to do cross-staff beaming and other moderately "advanced" things. It is essential to know how to select passages and input notes, but this is well explained in the clear and comprehensive User Manual and once you get this far, the rest pretty much falls into place.

    The screen is attractive and uncluttered, with a large useful workspace. That the program is very well-designed is clear from the start, and as you use it and encounter inevitable problems (such as not enough space for an inserted clef, reshaping of ties, etc.) you will really appreciate the ability of the program to recover from errors in an intuitive way. Sibelius just has a way of "doing the right thing", which from a programming perspective is very difficult to achieve. And once you have discovered the joys of copying (which depends on a mastery of selection), you will find you can create fair copies even faster than you could write out a sketch using pencil and paper.

    Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Software for the common/professional musician
    My background is in both arranging and composing and playing professionally here in the New Mexico area. Having used both of the top music software's for the last few years I find that when I have to do a project for profit, I always use Sibelius.
    Both programs perform equally well, but Sibelius is by far the easiest and most logical to learn and use. The learning curve is very shallow. Everything is very intuitive and easy to find. The use of hot keys and simple, logical key presses and not the mouse make this program quick and through. You do not have to spend time going from menu to menu to find what you need. It can do everything I have ever needed in the way of arranging and composing. From Big Band Jazz to Orchestral works, it is all there. The finished printed work is beautiful to behold. I would highly recommend Sibelius to anyone who wants to get started producing work right away. The latest Sibelius V.3.1 is probably the most advanced product I have found. I have recommended it highly to all my musicians friends, and I have made many converts to Sibelius.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best !
    My musical world literally changed overnight when I purchased Sibelius version 2. I no longer had to worry about how to work the 'tool', as it was not in the way of my creativity! Everything was intuitive and user friendly. I soon composed many original tunes and received a nice publishing contract. I recently upgrade to 3.0, and wow! I love the Kontact player for realistic sounds, and I often use the score-to-audio wav file feature. I can compose and record to CD in minutes. Hard to believe they could improve this product any more. I highly recommend it to any musician or composer. By the way, the layout and user interface is very pleasing to the eye, and the program is just plain fun to use!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sibelius continues to score points
    Sibelius has done a first rate job with this most recent version of their flagship notation application, managing to keep the program extremely user friendly, while incorporating some powerful new features.

    The first thing you notice about this program is how *good* Sibelius looks on screen. Visually uncluttered and graphically smart, with a large, clean workspace. The New Score wizard has been completely overhauled, and the redesigned Instruments dialog allows one to re-sort staves, or add and delete instruments on the fly.

    The new Focus On Staves feature is also extremely powerful, allowing one to view a subset of staves for more detail.

    As to user friendliness, Sibelius 3 reminds me a lot of other well designed power applications which are very easy to do basic things with, and yet, provide a lot of depth and power under the hood when you are ready for it.

    If you are a professional engraver, there are some things you will probably still miss in Sibelius, for instance, you still can't create complex bar numbering schemes which include visible multimeasure rest ranges. Also, selection and manipulation of bar numbers on the page in general needs some improvement. (for instance, you can't select multiple bar numbers and move them as a group).

    However, based on the quantum leap in features and quality between versions 1, 2, and 3 of Sibelius, it's likely power users won't have long to wait for some of the more pro-specialized or esoteric features that are currently missing. For the majority of users, Sibelius is much easier to use right out of the box than its nearest competitor, Finale, offering excellent printed output and great playback with much less effort.

    Add the host of new features in version 3 to an already extremely user friendly notation package, and Sibelius adds up to an excellent software choice for anyone composing or arranging printed music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It Just Keeps Getting Better~!
    I upgraded from Sibelius 2 to version 3, and I'm SO thrilled with all of the new features!! No other notation software is taking the advancements in musical technology as seriously as Sibelius. My scores not only LOOK good, but they sound AMAZING. It's just wonderful.
    All of the little fixes are great in this version, and I love some of the new plug-ins.
    It's 100% stable in both platforms, too~!
    My co-workers and I completed two large shows using Sibelius 3 (on both platforms) during the first week of it's release, and we had NO problems at all.
    I could go on and on about how wonderful this program is...
    If you're a first-time buyer, don't hesitate. It's one of those programs that doesn't take much time to learn, and once you get the very basics, everything falls right into place. You can guess your way through it, pretty much. It's really fun - you're bound to have one of those "wow" moments when you ask the program to do something for the first time, and you just guess, and it does it.
    Perspective "power users" or professional users like myself: If you're using anything other than Sibelius for musical notation, you really should start thinking about your future.
    Finale users... I'm SO sorry... Amazon only has 7 copies of Sibelius 3 left, so you better purchase NOW~! ... Read more


    3. PrintMusic 2004
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: B00029XAUG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: MakeMusic!
    Sales Rank: 186
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    Features

    • Music notation software for creating, hearing, and printing sheet music
    • Free music scanning and SmartMusic instrument sounds
    • Write songs up to 24 staves; create scores and print out parts
    • Create lead sheets with lyrics, chord symbols, and guitar fretboards
    • Easy to print, e-mail, or save as SmartMusic Accompaniment

    4. Apple GarageBand Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra (Mac)
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B0007GCYC4
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 1297
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    With the newest member of the Jam Pack family you can conduct your own orchestra with new sounds for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack. Create lush symphonic music with this collection of software instruments and loops, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and more. From classical compositions to Hollywood-style scores to rock and hip-hop textures, with Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra, you are the conductor.

    (Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra does not require Jam Pack 1, 2, or 3)

    Features:

    • Over 2000 Apple Loops:Build orchestral themes using over 2000 prerecorded loops in different styles and tempos, including symphonic, chamber, and solo performances. Or use loops individually to enhance songs in any genre.
    • Strings:Conduct an orchestral string section including first and second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Control the dynamics and expression of each instrument, as well as articulations such as staccato, tremolo, and trills.
    • Brass and Woodwinds:Arrange woodwind and brass sections with flutes, oboes, French horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, and more. Play solo instruments or entire sections for a fuller sound. You can even control the playing style of individual instruments.
    • Keyboards and Percussion:Play new keyboards, including full church organs, a Steinway Piano, and harpsichord. Or enhance your song using a wide selection of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments including timpani, bells, gongs, celesta, xylophone, marimba, and more.
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    Features

    • Compatible with Logic Express 7, Logic Pro 7, and Soundtrack
    • Software instruments and loops for creating lush symphonic music
    • Strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and more
    • Over 2,000 pre-recorded Apple loops in different styles and tempos
    • From classical compositions to Hollywood-style scores to hip-hop textures

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars garageband
    This is so cool! I really recommend it. It is so fun to make your own music with this program. It has all kinds of genres and all kinds of instruments. When you start making a song it is so fun that you can't stop. This a really fun passtime.
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    5. eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method Volume 1
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    Asin: B0000C4M1W
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eMedia
    Sales Rank: 146
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Powerful piano learning toolset
    • Interactive feedback when using MIDI-connected keyboard
    • Over 300 step-by-step lessons with 70 video demonstrations
    • Develop sight reading, ear training, finger technique and more
    • Over 100 songs included

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    I was completely new to music when I bought this set (CD-ROM and keyboard). I think it is great. It walks you through the basics and when you start playing the music has numbers on it that match up to your fingers (1-5) so you can play as you get the hang of reading music. Gradually they remove some of the numbers so your music reading skills improve.

    The software grades your playing with a percentage score, and gives you details on your errors (if you want them).

    Also, it includes short videos of a person playing piano so you can see proper posture and such. Each song comes with (optional) accompaniment, which can make it funner to play (especially with the simple songs).

    The keyboard that comes with it (optional) has a solid feel, and is touch-sensitive (pressing harder plays louder). The keyboard plugs into the joystick port (probably on your sound card).

    5-0 out of 5 stars quality product
    I got this product yesterday and started to learn by it.
    after browsing it and using it for the first 17 lessons this is my impression.
    what you get in this product is 100% of quality content and less emphasize on look and graphics.
    and if you want to learn playing the keyboard, so the quality of the teaching is more important then other features.

    the teacher leading the instruction process using video clips and audio tracks, is Irma Justicia MA which is a experienced piano teacher.
    after 17 lessons i fell in love with her .it feels just lilke i'm in a real lesson with her.
    for my non proffesinal impression this product is good for absolute beginners to the intermediate level.
    it is also said on the product that it is volume 1 so probably they are going to issue more products in this piano keyboard line just as they done with the guitar.

    cause of the simplicity of the graphics you can use it on any computer,old and new.
    but still you get many sophisticated features like interactive feedback using midi cable.

    for summary ...GOOD WORK. ... Read more


    6. Finale 2005
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    Asin: B000437X1M
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eMedia
    Sales Rank: 760
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    7. INport
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: B0000DEB82
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Xitel
    Sales Rank: 12632
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    INport ... Read more

    Features

    • Record from your home stereo using your desktop or notebook as a piece of high fidelity recording equipment
    • Bypass inferior soundcards with advanced USB digital rendering technology
    • Use RCA composite audio cables to send music to your PC
    • Full ground loop isolation to ensure your recordings remain crystal clear and free from hum
    • Installs simply by plugging into a USB port ? watch the INport automatically load without the need for any special drivers

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works with Macs
    This a great product for the price.It will work on an Apple Mac running 10.3.8 - 10.4.1 (as of 5/27/05).It's not listed as being so.Felt Tip Software's "Sound Studio" works beautifully to use as recording software.It only costs $50.It's easy to use/has great features.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Hardware works great........
    I first bought the ADS Instant Music to try an convert some cassettes, and the idea behind the product was great, and the software was fantastic. But with Instant Music I had some serious feedback issues, and ADS support was basically non-existant! I saw the INport product here on Amazon and figured I would give it a shot. The INport product works great! I simply plug the INport adapter into the PC with a USB cable, and then hook up my stereo with the RCA Adapters, and push play on the cassette. It's so easy...even for a non-technical guy like me! The ADS product was just as simple, but the feedback issues I had to try and deal with made the process a real nightmare. The big difference between the INport and the ADS product, is that the INport device is grounded, meaning it shield the product from all electronic interference. The only thing holding me back from giving the INport 5 stars, is the software that comes in the package. I found the ADS Nero software very user friendly, and quite a bit less complicated. So while I put the ADS hardware back in the box, I am keeping the ADS Nero software, and just using the INport device instead. If you have alot of vinyl or cassettes that you want to convert, then I would recommend the INport device, and then see if you can get a hold of the Nero software. That's the best combination I have found.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just what it says
    The main thing about this item is that it just works. It uses only line level inputs, so if you're trying to rip LPs, you will need an RIAA preamplifier. The manufacturer makes no secret of this, though, and anyone who owns a turntable probably has something to plug it into for a line output. Or, if you need a cheap but pretty good one, you can haunt eBay, or see here:

    http://www.paia.com/riaa.htm
    Some soldering required. For those still inexplicably using Windows ME, time to move on up. You'll be glad you did. As to sound quality, all I can say is that it sounds as good as the source signal allows. I only gave it 4 stars because the bundled software is pretty rudimentary, if adequate. The utility for splitting a file into tracks is not all that reliable, but they never are, and that doesn't trouble me much. It does not include any sort of a burner, but there are any number of them out there, some pretty good ones freeware. Perhaps this is partially in relief after my dismal experiences with the ADS RDX-150, but I am very pleased with this item.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works great when you get everything else figure out.
    I have an extensive LP collection that I am currently
    converting to music files. This is a relatively inexpensive
    device and software that does a decent job without going to
    insanely expensive hardware and and software combos. I had to
    overcome several problems though, and I deducted one star for
    the lame manual and accompanying software. The hardware device
    itself works flawlessly when hooked up right.

    I'll be as direct a possible. DO NOT buy this product if
    you are not comfortable doing things like routing cables and
    using your Windows XP's control panel. You will cry in your beer
    and make it taste bad. The ability to read instructions is a
    plus, too...

    This product was designed to work with the LINE OUT jacks
    on your existing stereo amp. The setup is fairly simple. BUT..

    As my stereo is nowhere near my computer, I decided to
    run my turntable direct to my computer. Here are the things
    to do to make things work right - 1. You MUST use a preamp to
    boost the phono cartridge's signal. I'm using a Recotron SP2.
    It's no big deal, about the size of a pack of cigarettes and
    about $15. 2. You MUST ground the turntable to your other com-
    ponents unless you like 60Hz hum. I used my turntables ground
    wire on one of the RCA jacks on the LINE OUT side of the
    preamp - works fine. 3.If you are using just a turntable, you
    will NOT be able to hear your live LINE IN unless you do what
    I did, which is get 2 RCA "Y" adapters to plug into the RCA
    side of the INport. You run a couple of RCA lines from the
    splitters to a 2xRCA into 1/8" miniplug and plug it into your
    LINE IN on your souncard.(Radio Shack has these off-the-shelf.)

    READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on how to get into your Sound
    Devices and choose "USB Device" for default recording device
    and your computer's setup (I.E. "Realtek 97"or whatever) for
    playback. If you don't, you'll get silence.

    For software, I am using Microsoft Plus Digital Media
    Edition. I bought the cheap version as I only wanted the
    Analog Recording software, not all the other stuff. It's easy
    to use and the noise reduction feature works pretty well. I
    didn't like Xitel's recording software. I am converting
    to .WMA format for use in the Windows Media Player. Others
    probably want to go MP3 or whatever.

    I had to learn how to "trick" the noise reduction feature
    into working right by starting the recording, then starting the
    turntable from "Off" into the first cut of the side. You have
    to do this with older or worn records so the software can get
    usable levels for the noise reduction to work. You usually also
    have to manually edit where a song begins and ends.

    Well, I'm recording and ripping like crazy. Thanks INport!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Inport doesn't work
    We tried to connect the Inport to a Dell Dimension running Windows Millenium. It took a day to learn that the software patch needed by Millenium was not listed on the Microsoft web site, but that Microsoft will send it to you as an email attachment if you speak with a human.It took another afternoon to learn that the software patch needed to upgrade a stock Soundblaster sound card was not provided by Soundblaster, only by Dell. When the machine still did not function, we swapped all cables to be certain there was not a defective cable. Xitel does not offer telephone customer service, a phone call to their headquaters was answered by voicemail and went unanswered. The enclosed software offers customer service via email only, and requires you to spend about 45 minutes providing a transcript of software operations. The email for software was returned 24 hours later on two occasions, each time indicating the software was operating therefore the problem must be the hardware (which was not their domain). Two 3-hour telephone calls to Dell ascertained that the computer was functioning correctly. If you own an old cassette of an album available on CD you are better off buying a new recording--the sound willbe superior to any home remedy recording, plus you won't lose all that time! ... Read more


    8. eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method
    list price: $59.99
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    Asin: B0000696OH
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eMedia
    Sales Rank: 443
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    With its latest package, eMedia goes beyond the drills and tutorials of its earlier eMedia Guitar Method, instead targeting players who already have a familiarity with their instrument. Song-based and fully interactive, eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method covers a lot of ground in its single CD and thus just skims the surface of some topics. It also seems a bit lackluster when compared to Voyetra's exciting, rock and roll-inspired Teach Me Guitar Deluxe. Nevertheless, the program offers a barrage of mid-level and advanced chording, soloing, and picking techniques that should assist any student who seeks to become a more knowledgeable and skillful guitarist.

    Divided into six categories--left-hand techniques, barre chords, strumming styles, scales, solos, and fingerstyle guitar--the program delivers no less than 175 individual lessons and 41 appendices featuring most every popular musical scale in both open and closed fingering patterns, and a handy virtual chord dictionary. Most lessons allow you to adjust the speed of the music to suit your personal preference and loop certain sections for repetitive replay. Several sessions also offer optional narratives and video, though the narratives are too abbreviated to be truly informative and the video snippets, where veteran instructor Kevin Garry offers personal advice on certain techniques, are equally condensed and confined to a small window.

    eMedia has provided several additional perks to make your job a bit easier, including an integrated metronome to help keep the beat, an optional tablature display for those who can't read musical notation, and an animated fretboard that graphically demonstrates each lesson's fingering positions in both left- and right-handed formats. The program's tuner isn't quite so impressive, behaving just as erratically as most computer tuners, and certainly not a replacement for a handheld digital or quartz unit. A small but serviceable audio recorder allows you to build a library of your own efforts and even jam along with self-penned arrangements.

    The program concerns itself more with clean and semi-clean acoustic and electric guitar rather than heavily distorted hard rock. A valuable but curious assortment of songs dominates its many lessons, in particular Grand Funk Railroad's mysterious "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home," The Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey," and Jim Croce's exquisite "Time in a Bottle." Several complex classical pieces end the proceedings, culminating in the celebrated but extremely demanding arpeggio masterpiece "Romanza." It should be noted that although none of the selections are original recordings, all are capably translated and played.

    Although eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method isn't especially high-spirited, it does offer a deluge of material that will ultimately benefit any guitarist with the talent and the drive to successfully take it on. With a ton of challenging musical passages and cool licks, some nifty utilities, and plenty of guitar exploration, it is recommended to novice players with virtuoso desires. --Gordon Goble ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Teacher-in-a-box
    I wasn't sure how this would work out, but at the price, the eMedia Guitar method offered a lot more than the books and CD's or DVD's in the local music store.

    Features I really like:

    Animated Fretboard diagram: How to place your fingers for chords and notes.

    Chord Dictionary: Important for playing music--chords are the basis.

    Metronome: Nice to have, I find metronomes annoying but they do bring your speed up as you practice.

    Guitars and Their Parts: and what might be wrong with your.

    Reading Chord Charts, Tablature, Notation: It's important to know how to read a chord chart, but musical notation, the backbone of all music, is not ignored. I think one should read music, so if you don't, you are encouraged to learn here.

    The lessons for chords start small--one finger (like a G7), two fingers, three, and up to the tough ones with four or barred. This is rather how I learned because I learned guitar by first playing a ukelele! (The tuning of the last four strings is the same on a guitar and uke.) You are a lot less likely to suffer frustration and sore fingers if you can play a tune or two with a two-finger chord. You just don't strum the entire set of strings at first.

    The strumming techniques include good video of the up and down method of the blues, and there is a section on blues guitar style, of which I was most interested.

    For the money, hardly a risk. Find a good starter guitar and give it a try.

    4-0 out of 5 stars John Nemerovski Software Review
    I have been playing and teaching beginner and intermediate level guitar for over 40 years. Learning this instrument is easy for most people who practice regularly.

    Music students pay $-$$ per guitar lesson, and a lot of that money covers instruction and repetition that self-starters and motivated self-learners don't need to spend. At under $$ US for comprehensive instructional and reference material, eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method provides exceptional value for these students.

    I remember being lukewarm to positive in my appraisal of Volume One, the beginner CD in this series. It has been revised since then. If it's as good as this Intermediate CD (Volume Two), beginners now have a much better chance of learning from scratch.

    From my first encounter with eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method (abbreviated as "IGM"), the experience has consistently been positive. Installation of the cross-platform CD's software takes only a minute or two. Initial 23 pages of sensible, thorough Introduction and Tips cover all necessary instructions, commands, and options, including well-written and illustrated:

    Animated Fretboard diagram

    explanation of the Chord Dictionary and Metronome

    description of Guitars and Their Parts, including holding, stringing, and tuning

    details on Reading Chord Charts, plus Tablature and Music Notation.

    Once students are "Ready to Take It to the Next Level" the lessons begin with straightforward left-hand melody techniques. Subsequent topics include barre chords, right hand strumming styles, "Using Scales and Building Chords," plus solo and fingerstyle methodology.

    One set of icons on the page of each song or exercise takes you directly to spoken short descriptions of a song's history, or pithy comments such as "Use a pick so your fingers don't fall off." A different icon launches the Animated Fretboard's display, playing the song or exercise while fret numbers display simultaneously with a running presentation of the notation or tablature for the piece. Very impressive, all of it, and not nearly as complicated as it appears from reading the above paragraph.

    Navigational arrows lower right easily take you forward or back one page, and the Tools and Goto menus at top offers complete navigation throughout the entire application, including:

    Scale Directory and audio enhanced Chord Dictionary (REALLY GOOD!)

    Tuner and Metronome

    Self-recording feature.

    Additional observations:

    1. Set your screen resolution to one higher than 800x600 for best viewing.

    2. The IGM's CD responds quickly and quietly when playing its instructional QuickTime sound and picture files.

    3. A special icon launches short QuickTime movies in which a very competent guitarist demonstrates the techniques0 with close-up camera on the active hand.

    4. Colored live embedded links take you directly to related chapters, if desired. (Is there a way to jump right back? I can't figure that out.)

    5. Special mentions of differences between electric guitars and acoustic instruments are given, when appropriate.

    Instruction is segmented logically, with high-quality attention to detail. I plan to begin using the IGM software, movies, and sound files immediately with my students. Its cost is a bargain for the reference features alone.

    If you know your way around the guitar and want to "Take It to the Next Level," IGM is easy to recommend. When all your prior instruction has come from a human teacher, the comprehension curve for this multimedia application will seem steep at first. Remember that repetition is your friend, music students. Take your time, practice a lot, and you'll be glad you purchased eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method.

    Nemo's MyMac.com "Q/D/S/V Standard" for all product reviews:

    Q = QUALITY, including ease of installation, performance, stability, and general happy relationship with everything on my system;

    D = DOCUMENTATION, both printed and electronic, plus appropriate website material;

    S = SUPPORT, in the form of email, phone, and web updates;

    V = VALUE, which includes both original cost and subsequent expenses.

    Depending upon previous instruction and self-teaching skills of guitar student, our rating is:

    4 out of 5
    A very decent product. Worth the time and investment, but look for competing products.
    - TO -
    BR> Fantastic products! Well worth your money and investment. The best of its kind.
    John Nemerovski

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great approach to lead guitar!
    When you think of guitar heroes you think of their lead guitar prowess. This awesome guitar CD-ROM does an amazing job of teaching lead guitar through a ton of scales, techniques and licks. After each scale, you'll get some lick or song to practice with. There are even some fully transcribed solos by Hendrix and Clapton. The coolest thing about Emedia is their animated guitar neck that plays all the songs. It shows bend and lets you slow the songs down. There is also a lot on rhythm guitar techniques.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Overhauled version of Guitar Method 2 rocks!
    I'm a fan of eMedia. In the 2 years I've owned a guitar I tried to teach myself how to play time after time only to end with frustration. Being in college I'm too cheap to buy lessons and too busy to sit down at a scheduled time. I picked up eMedia's Guitar Method to get the basics of playing down, and after only 4 months of playing I'm finally ready for Intermediate Guitar Method.

    Intermediate Guitar Method is incredible! Unlike Guitar Method 2 it has an animated fretboard just like in GM1. It has also expanded it's lesson library from 85 to 175 lessons. It has an expanded chord dictionary with over 1,000 chords providing sound for each chord (a huge step up from GM1's 250 chord dictionary). What I didn't like about GM1 was that it seemed to focus on using the acoustic guitar. Many of the recordings (Clapton, Hendrix) in IGM are played with an electric, which offers a nice balance between the two. The techniques that are learned in IGM are advanced, but I'm convinced that there is no other software available that will make them easier to learn or more enjoyable to play. ... Read more


    9. Finale Guitar 2003
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $79.99
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    Asin: B000084VGM
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: MakeMusic!
    Sales Rank: 1258
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Enter your music in a traditional staff, or display it automatically for a TAB staff
    • An extensive library of special symbols and shapes used with notation and for over 50 fretted instruments
    • Input notes with a MIDI guitar and see instant TAB notation
    • Advanced music scanning technology and optical character recognition helps musicians scan sheet music and turn it into a Finale file
    • Rhyming Dictionary helps songwriters find the right rhyme for any lyric

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a Beginner or Advanced Musician-at a low price
    I received this software on Christmas this year in addition with a MIDI keyboard. This software is excellent! Some say that they prefer Sibelius software but I disagree. This software gives you the power to enter notes in seconds, play with a swing feeling, print, and publish to the web in seconds. If people tell you that this software is aggravating then they do not know what they are talking about. Even if you don't have a MIDI connection, you can simply type notes in on your computer keyboard. If you do not trust what I am saying, go to www.finalemusic.com and download Finale Notepad software. If you also do not want to spend $75 on this software, buy Finale Printmusic! software. for $46.88. on this website. And, if you buy this software and master it, you can upgrade to Finale which is possibly the world's best music producing software.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Powerful program but aggravating
    This is a powerful piece of notation software. It can transcribe MIDIs, has all kinds of articulations, its notations extends to ALL instruments (not just guitar), can sheet music in from a scanner and read it and convert it, and it can convert regular sheet music into tab (very useful if you got shafted by a songbook that claimed to have guitar notation but only had the chords in a fretboard diagram not the notes), and you can also make your own midis and switch between keys effortlessly. The negatives are that it is not easy to use. Some things seem out of place for example when placing chords you have to click on another menu apart from the Chords menu to get the program to display the fretboard diagram of the chord, replacing notes in either tab or standard music notation is very tedious and sometimes aggravating, placing articulations can be tedious as well, the program will lag your system, and last but definitely not least it has the terrible and annoying habit of changing the tab numbers you copy between measures if your using a certain template with standard notation above it. If you think you can handle all of that then this program might be for you. ... Read more


    10. Sibelius PhotoScore Academic Bundle
    list price: $469.00
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    Asin: B0002EKM7K
    Catlog: Musical Instruments
    Manufacturer: Sibelius
    Sales Rank: 6767
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    Product Description

    Sibelius and PhotoScore Pro Bundle. Sibelius 3 is the brand new version of this award-winning software, with over 200 new features and feature enhancements. PhotoScore Professional is the most advanced software package of its kind. The Sibelius Educational Editions are intended solely for the use of qualified students, educators, educational institutions, and church and music ministry personnel residing in North/Central/South America. ... Read more


    11. GarageBand Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools
    list price: $99.99
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    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00066M0SI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 1376
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    Features

    • Extension of sounds and creative options for making music
    • Complete set of beats, bass lines, synth hooks, and keyboard riffs
    • Over 2000 prerecorded loops covering different styles and tempos
    • Classic drum machines; beat kits from 20+ distinct genres
    • Turntable effects; assortment of playable synth instruments

    12. G7 Kontakt Edition
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $106.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002WT64M
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 736
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    Features

    • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
    • G7 Guitar Guide updated with more information and photos of guitars, provided by Fender and Gibson
    • Ability to enter tab data directly through a MIDI guitar has been significantly improved
    • Opens Finale and Finale Guitar files

    13. GarageBand Jam Pack 3: Rhythm Section
    list price: $99.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00066M0SS
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 1322
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    Features

    • Extension of sounds and creative options for making music
    • Impressive array of drum kits, percussion, basses, and guitars
    • Over 2000 loops for rock, blues, jazz, and country songs
    • New software drum kits and fully playable acoustic and electric basses
    • 10+ playable guitars and other stringed instruments like dobro and banjo

    14. GarageBand Jam Pack 1
    list price: $99.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00066M0T2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 3071
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    15. Sibelius G7
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B000094FVC
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 3322
    Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • This special set of lessons and exercises is designed by professional guitarists, to show you exactly what you need to know
    • Understand the basics by reading & playing along
    • Turn the guitar tabs you read & play into standard notation, for easier reading & transcribing
    • Fast creation of your own signature riffs
    • Create your own lead sheets and post your songs on the Internet

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
    Being a teacher and bandleader, and new to computers, I needed an easy program to help me prepare lessons, and more importantly to make my originals readable on the job, usually in low light situations. Some of my tunes have twists and turns, and my handwriting isn't beautiful. My computer-savvy colleagues spoke highly of Sibelius and so I gave G7 a shot. It does the work I need simply, elegantly, and most importantly, I found it easy and fast to figure out. It certainly does a lot for the money, too. I'm very satisfied.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Save Time, Effort and Money
    I run a Master's Degree Program in Instructional Technology and am always impressed when a program can teach well. The animated fretboard in G7, and the ability to seamlessly go between standard notation and guitar tablature are superb. As a guitarist, I'm stunned by the number of uses I have already found for G7. It is also incredible for eliminating "grunt" work which guitarists, teachers and students have always had to go through. I almost feel guilty for having paid so little for it...almost. If you play the guitar and don't have G7, you are wasting time, effort and money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent software for songwriters
    This software is great.
    The documentation is excellent and I was up and running really fast. You can input notes from a MIDI keyboard or MIDI Guitar, as well as clicking or typing the notes in (using a,b,c,d,e,f,g!).
    You can add lyrics, chord symbols and chord diagrams, and there's a guitar guide with it to help you learn even more. FABULOUS!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor functionality
    This software is a MAJOR disapointment. I've tried for 4 hours (learning curve) to build a simple lead sheet and I can't get past 16 bars. This software is full of bugs. I tried to add lyrics but when I came to a half note at the start of a measure that was tied to a note from the previous measure the lyrics jumped to the following measure, skipping 4 eighth notes, making it useless. You have no flexiblity in the lengths of measures. They seem to take on a life of their own. Not only do they become either too long or too short, the page jumps all over the screen when trying to stretch or shrink the measure.

    I didn't find this software to be hard to use, only the buggiest software package I ever owned (hope to get a return). The functionality just isn't there. The manual and help are weak. The manual and help say one thing but the program does another. I can't continue to fight with the package and try to figure out why something does not work the way the manual says it should.

    This was just a couple of things I found bad, believe me there were more.

    I believe that this software was written for a Mac, based on the manual and user interface. Maybe it works for Macs but if you have a pc, forget it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars this does not live up to the hype
    I purchased this product one week ago,,, after several hours
    a day and talking to there support i find this program not anywhere
    near intuitive, the reviewer that said it has a tall learning curve was not kidding,
    i think he was being nice! this program doesnt do what it claims
    (it doesnt play all guitar symbols i even have email from them stating that)
    it is very difficult to even put a bend on tab and get it to sound right.
    the scanning software does not work at all (if it doesnt crash it doesnt even get 20% of the song right)
    I am going back to guitar pro it cost half as much and is so much easier. ... Read more


    16. Soundtrack 1.2
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $199.00
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    Asin: B0001BFDAU
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple
    Sales Rank: 4830
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack is GB's big brother
    If working with Digital Audio and Video is your thing, then Soundtrack is a must buy. Unlike GarageBand (Which works with digital audio clips just like SoundTrack), this is geared toward the professional. It comes with a track just for video which allows you to sync up your audio with what's happening on the screen easily. It also comes with 4000 loops as compared to GBs 1000. You can get GBs accompanying software, Jam Pack, but that still offers much fewer loops than Soundtrack alone. Built in effects to each track also far surpases GBs effects. Pan your volume left and right with just a few clicks to name one. I enjoy GB and have written tunes based on it (Check macidol.com artist name Guy Serle) and it's fun. But when you're ready to do more, get Soundtrack. ... Read more


    17. Music Studio 2005 Deluxe (Large Box)
    list price: $79.99
    our price: $66.99
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    Asin: B0002DOXHG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: MAGIX ENTERTAINMENT
    Sales Rank: 710
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    Features

    • New Project Overview mode for faster project navigation
    • Multitrack mixer combined with live, multitrack arranger - for solid mixing on the fly
    • Features 96 tracks for music in stereo, video clips, MIDI and more
    • Powerful Song Maker tool creates new arrangements with a click
    • Built-in Robota drum machine offers analog drum crunch with integrated step sequencing

    18. Cakewalk Kinetic
    list price: $119.99
    our price: $79.99
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    Asin: B00027EQEC
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Cakewalk
    Sales Rank: 3367
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    Features

    • Duplicates the sounds and tones of the leading Roland groove boxes and synthesizers -the MC 101, 606, 808 and 909
    • Work with hundreds of professionally-recorded patterns and loops, through a fun intuitive interface
    • Access a powerful Pattern Editor and 64 voice polyphonic synthesizer (PSYN) for creating original music or modifying existing song patterns
    • Tweak your sound with the powerful set of studio effects tools
    • Connect Kinetic to other recording programs like Music Creator, Home Studio, or SONAR to expand your capabilities

    19. Tune Transfer for iPod
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $19.99
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    Asin: B0007U9BSU
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Valusoft
    Sales Rank: 833
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    You love your iPod. We all do. But have you discovered that you can't move songs from your iPod to another authorized computer? That's because iTunes® only allows you to transfer files to your iPod. Now, with Tune Transfer™, you can move songs from your iPod, perform backups of your song library and boost your iPod performance.

    Features:

    • Transfer Your Songs: Move songs quickly and easily from your iPod to a new or different computer.
    • Protect Your Music Library: Make instant backups of your iPod songs and database in case your computer crashes or you lose your iPod.
    • Recover Lost Songs: Restore files that occasionally disappear from the iPod database with the click of a mouse.
    • View Song Information: Get instant access to artist, album and song information when you transfer your iPod database.
    • Simple User Interface: Get the most out of your iPod with Tune Transfer's user-friendly interface for quick transfers, backups & more.
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    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars this program did exactly what it said it would do.
    i had a unfortunate computer failure that lost me a good bit of my itunes library.i did not realize that you CANNOT ON A MAC (maybe on a PC) MOVE MUSIC FROM YOUR IPOD TO YOUR COMPUTER. i lost a good deal of purchased music, which the itunes store will not restore to you, even though they have the records of purchases, and so do i.i had backed up, but not recently enough.So i thought all was lost.

    Not so!this program, simplistic as it is, did EXACTLY what they said it would do.i could move any or all songs from my ipod back into itunes.well, it isn't quite that easy, but after having gone through several duplicate rescued libraries of thousands of songs, it seemed like a snap.It also saves your ipod library, and can clean it up.

    So if you have for whatever reason lost your library, and it is on your ipod, you can restore.And please BACK UP YOUR LIBRARY WEEKLY.Or else................

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tunes out of your iPod
    Richard, you did not use or buy this product.iTunes is for putting songs on the ippod.Try finding a song on your iPod and moving it to another computer or finding missing songs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Think It Does More Than ITunes
    Looks like this lets you copy songs from your Ipod to your computer. Something Itunes doesn't do.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What's This For?
    Save your $20, Please... This thing does the same thing as iTunes. If you already have an iPod, it should have come with iTunes software. If it didn't, you can download it for free from apple.com. iTunes is built for your iPod,therefore it is it's best companion for music transfering. If iTunes is too hard for you to use, then you don't know how to use a computer because iTunes automatically updates your iPod for you without you having to do anything. SAVE YOUR MONEY! PLEASE!!!
    I know I sound mad, but I'm just a consumer advisor. ... Read more


    20. Music Creator 2
    list price: $57.99
    our price: $34.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002PZWT2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Cakewalk
    Sales Rank: 1870
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    Features

    • Record audio and MIDI tracks using any instrument, vocals, or audio loops
    • Write music for CDs, sheet music, home videos, and the Internet
    • Edit, arrange, and mix music; make loops out of any MP3 or WAV file
    • Integrates seamlessly with Cakewalk Kinetic and other Rewire synths
    • Includes Pyro Express CD Maker and WAV Ripper

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