Editors' Note: The trial version features a 15-second start-up delay. Otherwise, this is fully functional, five-fret guitar software. The paid version has 24 frets.
Editors' reviewThis program provides a number of tools useful when learning to play the guitar. First of all, it helps you build and listen to the chords. The program window shows the strings you should press on the guitar fret board. Desktop Guitarist lets you enter chords by selecting notes or by going through the Chord and Scale Finder. You can save a sequence of chords and print it or convert it to a MIDI file. The program also helps you tune the guitar, calculating the chords for any method of tuning. Though the interactive lessons are geared toward beginners, even experienced guitarists will find something to like in Desktop Guitarist.
This fully functional guitar shareware lets you easily generate chord charts, tablature, and MIDI files. The intuitive user interface allows you to enter music by clicking on the guitar neck. Teaching mode allows you to display information while the onscreen guitar plays examples, with two example lessons included. The help file has a step-by-step tutorial. Version 2.0 has many improvements and additions.