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I posted something about this over on the Apple Users Group board but I'll probably get more info here.

I was given an electric guitar and small amp as a gift last night. I started learning to play once a loooong time ago, but I've forgotten pretty much everything I learned so I'm starting from scratch again. I'm looking for suggestions on how best to use a computer (PC or Mac, preferably the Mac) as a learning aid.

I've seen several decent looking options for both platforms that cover the basics: multimedia CD-ROM's showing fingering technique, common chords, etc. These are cheap (~$30) and look like good substitutes for a book, but aren't very interactive.

What I was hoping to find is something with a little more feedback. The guitar would be hooked up to the computer (either via the sound card or an external USB device) and the software would record the chords you play during the lesson, telling you if you're doing things right or wrong. I've done a little bit of Googling and haven't found anything like this. Am I hoping for too much? Would such a technique even be useful?

Any suggestions for other approaches to teach myself guitar would be appreciated. Also, if anyone has recommendations regarding USB audio adapters that would great too. Griffin technology has one for $99 that has a Mic input, which I assume I can plug my guitar directly into without using an amp. Are there lots of things like this on the market? What do most people use for recording guitar music on computers?


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