RealGuitar Explained

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MIDI Keyboard Global Mode

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    Tutorial 1



    Discover what RealGuitar is all about.

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    Tutorial 2

    Fretboard & Keyboard


    Learn to control the guitar fretboard position automatically or manually.

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    Tutorial 3

    Velocity Switch Effects


    Explore some of the various playing articulations available via velocity switching.

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    Tutorial 4

    Permanent Effects


    See how to switch the default articulation and capo behavior used, and how to work with the legato, hammer on, and bass zone controls.

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    Tutorial 5

    Sustain Pedal & Mod Wheel Effects


    Learn to assign and control alternate articulations via the sustain pedal and the mod wheel.

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    Tutorial 6

    Key Switch Effects


    See how key switch notes are assigned, saved, and used to trigger alternate playing styles.

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    Tutorial 7

    MIDI Controller Pane


    Learn how to set velocity response, pitch bend, mod wheel, after touch, and hold behavior.

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    Tutorial 8

    Harmony Mode


    Hear how this monophonic mode is used to trigger a preset interval in conjunction with a velocity based playing style variation.

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    Tutorial 9

    Chords Mode


    Explore the chord detection and voicing algorithms, and see how to control which strings are used in the harmonies that are generated.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Chord Editor


    Learn how to customize factory chords with custom fingerings and save them for future use.

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    Tutorial 11

    Bass & Chord Mode


    This algorithm detects chords form the main zone, where only the bass notes sound, and maps the strummed chords to the repeat zones.

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    Tutorial 12

    Bass & Pick Mode


    In this mode, repeat zone keys trigger each voice of the chord separately, just as if you'd play it string by string on a real guitar.

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    Tutorial 13

    Main Controls


    See how the Output, Tune, Setup, Timing, Mixer, Audio FX, and Accent controls work.

Pattern Global Mode

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    Tutorial 14

    Intro to Pattern Global Mode


    See how the Pattern Library and Pattern Manager are used to load rhythmic patterns into Real Guitar

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    Tutorial 15

    Working With Patterns


    Learn to edit the velocities of the rhythmic patterns, and see how to bring them into your DAW.

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    Tutorial 16

    Creating Custom Patterns


    Learn how to organize existing patterns into new Styles, and how to modify and save custom patterns.

Song Global Mode

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    Tutorial 17

    Song Global Mode


    Learn how to create parts by working with the Pattern Library Browser and the Pattern Track in Song Global Mode

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    Tutorial 18

    Working With Chords


    Discover how to create, place, edit, and save custom chords for use in the Pattern Track.

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    Tutorial 19

    Timeline & Playback Controls


    Learn how to navigate the Song Track's timeline, and how to control, offset, and randomize various playback parameters.

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    Tutorial 20

    Other Modes


    Learn how MIDI Guitar Global Mode and Direct Global Modes work, and see how to save and load global presets.

MusicLabs RealGuitar is one of the most comprehensive acoustic guitar software instruments available, and VI expert Eli Krantzberg digs through this in-depth video tutorial series like no other author can, revealing all its features and functions, as well as creative uses.

Eli begins with a thorough introduction to the power of RealGuitar and then dives into the MIDI Keyboard Global mode. Exploring the virtual fretboard and keyboard is next, and Eli then shows you how to access various playing articulations via velocity switching.

Moving on, Eli demonstrates how to assign and control alternate articulations via the sustain pedal and mod wheel of your keyboard, and how to assign and access articulations via key switching.

Eli then investigates the MIDI Controller Pane, showing you how to set velocity response, pitch bend, mod wheel, aftertouch, and hold behavior. With your controller configured, its time to learn about the different modes and editors.

Eli demonstrates Harmony Mode, Chord mode, Bass & Chord, and Bass & Pick modes and delves into the Chord Editor, showing you how to customize the factory chords with custom fingerings. How to use the Main Controls such as Output, Tune, Setup, Timing, Mixer, Audio FX, and Accent are also all revealed.

Next up, is a demonstration of some of the other powerful modes. In Pattern Global Mode, Eli teaches you how to combine everything that youve learned to create and save patterns with the Pattern Library and Pattern Manager. Then youll discover the Song Global Mode, and create parts and entire songs from your patterns in the Pattern Library.

Wrapping it up, Eli demonstrates two additional modes, MIDI Guitar Global Mode, and Direct Global Mode. Whether youre new to RealGuitar or have played with it for a while, watch RealGuitar Explained and see what a real guitar sound can do for your tracks today!

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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RealGuitar Explained is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough explanation! Great explanation and examples of how RealGuitar works. It will get you started quickly and serve as a future reference.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Teaching I bought RealStrat and I can see that watching this has helped me to like it more. I will purchase this one as well!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable plugin Eli digs into the inner recesses to explain this plugin! He does a great job!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eli does it once again great tutorial - right to the point on the features. Although I would still like a more in-depth review of the product.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Thorough. Bought Real Guitar a few months ago, but hadn't had time to dig into it. It was a bit intimidating, so I thought I'd see if Groove3 had any tutorials and VOILA, they did. Just finished watching the entire set. I need to go back for specifics, but now I can program the patterns I need for a project I'm working on. Thanks!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In depth I watched the entire tutorial once and I'm on the second time. I also watched the tutorial provided by music Lab but this one is far superior. I've learned so much and at a rate I could easily digest. Eli is an excellent instructor gives just the right amount of information and examples. I recommend this.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Course for a very deep plugin I really liked this course, it explains every aspect of this very complex plugin. It is very well explained and brief enough to stay focused on the whole instrument functions. A five star course
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great explaination. I'm really pleased that Eli did a tutorial on Real Guitar 4. It's been REALLY helpful. I've owned RG 3 for a couple of years and read the manual several times but could never get the hang of it. MusicLab has terrible videos that were Not helpful at all. Their main focus was on this player doing "demos" using a custom built keyboard. While it showed the power of RG it didn't help me in figuring how to use the software until Eli came along.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good video on real guitar It was necessary for me to understand how to use this real guitar. I can now go deeper in that after watching this video
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative and well presented This was well designed and delivered. Great explanation with good practical examples.
Date published: 2016-06-11
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