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RealGuitar Explained®

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Chapter 1: MIDI Keyboard Global Mode

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    Introduction (1:53)


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    Fretboard & Keyboard (6:29)


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    Velocity Switch Effects (3:38)


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    Permanent Effects (5:57)


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    Sustain Pedal & Mod Wheel Effects (5:00)


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    Key Switch Effects (4:18)


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    MIDI Controller Pane (4:24)


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    Harmony Mode (3:23)


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    Chords Mode (5:52)


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    The Chord Editor (3:03)


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    Bass & Chord Mode (3:22)


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    Bass & Pick Mode (6:13)


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    Main Controls (4:17)


Chapter 2: Pattern Global Mode

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    Intro to Pattern Global Mode (4:37)


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    Working With Patterns (5:14)


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    Creating Custom Patterns (4:02)


Chapter 3: Song Global Mode

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    Song Global Mode (3:45)


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    Working With Chords (4:47)


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    Timeline & Playback Controls (5:12)


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    Other Modes (2:38)


MusicLab’s 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 it’s 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, it’s 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 you’ve learned to create and save patterns with the Pattern Library and Pattern Manager. Then you’ll 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 you’re 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!


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Marc A.
Submitted 10 months ago

Consise Walkthrough on Features and Functions

This is not a video showing how to "make the best of a virtual instrument", in fact, the samples/examples presented by the tutor don't sound like anything you would want to pay money for. This is actually the only let-down I can name for these videos since otherwise, they are just a perfect "library" of learning where everything sits and how it works.
The lecturer shows every function in context, demonstrates its (technical) use and shows interaction where necessary. Videos are short, on the spot, flawless to understand, well edited.
Note: This only covers an older version of Real Guitar, the most recent version is not discussed.

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JHCapo
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent!

While the expansive features offered in RealGuitar are what make it a great product, the learning curve has been slow for me with much trial and error and searches through the pdf manual. Krantzberg clearly has a capable understanding of this program and presents his tutorials in a concise, yet easy, manner. This is not an amateur presentation but rather a professional tutorial that is more than worth the price!

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statrosa
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful

Was not fully confident on touching all the buttons in RealGuitar but these guides have helped.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro

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tamer
Submitted 1 year ago

very very Very Good

A very good Tutorial, it explains every single detail

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Beat Maker

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Dwalk
Submitted 2 years ago

Thorough explanation!

Great explanation and examples of how RealGuitar works. It will get you started quickly and serve as a future reference.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician

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TruThK
Submitted 2 years ago

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!

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer

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HChea
Submitted 2 years ago

A remarkable plugin

Eli digs into the inner recesses to explain this plugin! He does a great job!

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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musicmanboy
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

I am a: Musician

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Perry S
Submitted 2 years ago

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!

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Bob43
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

I am a: Producer

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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 5.0 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! While the expansive features offered in RealGuitar are what make it a great product, the learning curve has been slow for me with much trial and error and searches through the pdf manual. Krantzberg clearly has a capable understanding of this program and presents his tutorials in a concise, yet easy, manner. This is not an amateur presentation but rather a professional tutorial that is more than worth the price!
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Was not fully confident on touching all the buttons in RealGuitar but these guides have helped.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very very Very Good A very good Tutorial, it explains every single detail
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5.0 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 4.0 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 5.0 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: 2016-12-20
Rated 5.0 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: 2016-12-13
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant presentation of a complex thing! The plugin is complex, with many subtleties. So it can sound boring to very expressive and realistic. The presentation really focused on that, showing all the variables you need to reach a realistic and musical sound. Love it!
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Long Overdue! I've had Real guitar for a while now and the help menu, videos and manual that come with it are a little hard to understand, this clears alot up already, Excellently detailed!!
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Consise Walkthrough on Features and Functions This is not a video showing how to "make the best of a virtual instrument", in fact, the samples/examples presented by the tutor don't sound like anything you would want to pay money for. This is actually the only let-down I can name for these videos since otherwise, they are just a perfect "library" of learning where everything sits and how it works.
The lecturer shows every function in context, demonstrates its (technical) use and shows interaction where necessary. Videos are short, on the spot, flawless to understand, well edited.
Note: This only covers an older version of Real Guitar, the most recent version is not discussed.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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