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RealGuitar Explained®

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Chapter 1 : MIDI Keyboard Global Mode

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    Discover what RealGuitar is all about.

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    Fretboard & Keyboard

    Learn to control the guitar fretboard position automatically or manually.

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    Velocity Switch Effects

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

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    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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    Sustain Pedal & Mod Wheel Effects

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

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    Key Switch Effects

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

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    MIDI Controller Pane

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

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    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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    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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    The Chord Editor

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

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    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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    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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    Main Controls

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

Chapter 2 : Pattern Global Mode

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    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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    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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    Creating Custom Patterns

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

Chapter 3 : Song Global Mode

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    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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    Working With Chords

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

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    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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    Other Modes

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

Product Overview

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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RealGuitar Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Real Guitar Both the songwriting aspects and insight into the Real Guitar software were most helpful and informative. Much of it would have been incomprehensible to me without your tuition. Thank you????
Date published: 2020-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful for keyboard players I purchased the RealGuitar and RealStrat plugins and was very excited to use them... only one problem, I am not a guitar player. Once you get used to stopping your left hand from playing the bass notes and thinking about guitar effects it gets much easier and you sound a lot better. These videos will help every keyboard play beat your left hand into submission!
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good tutor The videos are ok. I didn't know there was an option to download them. Now I can study properly rather than viewing them online.
Date published: 2019-12-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull Eli is my favorite instructor
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice explanation In depth explanation
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from ???????????? have been using real guitar for years and found so many features i had not even dreamed of !! amazing !!
Date published: 2019-03-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All access is +++! I am able to review when needed and I have access to more content than I can get to.
Date published: 2019-01-28
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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