Guitar Pro 7 Review – Is it worth it?

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Guitar Pro 7 Review – Is it worth it?

Guitar Pro 7 Review

That’s a question you might ask if you already own a tabbing software. But before starting the Guitar Pro 7 review and answer the previous question, let’s check out a few things.

Guitar Pro has been around for a long time now. What is it exactly? Simply put, it’s a software designed to tab songs. But you can also download tablatures on a third-party website and use the software to read them. Pretty handy.

First though… do you know how to read tabs? If you don’t, don’t worry, it’s really simple, you’ll learn pretty fast. And if you’re stuck, you can always click on help in Guitar Pro 7 and then ‘Help Center’, and you’ll get redirected to the help database.

As the name conveys, GP7 is the seventh release of the software, developed by Arobas. And some would agree that Guitar Pro 5 remains the best version ever made of the application, as it was easy to use, with a clear interface. And mostly because it was running faster than its successor. What about Guitar Pro 7? Well, let’s see first what are the specifics of the beast.

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1. Features

Guitar Pro 7 is an application that allows you to read, create, or play a music score. The presentation of a score always shows notation and tabs to make it easier to read. You can also mix different instruments altogether and creating a multitrack song or a symphony from scratch.

It’s also possible to customize and print your scores. You can choose among rock, jazz or classic style, and modify the score parameters.

A whole variety of instruments can be chosen for your tracks (drums, piano, strings, guitar…). The notation elements are basically what you can find on a real music sheet with key signatures, repeat bar, coda, etc. You can also add elements from guitar playing like up and down pick strokes, barre chords, left and right fingering

Finally, you get access to tools like:

  • the scale library,
  • chord diagram library,
  • polyphonic tuner.
Guitar Pro 7 Tols

On this screenshot, you can see the scales and chord library. When you open the Scales window, the virtual instrument automatically appears at the same time.

For more information on the Guitar Pro 7 feature, go to the official website.

2. Guitar Pro 7: a better interface

Guitar Pro 7 Interface

What struck me when I opened the new version of the software is definitely its look. It’s sharp, refined, and well, it makes me want to start tabbing right away. So what really changed here? First of all, if you used Guitar Pro 6 before, you know that almost everything was on the left panel. The notation, tuning, midi configuration, EQ, etc. It was all set to mimic the reality (with knobs to control dynamic, EQ, your amplifier…). 

Here it goes back to the way it was in Guitar Pro 5. Everything is written.  But you can still tweak the RSE sounds as before by making little adjustments (by going under ‘Sounds’ and clicking on the menu below the sound name). And if you don’t have time to make those adjustments, you can just choose over the huge list of sounds. 

You have now the possibility to show or disable all the panels. Now, you may wonder if you’ve tried previous versions before:  where has the notation gone? Well, when you first open GP7, you have to enable it under ‘View’ -> ‘Show Edition Palette‘. It appears then on the left and everything is at your disposal to start tabbing.

Guitar Pro 7 Layout

The three blue rectangles allows you to disable or enable the left, bottom and right panels.

You will come across new options in this palette, like the golpe, which is pretty useful to tab flamenco songs. Also included are the pick scrape and dead slap. But mostly, you can find everything there was in previous versions, and that’s for the best. The automation editor is still here. And I find it WAY better looking than in Guitar Pro 6. Apart from that, nothing changes. Still the same functions to automate the tracks. 

The digital tuner is now capable of recognizing the 6 strings played at the same time, which makes it quicker to adjust your tuning. Also, you can now plug your guitar to the computer and benefit of the numerous effects you’ll find in the software. Beware though, you can experience feedback and latency with this option.

As for the presentation of the sheet, you can do pretty much the same things as in Guitar Pro 6. Change the format, the header, footer, text and styles, etc. Also, tabs are now available for every track, just like in GP5. To include drums in Guitar Pro 6 necessitated a learning curve. Now it’s pretty simple and you can do it right off the bat.

As for the performance of the software, well… I’m impressed. It loads very fast and I do not own a very high tech computer. I used to get some performance issues with Guitar Pro 6, but here, none. Very smooth.

A cool new feature that has been added:  the possibility to export your file to MP3, FLAC and Ogg when using RSE sounds. And that is very useful if you want to share your song with your band mates, and make your song sound great or close to what it should be like when played live (you’ve gotta admit, MIDI is not very pretty).

A lot of new things then, and I’ve not covered everything. To discover what’s new, you can simply go to the Arobas website right here.

3. Okay great… But are there any downside to the product?

Note: if you have upgraded your software to the version 7.5, the following section is now obsolete. However, if you still have an older version, keep reading.

As you can imagine, yes. No software is perfect. For example, if you were a GP6 user, you know how easy it was to change the tuning of the strings. You just had to go on the left panel, click on the guitar tab, and tune them. That was it. Take a look:

Guitar Pro 6 Tuning

Simple, right? And it made perfect sense to every guitarist. Now here’s what you have to do. Click on Track (right panel), then Tuning. It opens a popup window. Click on tuning > it opens a big list of different tuning you can do for every string instrument in GP7. You can also tune each string as you please, just like in GP6, by clicking on the three vertical points. Let me show you: 

Guitar Pro 7 Tuning List

Guitar Pro 7 Tuning

Of course, it’s not too much of a hassle, but it’s still a downgrade. 

Also, the new format (*.gtp) is just adding (again) something to annoy Guitar Pro users. Guitar Pro 6 already added a file type. Now we get a new one. It makes it very difficult for users from different versions to be able to open a file. You won’t be able to open a GP7 file on GP5.

Another bad point is the impossibility to add a guitar with more than 8 strings.  Yes, not everybody owns a 9 or 10-string guitar, but still, it’s been asked for a long time by the community, and nothing has been done. 

For complete beginners, the software can be hard to use at first. And the online help is not very well furnished, which can be disorienting and make people want to give up. 

There were also reports of crashes and bugs. It seems that patches are fixing that, and fortunately, I did not experience any while I was testing the software. Which is a very good sign.

[UPDATE 20.06.18] Arobas has released a new version of its software with tons of updates. You can now modify the tuning in just one click, and convert the old files to the new format: *.gtp. To discover about those updates, click here, or check out the new video on YouTube:

4. The final word.

Despite all of the issues mentioned earlier, Guitar Pro 7 remains an excellent software, and in my opinion, the best version released so far. I really liked Guitar Pro 5, but it feels now a little bit outdated, and I really love being able to play the music with RSE sounds, and feel how it should sound like (or closely). 

In comparison to the other tabbing software, it’s certainly one of the best as well. And the value is great for the price: $75 69.95 €. It even gets half-priced if you already own a previous version. Of course, if you want to write a symphony, I would not recommend Guitar Pro, but it can be done anyway. Some other software like Finale or Sibelius would match your needs better, but be prepared to spend a lot on them (around $700 / 600€).

As a last word, I would totally recommend Guitar Pro 7 for any guitarist who wants to create or read good quality tablatures, or even play along with them. It’s a fun tool to have, and totally worth it if you spend time on it. 

Guitar Pro 7

$75.00 - 69.95€
8.9

Design

9.5/10

Performance

9.0/10

Options Available

9.0/10

Price/Quality Ratio

8.5/10

Ease Of Use

8.5/10

Pros

  • Fresh new design
  • Good RSE sounds
  • 50% off for GP6 owners
  • Great performance
  • Free 30-day trial

Cons

  • The help center needs improvement
  • New format (*.gtp)
  • Some RSE sounds are not that good
By |2018-06-20T19:06:38+00:00January 27th, 2018|Guitar Apps And Music Production|32 Comments

About the Author:

Ben is a French self-taught guitarist who has been exploring the world of guitar for more than ten years now. He has taught guitar players in France and Ireland before starting his own web site dedicated to guitar lessons. Whenever he's not teaching, he keeps on practicing the instrument and learning new techniques. Apart from that, he loves traveling, IT, and really enjoy discovering new cultures.

32 Comments

  1. Merry January 31, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Ben. I ran across your site accidentally but it looked interesting so I decided to stay and have a peek. First off I do not play any musical instrument, nor can I read music. But, if I could and I had a guitar, you had me convinced right away. I do like how honest you are about the 5 and 7 and the differences. I am sure anyone who does play will love seeing this article and how Refreshing and helpful it is.

    • Ben February 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Merry, thanks for your comment and kind words.

  2. Steve January 31, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    My son has recently started to play the guitar and I really think the Guitar Pro 7 may be a big help for him. He has been taking some online lessons, but I think this tool would really advance his skills. You did mention that the online help is a little bit buggy, is that a major concern for someone relatively new to this?

    • Ben February 9, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Steve. It’s not really a big issue as he would find help online anyway, through tutorials on YouTube or forums. It’s just too bad the developers didn’t spend longer on creating a complete database on the official website, it would’ve simplified the search.

  3. Ingrid Felfly January 31, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Hello!

    I love this, great job!!!
    Thank you for this post!

    • Ben February 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Ingrid, glad you appreciated the review.

  4. Nick January 31, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    very informative and interesting article. My roommate is actually just learning how to play guitar, I am definitely going to refer him to your site.

    • Ben February 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Nick, thanks for your comment and for referring your friend to my website 😉

  5. Lee Ann April 5, 2018 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I was happy to have landed on your article.
    My sister recently started playing the guitar. We used to play guitar hero ALL the time.
    She has taken up playing a real guitar, I don’t have that type of skill. I couldn’t even play the game and talk at the same time.
    She is pretty awesome though. I was actually searching for something to buy her for her birthday that is related to the guitar.
    Your review almost had me wanting to try the guitar. This software sounds amazing.
    I just would like to know if I should get guitar pro 5 or if it is safe to get the pro 7?

    • Ben April 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Hello Lee Ann. First off, thanks for leaving a comment on my website! I understand that it can be a struggle to find something to offer for a guitarist (or a musician in general).

      It’s completely safe to get Guitar Pro 7. It’s a great modernized version that runs pretty well on any computer. And GP 5 is not distributed anymore by Arobas, so I would totally recommend you to get Guitar Pro 7 for her.

      You can get it here. If you have any other question, don’t hesitate to ask!

  6. Jayde Butcher December 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I loved playing guitar hero as a kid and I thought maybe id take up the guitar as I got older, but I never went ahead with it as I didn’t really know where to begin. This looks like the perfect way to get started, teach me everything I need to know.

    • Ben December 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Jayde. Guitar Pro isn’t for beginners. You can get overwhelmed with such a software, as there are many options available. For a beginner, it’s better to go slow, and start with basic chords, and basic finger picking. If you need any advice on how and where to start, let me know. I can also offer you a free lesson on Skype, in order to get you started. 

  7. Stacie December 21, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I have a nephew that is interested in learning to play the guitar, he is about 16 years old. I have been searching for a tutoring book or online course to go along with the guitar I picked up for him. Do you think this would be the best one or should I go with more of a beginner’s course for him?

    I do not know much about music, or should I say playing any musical instruments, so I am not sure where to start him off. Any suggestions would be great!

    Are there previous lessons seeing that this is Guitar Pro 7, or is this the updated version, like with video games?

    Thank you for your time and this article too.

    Stacie 

    • Ben December 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Hello Stacie! Thanks for your comment. It’s always better to start with a beginner’s course than to buy a software, as it will feel more intuitive for your nephew. Even if Guitar Pro 7 is a great piece of software, it does not replace real lessons. I can offer guitar lessons over Skype, and the first one is free! If that’s something your nephew would be interested about, let me know.

      There has been previous versions of Guitar Pro before, and I believe this one is the best one released so far. 

      If you need any help regarding Guitar Pro or something else, I’d be glad to assist you. 

      Thanks.

  8. Chris December 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    It looks like a pretty cool and updated piece of software, but I do have one slight concern…

    I studied music at Leeds College of Music, then went on to study further at Amsterdam SAE. I’ve played the guitar since I was about seven. My knowledge came through struggling to read music, and tabs, that’s how I learned so early on. 

    Don’t you think that this kind of software removes that learning curve somewhat?

    • Ben December 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Chris. Thanks for your question. I wouldn’t say it removes the learning curve but it certainly helps. In the end, if you don’t know how to make a chord, no matter how well a software can assist you in doing it, you will need time to learn how to place your fingers and strum the chord. 

      Progress will always come with practice 🙂

  9. emman December 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Ben,

    Good article.. First thing is, I really don’t know Guitar Pro even before. I thought, it was like a game you can play in PS4 or something, plug your guitar and play. But after reading your article, I was shocked. It was a tab maker? Really? Thankfully I’m informed now. 

    I could play guitar but I can’t read a musical score. Can I still use this to create guitar tabs? Even if I don’t have background in musical theory? Because in the near future, I am planning to create tablatures to sell it in my site. Thanks

    • Ben December 21, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Emman. Haha, the name sounds a bit like Guitar Hero, but the only thing it has in common is that it’s about guitar. 

      Yes, anyone can use this software to create guitar tabs. In fact, you don’t even need to know how to play the guitar. At the beginning, you might struggle a bit to make tabs, but the software is well made, and you should progress rapidly. You can even get some help with the online assistance.

      I hope it answers your question. Have a good day!

  10. mathieu December 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hey Ben,

    I’ve been using GP 5 for few years and it is awesome to stuff I’ve learned from that program. I’m a self learn guitarist like you and those kind of software help a lot. I like the fact that, they offer tablature and conventional key reading. This way you can learn both.

    I like the fact that this software offer many scales, patterns, and many different way where you can develop the guitarist in you.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion about GP 7.

    Au plaisir,

    Mathieu

    • Ben December 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Mathieu. I also learned guitar and used GP5 to make tabs a few years ago. And it’s true that it helps a lot, especially if you’re curious about music, and want to make your own music. 

      GP7.5 is even better in my opinion, as they corrected many aspects that were lacking or counter-intuitive in GP6, and brought a fresh new design to the product.

  11. andy December 27, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    My daughters love playing the guitar, though they know just the basics, sounds like this would be great for them.  I was interested in learning to play the guitar myself when I was younger but there really wasn’t any way for me to learn and now I think that I am much too old to even try to learn it now.  It seems like it could be too complicated for someone like me. 

    • Ben January 3, 2019 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Andy,

      That’s a common mistake. We’re never too old to play the guitar. If you ever want to start the instrument, you can come for help! I’d be happy to give you some advice on how to get started.

      Guitar Pro 7 is a great tool to have for a guitarist. Your daughters would surely love the software.

  12. Luke December 27, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Ben, I`m not such a music expert but I found your article about Guitar Pro review very interesting. From all music instruments I like the most the guitar and the piano. One my friend once told me that he would need such a program, he plays in a band. You review is very percise and informative and I`m sure it will be helpful for anyone who needs some program for tab songs with guitar. Thanks for sharing with us and keep up the good work!

    • Ben January 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Luke. First off, thanks for your comment. Yes, it’s definitely useful for someone seeking to tab guitar songs. If your friend is indeed interested, he can get the software online.

  13. Paul December 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Solid!  I can appreciate your honesty when describing Guitar Pro7. As I was reading and seeing a few issues about different file types, crashes, and bugs I was about to say forget about it but it sounds like Arobas heard the customers and fixed those issues and allow for the file types to be converted. Sounds like it is well worth the price compared to the others costi