"GUITAR EXPLAINED VISUALLY"

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HyperTab closeup view

HyperTab shows you what to do with your:

FRET HAND
  • fingering, bends, slides, hammer-ons, pulloffs
PICK HAND
  • picking, strumming, rhythm, palm muting
     

Like Guitar Hero, you just watch, and copy what you see and hear. Unlike Guitar Hero, what you're copying is actually realistic and useful (real guitars are not played by pressing a few brightly colored buttons).

HyperTab shows how to play it

FINGERING

Fingerpads (grey ovals) show you where to put your fingers. In closeup view letters show fingering. (i = index, m = middle, r = ring, p = pinky)

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Example: place your ring finger (r) at the 7th fret of the fourth string.

 

screenshotBarreing a finger over multiple strings is another common technique.

Example: barre your index finger (i) over the top two strings.

The fingers work independantly of the strings. This means that if a finger should remain anchored on the neck, you'll see it -- even if the note the finger is over is not sounding. Check out the hammer-on example at right.

BENDS and VIBRATO

Strings animate realistically, moving in the appropriate direction (up or down) and speed, showing you how to move your hand to copy the sound of the bend.

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Turn on pitch display to see how far to bend.

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Example: the string is bent from starting pitch (green), up a half step (light blue), to a whole step (blue)

Pitch display is explained in HyperTab music theory

PICKING

Picking and other pick hand techniques are shown in a special area on the right side of the screen. A white arrow shows picking direction. The string animates too, as if it were briefly pushed in that direction.

screenshotExample: pick the bottom string in direction of arrow ("downstroke")

"downstroke" = towards top strings (top of screen);
"upstroke" = the opposite

HAMMER-ONS and PULLOFFS

Shown by a combination of fret hand and pick hand. They also sound different from picked notes.

screenshotExample: the first note (left) is picked... but the next one (below) is not.

You'll see another finger appear and you'll hear the sound of a note being played; but it will sound different (not picked), and you won't see a white arrow (picking indicator).

In the 2nd picture above, notice how the original finger (at left) remains on the neck. The fingers animate independantly; to show you what to do.

AND MORE

HyperTab also shows slides, palm muting, fret hand muting, and other common techniques.

HyperTab compared to tab