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The lessons and related practices follow our teaching curriculum and are in a natural order for learning guitar. That said, you have full control over what lesson to take and the order in which to take them.
There is no set answer to how long to spend on a chapter. You may master the topics in a day, or perhaps it may take a week or two. The best part is you will not have to determine for yourself - if you can pass the performance exams, you are good to go!
Use the loop feature. Just right-click and select a section to continue playing, and the video will play only that section in a continuous loop. We're sure this feature will be handy as you focus on areas that require a bit more practice.
The lessons introduce new topics and skills for you to focus on. The practice allows you to work on those skills without having to hear all the lesson material again - basically pick up the guitar and practice away.
Multiple styles are covered, from blues, country, rock and more. You should strive to cover all the topics and styles; they will only serve to make you a better player. Most styles influence each other, like blues and rock, so there is plenty of crossover although it may not be initially obvious.
We suggest you score higher than 70 on each performance before moving on; however you do not have to pass any performance to move onto the next lesson. You can take any performance in any order.
You need a 70% to pass an exam. If you cannot pass, keep practicing the material and retake the exams as necessary. However, if you do not pass, you still may move on to the next chapter if desired.
The performance exams are specifically graded against the samples. Listen to the sample, hear the timing and nuances, and play to that effect. For example, did the instructor let the notes ring out or are they short? Is the pickup in the neck position? Is the guitar in tune?
You must be in tune to obtain your best score on the performance exams. Always check tuning, and certainly you should tune when you begin the performances of a new chapter.
The Raw Talent® RT Evaluatortm will not score any play under a certain threshold, so don't worry about a zero - the system has determined play was of insufficient quality to return a score.
Your guitar should be in the neck position (usually the up position) to take the exams. If the guitar is in any other position, scores may be lowered.
Imagine you are taking a live lesson and your instructor asks you to play a sample. You play and receive feedback. The same principle applies here, but we rely on our Raw Talent® RT Evaluatortm to provide feedback. Our proprietary scoring system analyzes your play through the USB cable against the instructors sample to provide feedback.
As you are playing to our instructors sample, you will never quite exactly match his tuning, string thickness, humidity and timing (just to name a few factors that affect sound). Don't strive for a perfect score. Anything over 80 is considered excellent, and improving on that score will become difficult as the subtle differences will be harder to detect.
They're both important and a factor in scoring, however the Raw Talent® RT Evaluatortm will give more weight to quality of sound over timing. But to reach a passing score, they both need to be achieved.
Each song has three versions for you to play along with; The full song has all the tracks, like you would hear over the radio; the Lead version has the lead guitar tracks removed so you may play them along with the band; and the Rhythm version has the rhythm guitar tracks removed so you may play that part.
See the user guide concerning sound balancing. In short, you can adjust the guitar level, the song level and both at the same time to find the optimal levels.
Of course! Play around with X-Gear to find a really great sound for your song. For some help, check our YouTube channel or website for some presets to match the included songs.
Use the included sheet music and tabs to learn the songs. Use the pause and loop functions as necessary.
Once you have opened X-Gear, you must select "Change X-Gear Route" under the Amplitube/XGEAR selection in Pro Tips & Tools. That will route the sound through X-Gear.
Even though X-Gear is open, there may be times when you want to go back to a clean sound through the Raw Talent® Application. This method allows for full flexibility as far as controlling your sound. You may route back and forth as needed.
Don't forget to change the X-Gear route in the application.
Yes, you will find it under the IK® Multimedia directory on your PC.
To have Raw Talent properly control your guitar, you must launch X-Gear from within the Raw Talent® application. You may run a stand-alone version of X-Gear from Windows as we have included it; however you must use the Stealthplug® to hear the guitar. Note that other windows applications will not route sound through the Stealthplug.
Some amount of white noise is normal when playing the guitar. The Stealthplug® is always picking up some sound and passing it along, even when you're not strumming the guitar. This is true of an external amplifier as well and is normal to playing guitar. In other words, that's how you know its working!
Windows may have run a process behind the scenes which dropped a piece of the applications sound. No worries as it does not occur in most cases. If it does, its an individual event and should be ignored.
Just go to "Set Audio Output Device", refresh and select your output again.
We strongly recommend you close all other applications while using Raw Talent®. Our sound and performance engines will operate at maximum efficiency if they are not competing with other windows programs. Performance may be reduced if other apps are using system resources.
Raw Talent® does not support HDMI and is not available to use through that port.