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Can I plug my electric guitar into my computer and creat music notations and score from playing my guitar? Answered



9 years ago

No you can't. Your electric guitar doesn't send out notes to the PC but instead the sound the strings make. You would need a program that recognizes the notes played. There are programs available that do that for one note but with your guitar you're playing accords. I'm sure no program that can recognize these exists and for programming one you'd need to be an expert at programming and sound recognition.

you can plug a guitar into the comp. all u need to do is take and mp3/ ipod dock cable (the one that has headphone jack things on both sides) take the converter for the headphones u plug into the amps headphone jack then attach it on one side. plug this side into the guitar then plug the smaller plug side for a normal headphone jack and plug it into the mic. input on the comp. now bring up a recording program, and you can play you guitar over the comp speakers and you can record the guitar right on the comp. -Paul Randall

I think this wasn't the question. He wanted to know if he can play and the PC writes sheets of the actual Notes and accords he played. He didn't want to record the sounds I'm pretty sure he knows that he can do that. but through recording a sound the pc doesn't know if it's the note c or d or which accord he played. I think you misunderstood his question. I think he wanted something like the related "MP3 to MIDI" Instructable. But this one wouldn't help him because playing a guitar creates 6 voices (one for each string).

shup up, you just feel stupid because you were proven wrong. Don't try and cover up your original answer with some fancy trickery.

what program will I need to do this.....

You don't have to spend any money except for the guitar cable, and connector there's a ton of free software out there!

Here's a link to a great site that explains it all!

Hope this helps!

use your amp's headphones slot to send sound to your computers microphone input. Then on the computer use a sound mixing program, if you cant find anything use audicity to mix it.

An alternative option is to use a guitar pickup and synthesizer (e.g. Roland GK-3 and GR-200) along with a good sequencer.  The Synth will do the conversion from analog (i.e. the moving guitar string) into digital Midi.  The Midi output from the Synth then gets plugged into a Midi Soundcard on your PC.  

This ain't the cheapest option but it's a good and reliable alternative - plus you get a new toy :)

I have a tascam 122-us external sound card and it came with cubase le4. But it can't "score" what you play. I don't think thats possible and if it is the software would be really expensive. Go to and decent music store and they should have some tascams and similar products. And most come with cubase or similar software that can make and effect on the sound of the guitar. They whole thing works throught a usb port. I'm pretty sure auto-scroing isn't possible. That would be neat.

A midi guitar would be your best bet.

The latest version of Sibelius has a feature that will do this. The downsides are: Sibelius costs over £200, and the results won't be brilliant. I know it sounds like the obvious answer but if you don't know how to already, I would really recommend taking the time to learn to read and write music. You'll be writing music pretty soon even if you can't sight-read it straight away, and with a good teacher you'll progress faster than you'd thought possible. An added bonus of this is that with proper ear training you'll be able to write music down straight from your head without even playing it on a guitar first! Obviously, that takes time, but my point is; these programs are available, but they're very hit and miss, and if you can't read music you can't check how it comes out. Even if you can read and write music, think it really helps your development musically to do it by hand,

Yes, you can do what you asked about. Buy Cakewalk's Sonar Studio 8. It will take any audio input and convert it to midi.

Here's a link to a video about sonar studio:

It's only about $300.

Or, try Digital Ear software. It's cheaper, though I don't think as fully featured as Sonar, which is a music studio on a PC.


you would need to make your own program