Guitar Pro is a program designed to create and edit guitar and bass music tablature. The program also supports other instruments, such as drums and piano, which allows users to write out entire musical scores. Guitar Pro files can store the instrument tablature and sheet music for an entire song, but this file format cannot be directly used by audio programs; it must first be exported as a MIDI or wave audio file that can be played by Windows Media Player.
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Things you need
- Guitar Pro 5 or 6
- Windows Media Player
- Guitar Pro file
Open the Guitar Pro file in Guitar Pro or Guitar Pro 6. The procedure for converting the tablature file into a MIDI or wav file usable by Windows Media Player is the same for both versions.
Highlight “Export” in the File menu. Select “WAVE…” from the export sub-menu that appears, then press “OK” on the wave export window.
Enter the name of the file and the location where you want it to be saved.
Press the “Play” button on Guitar Pro. The entire file will be saved as a wave audio file once it is finished playing.
Open the wave audio file in Windows Media Player. You can now play the converted Guitar Pro file as an audio file.
Open the Guitar Pro file in Guitar Pro 5 or Guitar Pro 6.
Select “MIDI…” from the export sub-menu. This is displayed by highlighting “Export” in the File menu.
Select a name and location to save the MIDI file. The Guitar Pro file will be converted into a MIDI file once you press the “OK” button in the save prompt.
Open the MIDI file in Windows Media Player. You can now play the converted Guitar Pro file as an audio file.
Tips and warnings
- Guitar Pro files store tablature data, not audio data, which is why Windows Media Player and other audio programs cannot directly open these files. You need to convert the Guitar Pro file to a MIDI or wave audio file first in order to play it in an audio program.
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