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Where Purchased: http://bestpractice.sourceforge.net/
For Windows (PC) computers - this package is open source freeware, in other words, it doesn't cost anything although donation are recommended.
I've had it on my machine for quite sometime and looked at it a couple of times. It was plenty good enough to recommend to my students. This week I needed to find the chords to song I wanted to learn so I fired it up and loaded the MP3 into it. By the way, it also lets you rip a track off a CD.
The slow down works flawlessly and maintains the proper pitch so you don't have to retune your banjo. You can flag a section, any section, of a tune and continuously loop that section until you figured it out. Of course it means you can also loop the whole tune if you want to play along with the whole thing.
As soon as you load a tune it starts playing and it took a while before it dawned on me that to resume the song after you click the pause button clicking it again is what does the trick. Kinda unexpected not to see a play button to click on - not a big deal.
You can also have it transpose the tune into another key by clicking add/subtract semi tones - if the original tune is in the key of Bb and you want to learn it it in C, no prob.
Yup, a marvelous piece of software that's a must for any student or tabber.
Overall Rating: 9
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