How to create guitar patterns (free MIDI files included)

From heavy metal to pop, the guitar is an instrument that’s commonly used across a wide array of genres.

However, not all of us are guitarists, and those of us who aren’t will naturally reach for software emulations. If you’ve ever done so and felt like your MIDI guitar part didn’t sound quite ‘right,’ it could be because it wasn’t idiomatic to the way a physical guitar is structured and played.

In the tutorial video above, we walk through how to sequence MIDI rhythm and lead guitar patterns that are not only exciting, but also convincing. We use Ample Sound’s Ample Guitar Lite (a plugin that we featured in our list of best free VST / AU instruments) to demonstrate some of the techniques in the video. Be sure to download it so you can follow along – it’s also just a great free instrument to have in your collection, far superior to the built-in guitar emulations in most DAWs.

In addition, we’ve compiled some MIDI files that align with each of the main tips covered in the video – if you’d like to have them in your DAW for reference, you can download the files here.

Do you have any questions on the concepts explored in the video? What instrument do you want to see us focus on next? Let us know in the comments below.

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May 22, 2020

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."