Maybe you have watched a YouTube video of some great guitar playing and thought “I would love to learn that but the guitar playing is too darn fast“. Well, as proof you are not alone, GuitarTeacher.com reader ~Daniel~ recently commented to my Canon Rock video guitar lesson the following:
“hey thanks for the awesome post but do you know a program i can use for downloading and slowing down this video?”
As a matter-of-fact, I do know a easy and free solution to slow down guitar videos: Apple’s Quicktime Player. In the following video I quickly demonstrate how you can use Quicktime Player to loop and slow down guitar videos:
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Now I have made the file used in the original lesson post available for download. Downloading videos off of YouTube to your own hard drive for use in Quicktime is a little more involved. I personally have used the Firefox plugin Download Helper (www.downloadhelper.net) to do this and found it works well. I am sure there are others solutions out there. Subscribers to my private guitar lessons on GuitarTeacher.com don’t have to jump through such hoops. All private lessons and videos you see on the site are available for download to members!
Quicktime will also open audio files. However, I have favored software that I use for audio transcription that I will feature in upcoming posts.
I am curious to hear from other readers what solutions they have used to slow down video and audio files for guitar practice. Until then, ~Daniel~, I hope this helps you with your guitar question!