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I want to practice playing songs off of tablature, but I think it would be easier for me if I saw the actual notes displayed on a virtual fretboard while the song is playing. Guitar Guru does something to that extent, but they lock you in to their ecosystem. I'd have to pay an arm and a leg for each song if I wanted to use it. So yes, I'd prefer to work with Guitar Pro tabs I found online.

If you're not familiar with Guitar Guru, here's a screenshot:

Is there anything out there that can help me do this?

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Guitar Pro can also display a fretboard with some options to display the notes of the current beat or the whole bar (like that - this is the mobile version but it is similar to the desktop version).
The software is not free ($60), but this is a pretty common format so you can find almost all the tabs you want on the internet for free (like on Ultimate Guitar).

The mobile version is cheaper if you have a tablet (iOS, Android, BlackBerry), you won't be able to edit the tab, but it can play it.

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TuxGuitar is a free, open-source alternative to GuitarPro, and it also provides a virtual fretboard. To find guitarpro files, I personally use the meta-search engine 911tabs (which often sends me to Ultimate Guitar) –  Khaur Jan 31 '13 at 17:03
TuxGuitar doesn't look as polished as Guitar Pro, but it's nice to have a free alternative. I might end up buying Guitar Pro for iOS though. Thanks for the suggestions! –  Pieter Feb 1 '13 at 8:51

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