Good, but with limitations,
This review is from: Guitar for Dummies (PC/Mac) (Software)
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There's no escaping it - the best way to learn guitar is with an actual human teacher. You can watch them play (and get them to slow down), ask them questions, and more helpfully have them correct your mistakes. You get none of that the way I started to learn - from a book. So software like this sits somewhere in the middle. There are dozens of videos, so you can copy what someone else is doing rather than just following text and still images from a book, and the songs featured can be slowed down so you can master the more complex parts before speeding up to normal speed. The animated fingerboard also makes it perfectly clear where to put the fingers.
Of course, it has its limitations. The CD-ROM comes alone in the box, so you need to be sitting in front of a computer to follow its lessons. It would probably be best to use this in conjunction with a book. I used the Keep It Simple Series book, but the actual printed Dummies book might be just as useful. For better or worse, many of the songs featured in this software are the same ones you'll find in pretty much every teach-yourself product. And most of the songs you really want to play probably have some perfectly adequate close-up video someone has put on a certain internet video website, and they're free.