First up: Audacity. It's a recording program that many of us use, and that many previous threads have been asking about. It's really great imo, and should be fine for you if you're not trying to do super high quality stuff. Even then. it might still be pretty good. Download it here.
Powertab. This is a tab editor, which is also fairly good. With this, you can now download powertabs all over the Internet. The reason this has become so popular is because you can actually play the song, hear it, and the corresponding notes will be highlighted.
Over the years, I've found this site to be very helpful. There's quite a list there, so I'm going to try and name the best/most useful/most common ones here. NOTE: quite a few of these are VST plugins, so you will be needing a host for them. Here is a fairly good open source VST host. There are a few other on the page.
10 band EQ
Music speed manipulator. Great for practice.
This is a nice software suite that has a few nice gizmos in it.
Standard notation editor
Synth. There are a lot of synths here, I'll just post one.
Also, here is a library of backing tracks, can be used for practice, recording, etc.
Alright, I hope you all found this useful. If you would like me to add something, or if something doesn't work, or if you have any qestions at all, just throw me a PM or email: email@example.com
Edited by kkatarn327, 19 August 2006 - 08:30 AM.