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Linux.com: Virtual Guitar Site Amps Up with LAMP

Sep 20, 2006, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Chordbook.com is a virtual playground for guitarists. The site is one of the most popular guitar chord databases on the 'Net, and was once listed as one of the BBC's top 10 educational sites. Chordbook.com features an interactive database of chords and a unique 'virtual guitar' that allows users to visualize chord fingerings and hear chords as they should sound by 'strumming' the virtual guitar. Glasgow guitarist Bob Melrose created the site as a hobby, using Adobe Flash on top of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

"'It has been a huge success,' Melrose says, 'which I didn't expect when it was first designed.' He says that chordbook.com began as a 'hobby project. [I was] learning to use Flash and simply thought it would be great if I could model a virtual guitar and stick it online.' He couldn't find a domain similar to 'virtual guitar,' but chordbook.com was available..."

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