Hi. I'm a guitarist and want to make some recordings and have NO idea what I need. I want to compose mostly, on the computer. One of my goals is to create 'jam' pieces, simple songs I can record and give to students so they can practice pentatonic scales and soloing without me watching over their shoulder. I used to own a Boss drum machine and unfortunately I do not recall the model number, but it is no longer available. Anyway, I could on that machine program four tracks, a rhythm section, bass, and two others. It had something like 253 instrument sounds programmed into it. I could enter real-time sound via my electric guitar, or do it by note/beat manually. That definitely performed some of the tasks I have in mind, i.e. the jam CDs. I have no idea what I need in terms of software, but I do know whatever it is, I'm not looking to turn this into a professional project: I'm on a real tight budget. I already have a Lexicon Alpha Home Recording Studio, for getting music into my computer. I also have Finale notation software and it has the ability to create soundtracks, too. I'm still exploring that. What is a real economical way to get started? I tried Cakewalk Music Creator 3 and couldn't figure it out, but suspect it is not what I want. I want to enter the data, not rip it from loop CDs, or however that is done. I sure wouldn't be opposed to learning more about music and computers, too. If you know of a concise book that lays it out, please post a title. Besides my jam tracks, I'd like to actually compose music with a variety of sounds, including traditional instruments, maybe some electronic sounds, etc. Perhaps I am talking about two entirely different types of projects here. If you could help me understand what I need, I'd be most appreciative. Thanks.