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Re: Is Band in the Box good for beginners?


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Posted by El Pájaro on June 01, 2000 at 06:40:35:

In Reply to: Is Band in the Box good for beginners? posted by John Riley on May 21, 2000 at 16:46:58:


: I am looking for some sort of software that will let me play along to some
: popular songs. I am learning, reviewing arpeggios, etc., but I'd like to
: find something that will teach me some specific songs.

: Is Band in the Box the way to go? Or is there something that people in the
: bass community have found to be a better choice? Obviously, I will want to
: turn off the bass channel when it plays. And I hope that it includes some
: sheet music and/or tablature for the bass lines.

: Any thoughts out there? Thanks.

Hey there,
BIAB is the single most useful and important invention for music education since the Aebersold Jazz Aids series, period.
I've been using it for a few years now and can't imagine a practice session without it. The newest versions are just about perfect. You can create a shitload of usable songs ans chord progressions with just typing the chord names into it. You can also change style, tempo, chord voicings and number of instruments in the ensamble, or generate pretty realistic solos with a click of the mouse. You can learn a lot of jazz standards this way, and to practice your walking and soloing skills there just isn´t any comparable tool. Of course it just sounds like a machine (and there ain't nothing like the real thing, baby), but BIAB comes as close as anything to the sound of a real rhythm section.
As a plus, I've found it to be a great tool for songwriting, too, since you can try out chord combinations in several forms. Of course, as a strictly songwriting tool is a bit limited (albeit it wasn't created with this application in mind), but if you also have a sequencing software like Cubase or Cakewalk, you can make up raw musical sketches in BIAB, make standard MIDI files out of them, import them to the sequencing software and then tweak them to taste, remove or add parts, and edit the whole thing with all the flexibility this programs provide.
Try BIAB, it is definitely woth it.
Buena suerte and keep you bas up front in the mix,
El Pájaro.


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