Tutorial: II-V-I Practice

If you're a student or a teacher, you may want some II-V-I practice patterns.

The first thing to do in Band-in-a-Box is press NEW to get a blank slate. You can enter ANY chords you want, whether it's a song, or just chord patterns that you want to practice over. For this example, in bar 1 enter C minor 7 [Cm7 is the shortcut], F7 in bar 2, and B-flat-J [bbj], which is the shortcut for major 7.

Cm7, F7, Bbmaj7 in first 4 bars of chordsheet.

In bar 5 type k4 which is a shortcut that will repeat the first 4 bars.

Repeat first 4 bars

Then using your mouse, highlight all 8 of those bars and drag them to bar 9 while holding control. A Copy Chords and / or Melody dialogue box will appear. Change the "# of times to repeat copy" to 11 and change "With each copy, transpose" to 5. Click OK...

Repeat chords and melody 11 times

The result? A song that takes the II-V-I progression through the cycle of fifths, through all 12 keys!

II-V-I through Cycle of fifths

Then pick a tempo, 140, set it to 1 chorus, and choose from over 2 thousand styles, with RealTracks, MIDI, or a combination of both. Band-in-a-Box will generated a rhythm section, playing the cycle-of-fifths practice progression!

Choose a style in the StylePicker
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