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#243891 - 03/13/14 04:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: VideoTrack]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Hi Trevor,

Thanks for your kind remarks. Of course, you're right about Shorter. His penetrating insight into harmony and instinct for the "hip zone" haven't been matched by anyone else I can think of.


#243894 - 03/13/14 04:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: Janice & Bud]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Hi Janice and Bud,

Thank you for your kind remarks on Rio, a difficult tune if there ever was one. Glad to hear you're liking nylons (strings, not stockings). That inspires me to get that same sound into my next post.


#243895 - 03/13/14 04:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: cubanpete]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Thanks Mike,

You're quite right. Give me old Carlos Montoya anytime, but there are some new and brilliant Flamenco players around that I've just discovered. For instance, check out Don Cortes Maya:

What a sound he gets out of the instrument. The whole thing is just jaw-dropping. Some of those fire-breathing licks of pure Spanish soul can blast your clothes off. I hope you and others get to see that video.


#243897 - 03/13/14 04:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: tommyad]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958

Special thanks for those generous and kind words. In fact, I do like to add a little extra to a post if I can. Whenever I find a link that I feel people have just got to see, I'll include it, even if it relates only tangentially to the music I'm posting.

Hearing that you find them a source of new knowledge and possibly inspiration is a real thrill.

I hear you got a rep now as the blues guitar king of the Forum. Buddy, you can add my vote to that.


#243898 - 03/13/14 04:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: dani48]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Thanks Dani and PGF,

I'm going to quote from my reply to MarioD about superfast guitar players:
Originally Posted By: aleck rand
With McLaughlin you can start at any point in any solo and hear a machine-gun burst of notes. At least that's what I hear. He does not seem to be a melodist as an improvisor. In other words, I can't imagine singing or even remembering any "licks" that might make me say, "yeah!" The only feature I can tell you about what I hear is that it's fast, not that it's, say, bluesy or Trane-like or has the same quality X that that other guitarist over there has, etc.

Paco, on the other hand, seems to deliver melodic ideas along with the speed. From my point of view, speed devoid of ideas is like a double-talk artist who can do it at high speed. So, er, whad 'e say?

#243916 - 03/13/14 07:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: aleck rand]
F.M.M. Offline

Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 1108
hi dean great sound on guitar loved it very well done thanks for sharing eric

#243933 - 03/13/14 10:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: aleck rand]
Al-David Offline

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 2734
Loc: Alabama, USA

I love things out of the ordinary, and this fits the bill. I play a little Gypsy Jazz, well...until my fingers so "not any more" because of the Focal Dystonia...and I admire fast but with grace and emotion, nor just fast for the sake of fast. This guy has it and your music does, too.

Terrific music, my friend! Loved every note...and the intro was super! Thanks for the YouTube link.

You never fail to impress me. It's always a pleasure clicking onto one of your songs! best to ya...

Al & Di
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#243967 - 03/14/14 06:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: aleck rand]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12915
Loc: Australia
Hi Dean,

"Very stylish, very classy, so smooth, musical ambrosia" were just some of the phrases that faded in and out of my mind as I listened. There's no doubting the fact that you are a talented composer, arranger and performer. I loved the bass intro and the bending note.

I can't believe that 3:54 disappeared so quickly.

In a nutshell, this work was a delight to listen to.

All the best,


#244232 - 03/16/14 09:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: Noel96]
olemon Offline

Registered: 12/13/13
Posts: 665
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Dean,

"Very stylish, very classy, so smooth, musical ambrosia" were just some of the phrases that faded in and out of my mind as I listened. There's no doubting the fact that you are a talented composer, arranger and performer. I loved the bass intro and the bending note.

I listened to this fine composition the other day, Dean, and again this morning. You are so technically and musically advanced, I struggle to find something to say. Looking through the comments, I think Noel captured my sentiments.

#244350 - 03/17/14 12:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: aleck rand]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3857
Loc: Davis, CA
Languishing on a "Procrastinator" album seems appropriate. I know of Wayne Shorter mostly from Steely Dan tunes. I believe he also played on THE END OF THE INNOCENCE for Don Henley, and did beautiful work for Joni Mitchell on TURBULENT INDIGO. This is a great tune, and I love your take on it!!! Very sweet indeed!! Keep posting. Take care. Greg

#244446 - 03/17/14 12:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: olemon]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Hi Olemon,

You have paid me such a profound compliment that I, myself, don't know how to respond other than to reply with a deeply felt Thank You.


#244448 - 03/17/14 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: Noel96]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Thank you Noel.

Did you notice that RIO does not have the AABA form, but it's one of those exceptions that prove the rule. I've been thinking about your interesting comments on the AABA structure, so the next post will have this feature. I think you'll like it.


#244451 - 03/17/14 12:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: Al-David]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Al and Di,

Hi folks. I hope all is well. Such wonderful compliments. Thank you so much.


#244905 - 03/21/14 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: One for Paco [Re: Greg Johnson]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Languishing on a "Procrastinator" album seems appropriate.
Greg, I wish I had thought of that ironic twist wink. I'm very pleased that you liked my take on it.


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User Tip - Slowing Down and Looping Audio in Band-in-a-Box®

Forum user DeaconBlues09 created a video tutorial to help answer a fellow forum user's question:
Using the Audio Chord Wizard to tempo map, slow down, and learn the notes of an audio track - video link

Forum thread:

Thanks for sharing!

#TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 2006 for Windows Ear Training Fun!

With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2006 for Windows we added two great games for ear training: Pitch Invasion and Music Replay!

Pitch Invasion helps to develop perfect pitch as you shoot down "alien" notes invading from above (you hear the note sound, and click on the on-screen piano/MIDI or QWERTY keyboard to shoot them down).

Music Replay develops your pitch, rhythm, and melody recognition by replaying what the program plays, in note, rhythm, or melodic modes.

These games can still be accessed with newer versions of the program - in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 you'll find these by accessing the Practice Window or Ear Training Window, both located in the Window drop-down menu. The Practice Window can also be accessed using the Practice button within the main Band-in-a-Box screen (don't see it? CTRL+T to change the view).

Learn all about the features released with Version 2006 here.

Video: Exporting Audio Files in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Our latest video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - Exporting Audio Files Tutorial walks you through the different options to export your Band-in-a-Box® songs and song tracks from Band-in-a-Box® as an audio file (WAV, MP3, etc.)!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 516 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box 2018 for Windows customer can download the latest free patch update here:

Summary of changes:
Improved: More RealTracks have HiQ transcriptions. Fixed Bass AmericanaSlow16thsByron bad chords.
Improved: The Audio Drivers dialog for WAS devices now shows Bit Depth in the device description.
Improved: WAS audio driver performance has been Improved when using 44.1 kHz sample rate.
Improved: Windows Audio Session error messages contain more specific information.
Updated: Misc. updates to StylePicker database, memos, manuals, help files.
Fixed: "BBW.LST not found" errors when using the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: "mono" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: "normalize individual tracks" was only working for MIDI tracks.
Fixed: "One file per track" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: Access violation on bootup if using a Roland audio interface (ASIO) that is not connected.
Fixed: Adjusting Melody or Soloist tracks to fit a new number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: An access violation error might occur in the RealTracks Picker if quickly scrolling and double-clicking to hear demos.
Fixed: Changing a track name using the StylePicker mixer controls might open a hidden popup window.
Fixed: Changing the number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: Clicking on the far left of the Guitar window would cause a "!!!!!" flash message to show.
Fixed: If adjusting the number of choruses in your song, choosing Cancel is ignored when asked, "OK to adjust Melody track to fit new # of choruses?".
Fixed: JazzBebopDannyBrushes sometimes out of sync.
Fixed: Panning the audio track did not work.
Fixed: Some Amplitube presets/styles/demos pointed to a preset which wasn't available in some installs.
Fixed: Some typos and omissions in RealDrums Picker.
Fixed: The [.STY] button in the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: The [Get Patch/Drum Kit Info] button in the MIDI drivers dialog would not find the synthesizer documentation.
Fixed: The About dialog was not showing the Fretlight Ready logo.
Fixed: The Audio Chord Wizard would always run in English.
Fixed: The busy mouse cursor might remain after analyzing audio with the Audio Chord Wizard.
Fixed: The PDF driver installer could not be launched from Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: The Plugins window would be too small when using plugins that have a small GUI.
Fixed: Using a Coyote DXi synthesizer (eg CoyoteWT or ForteDXi) might cause crackling/buzzing noise during playback.
Fixed: Using a multi speaker layout (eg. 4 speakers surround sound) instead of stereo might cause failure to connect to audio hardware with error -9996. This only happened when using WAS as audio driver type.
Fixed: Video rendering would fail if saved using Japanese characters in file name.
Fixed: When saving a Hybrid style for the first time, the File Save dialog should start in the Styles directory.

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Great program with lots of support through the publisher and after-market. Use it for teaching, practicing, and gigging.
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I love this program. I have only had it for around a month but it has made things a lot easier for me. I no longer have to scour the internet for backing tracks. I just plug in the chords I want to use, find the style I want and done. Saving me so much time and being able to transpose into different keys is awesome too.
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Vi har haft travlt, og har tilføjet mere end 50 nye funktioner og en fantastisk samling af nyt indhold, bl. a. RealTracks, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, Loops, Artist Performances, Amplitube presets og dertil hørende stilarter, 12-tonearter RealTracks og Hi-Q Guitar Notation! Vi har tilføjet 202 nye RealTracks, hvilket er det dobbelte af de 101, vi ofte tidligere har udgivet! Vi introducerer Video RealTracks (40 i genrerne Country, Pop, and Jazz), som fungerer helt som RealTracks, men også har videoer af musikerne, mens de spiller! Vi har også lavet en ny Xtra Styles PAK 4 med 160 nye Xtra Stilarters. (Xtra stilarter er stilarter baseret på tidligere udgivne RealTracks). Der er mere end 200 nye RealStyles baseret på vores nye RealTracks bl.a. Americana, Klezmer, Top-40, Jazz stryger pads, Vokal (ooh og aah), Ny Crooner "Shout" BigBand stilart og meget mere! Vi har en Bonus 49-PAK med 40 ekstra ikke tidligere udgivne RealTracks foruden de 202 ovenfor nævnte, så alt i alt er der 242 nye RealTracks til rådighed! Bonus 49-PAK indeholder også Video RealTracks sæt 1 og 2, 32 nye MIDI SuperTracks, 108 nye Instrumental Studies, 52 Loops og 8 Artist Performances.

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