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#378140 - 11/29/16 12:20 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum!
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New to Band-in-a-Box® ? We've created a Beginner's Forum that's the perfect place to post resources ideal for those starting with Band-in-a-Box®.

If you're not new to Band-in-a-Box®, that doesn't mean you can't join in the action! Pop over to the new forum to join in the discussion & share your knowledge too!
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#378165 - 11/29/16 01:24 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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What a great idea!!! I'm sure there are many new users who feel intimidated to post their questions on the regular BIAB forum, I sure hope some of the seasoned users will peruse it frequently, and this might also be a great place to post your tips on getting more out of BIAB.

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#378183 - 11/29/16 02:01 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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The new forum was a suggestion by a regular forum member, who has already contributed (no, not me: David Snyder).
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#378276 - 11/29/16 05:32 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Hey Y'all,

There seems to be some confusion on my original thread from some people as to why we need this new Forum. But remember, at the end of the day, Band in a Box is tool for writing and playing songs. Most of the time, songs are deceptively simply and catchy little numbers that people love to sing.

In that light, I see this as a "safe space" for all us beginners to ask the most basic questions about using to tool to make songs, even if the questions sound elementary. Plus, it creates an organized place for all basic instructions to go. Obviously, if you feel your question is for a more advanced forum and you do not want to post here, you can always post somewhere else, such as the regular BIAB Forum. No one is forcing you to post on the beginner's forum.

Anyway, as a beginner myself, I know that getting a good understanding of the basics will take you far.

My own favorite concepts are:

1. Learning what the basic chord symbols I ii iii IV V vii and dim 7 mean in any key in a chord progression and how you manipulate those to write a song. (And how you gradually move on to slightly trickier "jazz" chords as you advance.)

2. How you can load a style demo in BIAB and find some wicked chord progressions you never thought of.

3. How to use midi files in BIAB and Real band.

4. The marvels of the song form dialog and the little blue and green buttons that take you from verse to chorus.

5. Loading a BIAB file into Real Band, tweaking the audio, adding vox, adding your own tracks and mixing that puppy down.

If those 5 things have to be repeated and discussed a thousand times, then so be it. It's what makes a song.



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#378450 - 11/30/16 04:11 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Great idea and a great response from our PGMusic team in recognizing and reacting to this idea.

Charlie
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#431184 - 09/25/17 04:14 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Band-in-a-Box® for Beginner's - New Forum! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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We were all "new" at some point, simple as that - Nuff said cool
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PG Music News
Song Titles Brower Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

In 2016, we added the Song Title Browser feature to the StylePicker within Band-in-a-Box, which filters the styles listed using your criteria: familiar song title, artist name, genre type.... with Version 2018 we made it even better!

We've added 2,000 new song titles, the option to filter the lists, added subgenres, and more! Visit http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm to see all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows.

YouTube Find - Triste - Hammond Organ + Band-in-a-Box®

Our latest search of "Band-in-a-Box" on YouTube has delivered some great videos, including this one by YouTube user Keith Horton!

YouTube Video - Triste - Hammond Organ + Band In A Box

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Features a Cleaned-up BB Folder

If you've used previous versions of Band-in-a-Box®, you may have noticed a lot of different files and folders within the "BB" folder for the program - after years and years of development there are up to 10,000 files for an UltraPAK! With Version 2018, we've cleaned it up - but you're not losing anything - the cleanup normally happens automatically during installation, but you can run it manually if you'd like - just select the main menu Help | Utilities | Run Cleanup routine...

Review all the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

Introducing... RealTracks Artist Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson

One of our just-released RealTracks Sets features the award winning harmonica player Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson!
RealTracks Set 283: Jelly-Roll Country Harmonica

Add his harmonica playing to your Band-in-a-Box song for that soulful feel that cannot be matched!

Learn more about "Jelly Roll" Johnson and listen to demos of his RealTracks when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio page.

Beginners Forum - Exporting from Band-in-a-Box® to a .MID File

Our Forum is amazing - an online community full of helpful program users, BETA testers, endorsers, and staff!

We include a Beginners Forum, which is a great place for Band-in-a-Box beginners to visit for discussions & resources!

This week included a very active post, Exporting from Band-in-a-Box to a .MID file. Visit this post to learn more about exporting RealTracks as .MID files, and see our friendly forum users at work!

Introducing... RealTracks Artist Colin Linden!

Have you heard the newest Guitar RealTracks from Colin Linden? You can find his RealTracks with:
RealTracks Set 279: Americana: Slow Groovin' 12-8 & 16ths
RealTracks Set 280: Americana: Gritty Blues & Rockabilly Swing
RealTracks Set 287: Pop Songwriter: Acoustic Guitar
RealTracks Set 299: Rootsy Blues Guitar & Piano

Learn more about Colin and listen to demos of his RealTracks when you visit his RealTracks Artist Bio.

The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 49-PAK with 40 Unreleased RealTracks!

Our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 49-PAK is still available, and includes 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band, Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band, 32 MIDI SuperTracks, 108 Instrumental Studies, Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé, 40 AmpliTube Presets & 37 Associated Styles, and 52 Loops!

Add this to your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK purchase for just $49! Purchasing an UltraPAK or Audiophile Edition? As of January 16th, the 49-PAK is included in your purchase (uncompressed RealTracks files for the Audiophile too)!

Learn more about the 49-PAK and listen to demos at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.49pak.htm

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