Instrumental Studies

Instrumental Studies for Band-in-a-Box®

What are Instrumental Studies?

Band-in-a-Box® Instrumental Studies are performances that can help you learn to play background or solo guitar (or piano or saxophone) in many different styles. They focus on common chord progressions, great playing, great notation, tab, on-screen guitar or piano, and printout. Load and play, slow them down, and learn as you imitate the guitar or piano part that you see on the on-screen guitar or big piano.

Instrumental Studies Sets 1-8 are included in the Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK+ and Audiophile Edition.

Instrumental Studies 13: Jazz Blues Guitar Soloing

For any jazz musician, being able to play the blues is an essential skill. This Instrumental Studies set features Jazz Blues soloing in the keys of Bb, C, Eb, F & G. There are 5 multi-chorus guitar solos, with notation and tab allowing you to follow along. You can slow these down to really get them down, loop bars to learn specific loops, and gradually speed them up as you improve!
Included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Bonus 49-PAK!

  • Jazz Blues Electric Guitar Soloing - Bb Listen
  • Jazz Blues Electric Guitar Soloing - C Listen
  • Jazz Blues Electric Guitar Soloing - Eb Listen
  • Jazz Blues Electric Guitar Soloing - F Listen
  • Jazz Blues Electric Guitar Soloing - G Listen

Instrumental Studies 12: Rhythm Changes Jazz Guitar Soloing

For anyone learning to play jazz, “rhythm changes” is the most essential progression to get under your fingers. This set features Jazz soloing in the keys of Bb, C, Eb, F & Ab with multi-chorus guitar solos. Since Bb is the most common key for rhythm changes, that key has the most number of choruses. Slow them down, loop bars to learn specific loops, and gradually speed them up as you improve! And, you can view these licks in notation, TAB, and on the on-screen guitar fretboard, so there are lots of ways to learn!
Included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Bonus 49-PAK!

  • Rhythm Changes Jazz Electric Guitar - Ab Listen
  • Rhythm Changes Jazz Electric Guitar - Bb Listen
  • Rhythm Changes Jazz Electric Guitar - C Listen
  • Rhythm Changes Jazz Electric Guitar - Eb Listen
  • Rhythm Changes Jazz Electric Guitar - F Listen

Instrumental Studies 11: Workin' Country Guitar Licks

This set features 50 individual files, each examining a different lick, repeating it over a variety of chord changes, so the student can practice along with the licks looping, and they’ll also get a sense of the various ways these loops could be used in a real musical situation. And, you can slow them down to learn, and speed them up as you get better at them! And, you can view these licks in notation, TAB, and on the on-screen guitar fretboard, so there are lots of ways to learn!
Included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Bonus 49-PAK!

  • Country Workin' Electric Guitar Lick - A Listen
  • Country Workin' Electric Guitar Lick - C Listen
  • Country Workin' Electric Guitar Lick - D Listen
  • Country Workin' Electric Guitar Lick - E Listen
  • Country Workin' Electric Guitar Lick - G Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 10: Train-Beat Country Guitar Licks

Get ready for more amazing Country Train Beat licks with Instrumental Studies 10! This set features 50 licks that are presented in a way that is great for learning! The idea is that each of these 50 licks is presented in a separate Band-in-a-Box file, with the same lick repeated over a variety of chord changes. This gives you great insight into different ways these licks can be used. You can slow them down to learn, and speed them up as you get better at them! And, you can view these licks in notation, TAB, and on the on-screen guitar fretboard, so there are lots of ways to learn!
Included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Bonus 49-PAK!

  • Train Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - A Listen
  • Train Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - C Listen
  • Train Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - D Listen
  • Train Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - E Listen
  • Train Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - G Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 9: Western Swing Country Guitar Licks

This new set of Instrumental Studies features 50 licks, each looping multiple times for you to play along and learn with! Not only do you get the chance to learn these licks from a master, you'll get to see how they would work over a variety of chord changes, as each time it loops, the backing tracks play variations on the progression. And, you can view these licks in notation, TAB, and on the on-screen guitar fretboard, so there are lots of ways to learn! You can slow them down to learn them, and gradually bring the tempo up until you've got them down!
Included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Bonus 49-PAK!

  • Western Swing Electric Guitar Lick - A Listen
  • Western Swing Electric Guitar Lick - C Listen
  • Western Swing Electric Guitar Lick - D Listen
  • Western Swing Electric Guitar Lick - E Listen
  • Western Swing Electric Guitar Lick - G Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 8 - Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Guitar Licks

Get ready for some amazing Country Train-Beat licks with Instrumental Studies 8! This set features 120 licks (10 in each key) presented in a way that's great for learning! The idea is that each of these 120 licks is presented in a separate Band-in-a-Box® file, with the same lick repeated over a variety of chord changes. This gives you great insight into different ways these licks can be used. And, you can slow them down to learn, and speed them up as you get better at them!

  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - A Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - C Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - D Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - E Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar Lick - G Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 7 - Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks

Instrumental Studies 7 features specially curated licks and riffs performed by legendary Nashville guitarist Brent Mason, with amazing country pop lick that work great over many different genres and many different progressions. These licks are presented in a way that makes it great for learning, with these short riffs looping, making them perfect for practice. And, the chord progressions behind the lick changes with each loop, giving you great insight into DIFFERENT ways these licks can be used.

  • Country Pop Electric Guitar Lick - A Listen
  • Country Pop Electric Guitar Lick - C Listen
  • Country Pop Electric Guitar Lick - D Listen
  • Country Pop Electric Guitar Lick - E Listen
  • Country Pop Electric Guitar Lick - G Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 6 - Hot Jazz-Rock Electric Guitar Licks

This new set of Instrumental Studies features the talented guitarist Jon Herrington, with short (1-4 bar) jazz-rock licks, played in a loop, allowing you to play along and learn! Not only do you get the chance to learn these hot licks from a master, you also get to see how they would work over a variety of chord changes. This is because after the lick starts looping, the chords change to cool different substitutions. The notation features high quality (Hi-Q) transcriptions, which show you bends, slides, pull-offs & hammer-ons, so it's easy to learn everything Jon is playing!

  • Jazz Rock Electric Guitar Soloist - G Listen
  • Jazz Rock Electric Guitar Soloist - B Minor Listen
  • Jazz Rock Electric Guitar Soloist - A Listen
  • Jazz Rock Electric Guitar Soloist - E Listen
  • Jazz Rock Electric Guitar Soloist - C Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 5 - 12-key Electric Guitar

A set of instrumental studies that features not one but two styles of country electric guitar soloing: country pop and train-beat country! Both include instrumental studies in all twelve keys. This gives you a total of 24 new instrumental studies

  • Country Pop Electric Guitar - G Listen
  • Country Pop Electric Guitar - C Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar - F Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar - E Listen
  • Train-Beat Country Electric Guitar - D Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 4 - Electric Guitar

We introduced the idea of “Instrumental Studies” with guitar, and last year we added additional Instrumental Studies with piano, bass, guitar, and sax. This year we added new Instrumental Studies with electric guitar!

  • Dreamy Rock Soloist Electric Guitar - A Listen
  • Country Blues Soloist El. Guitar - E minor Listen
  • Jazz Rock Soloist Electric Guitar - C Listen
  • Soul Pop Rhythm Electric Guitar - D Listen
  • Punk Rock Soloist Electric Guitar - E Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 3 - Bass, Guitar, Piano, & Sax 2

We introduced the idea of “Instrumental Studies” with guitar studies, and this year we’ve expanded the concept to include piano, bass, guitar, and sax.  There are 22 studies that you can explore and learn on these instruments in a variety of genres.

  • Two-Part Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar - G Listen
  • Country Bent-Note Acoustic Piano - C Listen
  • Swung-Sixteenths Funk Electric Piano - D Listen
  • Jazz Swing Alto and Tenor Sax - Bb Listen
  • Surf Rock Electric Bass - E Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 2 - Bass, Guitar, Piano, & Sax

We introduced the idea of “Instrumental Studies” with guitar studies, and this year we’ve expanded the concept to include piano bass and sax. There are 19 studies that you can explore and learn on these instruments, in a variety of genres.

  • Poppy Funk Electric Bass - A Listen
  • Latin Gypsy Soloist Acoustic Guitar - F Listen
  • Pop Rock Soloist Electric Guitar - D Listen
  • Jazz Stride Acoustic Piano - Bb Listen
  • Jazz Swing Soloist Tenor Sax - Eb Listen
  • And many more!

Instrumental Studies 1 - Guitar Studies

There are over 20 great guitar performances that can help you learn to play background or solo guitar in many different styles. They focus on common chord progressions, great playing, and great notation, tab, on-screen guitar and printout. Load and play, slow them down, loop, play and learn as you imitate the guitar part that you see on the on-screen guitar.

  • Texas Blues Rock Electric Guitar - E minor Listen
  • Slow Rock Ballad Electric Guitar - A Listen
  • Melodic Country Nylon Guitar - G Listen
  • Celtic Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar - D Listen
  • Fast Jazz Soloist Electric Guitar - Bb Listen
  • And many more!

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