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Hello - almost 12 years since I last used BIAB so forgive my beginner question but my memory ain’t what it was! I’m arranging the trad jazz favourite Bourbon Street Parade to play trumpet to. I have three repeats of the main chorus. Part 1 is the main tune, part 2 I’m soloing over and part 3 will be a repeat of the main tune. The style I’m using is DIXILAND. The 1st time through the drums are playing closed hi-hat and on the 2nd time through the drums play on the ride cymbal which lifts the tune nicely. The 3rd part is where I’m having trouble. I want the drums to carry on playing ride cymbal through to the end but they keep returning to closed hi-hat as they are on the 1st time through. I can’t work out how to do this so any help would be appreciated. Apologies for long winded explanation and I’m sure there is a simple solution! Thanks. Tony.

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Hello - almost 12 years since I last used BIAB so forgive my beginner question but my memory ain’t what it was! I’m arranging the trad jazz favourite Bourbon Street Parade to play trumpet to. I have three repeats of the main chorus. Part 1 is the main tune, part 2 I’m soloing over and part 3 will be a repeat of the main tune. The style I’m using is DIXILAND. The 1st time through the drums are playing closed hi-hat and on the 2nd time through the drums play on the ride cymbal which lifts the tune nicely. The 3rd part is where I’m having trouble. I want the drums to carry on playing ride cymbal through to the end but they keep returning to closed hi-hat as they are on the 1st time through. I can’t work out how to do this so any help would be appreciated. Apologies for long winded explanation and I’m sure there is a simple solution! Thanks. Tony.


Left click (or right, don't recall which offhand) on the bottom lift corner of the chord cell and pick "substyle B" in the popup menu


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Thank you! I have tried that but it then plays the whole song with ride cymbal. I can see if I had the arrangent written out long hand how that would work but I’m using a repeated 32 bar chorus and want the 2nd and 3rd repeats to have ride cymbal. Perhaps I’m selecting the wrong place to place ‘sub style B’.

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Thank you! I have tried that but it then plays the whole song with ride cymbal. I can see if I had the arrangent written out long hand how that would work but I’m using a repeated 32 bar chorus and want the 2nd and 3rd repeats to have ride cymbal. Perhaps I’m selecting the wrong place to place ‘sub style B’.


I think I understand what you mean, but I'm not entirely sure.

Is your song unfolded (i.e. showing all repeats/bars in one sheet)? That might make what you're trying to achieve a lot easier.


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Welcome Brasso,

What you described is the normal way BiaB works with repeated choruses. As mentioned unfolding the song is the way to go. Unfold the song, assign part A to the first chorus and part B to the second chorus. This way a part will play until it is told to change, which is what happens when you insert a part B. This way part B will play until the end of the song. Unfold is located under Edit/ Song Form/ Unfold.

I always start my songs with just one chorus, which is called the unfolded method.

I hope this helps and good luck.


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Ok thanks, I understand. I can then use the ‘fold’ option to make one repeated chorus and produce a printed lead sheet. Great. Thanks for the help. I’m sure I’ll have a few more questions on the way though. Tony

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