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#667926 - 08/10/21 12:49 PM [Beginners Forum] Band-in-a-Box® - Tip of the Day Feature!
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Did you know that Band-in-a-Box® for Windows shares helpful tips when you first open the program? It's a great way for new users to get to know the program! Only want to hear about the new version? You can adjust this feature to share tips on just the new version by selecting "Only Show Tips for Version 2021" when you are in the Help | Tip of the Day.

A few of the recent Tips I've seen when I open my copy of Band-in-a-Box® include:

-You can use a mouse wheel to control sliders and dials in the Mixer.

-The Guitar window supports the left-handed guitar and student view. You can set this in the Guitar Settings dialog.

-An asterisk (C 5*) shown in the "Clef split at" option in the Notation Windows Options indicates that the middle C is C 5.

-You can use the Melodist to generate chord progressions, without melodies, by deselecting the "Generate Melody" checkbox in the Melodist dialog. Press the Melodist button to launch the Melodist.

-Do you like keystroke shortcuts? Launch Melodist (Shift-F5), Launch Soloist (Shift F4), Guitar Window (Ctrl-Shift-G), Drum Kit Window (Ctrl-Shift-D), Leadsheet Window (alt W).

-Need a list of BB chords? Right click on the chordsheet, select Chord Builder, and use the combo box that lists all of the chords available in Band-in-a-Box.

-Is your practicing stuck in a rut? Try playing a familiar song in a different key each chorus. To do this, go to Options | Preferences | Transpose and select 'Transpose each chorus'.

-BB can generate a title for you. Press the Song Titles button on the middle right of the screen. For a more comprehensive auto-titling program, choose GM-Run Other Application and select C:\bb\Data\Lib\TitleGen.exe.
(This is one of my favorite features!)

Have a Band-in-a-Box® tip of your own to share with other program users? Post it to our Tips and Tricks forum.
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#668044 - 08/11/21 08:04 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Band-in-a-Box® - Tip of the Day Feature! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Is this a Windows-only feature?
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#668201 - 08/12/21 09:16 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Band-in-a-Box® - Tip of the Day Feature! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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This feature is in the Windows version, yes. For Mac you'll notice the "hints" that appear when you hover over an option/button in the program.

I am working from home, and do not have a Mac version on hand to check, however I'm told that Hints are in Preferences 2 - "Help Tags"


#668241 - 08/12/21 02:12 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Band-in-a-Box® - Tip of the Day Feature! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Callie - PG Music
Preferences 2 - "Help Tags"

Indeed they are Callie, I've added a screenshot of that section of the Preferences!

To get there, go to Options > Preferences, then click on the button for Preferences 2.

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#669859 - 08/24/21 11:26 AM [Beginners Forum] Re: Band-in-a-Box® - Tip of the Day Feature! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Fact still remains it is indeed a Windows-Only thing.
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Band-in-a-Box® File Associations

You may have noticed when you were installing Band-in-a-Box® for Windows that you were asked if you would like to Associate Band-in-a-Box songs and styles with Band-in-a-Box? But, what does that mean?

It's actually pretty simple - basically, if you select this option while you're installing the program, files with the extensions .SGU, .MGU, and other Band-in-a-Box files will open directly in the program if you select them from outside the program.

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Ear Training Games in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

October 1, 2021 is National Kids Music Day!

Head to the Practice Window in Band-in-a-Box® for Windows, and you'll see fun games that are fun ear training options for kids: Music Replay & Pitch Invasion.

Of course, you don't have to be a kid to like these games, I think there a fun way to learn at any age!

Music Replay is just what it sounds like - the program plays a 1-bar melody, and the user plays it back. Get it right, and you'll keep building that melody (and skill) within the game - get it wrong, and you'll be met with a warning tone and have to try again... it's quite addictive, and a lot of fun!

If you like a classic arcade game, then you'll love Pitch Invasion! We've managed to incorporate aliens with pitch-recognition skills in this exciting game, where you'll match the pitch of the alien ship descending towards your planet trying to destroy your collection of instruments - match the pitch and you've saved your instruments, make a mistake and the ship keeps coming... you'll have a few tries to get it right, if you're quick, but if all your instruments are destroyed - it's game over! The game speeds up as your skills improve, and you'll earn points along the way, with bonus points available throughout the game.

Open up your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows today to give it a try!

These ear training games are also included in Musical Arcade for Windows.

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