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Hi,

I am a new BIAB user but have some familiarity with it from a few years back. I currently have BIAB 2021 (that I am finally getting a chance to use regularly) and am currently using it to produce backing tracks based on midi files I have used to import chords from. I am using a midi controller to play along with the backing track for learning songs and then recording/videotaping myself. Being a huge Ellington fan, one of my favorite ballads is "Mood Indigo". I have a midi file of Mood Indigo that basically plays the piano chords melodically throughout the entire song. I have imported the chords into BIAB and have selected a Slow Jazz Ballad style to use as a backing track.

What I would like to do next is to create a soloist track for piano and use it in maybe the 2nd or 3rd chorus of the song (I would just play the chords in the first), but I would like it to be closely based on the melody. That way I could learn it and play it as a solo myself in the 2nd or 3rd chorus and then record it.

I have previously tried to generate a piano solo in BIAB using the "Select Soloist" feature, while selecting the "Around Melody" option in the "Solo Mode" section, but melodically, it is not what I want.

Is there a more correct way of accomplishing this? Is there a hidden feature or setting I am missing that would help accomplish this?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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Hello demitch256,
the "Around Melody" option just forces the soloist to generate phrases, whenever there are passages without melody or gaps in the melody.
"Melody influenced Solos" gives you the options you are looking for. It is described on pages 216/217 of the manual.

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I think @Brille is right - you'll want to use the "Melody Influenced Solos" option rather than "Around Melody" to get a solo that sticks closer to the actual melody of "Mood Indigo". Check out pages 216-217 of the manual for how to set that up.

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