Band in a Box is intelligent automatic accompaniment software for your computer. Thanks to this software you can practice guitar with a virtual band, making your practice routines more effective and fun.
Band in a Box automatically generates a complete arrangement for any chord progression, with piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns.
You can input any song you want in Band in a Box. You can even download a file that contains all songs of the Real Book.
Band in a Box is easy to use, here's how it works:
You type in chords using standard chord symbols (Dm7, Bm7b5, G7#9b13, ...)
Choose a style (bossa, jazz, jazz waltz, blues, fusion, Django style, Sinatra style, pop, rock, samba, ...)
Set the tempo.
Push the play button.
Band in a Box makes your guitar practice more effective & fun:
Practicing with Band in a Box does wonders to your timing, say goodbye to your metronome.
Band in a Box provides you a realistic context in which your music is intended to be performed.
Practicing scales and arpeggios becomes fun again... By having a harmonic background, otherwise boring exercises sound like real music.
Band in a Box is ideal for speed training . By gradually increasing the tempo of your exercises step by step you can increase your speed in a systematic way.
You can practice improvising over chord progressions and jazz standards in a realistic way.
You can experiment with chord substitutions in a realistic way because you can actually hear what is going on.
You can work out chord voicings by eliminating the piano. You take over the accompaniment while Band in a Box plays bass, drums and melody.
You can practice sight reading (from the on-screen traditional notation, as well as guitar tabs).
You can record and listen to yourself playing along with the accompaniment (you'd be surprised, it's like looking in the mirror).
You will get new ideas by using the soloist or melodist.
You will be better prepared for jams or rehearsals.
Band in a Box is a tremendous motivation boost!
200+ RealTracks: Jazz Ballads, Bebop, Bossa Nova, Smooth Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Swing Band, Slow Jazz Quartet, Jazz Swing, Crooner, Blues, Pop, Rock, Country, Reggae, Folk, Praise & Worship, ...
100+ Soloists: select the soloist button, choose an artist (Pat Metheny, George Benson, Parker, Django Reinhardt, ...) and Band in a Box automatically generates a solo in the style of your chosen artist over your chord progressions.
60+ Melodists: same concept as the soloist, but for melodies.
Virtual Guitar Track: you can see every note that's played on a virtual guitar neck.
Guitar Tabs: besides traditional notation and Real Book style chord input, there are guitar tabs as well.
Real Drums: the drum track is made of full recordings of real drums, no computer-sounding Midi drums. The recordings were done by professional jazz drummers.
Reharmonist: generates a chord progression based on your melody, in the style you choose.
Chords from mp3: load in any mp3 or wav and Band in a Box finds out the chords for you. Astonishing!
Recording: record your guitar improvisations and replay them with accompaniment.
Print: print lead sheets with repeats, codas, endings, ...
Burn & export: put your recordings or accompaniments on CD or export them to mp3 to post online.
Much, much more...
The good news is that you can get all this for the price of about 8 play-along cds. Band in a Box is easy to install and operate. Technical support from the publisher is excellent, help is available in the evenings and on weekends - definitely an added bonus for busy musicians.
With the help of Band in a Box you can improve your guitar playing in an fun and effective way.