“GUITAR IN A BOX” for Acoustic Sessions

For those who play live acoustic

Promotion: This collection of over 150 acoustic sgu files is now free for those who purchase the full sgu collection

Live music venues often want one or two musicians playing without backing tracks, even if these are played by real musicians, like Band in a Box’s realtracks. In fact, not seeing bass and drums the performance becomes not very credible.
Among the solutions that allow accompaniment is the looper, which however has the limits we know.

However, it is possible to solve the problem by playing alone, but with a backing track of only one acoustic guitar, as if you were in the presence of a second guitarist, in order to enrich the sound with our instrument, perform soloists, etc. , without the effort of always keeping ourselves engaged in an often monotonous guitar accompaniment.

The acoustic backing tracks that I use live and that I propose here are therefore not the classic backing tracks, and it makes little sense to be listened to alone, but must be played on them with your instrument. Special case: also suitable for those who cannot play the instrument well and want to sing with professional acoustic guitar accompaniment.Rhythm Guitar Backing Tracks Download

Unplugged Backing Tracks: play along with a “rhythm guitar-only” backing track

Note: This compilation was made for use by the live musician “onemanband”

The name  “Guitar in a Box”  immediately gives the idea of what we are talking about. Not a band, but a guitar to use as an accompaniment.

Play while accompanied by a classic backing track made up of multiple instruments is often not an ideal solution. The audience sees a guitarist, not a band!

After years of performing live as a “one-man band” I’ve decided to utilize backing tracks consisting of a single accompanying guitar. I think the result is much more credible and effective. In fact, two guitarists playing together are enough for an excellent musical performance. The problem is that it is neither easy nor practical to use a physical guitarist to accompany us.

The solution is to use a backing track made up of a guitar alone, authentically recorded, on which we can play solos or variations, perhaps even with the help of synchronized lyrics!

Rhythm guitar songs backing tracks. A unique collection to play live like two guitarists. Enough of the karaoke type bases, scarce real ones, exploit an accompaniment guitar track!

Check the SGU files song list:


Download the BiaB SGU Tracks (PayPal button below) and immediately start exploiting them for your own ends.

Real sounds mean greater involvement of the public and greater job opportunities!

  • All the SGU acoustic files in a single download.
  • You can take a listen to a sample of songs on the free download page

For information or assistance contact Giancarlo (ggriscenko@gmail.com)



Note: unlike the acoustic sgu collection described above, this one also contains mp3 files with matching lyrics.

What are the guitar tracks

They are rhythm guitar only backing tracks, allowing you to focus on the main performance. The accompaniment guitar are bits of musical notes recorded and collected through the Band in a Box, allowing you to perform as if there were a second guitarist playing with you. This type of acoustic performance I’ve found is better appreciated by the public, who by now does are turned away from the typical karaoke type songs, demeaning value to the musician.

The tracks do not need to be modified as they are already used by me to play live, therefore extensively tested. They also come complete with synchronized lyrics. The songs have the corresponding sgu file.

In some cases, when necessary, there are soft percussions, such as tambourine or brushes, to better follow the rhythm (since there is no bass/drums).

Difference between my previous collection and the unplugged one

There are no bass, drums and keyboards, simply a rhythm guitar.
If you already have my previous sgu collections you could yourself create your own acoustic guitar song by silencing all the other tracks, saving in audio format and then adding the lyrics to have a song ready to play live through a player. It is a long commitment. In this collection you will find all the work done.

The tracks are ready in high quality audio format complete with synchronized lyrics. Hit the play button on your phone/player and go. Want an example? Watch the video!

How to change tonality?

On a song in audio format (wav, mp3) you cannot adjust the pitch. Instead, you must access the corresponding sgu BiaB file, make the desired changes, and save in audio format, combining the ready-made lyrics.

Different key version

For convenience, the collection contains a copy of most of the backing tracks in audio format in a version with a different key, for those who find the original tonality too high.

For example “Sultans of Swing” does not need a version in a different tonality, but “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith probably does.

Audio Player

Attached at the collection is a free program for Android suitable for those who play live (with stops at the end of the song, etc.).

I suggest you to get any cheap android phone, even dated, such as the Samsung J2 or similar for example, and dedicate it to just playing the tracks with a program like this.

Attractive extra feature.

Great idea for anyone using a vocal harmonizier

Since the backing tracks are made up of a single guitar and not multiple instruments, it is possible to use a harmonizer connected to the backing track and not to your guitar playing live. In this way you will be able to harmonize your voice without errors, in a simple and automatic way.

In classic use with harmonizer, your guitar is connected to the harmonizer which works according to the sounds it receives.

Instead, your guitar playing is independent from the rest of the system. In which case, your audio player is connected to the harmonizer, which “hears” the chords of the backing track. Your voice can then be harmonized simply by activating the harmonizer pedal, without playing errors!

Utilizzo con Harmonizer

Your performance is therefore schematically presented as follows:

Backing Track with Harmonizer

More about the vocal harmonizer https://www.theguitarband.com/vocal-harmonizer-with-band-in-a-box-backing-tracks/

What you will find in the collection

+ 154 files SGU




Total size 7 GB. Download Size (RAR) 4 GB

Do you want detailed content? Check the FULL FILES LIST

I have prepared a video with examples for the tracks:

Free Music Player Android for Musicians!

Best Music Player Android for Musicians

An exclusive player for our live audience !

Similar programs such as this are not available on the web. Although there are various musical players online, it is challenging to find a suitable program for musicians that also provide automatic playback of their music/lyrics.

This APK player is an ideal complement to live performances with my ready-made Biab Backing tracks.
The program supports LRC lyrics and has the following essential functions for those who perform live.

1. Keep the screen on
2. The font size of the lyrics
3. Pause after each song
4. Highlight Lyrics Color
5. Normal Lyrics Color
6. Background Color
7. The text align mode of lyrics
8. Equalizer
9. Playlist creator
10. Folders:
a. Artist
b. Albums
c. Songs
d. Folder
e. Playlist

This free player must be requested from Giancarlo after purchase the package (contact@theguitarband.com)

Any questions? Write me, ggriscenko@gmail.com (Giancarlo)

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VOCAL HARMONIZER with Band-in-a-Box Backing Tracks

Brilliant! With “one-guitar only” backing tracks you can control a vocal harmonizer

(without connecting your instrument)

VOCAL HARMONIZER with the unplugged Band-in-a-Box Backing Tracks.

It is finally easier to use an harmonizer if you have these backing tracks!

Find out more about backing tracks with only acoustic accompanying guitar: https://www.theguitarband.com/rhythm-guitar-backing-tracks-download/

With the unplugged backing tracks there is a different way of utilizing a vocal harmonizer.

A harmonizer records your voice live and harmonizes you as you are singing. It picks up incoming audio and generates various harmonies at different pitches. The harmonizer allows you to hear the original melody and produces one or more harmonies at the same time.

A guitarist usually connects his guitar to the harmonizer, which recognizes the chords and produces a copy of the singer’s voice in one or more different keys. Example, singing in C, the harmonizer reproduces in real time your voice in F, or G, according to your settings.

Control the vocal harmonies with the backing tracks.

With these unplugged backing tracks you can use a vocal harmonizer using the guitar already registered in the backink track.

Just connect your audio player to the harmonizer, no longer your guitar to the harmonizer. The harmonizer recognizes the chords of the guitar played by the backing track, freeing you from the problem of a perfect guitar performance!

With these backing tracks you can exploit the harmonizer without worrying about hitting perfect chords.

It is finally easier to use an harmonizer

Harmonizer setup with backing tracks player

Here is an example of connections for a guitarist who plays alone


Harmonizer setup with guitar tracks player
Harmonizer setup with guitar tracks player

Find out how acoustic backing tracks work and watch the video examples

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How To Install the Backing Tracks

Step by step how to install the backing tracks that you downloaded after purchase

This guide is for those who bought the complete collection. If you only bought the SGU tracks, read only the first part.

Some musicians asked me for explanations on how to install. Here a simple guide.

how to install the backing tracks

Your download file is a “RAR” file (what is a RAR? How to open a RAR?). After unzipping it, inside you will find the content (4 more folders):

the content (4 more folders)

SGU folder

Copy the SGU folder into the same folder (the first on the left) where you save the Band in a Box SGU files. If you don’t know where, click on BiaB main screen “Save As” and you can see the folder location (in this case “bb””):

SGU folder

You can choose the sgu song by clicking Open / Open File:

Open the sgu track


MP3 Folders

The other folders contain MP3 songs and lyrics. Each MP3 song is associated with a lyrics file, with .lrc extension, i.e.:

MP3 songs and lyrics

Remember that to show the lyrics you need to install an lrc program (I use MiniLyrics).

That’s all. Put the files in your favorite player, start the Mp3 and see the lyrics synchronized!

lyrics synchronized




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How To Import and Play a Midi File on Band in a Box

How To import and play a midi file on Band-In-A-Box® with separate realtracks

The Band-In-A-Box  Trick: How The Experts Create a Song In A Few Minutes Without Learning The Chords!

We want to create a backing track in a few minutes, with real instruments. Watch the video,  but you can also follow the tutorial step by step on this page.

Import the MIDI file. The problem is that Band-in-a-Box® will import all the track of the MIDI file into a single track (the Melody track). We need a different procedure.

1. Search for the midi file, e.g. I can’t tell you why ” by The Eagles”, and download.Search for the midi file

2. Open Band in a Box without choruses

Open Band in a Box

Menu, Choruses =1

Choruses =1

3. Open the midi file (goes to Melody track)

Open the midi file

4. Here is your midi file, but all the tracks are on the melody track, and they cannot be separated.

Here is your midi file

5. Check the number of bars occupied by the song. You will have to add this number of bars later

number of bars occupied by the song

6. Select all the bars by dragging the mouse over the whole song and copy the content

Drag the mouse

7. Open a new song from scratch

Open a new song

8. Insert a number of bars not less than that of the midi

7.  number of bars

9. Paste the song

Paste the song

10.  Now your midi has all the tracks editable

all the tracks are editable

11. Replace them with your favorite real tracks

your favorite real tracks

12. Import your instruments to all the tracks you intend to use

Import your instruments

13. That’s all! Your song is ready. You can save it like “sgu” file or export (.wav or .mp3)

Your song is ready

14. Export  the song (Rendering)


15. Done.  This is your old midi with real tracks!

If you want the collection of ready-made original backing tracks: Full BiaB SGU Download

+ 600 sgu files and songs

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