Tip: Change the pitch of a part of the song without rewriting the chords

Tip: how to change the key of a part of a song without rewriting the chords

In this example (Spooky from the band ARS) it is necessary to raise the pitch by half a tone before the lead part.
Here’s how to do it without rewriting the chords.

1. This is (in black) the part you want to modify

2. Change the pitch of the song (in this case +half tone)

3. Copy the part you want to modify by dragging the mouse with the left button over the bars. Place the mouse on the highlighted part and copy (right click).

4. Return to the original screen (CTRL Z).

5. Place the mouse in the desired bar (in this case 42a) and paste.

Done.

We have changed the bar to green (42b) because refers to the part of the soloist, and we want a slightly different accompaniment.

With a video the procedure is perhaps more understandable:

 

For more tips and tutorials I suggest you download our complete Band in a Box tutorial and watch the other useful videos.

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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.

VOCAL HARMONIZER
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 Open a RAR file on Windows or MAC Computer

How To Open a RAR File (Windows or Mac)

RAR is basically a folder filled with documents/files. Folders that have a large number of files, such as backing tracks, require a compressed file to be able to transfer them between computers.

RAR is a compressed file format – similar to ZIP – that can hold many files in one place, and is especially useful for sending or downloading a large number of files.  Than we use a compressed RAR file that contains them.

Computer Windows

The easiest method to open a RAR file is to install a program like WinZip or WinRAR.
Both of these software applications will allow you to open a RAR file.

To open the RAR file you download one of these applications:

The default choice is WinRAR by the developers of the .rar file format, it’s not free, but you can use it for a period of 40 days (trial) without paying.

  1. Download WinRar and run the program

Download WinRar
2. Double click on the file icon

Your rar file
3. Click “CLOSE” on the alert window

Close
4. Extract by clicking on the Menu

Double Click
4. Done. Your file will be at the same location as the original RAR

Your Folder

 

In the alternative, you’ll want to use the free and open source 7-Zip application instead.

After clicking on the RAR file, your preferred software application will open and expose the contents of the RAR file automatically.

How to open the file with the free 7-zip program

  • Downloaded 7-Zip ed install it on you computer  https://www.7-zip.org/download.html.
  • You can right-click on any  .RAR file and easily choose to extract the files from the menu.

Extract a 7-zip file

Computer MAC

When you open a RAR file on your Mac, it will turn into a folder where you can access all of the decompressed files.

The Unarchiver is the app you need to open RAR on Mac. It’s times more powerful than the native macOS utility and supports infinitely more archive formats.  The Mac App “The UnArchiver” is free, works instantly, easily, and without issue:

https://theunarchiver.com/

 

Types of files

If you have unzipped the folder, the files inside can be show in this way (if you have downloaded the complete program you will also see the mp3 and LRC (lyrics) files:

Remember that to open a sgu file you need the Band in a Box program.
LRC file does not open directly. The content is shown automatically when you play an mp3 file, after you have installed a lyrics reader program such as MiniLyrics or similar.

Please, check out this video:


More questions? Write to Giancarlo: contact@theguitarband.com

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BAND IN A BOX BACKING TRACK TUTORIAL

Band-in-a-Box®  Backing Track Free PDF Tutorial

New Edition. RealTracks Only. No Midi. Free Download.

Band-in-a-Box®  Backing Track PDF Tutorial

 

Quick Start. Learn how:

  • Create your new backing track
  • Tips and tricks to for those in a hurry
  • Export the song
  • Add the lyrics
  • Premium: full sgu collection

and useful information difficult to find:

  • Starting with a fill/transition
  • Break in the Song
  • Slowing Down Time
  • Pushing the Chord
  • Copy chords form Midi
  • Different RealTrack on the same song
  • …and more!

This pdf is dedicated to the musician that does not possess the time and effort to read or study complex instruction manuals but merely wishes to quickly acquire what they need directly from the software.

 

PDF Content / 63 Pages

Preface
Why Band-in-a-Box
Pros
Cons
Real Tracks and Midi
Video Tutorials
Ready Templates
First Things First

Part 1. Essentials 9
First Setup
Add the RealTracks. Method 1
RealDrums
RealTracks
Add the RealTracks. Method 2
Insert Chords Method 1
Bars
Fill
Type the chords
No Choruses, but Copy and Paste
Insert all the chords
Ending
Insert Chords. Method 2

Part 2. Improving the Backing Track
Starting with a Fill
Breaks in the song
Slowing Down the Time
Pushing the Chord
Different RealTrack on the same song

Part 3. Save and Export the Track
Save the song as audio file
Export with BiaB
Export with audio recorder
Export the Audacity song

Part 4. Insert Lyrics
The Audio Player
Conclusion
More Tutorials
BiaB SGU Files

FREE DOWNLOAD BIG PDF 63 PAGES WITH YOUR EMAIL:

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Tip or Secret? How To Tune Guitar Properly

Here is my advice on tuning the guitar strings (tuner or manual)

To my surprise, even the experienced seem to have gotten this wrong.

We haven’t approached the obvious like how to utilize an automatic tuner, or how to tune manually based on audio reference (you find applications in common cellphones). Let’s talk here instead of the most important and practical, the string to be tuned first.

In my experience as a guitarist, rules on tuning the guitar do not take into account the size of the strings. A common mistake is to begin with the thinnest string first, such as the low E, then moving on to the thicker strings. This is a mistake.

Tuning a thin string does not greatly affect the tension of the thicker ones, but adjusting the tension of a thick string affects the tension of the thin strings. By tuning a thin string first, the pitch is degraded when you move on to the larger strings, forcing you to repeat the process.

So let’s refer to the most common case of a not completely out of tune guitar, such as when you take it out of the case and get ready to play.

Turn on your automatic tuner and tune the low E at the first. Then move on to the other strings, from largest to smallest. The last will be the high “e”. A quick second check and you’re ready to play.

If the strings are not new it will not be necessary to stretching them, vice versa you will have to proceed to stretching all the strings, double-checking the tuning of the individual strings several times.

 

Happy Playing ?

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Band in a Box Video Tutorials

Band-in-a-Box Useful Video Tutorials

How to Import Chords from Midi file

Note: this method shown above is quick and easy. If you have problems due to old versions of Band in a Box or for other reasons, the following tutorial, alternative method (“The Trick”) always works:

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

(You need only the midi song file)

Band-in-a-Box SGU Files Download. Your pre-made backing track.

 7 Must Know Tips and Tricks for Band In A Box

NEW! Band In A Box Tutorial: Create Your Original Real Song, without Musicians!

Download the free sgu file of this tutorial

How to create a blues backing track

How to play mp3s and edit the lyrics (guide)

How to create a backing track / Part 1

LRC LYRICS TUTORIAL . How To Add Lyrics on MP3

Band In A Box Tutorial – Create Europa (Santana)

 

How to create a backing track / Part 1 (Old Version )

How to create a backing track / Part 2 (Old Version )

 

In Italiano. Come creare la tua base musicale 

Video List from the guitarband.com “YouTube Channel

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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)

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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key transposer

Key Transposer: Backing Tracks in Different Keys

Can-you-transpose-the-key
Transposing the key with BiaB

Why a different key?

A different pitch is often essential for a singer that needs lower tones, such as a woman’s voice.

Maybe you have noticed that many of these backing tracks are played in different keys. Some of you have expressed disappointment in such cases. But what is the reason for this choice?
It’s easy to find backing tracks of the most famous songs on the net, but it is almost impossible to find the same in a different key, and you will notice that changing the pitch affects the sound quality.

Key Transposer: a practical example?

Transposing backing trak Biab

Take the “I Will” by the Beatles. It’s in the F key. This tone is not suitable for everyone.
For many it is more comfortable to sing it in the C key.
The group Monnalisa Twins executes the song transposed in a different tone, C:

Monnalisa Twins I will key of C
Monnalisa Twins “I will” in the key of C

This is the original song by The Beatles (I Will, White Album 1968) in the original key, F:

The Beatles - I Will - Original key of F

The tracks ready made with Band-In-A-Box on TheGuitarBand.com are for those who require these needs, and being available for free download, represent for many a precious catalog of songs.

Key Transposer to pleasure with Band-In-A-Box.

from SGU to Mp3
Key Transposer: SGU to Mp3

BAND IN A BOX allows the key change in one click (as in the midi).

An mp3 song is notoriously unable to be transposed, though Band in a box has several options.:

  • Realize the track on whichever key, and export it to mp3 in the desired tone. Obtain a song file (SGU) ready to open with BIAB, and change the key in one click.
  • Download a ready SGU from this page.
  • You can also buy the Complete Collection with over 600 SGU band-in-a-box backing  tracks ready and tested, without wasting time creating your own backing tracks.

 

Transposing from F to C
The song in F is not easy to sing. Change it to C with the SGU file of Band-in-a-Box.

For any info you can always contact me personally to ggriscenko@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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How To Download a Compressed File

How to download a compressed file and Windows Smart Filter
Some problem with your download?

Read the PDF (or save it)

Content
1. How to download
2. Big Size Files (as mp3s collection)
3. Problem : SmartScreen blocks my download

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