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Chris

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What do you all use for backing tracks??I only ask because in a former life as a guitar player(arghhhhh):shocked:I used BiaB...Found it very good for backing tracks,and I never had a drummer or bass player that not turn up,plus the piano player comps only what you tell him.

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Filton

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I don't perform with backing tracks but find BiaB is brilliant for testing your sight reading skills -I have the realbook files for BiaB and like to put random tracks on and play along from the notation - it is a great way to get you used to keeping going and not stopping if you go wrong.

I do find that the original BiaB tracks can be a bit too clinical for a live performance. There are specialist backing track producers out there that do a much better job - or some Karaoke tracks are also useable - but I guess it depends on what styles you want to play.
 

Chris

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Hi Filton,which version of BiaB are you using?I'm on 2011,I felt some of the solo's can become a little predictable at times,like you I have the realbook files as well,so I have just started using those for sight reading.I transpose the melody so I can try and read for the tenor.

Chris
 

Filton

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Hmm I 'think' I am on the latest version. I have had BiaB ever since it was first released and have watched it grow through so many changes I can't remember how far it has got - and unfortunately it is on my RackPC and no the laptop I am working on so I can't check.

I do love it but am just not sure it has enough 'realism' for live work. However as a practice tool it is good. I am lucky enough to have a brother-in-law that is a very good drummer and a brother that is a semi-pro bassist so prefer to use 'the real thing' .
 

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I've busked to a few tracks that I've made with Biab. Sadly my technical skills let me down. I do think that Biab is great though.
 

Chris

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jazzdoh

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I have used Jazzbacks and aerbersold for backing tracks,although i only use them at home you could play them out on a gig,the quality of the tracks is fine.

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Sunray

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Thanks Chris ...

I have downloaded them and will try to learn to play along ...

That will get me working mate ... lol ;}

:thankyou:
 

les3716

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Hi Chris, I use a Iphone app called IReal book - it gives you chords and you can change key signature, from a docking station with speakers you can play along!
Les.
 

elcheeposax

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Hi Chris, I can say I have used BIAB extensively from 2005, I find it suits me to mess and fiddle with the tempos and styles until I get the right feel for me. Once tweeked and transposed I then convert to MP3 or wave format, I can then import to magix for recording, or download to my MP3 player which I plug into my PA. Not exactly the professional mix but then I only perform to the old folks and they seem to like it all the same.
 
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