Main User Window

Every aspect of this main window is covered in detail in the help files and documentation. Only the features essential to those beginning with Band in a Box will be covered here.

When beginning to enter a song in Band in a Box, key signature, time signature, tempo, length of song and number of choruses, style - all the basics are set here. Most can easily be changed later.

Throughout the interface, there are buttons marked [F] as on the right. These open windows with lists of recent choices. Very handy.

Clicking or right clicking on almost anything on the screen will also pop up menus with choices. Don't bother trying to learn which ones initially, that can come as you grow in familiarity.

This section lets you control every aspect of the Band. When you choose a style, Band in a Box will choose appropriate instruments to that style. However, you can change them. Bass, Piano Guitar and Strings are not absolute. Some styles will substitute horns for strings, or guitar for piano. You can do the same.

You can save all your settings with the song by hitting Alt+F2 and choosing what you want to save.

Not all styles use all instruments. Some styles use a single piano, others use everything.

When Band in a Box plays, it may change the content of all but melody and sometimes soloist. If you enter a melody, it will be unchanged.

Band in a Box files generally have either a .SGU suffix if there is no melody, or a .MGU if there is a melody. They can also be exported as MIDI or WAV files.

The transport controls do exactly as the names suggest, as with the file commands.

The Notation Editor is where you input the melody, and it also has printing controls for printing out sheet music. One can also enter lyrics of the song here, but that is an advanced topic.

The Piano Roll editor allows one to endow the melody with a wide range of performance gestures to bring it alive.

The Lead Sheet displays the chords and melody you have entered on the computer screen so you can sight read while you play.

Of course, you see many more buttons and fields on the interface window. At this point, they are not essential to getting started, but in time they will greatly extend your music making ability. They are all covered in the documentation and help files, when you are ready.

©2005 Larry N.Bolch