Band In A Box For Bass Players

Take The Overwhelm From Making Band In A Box Your Dedicated Practice Partner!

Get The Most Out Of The 'Flight Simulator' For Bass!

Before I get started a caveat: Band In A Box is a program sold by a company called PG Music. I have no affiliation with them...if you purchase a copy I get the same amount of renumeration from PG Music as if you don't purchase a copy.

That's Zero Dollars and Zero Cents!

So when I tell you that I believe Band In A Box is the best practice tool a bass player can have in his practice space (short of having an actual bass of some sort), you can be 100% confident that my recommendation is not based on any kind of sponsorship from PG Music and is my honest assessment.

Just in case you missed the '12 Minute' Quick Overview I did....that's here:

I've been using Band In A Box in its various iterations for 30 years I'm very comfortable with the program.

But I've heard from numerous students who have the program that they've found it complex to use and never really got results from it.

Here's The Reason Why....And What We're Going To Do About It

Band In A Box was originally designed as a tool to create practice tracks for jazz players to jam along with. That original design is still built into the program in various pieces of jazz terminology like 'choruses' for repeats, and the default screen loading with a 32 bar blank chord progression. (Most jazz standards are 32 bars long).

Over the years it's been enhanced and expanded. The biggest enhancement was around 2007 with the introduction of real tracks. Real tracks are 'loops' of information played by real musicians, and the program manipulates these loops to generate its tracks.

It's the closest thing I've ever come across to playing with other the privacy of my own practice space.

In all this though it has to be remembered that Band In A Box isn't designed to help bass players practice. It's designed for musicians in general. And it's designed to do lots of things that bass players don't necessarily need or need to know about.

Here's what one of my students, Henry M, who is a software engineer by profession had to say about Band In A Box:

"I agree that BIAB is straightforward to get up and using, and like any software tool that has 1000’s of features it can overwhelm a person if they don’t constrain their usage. 

I also take the 80/20 approach to complex software (e.g. DAW, word processor, etc.):

20% of the features are used 80% of the time

I happen to be a SW engineer, and when developing we make sure the 20% feature list is as solid and bug free as possible or we will lose customers."

So the first task to reduce the possible overwhelm people find with Band In A Box so that we can use it as a practice tool is to identify the 20% of the features that provide 80% of the results.

In most programs that's done by turning to the 'Quick Start Guide' section of the User's Manual.

Unfortunately that doesn't work so well when the program is written for musicians in general. And not bass players in particular.

Introducing Band In A Box For Bass Players

Over the upcoming months I'm going to be releasing a series of "Style Files" that take the majority of the hard work out of taking ideas from players like McCartney, Duck Dunn, Flea, Geddy Lee (and others) and using them in your own playing.

The Duck Dunn Style File is the second of these releases and covers Duck's R&B playing with Stax  plus also there's a deeper dive into his blues playing as demonstrated in his Masterpiece bass line for Sweet Home Chicago with The Blues Brothers.

The important thing to note though: the ideas covered can be used in multiple genres. The primary difference between genres is mainly rhythmic.

Why Should I Listen To You?

Here's A Picture Of My Bookshelf (end July - 2022)

Since July 2021 I've been turning my years of teaching into books.  So far I've written 13 (plus am working on two more to be published in August).

My advice: click this link for LEARNING FROM JAMES JAMERSON VOL 1 and then check out some of the reviews. That will tell you more about my teaching than almost anything, though there are some testimonials below too.

One other fact to consider about this: Amazon's data says that most books get 1 or 2 reviews per 1000 copies purchased. Jamerson Vol 1 currently has 156 reviews on from around 1800 copies sold since its release last the fact that it's getting 50X the number of reviews that Amazon's own data suggests it should be getting, tells its own story.

What You Will Learn

Band In A Box For Bass Players is split into three levels that equate to beginner, intermediate and advanced. (Note those levels refer to YOUR ability with Band in A Box, not your ability as a bass player!). Here's some of what you're going to learn:

  • Level 1 Tutorials (Beginner)

    Level 1 is how to set up Band In A Box efficiently to turn a ‘complex’ program into a perfect practice partner. Level 1 consists of short, snappy screen capture videos so that you can instantly find the feature you need to use when you need to use it. Topics include setting up chord progressions, setting progression lengths, changing the tempo, changing the key, using the mixer, muting tracks (especially Band In A Box’s bass player!), saving files, exporting practice tracks to audio format, choosing styles. Additionally I’ll provide a number of Band In A Box files with common chord progressions and cycle tracks already programmed. And details of how to use them.


  • Level 2 Tutorials (Intermediate)

    Level 2 is where you’ll learn a bunch of stuff to turn Band In A Box into a unique practice partner. These lessons will be screen capture video too, but there will be more text support as these lessons are more involved. Topics include: creating chordal metronomes; creating harmonic metronomes; how to create styles with specific drum rhythms to help you learn those rhythms; how to use Band In A Box to do deliberate composition (and once you ‘freeze’ your composition you can hit PLAY and instantly hear how it sounds against chordal instruments); the two ways to use Band In A Box to work on your time and groove; how to create hybrid ‘band’ styles by combining individual instrument styles in new groupings; using the woodshed feature; how to use Band In A Box with deliberate practice to learn complex lines (complex as defined by something that’s at the outer reaches of your ability level.)

  • Level 3 Tutorials (Advanced)

    In advanced tutorials we’ll start by looking at how to use Band In A Box to create sight reading etudes, or even bass lines for chord progressions to song. Then we’ll move onto how to create your own styles to do this. (Plus a beta only bonus: I’ll give you five styles that I program for exactly this purpose. More below on this.) We’ll also look at how you can incorporate third party instrument loops – especially drum loops – to add an extra layer of authenticity to your practice tracks. I anticipate that I’ll be adding to Levels 2 and 3 at irregular intervals as I envisage new practice activities and work out how to use Band In A Box to implement them!

  • Beta Only Bonuses

    See below for a list of the beta only bonus items.

What Other People Say?

Here's What Bass Players Just Like You Say About My Teaching - here's Rodi:

And Paulia:

And Rob (and Goran):

Delivery and Bonuses

Here's How The Program Will Be Delivered...and Details of Bonuses

  • Delivery

    The content for Band In A Box for Bass Players will start going live on August 1st. Levels 1 and 2 will be mostly complete within the first three weeks. Level 3 will take longer to complete – I also need to factor in a 10 day vacation! I anticipate that Level 2 and Level 3 content will be added into the program periodically over the next year or so as the program changes and also as my practice habits change!

  • Beta Bonus Only - Original PDF

    There’s a 250 page PDF already locked and loaded in the Members Area. This was written in 2012 so it’s outdated in two ways: the screenshots are from BIAB 2010 (I think) so the interface looks pretty different ; and there are things not included in that PDF that I’ll be covering in the main program that I hadn’t thought of as practice activities 10 years ago!

  • Beta Bonus Only - Ear Training Lessons

    For this Beta Bonus…I’ll create a series of lessons showing you how to program a series of styles so that you can use Band In A Box as an ear training tool to work on internalizing the sound of the first 10 80-20 Devices from the 80-20 Library.

  • Beta Bonus Only - Question And Answer Sessions

    Every two weeks or so we’ll have a question and answer session. You’ll ask your questions about using Band In A Box…I’ll provide answers, often with screen capture videos.

  • Beta Bonus Only - 5 Band In A Box "Bass Player' Styles Created By Me

    This one is a little up in the air at the moment as I’m in negotiations with PG Music about creating some midi super styles for them. If that doesn’t pan out, there’s a good chance they’ll give me access to the engine to render midi super styles…and I’ll create a number of bass player styles that I’ll freely share with you guys and girls. Penned in already for this bonus are a complex Jamerson style, a McCartney rock and roll style and a Duck Dunn stax soul style. Maybe we’ll use a question and answer session to determine the kind of style syou’d like to see for the remaining two styles.

  • Bonus - Paul's Favourite Band In A Box Styles

    There are a bunch of Band In A Box styles that I really like…and I’ll do short overview screen capture videos of each of these and let you know what they are called so that if you don’t already have them, you can think about buying the ‘pack’ that has them. (I think each real tracks pack is about $29).

The Million Dollar Question - How Much Is Enrollment?

Band In A Box for Bass Players is the result of years of experience with the program. But also visualizing practice exercises and wondering how I could use Band In A Box to do that.

For example, the topics of creating harmonic metronomes and creating practice loops where beats are dropped out form the basis of the exercises in my book TIME AND GROOVE FOR BASS GUITAR. Both of these things are reasonably simple to set up in Band in A Box if...and it's a big if!...if you know how to do it. In BIAB For Bass Players I'll show you exactly how you manipulate the program to do these and dozens of other tweaks to make Band In A Box the best practice partner you've ever had!

Being able to do this yourself is simple: watch the screencapture video, check accompanying text and screenshots (where applicable), open Band In A Box and implement. Instead of each of these practice boosting activities taking hours and hours to figure out...we're talking minutes.

So not only are you turning Band In A Box into a dynamic practice partner. But you're also shaving hours off learning how to do it. (For many of the tasks, there will be Band IN A Box files that you can download where the task is done....and you can load it into your copy of Band In a Box, press play, and hear exactly how it should sound!)

That's a dynamite combination: saving hours of time learning how to program something (which can be reinvested in actual practice), and improving the quality of your practice.

To obtain that double dynamite combination, your investment today is...


Just $47

Note: all prices in USD . Also note this is a beta price as the majority of the content will start appearing in the members area from Monday 1st august. In three weeks time when the majority of the Level 1 and Level 2 content is completed, the price will go up and the beta only bonuses will be withdrawn.

Want A Signed Copy Of Deliberate Practice?

This program is all about turning Band In A Box into the perfect practice partner. To really understand effective practice, joining this program unlocks an option that will help you learn effective practice.

When you've enrolled, I'll email you to see if you want a signed copy of my book Deliberate Practice shipped to your door. (Normally I charge $50 for signed copies as the British Post Office is a PITA to deal with...but for you guys and girls it will be the normal retail price of $19.99).

There's no obligation...but this offer will go out to you after you've enrolled.

15 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee: This is a unique collection of tutorials - as noted, PG Music sell Band In A Box to musicians and their tutorials are pitched accordingly. There are use of Band In A Box in this program that they don't even know exist! As such I'm 100% confident that not only will you find the information in the course highly valuable, but that the implementation of this material will make a massive difference to your bass playing.

I want YOU to be just as confident with your purchase though, so there's a full 15 day no questions asked guarantee period.

If for whatever reason you're not satisfied,  all you have to do is drop me an email and let me know.  I'll refund your purchase ASAP with no hassles and no hoops to jump through, and we can part as friends.

What To Do Now:  Click on the big yellow button below and you'll be taken to the enrollment page on the site, where Band In A Box For Bass Players is hosted. If you've signed up there before, just log in and then complete enrollment. If you're new to the site (which is a different website!) then just enter your best email and a password as part of the enrollment process.

Once you've enrolled, you'll be added to Band In A Box For Bass Players and sent a welcome email. If you don't receive that email for any reason, then don't panic, simply send me an email and I''ll work out what went wrong in the process and get you added to the site manually. So go ahead. Click the big yellow button below and JOIN NOW.