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Creative Use Of Backing Tracks
Thinking outside the box!
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October 18, 2021 - 7:12 pm
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I'm still at the stage where I'm toying with thoughts on how I can get the most benefit from using or creating a backing track.   

I admit, it's just in my nature to want to think 'outside the box'. 

So, what are the few rocks rattling around inside my head to use for building blocks? 

💥 SharonC's split screen duets bring up possibilities - 

  • Finding/using counterpoint - playing a completely different melody as backup 
  • Recording non-musical instrument sounds mixed with human or animal vocal... maybe over-done, but worth careful consideration.
  • Play a different instrument (not so 'out of the box') - maybe play in an unexpected style

💥 Use a ready-made backing in an unconventional way -

  • Mix genres 
  • Mix speed - how much does the backing need to converge with the tune to be coherent?  Per so many measures?  Per phrase? 
  • Loops for trying more complex Indian rhythms in:  Indian Music Structure - Thread, Post No.18

My mind is in Halloween mode!

Found "Aviators Archive" - an unusual site with diverse instrumentals for backing!   

Here's 3 examples - I can see they have potential just by changing the video speed.  

The Longest Road (Instrumental) [Dark Southern Rock]

Godhunter (Instrumental) [Alternative Rock] - Playlist

GODHUNTER now has instrumental versions, freely available for those of you who enjoy background music without vocals. Alternatively, for remixers, vocals stems and MIDI files are provided as well!

Circle The Drain (Instrumental) [Alternative Rock] - Howling at The Moon Playlist


Also found a few really GREAT sites with Guitar+ backing in every key & style imaginable! 


1.) AUsher Tracks - gives chords and suggestions in each video!  Here's from just ONE playlist - check out the rest! 

Slow Moody Blues Groove in C minor - Blues Backing Tracks Playlist

2.) Elevated Jam Tracks - phenominal number of tracks/different style collections & some are even Modal - showing chords! 

Dirty Blues Rock Guitar Backing Track Jam in D Minor

3.) Now YOU Shred - LOVE this video site!  GREAT tips, chords, Modal Keys & BPM - backing to jam with!

Wicked Game Chords: Moody 1990's Psychedelic Rock Backing Track [B Dorian - 110 BPM]



...has my mind REELIN'! 

- Emily


October 18, 2021 - 11:53 pm
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coming around to playing with all those guitar backing tracks I see!  I think the easiest thing instead of going to crazy is start with something you know really well and experiment.  find a backing in a key/mode you know and try to play it with the backing going.  dont be too concerned about what chords are playing...for the most part it will work..the groove may not be right...especially if you pick a 4/4 backing and are playing a jig.  

or just practice scales, arpeggios, improvisation.  practicing a pentatonic scale sometimes is easier.

heres a link we had about swallowtail using one of the guitar style backings.. maybe something to look at closer now



October 19, 2021 - 12:35 am
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@ABitRusty -

Hey, Thanx! 

That was ages ago, for me (time flies 😏) - great time for me to revisit that thread!

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