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Creative Use Of Backing Tracks
Thinking outside the box!
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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

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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

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/m.....s/#p112595

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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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Been feeling a little spark of creativity... maybe just enough to get me started.  

I have been mulling around the idea of trying to get some good recordings of  'language' from my 2 cats, but it's not easy - many cool ones can't really be predicted, coaxed, or demanded.

Watched some videos for sound on YouTube last night.  🤔... I used to LOVE the sound of a Huey - jet engine winding up & rotor blades beating.  Really miss it 🙁 there are very few still operating that have only 2 blades. 

Think these, and other favorite sounds, could be looped/modified & try to find a home in a fiddle backing track! 🤣 

 

...just stuff whirling around inside my head. 

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Nothing beats the sound of a two blade Huey, not even a viola! lol

The old curmudgeon!

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@JohnG -

You are right - you also know that a big part of the experience is the vibration that goes with it! 

I peeked at some DCS videos - I don't see where there's even a hint that there's vibration in any of these so called "realistic" simulations!  And to think I used to have to listen & feel for abnormalities through all that. 🤣 

Sorry... I digress.  If anyone wants in on the secret, you can hear the differences (Huey is the last): Best Helicopter Sounds Video.  I enjoy where their sound/rhythm has been combined with music in some iconic films. 

 

Bugsy has an amazing array of interesting meows, chattering, chirps, open-mouth purrs, yeowls & weird stuff in between.  Been having a hard time getting motivated to devote (waste?) some time capturing them - I'm always too late. 

🤔... wish I could capture & use the sound of the raccoons I hear gallivanting across the roof some nights! 

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@ELCBK  @JohnG   Here you go-- smile

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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@SharonC -

CLASSIC! 🤗

Thank you!  

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/5d/c9/a0/5dc9a040eebfcc068f3c87f73f624f8f.jpg

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@SharonC - Love it, thanks!

The old curmudgeon!

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