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Link to cello drones in different keys.  I tried to share the playlist but it will open in C..you can navigate to others once there.  also...if you put these on in another room and really crank it up youll find your family members and close neighbors will enjoy as well....just sayin'

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Fiddlerman drones from menu at top

https://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-.....-practice/

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Tracks like this can be fun to practice scales and improvisation to.  theres MANY of these out there..t

usually in the descriptions theyll give hints of the scales that would work.  try it sometime.

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GregW said
Link to cello drones in different keys.  I tried to share the playlist but it will open in C..you can navigate to others once there.  also...if you put these on in another room and really crank it up youll find your family members and close neighbors will enjoy as well....just sayin’

  

Hehe, this is SO true! 😂😂 My family absolutely ”love” when I’m using these drones...🙄 Sorry, guys...🤷🏻‍♀️

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These are all great! 

...take me to your leader.

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Swinging on a Gate play along play along.

Sheet music here.

Swinging on the Gate .. from the session

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@ABitRusty -

That's BEAUTIFUL! 

I'll have to try it.

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Thank You!

...made me zone out - think I found a good GIF match for the music. 

- Emily

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Drones in this forum is referring to the musical drone, not the unmanned flying devices. Just a reminder.

exactly

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The Bumblebee Flies!

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Here's a link to a thread with great Backing Tracks.

Popular Sheet Music With Backing Tracks Thread

 

Just found an older Thread with sources for more!  😊

Oldtime Backing Tracks Thread

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If you feel like youre sorta in a rut or bored with practice one thing to try is to take out your phone.  Record gpurself just playing a sustained Root note of your favorite scale...lets call it G major.  so play a Full bow of the note G.   Then another full bow of G..  one more.. Then a half bow of G then a half bow of D.  those could be the open string on violin viola or a fingered note.   hit stop on record.   play that back...better on a bluetooth speaker or earbud.   now while its playing start playing a G scale.  keep repeating the recording and mix up the notes.  just do whatever pops in your head.  i think youll find that music thats your favorite will sorta start showing up...either in note choices or rhythm.   once youve played around with that you can change the way you play the G and D backing by maybe putting a shuffle or waltz or jig..sttyle or quarter or half notes in.   doesnt matter as long as its G and D.  if youre at the point of trying double stops try playing the G and D strings together for the G notes and the D and A string for the D notes.   play that recording back and practice a scale.   If it sounds off did you tune up the open strings?  Once that becomes ho hum try playing the G on d string and adding the B on A string for the G note part of backing...Try the open E string with 3rd finger D on A string..  point is with a cell phone and either bluetooth speaker or earbuds you can practice your backing and improvisation, intonation, scales, double stops and it adds a twist to the practice.   the above was just examples ...the farther along you are the more you can add and see what comes out.  you dont need anything more than what we all probably have in a pocket or sitting beside us.   yes theres better equipment but to get started if you havent tried this ...use that.   and if you have other instruments even better.  throw those in the mix.  its never too early to try and youll know what the backing track is because You made it..no matter how simple or complex.

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Abitrusty

A good idea.

Thanks

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Sounds like a good idea, now to see if I can follow through! lol 

I would imagine it would be really good for not only intonation, but also hearing how to improvise.

The old curmudgeon!

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@ABitRusty -

Those are FABULOUS ideas on how to get started with improvisation and backing! 

💖   💖   💖 

THANK YOU! 

 

Btw, almost forgot... have another source of backing tracks to share for play-along:

Music Minded, Music Hearted - Backing Tracks - Playlists

Backing Tracks for Violin, Viola and Cello! 

 

642 

...for Violin! 

611 

... for Viola! 

619 

...for Cello! 

 

Some of these could be a lot of fun & get you to think 'outside the box'! 

For example, the 'Samba' backing for "Close to You" by the Carpenters!?

 

https://static.vecteezy.com/system/resources/previews/000/193/331/original/vector-beautiful-samba-dancer-illustration.jpg

Madi Gras Season!

- Emily

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YES!

 

those are great!  but if youre wondering how in the world do i get started with playing to a backing or how to start making my own ...then ..what i said sorta gets it going.   

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ABitRusty said
If you feel like youre sorta in a rut or bored with practice one thing to try is to take out your phone.  Record gpurself just playing a sustained Root note of your favorite scale...lets call it G major.  so play a Full bow of the note G.   Then another full bow of G..  one more.. Then a half bow of G then a half bow of D.  those could be the open string on violin viola or a fingered note.   hit stop on record.   play that back...better on a bluetooth speaker or earbud.   now while its playing start playing a G scale.  keep repeating the recording and mix up the notes.  just do whatever pops in your head.  i think youll find that music thats your favorite will sorta start showing up...either in note choices or rhythm.   once youve played around with that you can change the way you play the G and D backing by maybe putting a shuffle or waltz or jig..sttyle or quarter or half notes in.   doesnt matter as long as its G and D.  if youre at the point of trying double stops try playing the G and D strings together for the G notes and the D and A string for the D notes.   play that recording back and practice a scale.   If it sounds off did you tune up the open strings?  Once that becomes ho hum try playing the G on d string and adding the B on A string for the G note part of backing...Try the open E string with 3rd finger D on A string..  point is with a cell phone and either bluetooth speaker or earbuds you can practice your backing and improvisation, intonation, scales, double stops and it adds a twist to the practice.   the above was just examples ...the farther along you are the more you can add and see what comes out.  you dont need anything more than what we all probably have in a pocket or sitting beside us.   yes theres better equipment but to get started if you havent tried this ...use that.   and if you have other instruments even better.  throw those in the mix.  its never too early to try and youll know what the backing track is because You made it..no matter how simple or complex.

  

I agree.

Sorry, I didn't mean to detract from what you were saying, just trying to sort out stuff I recently bookmarked to share... you know I get sidetracked. 🤪

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