Backing Tracks to practice Chord progressions and Chord Theory

by Keltie Bruce Kennedy

Hi; I have been playing guitar now for just about 6 months. The chords have been mainly open chords with a few basic Barre chords all around the first position area.

Learning songs with variety of chords and progressions becomes fine at the beginning with the help of a metronome, but soon gets very boring. I would like to spice it up a bit with very simple backing tracks of the common chord progressions.

So my question is this, "Do you know of a source or better still, how to make ones own??" This is assuming that one has the necessary software tools and hardware to do so, I have a Tascam GB-10 and a BOSS BR-80, a DAW all are great for creativity, but I want more Backing tracks to works with than they can provide. A nudge or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
The WEB has very little to help. Have Googled until sick.


Answer

Hey, here is some stuff, hope it'll be of some help:

You can use any drum tracks in place of the metronome, you can listen to a couple of them here: http://f-guitar.com, they located right below the virtual metronome. If you need a backing track where a whole song is recorded, except a track in it that you would play yourself, they are hard to find mostly because of the copyright issues.
 
I'd like to suggest you to do the following to get some useful tracks:

• 1st - you'll need a tab player/editor, you can get one here: http://www.tuxguitar.com.ar/

• 2nd - You should get tab files of the songs you'd like to play along with, the tuxguitar can open songs in gp3, gp4 and gp5 (older 'guitar pro') format that can be easily found online, The www.ultimate-guitar.com has plenty of them. You should choose the 'guitar pro' type tabs there.
Once you are on a page with a particular tab, ignore the 'in browser tab player' and find the button that actually downloads a tab file, you might find it challenging first, it usually is located below, closer to the comment section of the page and says 'Download Guitar Pro Tab'.

• 3rd - Once you downloaded, let's say a 'xxxxx.gp4' file, you open it with the tuxguitar, press Ctrl+M to show the mixer, mute a track or tracks you don't want by clicking at the 'Mute' checkbox in the mixer, and you have it.

Note that the sound quality with this approach might be cheesy :))) It totally depends on the midi-synthesizer yours sound card has, and will a generic sound card it's usually poor. Although If you have knowledge with a music sequencer that works with VST plugins, you can export a midi file from the tuxguitar, import it to the sequencer and choose some decent virtual instruments of your choice.
 
Another thing I'd like to mention is that there's http://b-track.ru website that contains backing tracks you can listen online, many of them are cheasy too, but some I found were of a really great quality. Once I could download tracks from the site directly,now they ask for the registration in order to make the 'download' button appear.


PS: your BOSS BR-80 is perfectly capable of recording a backing track I see, you just can create a drum track using the preinstalled loops, and record some track(s) above it (overdubbing), It's a great practice, playing, recording, listening and analyzing what areas of your playing need improvements.


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