For me, making backing tracks is like writing songs. I want to get it right, and I want to make the best backing tracks possible. And while there are lots of steps that go into creating a great backing track, there are also a few simple things you can do up front to make your job easier down the road.
So here are my 10 Tips To Better Guitar Backing Tracks:
1.) Get The Tempo Right
If you’re going to be playing along with a backing track, it should be at a tempo that works for you and your style of play. There are times when you may have to push yourself a bit if you’re planning on taking your playing to the next level, but ultimately the tempo should be something that feels comfortable and natural.
2.) Use A Metronome
A metronome can help you hear just how fast (or slow) your new track really is. If you’re using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), then setting the tempo is as simple as clicking on the tempo box and typing in the desired BPM (Beats Per Minute).
3.) Use A Count-In
There’s nothing worse than starting off on the wrong foot when playing with a band or even solo with a backing
When creating guitar backing tracks, it helps to have a plan. Here are 10 tips to help you make better tracks:
1. Choose the Key – First choose the key you will be playing in. This will help you determine the chords you need as well as the scale choices.
2. Choose Your Chords – Next, choose your chords using the key that you have selected. The easiest way to do this is to look at the scales available in that key and build chords based on those notes.
3. Choose Your Groove – Now select a groove for your track based on what kind of feel you want for your track; i.e., rock, blues ballad, jazz, etc.
4. Determine Instrumentation – Next choose how many instruments you want in your backing track and which ones they will be; i.e., bass, drums, organ, etc.. If you want an all-guitar track then leave off the bass and drums and just focus on rhythm guitar parts and lead fills or solos etc..
5. Create a Chart – Once you have decided on everything above then create a chart with notes about how each section (verse/chorus/bridge) of the song will go. For example
The following tips will help you to make better guitar backing tracks. If you’re not sure what a guitar backing track is, see: What are Guitar Backing Tracks?
The following tips apply no matter where you get your backing tracks (jam tracks) from, whether it’s from us, someone else or if you’ve made them yourself.
We’ll assume that you’ve already got some guitar backing tracks and that you want to make your practice sessions more effective and enjoyable.
1. Listen First
Use your ears. Listen to the backing track first. Find out as much as you can about the style, feel and structure of the song before trying to play along with it.
* What instruments are on it?
* What key is it in? (If you don’t know how to determine this, check out our article here: How do I find out what key a song is in?)
* What chords are used in the song? This information can be obtained from a chord chart or lead sheet for the song.
* Is there any variation in the chords during the song? This often happens with bridge sections or solos and is an important thing to know about a song before trying to play along with
This post is intended as a guide to help you make better backing tracks. I’ll help you get started and show you some tips and tricks so that your tracks are more professional sounding.
If this is your first time making a backing track then don’t worry about it being perfect. Backing tracks don’t have to be complicated or long, just something to jam along with.
If you’re already familiar with making tracks then I hope these tips can help improve your process. By following these steps you’ll be able to craft better sounding backing tracks every time.
My last article was about the importance of backing tracks for guitar players. Backing tracks are a great practice tool and can be used in numerous ways. I’d like to share a few tips I’ve learned over the years of making tracks.
1.Check your tuning! If you’re using a digital tuner, it’s easy to tune first, and then check your tuning after you’ve made the track.
2.Keep the parts simple. This is especially true of the bass line. You want something that supports the chord progression, not something that takes over the track.
3.You can use different guitar parts for different sections of a song, but try to keep them similar enough so that they will work together when you play along with them as a whole track.
4.Record short sections of time (for example: 8 or 16 bars at a time). This allows you to save each section as a separate file, so you can move them around on your computer or DAW if needed. It also gives you an opportunity to record different parts for different sections of the song (such as varying strumming patterns or changing from one rhythm part to another).
5.If you use loops or samples, be careful with their tempo (B
1. Use a Metronome
2. Use a Tuner
3. Record the Track at a Slow Tempo and Speed It Up
4. Practice With the Track
5. Guitar Backing Track Tips for Using Delay and Reverb
6. Guitar Backing Track Tips for Recording Solos
7. Guitar Backing Tracks for Improvising
8. Backing Tracks with Different Chord Progressions in Each Section
9. Create Your Own Simple Guitar Backing Tracks
10. Have Fun!
1. The tempo you choose for your backing tracks is one of the most important aspects of the track. If you are serious about playing guitar, you will probably have a metronome or a drum machine handy. To make things even easier, there are many software applications that can be downloaded online for free that can play any tempo and time signature you want. This will make your tracks sound much more professional, as playing at a precise tempo is essential when improvising over track.
2. When choosing a key for your backing tracks, it’s important to know what sounds good to your ears and what keys work well with each other. Some people start off by choosing their tracks in the key of C major or A minor, because these keys contain no sharps or flats making it easier to remember the chords and scales that will work with them. However, it’s important to note that backing tracks in these keys can sound rather bland, as they lack colour tones such as sharps and flats which give songs character and individuality. To get around this problem you could try using ‘modal interchange’ which means borrowing chords from other modes in order to create tension and release in your solos without changing key.
3. You don’t have to use all 7 notes of