Play Along with Professional Backing Tracks – The Best Way to Learn Guitar, Bass and Drums
Learn Guitar Soloing
Becoming a better lead guitarist has never been so easy and fun! All you need to do is play along with a backing track and noodle around, and try inventing solos. This article is jam-packed with tips on how to create guitar solos.
Some additional tips for practicing along with guitar backing tracks:
Practice scales along with the backing tracks, which is a lot more fun than playing with a metronome.
Pick a form of the minor pentatonic scale that you are least comfortable with, and play an entire solo using only that form.
See how many different riffs you can create with only three strings, limiting yourself to one small section of a scale.
Record yourself soloing to a backing track, then critique it.
Invite a friend over to jam with you and teach each other riffs.
Listen to some blues songs from well-known artists, listen carefully to the guitar solos, then play along with a blues backing track and try to incorporate some of those riffs into your playing.
Learn to Play Bass Guitar and Drums
Bass and drums are the backbone of any band and as such, need to be able to lock into the tempo of a song and play as a unit. To challenge bass players and drummers, each backing track contains extremely entertaining guitar solos. The solos not only simulate a live jamming situation, but will present you with the challenge of not allowing yourself to be distracted by the solos.
Bass players will need to listen carefully to the track to try figure out the chord progression of the song, the general feel of it, and to assemble a bass line that works – all things you must do in a jam situation. If you get stuck, you can visit the page on the website for that album to listen to a sample, see the chord progression, and view the tablature.
Drummers will have the challenge of listening carefully to the bass line to lock in with the tempo, and to listen to the overall song to develop the appropriate drum beat. There is no click track, because live jams don’t have click tracks. It’s up to you to play in sync with the bass guitar, and other instruments that establish the rhythm. We recommend you use sound isolating headphones, so you can hear the backing track music and to protect your hearing during long practice sessions.