Guitar Backing Trac

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  • #11046

    fjferendo
    Participant

    For the life of me I can’t figure out when to come on on the guitar backing tracks. Is there a simple technique?

  • #11047

    Casey Willis
    Keymaster

    Hi there. So that’s a good question. It’s something that is difficult to do sometimes. I can tell you that there should be a 2 measure click intro for each tune.

    I would recommend the following:

    1. Listen to the beginning of the fiddle performance of the tune.

    2. Think about the meter (3/4 for waltzes, 4/4 for reels & breakdowns, etc.).

    3. Now think about the beginning of the melody you are about to play…are there any pickup notes which fall before the first downbeat? If so, you’ll have to fit them into the last part of the second click measure.

    4. Hit play and count down the two measures worth of clicks (considering any pickup notes), and start playing so you are in line with the guitar, which will come into play in the third measure.

    One thing I would highly recommend is practice humming the intro to the tune before trying to play it on the fiddle. If you can’t hum it and have the guitar come in in the right spot, go back and listen to the performance video again till you can count the song in in your head.

    Hopefully that’s helpful.

    C

  • #11050

    fjferendo
    Participant

    thanks!

  • #11152

    John W.
    Participant

    i always struggle with roxanne waltz and lovers waltz, but somehow ookpik seems easier. the 4/4 tunes are definitely way easier.

    • #11161

      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      I hear that, John. Yeah…the pickups on those can throw you for a loop, sir!

  • #13200

    2005tundra
    Participant

    Is the anyway I can speed up or slow down the backing tracks?

  • #13201

    Casey Willis
    Keymaster

    Hi, Tundra. We looked at that a while back when the site first launched. At that time, the tech wasn’t available to serve up audio files via web with the ability to slow them down….that may have changed. I’ve never really been thrilled with the SoundCloud embedded players, so maybe it’s time I revisited this to see if there is a good web-based solution that would allow tracks to be slowed down in a browser…stay tuned.

    Cheers!

    C

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