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January 09, 2009

Guitar Backing Track - Wreck Me, Baby

Earlier this week, I sat down one evening with my MacBook Pro and GarageBand with the intention to make a blues backing track before the evening was over. I recorded 2 rhyhtm guitars and I used my SX bass for the bass groove. Drums are EZ Drummer. I did get it finished in about 2 hours, not too bad. The drums are a bit boring, I know. I'll probably go back and add some fills here and there to liven up the track a bit.

I called the tune Wreck Me, Baby and feel free to download it and record your solos over it. Maybe I will too... ;)

If you don't mind, maybe you can help me out here. I'd love some feedback about the direction I'm heading here. These blues backing tracks I'm working will be used in guitar video lessons, and my intentions are to show how to play the rhythm guitars as well as some solo ideas/licks for each track. Thoughts on this? Any suggestions?

I figure that a beginner or intermediate player will be interested in solid rhythm guitar playing, as well as lead playing. I haven't seen too many blues guitar lessons that cover both (although I've not been looking very hard).

The thing is, being able to play solid rhythm guitar is soooo important. I often see players at jams that do not have this down very well, and I'm always thinking they should really work on timing and chord inversions - it makes a huge difference. You have probably heard the term "playing in the pocket" - basically it means to play very tight and solid together with bass and drums.

I will also make available all these backing tracks on my website of course, and if you use them and publish them somewhere, I would love to hear what it sounds like. Please send me a link to any recordings you make from my backing tracks. For commercial use, you must get my written permission.

Now, how's this first track sounding? I intentionally made it very simple and I just copied and pasted a 12 bar progression over and over in GarageBand. When I show how to play the different parts in an upcoming video lesson, you can play along with the track and have no surprises. The track might get boring that way, but there won't be any surprises when you listen to it. The purpose is for practicing only, really.

Again, the track is here -> Wreck Me, Baby.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on January 09, 2009

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