Intense Rock Ballad Backing Track in A minor

Dark, intense ballad rock guitar backing track in A minor. Play along with this melancholic guitar jam track on a rainy day. Tempo: 66 bpm. Download the chord chart that lays out the basis harmony below.

Improvisation Tips

On this backing track you can play:

  • A minor pentatonic
  • A minor blues
  • A natural minor (A Aeolian scale)
  • E Phrygian dominant (or A harmonic minor) on the E7 
About the track:

After a short acoustic intro, the A-section (verse) follows a dreamy, ambient chord progression in the key of A minor. In this section, you can use A minor pentatonic, A minor blues, or E Aeolian. 

In the denser B-section of the jam track, heavy distortion guitars and hard rock drums enter to amplify the dramatic mood. You can continue improvising with the A minor pentatonic, but watch out for the E7 chord (that has a G#). This chord comes from A harmonic minor. 

To write this track, I felt inspired by the work of God Is An Astronaut, Porcupine Tree, and even Anathema. This was another fun exercise in songwriting for me. I hope this jam track will inspire you to play screaming guitar solos, 

Thank you for watching and playing along, Check out some other backing tracks (jam tracks) on my channel. 

Twin backing track (Sunset Jam) here 

Keep on playing,


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Cover Art
Sad Rock Ballad Backing Track
Dark Intense Rock Ballad Backing Track Cover Art

P.S.: I’m quite happy with the way the cover art (video thumbnail) turned out. Featured is my Martin HD-16 R Adirondack and an AKG C3000B mic I lended from a friend (thank you Bart!). 

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