Category: Backing Track

Atmospheric Groove Jam Track (Am, 76 BPM)

Atmospheric groove in A minor (76 bpm). A dynamic guitar backing track in A minor, with a dreamy, ambient, and bright A-section and a darker B-section. So a slow tempo, but definitely not a ballad. Download the chords & tabs here:

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Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo in A

Here’s a new blues shuffle video, this time in the key of A! A real bag of licks here, with some inspiration from players like Eric Clapton, Matt Schofield, Josh Smith and others. Enjoy!

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About Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo

This blues shuffle guitar solo is played over parts A & B of the backing track (see below). Part A is a basic 12-bar blues in A, where part B (‘the chorus’) is an 8-bar vamp that starts from the IV chord (D7). In the B-section, the B3 Hammond organ enters for a fuller, sound and the bass starts ‘walking‘ in the groove. I love playing over shuffles with ‘real-life’ musicians, so I spend quite some time on the drums & bass to create a natural shuffle groove. Part C is a break, where drums & bass play a little softer, and the harmony stays on the I-chord (A7) twice as long. Enjoy!

Gear Used
  • Gibson ES-335, straight into the amp (Fuchs Blackjack Mk II)
  • FX added in the box (mostly slap delay and reverb)
  • Arturia B3 V
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    More Shuffles
    There are some more mid-tempo blues guitar shuffles on my channel/blog, in the key of E:
  • Shuffle Blues Solo #2
  • Blues Shuffle Solo (+Tab) | Josh Smith – Style
  • Melodic Guitar Solo (Pop Rock) in D

    I’ve been playing a lot on the Suhr guitar lately! Over the last weeks, I wrote a new, uplifting, melodic guitar solo in D.  Enjoy!  Update 26-11: I made a few (minor) additions to the tab!

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    About Melodic Guitar Solo

    I love playing solo’s in major keys, although it can be a bit of a challenge to keep things interesting. In my experience, it helps to play around with the major third and to search for chord suspensions (sus2 and sus4). I can’t pinpoint a clear artist influence for this melodic guitar solo, although some ‘Joe Satriani’ is going on (e.g., the legato flurries in bars 16 and 17). I aimed for a modern, spacious guitar sound, leaving room for your timed delays to ring through 😉

    Gear Used
    • Suhr Modern Pro HH, Ernie Ball strings .010,  captured with Universal Audio Ox
    • Victory V40
    • pedals: Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic mkII (lead tones)
    • D16 repeater (timed delays):
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    Dreamy Guitar Solo (Blues, Americana) in Am

    Funny how music serves as a counterweight. When my life’s busy, I write smooth, slow-burn solos like this one. A Blues Americana guitar solo in A minor, influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. Enjoy!

    About This Solo

    I wrote this minor blues track to express a recurring feeling I experience in Autumn, a feeling of quiet gloom, best felt when talking a walk into the colorful woods this time of the year.

    The solo is heavily influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. A clean, spacious guitar sound with emphasis on right hand dynamics, the A minor pentatonic and the odd blue note (Eb).I love these slow-burning blues-country-roots licks that you’ll find in Mark Knopfler’s more recent work.

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    Expanding on this playing style, I play a few unusual double stops with major second intervals. These are somewhat uncommon on guitar and carry a soft and glassy dissonance that supports the mood here. You’ll notice I create these by letting adjacent strings to ‘ring’ out.

    Harmonic Minor Lick
    A harmonic minor

    Finally, I bring out the colors of the harmonic minor scale in bar 13 (the ‘lazy’ pickup). I like the somber tone of this scale. Venturing into this sound often brings me to diminished triads (look for them in the outro!). The inspiration for these harmonic minor guitar licks comes from listening to gypsy swing artists like Django Reinhardt and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies).

    I hope you enjoy this solo. It feels like something new for this channel. Sometimes making these videos can be really hard work. But for this video, it felt more like surfing on a creative ‘flow’, less strenuous and without (over)thinking too much. Although there must be a bit of suffering in creating art, it’s better when it’s not too much 😉 Let’s see where this mindset brings me in the future. 

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    Gear Used
    • Suhr Modern Pro HH
    • Victory V40
    • pedals; Tc Electronic The Spark (booster) – heavily recommended!  I like it so much I have 2 😉
    • Eventide H9 (spring reverb) in the FX Loop
    • captured with Universal Audio Ox
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