Category: Backing Track

E Blues Backing Track (Shuffle)

About This Track

This is a new blues backing track on my Youtube Channel ! This is a fun E major Blues Shuffle Backing Track, that fits the Josh Smith-style guitar solo (+tab) I uploaded last week. 

The chords for the 12-bar blues backing track are animated in the video. Also, there are some stops in the track that are signaled in the video! The tempo is 115 bpm. The track is not quantized btw, so there are a small but intentional variations in the groove and intensity of playing. Let me know if you had fun with this homemade guitar backing track!

Improvising tips
  • E major pentatonic,
  • E blues,
  • E minor pentatonic,
  • E minor blues or play some of the blues guitar licks from the previous video 😉
Jam track

You can purchase a high-quality version of this jam track (WAV + mp3) from my sellfy store. After purchase, you may use this blues shuffle track on your own social media (e.g. to record your own guitar solo).

Blues backing track in A

If you like to explore a blues shuffle in A, I did a post in this here (solo + jam track).

Western Guitar Backing Track (Em)

Here is my Western Guitar Backing Track, as a follow-up post to my Western Guitar Solo that I posted yesterday.

The biggest inspiration for this jam track comes from the beautiful soundtracks from timeless western movies, composed by Ennio Morricone (e.g. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly).

Although I coined the jam track to be a ‘guitar backing track’, it’s definitely possible to improvise on other instruments or even whistle. I must confess I’m very curious to what you guitarists will come op with 🙂

The western guitar backing track follows a repeating ABA pattern, where the (quieter) A-part serves as a tension builder, and the (more energetic) B-part adds the kick drum, distorted guitar chords, and a more pronounced, galloping rhythm in the drums.

To improvise over this jam track, start with the E minor pentatonic scale.

Modal Mixture

The backing track is in E minor, but with a few twists, as you will notice when improvising in the E minor natural scale or E minor pentatonic. This scale fits over most of the chords in the backing track, but – in the A-section – instead of the iidim-chord (like you would expect in E minor), I use the II-chord (F#). Similarly, I replace the v-chord Bm7 with a B7 in both the A and B-section.

This concept is called ‘modal mixture’, and because of this, it is possible to apply the Phrygian Dominant mode on both chords. That is the 5th mode of the harmonic minor, and one of my favorite textures to add to a solo. 

Epic 80s Rock Guitar Backing Track (E major)

This fast 80s rock guitar backing track called ‘Starflight’ is inspired by 80s rock guitar music. I took some inspiration from Billy Idol (the amazing Steve Stevens!), Joe Satriani and even Stratovarius. Jam along with the YouTube video (chords are shown on the screen), or follow the chord sheet below the video.

Chords

This 80s rock guitar backing track has an alternating A and B section, with the following guitar chords: 

Rock Backing Track - part A
80s Rock Backing Track - part B

Improvising tips for this jam track E Ionian, E major pentatonic works over this entire track For the B-section, you could start with F# Dorian. 

The track ends with the following outro:

80s Rock Backing Track - C
Riffs

The B-chord in the B-section gets often replaced with these guitar riffs:

Solo

I wrote and recorded an original Solo, that you can watch (and learn with the PDF) via this link. 

Gear

Maarten P.S.: the guitar in the picture is my Suhr Modern with Floyd Rose Tremolo, rendered in a lovely pink hue for the occasion 🙂 Happy jamming!