Tag: Backing Track

Blues Rock Backing Track in D

I made a new Blues Rock Backing Track in D, inspired by the music of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, , Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes  and more. Have fun with this swampy, driving blues rock jam track in the key of D. 

The main idea for this jam track originated when I revisited Kenny Wayne Shepherd‘s ‘Blue On Black’ and the excellent cover that was done by Five Finger Death Punch. I saw KWS live for the first time last year, and the experience really blew my mind (what great tone!). I truly feel grateful that I had a chance to see this band at Blues Peer 2019.

I like my backing tracks unquantized especially for blues. Even though the drum parts are programmed in Steven Slate 5.5, they are not fully placed on the grid, to keep the natural and human feeling. I believe this helps to learn how to improvise on your blues guitar. Check out my other blues backing track in E (shuffle) here

If you’re interested, you can download a HQ-WAV version from this ‘Blues Rock Backing Track’ in my Sellfy store below. That also helps to support my page & channel. Thanks! Maarten.

How To Play E7 Chord Workshop

Today, I posted a series of 4 videos, all about how to play E7, the dominant E seventh chord. 

The inspiration for this workshop arose after a student asked me about the E7 chord and how to play it on the guitar. 

The videos have an ascending difficulty from the basic level (video 1, how to play E7) to intermediate (video 2, my favorite voicings) to advanced (video 3: funk comping on one chord). The 4th video is the backing track for video 3. PDF’s below the video.

I hope you have fun with this chord workshop and funk guitar videos!

Practice these voicings on the E7 funk backing track in the video or this E shuffle blues backing track in E:

Download this jam track (FREE)

You can download this one chord jam track (E7) (in WAV format )  FREE  from my sellfy webshop here

More funk

If you like funky music, check out my bluesy funk soul track and solo here. 

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.


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

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


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


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!