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  How to Use the Backing Tracks

The next several sections will include demo videos of me playing over various backing tracks that I've made for the course. The purpose of these is to show how a concept can be applied in a variety of settings.

There are 30 backing tracks total throughout this course. I aimed to include a wide array of tempos, styles, and keys. Each of the five big exercises will be demonstrated as follows:

  1. One chord, major or minor
  2. One chord, 7ths
  3. Two chords, major or minor
  4. Two chords, 7ths
  5. Four chords, major or minor
  6. Four chords, 7ths

As you work through the course, you'll find that some of these are beyond your current abilities or in a style you don't play. That's totally fine. You don't actually need to use any of my backing tracks, but each one is available to download if you'd like to. You could even practice on a single backing track for everything you do in the course. I still encourage you to watch each demo video to soak up the tips I offer as I talk my way through what I'm playing. Then choose one backing track to work with that best matches your ability and tastes.

The point of all the demo videos is so you can form a clear picture, through many examples, of how to apply an exercise. Then it's your job to go apply it. Here are some ways you can do that:

  • Use any of the 30 backing tracks in this course.
  • Make your own backing tracks. Record yourself playing a chord progression you'd like to practice soloing over, and loop it.
  • Search for backing tracks on YouTube. There are tons. Here's what you get when you search for d major backing track.
  • Play with real people. Have someone (or a band) loop a chord progression while you solo.

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