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Practising With Digital Backing Tracks

Sep 5, 2008
Getting guitar lessons could not be simpler than what is offered now, many young people and potential musical talents can find free lessons just at the click of a mouse button. Others prefer the old fashioned and personable approach of being taught face-to-face. However, for those who can afford to do this, are able to benefit from one-to-one tuition from an expert guitar player. Those who are not so financially stable will find themselves opting for the next and more popular thing.

For a short period now people with some knowledge of music and technology will be fully aware of individuals playing along with guitar backing tracks. Although this is used mainly by professional and experienced guitarists, it makes for a good accompaniment for people learning. When you begin to learn how to play a guitar, chances are you are not likely to be in a band as yet and will not be for a long while yet until you have mastered your technique in playing.

Guitar backing tracks however, can be a good assistance for learners and a very reliable stand in for bands waiting for band members. There are many guitar players, who do not play live gigs for one reason or another; however, many prefer to master their technique in private before making a live debut performance. For those unfamiliar to guitar backing tracks these are quite simply digitally remastered musical tracks that do not include vocals or guitar instruments. In essence these could be just the drums, piano, synthesizers etc.

The idea is to play your guitar along with the backing of the track, for beginners this is a great way to hone their skills, learn how to play along to a simulated band, get a feel for the rhythm of the music or even simply learn how to play chords etc. This is in essence the best way to learn how to play without the backing assistance of a real band. For many of the pro guitarists, this is their secret to performing successfully on stage.

Guitar backing tracks are a great way to develop one's own skills, get used to play along with other instruments playing in the background and work on their playing techniques. Furthermore, as a guitarist you can work on your tone, as this is something many beginners are not aware of developing. It is a good idea to begin with learning all of the right techniques rather than beginning to play in the way that you feel comfortable - this is how bad habits begin to grow.

The best way to become a brilliant guitarist is to continue practising along with your back tracks, using the techniques and chords that you are learning. It is always a good idea to make a note of your progress or just keep a mental note of the things you have learnt. This way you can refer back to it as you will more than likely use them over and again. For the techniques that are more difficult, this should be practised again and again until you have perfected it. Sometimes it is a good idea to spend extra time to practise and then take a break. So then the next time you go to practise this you will have become more familiar with it.

Playing with your guitar backing tracks will enable you to perfect you playing technique, enough to prepare you for live performance. A good way of getting there sooner is to practise as much as you can, whenever you can, as this will provide you with more confidence in playing.
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Anna Stenning has recently taken interest in learning to play the guitar and practising with guitar backing tracks.
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