When I first started playing the guitar, all I had was my guitar.
No amplifier, no fancy computer set up with guitar recording software built into it. I didn’t even know online lessons existed that I could sit and learn from.
I literally had my guitar, my MP3 player and the desire and motivation to learn how to play some of my favorite songs.
After I bought a cheap Line 6 amp, I was finally able to hear my playing amplified. It sounded amazing being able to finally have distortion to an other wise dead sounding electric guitar.
After I started playing with an amplifier I started to look for other equipment to help me practice and better my skills.
Thank god for google right?
The Introduction of Online Lessons
After I did several google and youtube searches I finally came across some free videos that were helping newbies play the guitar. These initial lessons taught me alot as it’s much easier to be able to practice in the comfort of your own home, and follow along with top guitar players in specifically designated lessons that help you progress little by little.
After I got used to playing, more comfortable playing melodies and chords I started to think…how else can I improve my playing?
After doing a little research into guitar theory to get a better understanding of how music works I finally found Guitar Backing Tracks on youtube to practice to.
This is when everything changed….
The Introduction of Guitar Backing Tracks
The great thing about backing tracks is that there are entire songs composed dedicated specifically to helping you practice melodies and lead. If you’re a lead player and enjoy beautiful melodies these rhythm based guitar tracks are so awesome.
If you don’t already have a DAW with superior drummer hooked up to it, and don’t know how to create your own drum tracks and rhythm over-dubs then it’ll be next to impossible to learn how to play to the sound of a drum unless you have a friend who’s a drummer.
I certainly didn’t know any of this stuff so backing tracks really helped in that respect.
If you ever plan on learning how to play professionally you are going to have to learn how to play to the sound of a drum and keep tempo.
All music will rely on you being able to keep rhythm, pace and tempo.
So I highly recommend that you head on over to YouTube and search for some backing tracks that you can play and practice to.
Whether you play rock, alternative, blues, country, bluegrass – whatever – there are backing tracks out there for you.
So make sure to use these the next time you set up for a practice session – you’re going to love it!
Here’s a quick example: