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post Feb 12 2007, 03:21 PM
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Hey Guys

I know this is probably the lamest thing anyone has ever asked, but I'm looking for some examples, lessons I guess, on creating interesting backing.

We all want to play lead lol - but my son, who's started much younger than I did, is excelling at soloing (compared to me) and I'd like to provide him with some more 'interesting' backing that I haven't ripped off from someone else...

So how do we build backing track? Drum sequencing isn't a problem, but strum patterns etc... I have to say I'm improvising and finding myself using a lot of the same rubbish over and over again...

Consciously I've tried to change this, but any tips from others would be well appreciated!


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post Feb 12 2007, 03:30 PM
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Father and son playing together? Cool. Wish I would get along that good with my ol' man wink.gif

Anyhoo, if by backing you mean some sort of riff you play while your son kicks it on the gee-tar then listen to alot of music that plays the kind of music you two want to play. Try to find the tabs or buy books and learn the style and then rip it off. Well not entirely but take riffs from here and there, make them your own, change them to your liking and there you have it. The easiest way to create something of your own with any kind of thought behind I guess.

You can also look at Kris's backing tracks for ideas. They are generally very good and groovy. Personally my favorite is the one he uses in the Kirk Hammet Lesson. First time I played that with my band they were like "woah, did you write THAT? Thats so awesome!". I of course had to tell them no but anyway. tongue.gif

Bottom line, the easiest way to learn a style is to listen (not just listen but actually listen to it) and try to learn as much as possible in that style.
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post Feb 12 2007, 07:15 PM
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Hehe thanks m8

Thats kinda the approach I've been taking, but it's much harder mashing backing together than riffs I'm finding.

I sit creating riffs when I'm tied up but not busy (waiting at clients offices etc) using whichever scale I'm learning at a time, I sit and scribble riffs down on my notepad, 90% of them are terrible but they certainly improve independance of the fingers - even if they sound bad! lol

But backing.... Its one thing to pick a key and start writing chords down, but another thing entirely to arrange the playing of those chords, I keep ending up with riffs lol


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post Feb 12 2007, 07:52 PM
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You could check out "band in a box" ... clever program that takes chord names as input and generates a backing in a style of your choosing. Even if you don't end up using the actual backing, its a great way of getting down ideas and seeing how they sound.


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post Feb 15 2007, 01:19 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Feb 12 2007, 06:52 PM) *
You could check out "band in a box" ...


Now there's an idea... the thought, "CHEAT!" doesn't enter my head, honest!! lol


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