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Backing Tracks....??

SaxinNZ

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As a relatively new player, I still get a kick out of playing along with some of the more mainstream sax music… I particularly like say Pink Floyd (some wicked sax solos)…. The biggest killer for me though is that trying to play over the music is hard when the obviously better sax player is drowning me out.
Is it possible to either get the backing tracks of music (where?) or is there any software that would allow me to strip out, or at least minimise selected instruments?

Before anyone jumps at me with the words copyright infringement, I am not wanting to record myself over the original, or use the music for any other purpose than to allow me to practice in private, and try to emulate the original sax artist, just for my own pleasure.

Thanks.:)
 

c9off

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the 'voice' in certain circumstances can be removed within audacity (amongst others) -
if you don't already have it it's free & a great bit of kit. look on youtube for instructions..

also windows Media edition on one of machines has this function built in for karaoke...
 

dooce

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If you can play along with Dick Parry, you are something special for a "relatively new player".

Respect :welldone
 

SteveK

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If you do an internet search (e.g. Google or Yahoo) on 'backing tracks' you will come up with plenty of sites selling backing tracks - with leads instruments/vocal removed.
e.g:
Jazzbacks
Ameritz
Playjazznow
Proaudio tracks

They usually sell at a few pounds per track and you can download them directly to you Mac/PC. Some sites allow you to choose a key and usually they give you the opportunity to listen to a short sample on the site. I strongly recommend you check out the samples before buying as the quality can vary dramatically.
They are sometimes done with midi instruments only and can be rather drab - so try to get the ones that have been recorded with real instruments in real studio
A couple of other very good sites I have found are
Saxsolos.com - Jazz Transcriptions of the Masters
http://www.ease.com.au/sax/#M

The solo transcriptions on Saxsolos.com are excellent but you have to pay for them.
ease.com is free but the solos are not written in true musical notation.

Another approach is to search for the song name with the word midi in the search string. 9 times out of ten you will come back with a .midi version of the sound that has been privately put together and these are almost always free. What you then need to do is to use a .midi sequencer/editor to delete or mute the lead line.
The quality of these midi lines can be very poor but there are usually a few surprises as well.

Steve
 
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SaxinNZ

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Thanks guys...

Hey thank you guys, and some good info... i will do a bit of homework based on that.

and...
If you can play along with Dick Parry, you are something special for a "relatively new player".

Respect :welldone
... well you see thats the problem, I can't! I try and get a few good passes with Dick, I mean just trying to follow parrot fashion, but he makes me sound awful, so I need him out of the picture somewhat!!:D

I know (I guess) that this is surely not the way to learn proficiency with the sax, but it gives me pleasure... I find it takes some of the monotony out of learning, and it fires me up to want to play more... if you know what I mean.:D
 

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I know (I guess) that this is surely not the way to learn proficiency with the sax, but it gives me pleasure... I find it takes some of the monotony out of learning, and it fires me up to want to play more... if you know what I mean.:D
Don't knock this method of learning. I still can't read music and I've just about given up trying. I play by ear and maybe it is a slower way of learning but I enjoy it. The next step, once you've got a couple of tunes under your belt, is to get yourself along to a jam session. Let the fun begin!!! :thankyou:
 

Chris98

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If it's Pink Floyd backing tracks you are after have a look here: Gilmourish
On the right hand side you also have Midi Tracks and 'Home-made' tracks created in Garage Band.

The site is quite extensive especially if you're a Pink Floyd / David Gilmour fan. Oh and have a look at these Tolerance Sound Doppolas, I know it's not sax related but wouldn't it be great to have these, I might have to get my guitar out over the weekend.

 
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SaxinNZ

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If it's Pink Floyd backing tracks you are after have a look here: Gilmourish
On the right hand side you also have Midi Tracks and 'Home-made' tracks created in Garage Band.

The site is quite extensive especially if you're a Pink Floyd / David Gilmour fan. Oh and have a look at these Tolerance Sound Doppolas, I know it's not sax related but wouldn't it be great to have these, I might have to get my guitar out over the weekend.



Brilliant..... thank you:D:welldone
 
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SaxinNZ

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If it's Pink Floyd backing tracks you are after have a look here: Gilmourish
On the right hand side you also have Midi Tracks and 'Home-made' tracks created in Garage Band.

The site is quite extensive especially if you're a Pink Floyd / David Gilmour fan. Oh and have a look at these Tolerance Sound Doppolas, I know it's not sax related but wouldn't it be great to have these, I might have to get my guitar out over the weekend.




Blimey.... these are just great...!
 
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