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Beginner Blues Backing Tracks

freddysilk

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Does anyone have any ideas of where I can find blues backing tracks with a more "soulful" sound? The backing tracks I have are okay but doesn't have the same soulful blues sound from sax players like Archie Shepp, Arnett Cobb, or even Ben Webster.

I'm still working on how to improv but the ideas I have is more suited for the soulful blues-type sound.

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.
 

rhysonsax

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http://www.studiobypass.com/

Saw an ad for this site in Jazzwise but haven't had chance to check it out yet.

It's an interesting idea, but the sounds on their demos are a bit mechanical. It seems to be based around Midi and is a bit similar to Band In a Box, in that users can tailor the backing track in terms of key, structure, tempo, instruments.

I think you need to get backing tracks with real soulful human musicians and good recordings to give what Freddysilk is after.

Rhys
 

AndyB

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Jazzbacks have got a set of 12 slow blues backing tracks, one in each key, that you can listen to and download the lot for about £12.

http://www.jazzbacks.com/cgi-bin/online-store

I don't know whether that the sort of thing you are after, but I like them.

Rhys
Could you give me the name of that title, rhysonsax. I had trouble finding it. Seems like everything I saw under sax were single backing tracks.

Is the quality comparable to Hal Leonard tracks?
 

rhysonsax

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Could you give me the name of that title, rhysonsax. I had trouble finding it. Seems like everything I saw under sax were single backing tracks.

Is the quality comparable to Hal Leonard tracks?

I think that the Jazzbacks website could be made a lot friendlier, with better searching, more songs per page (and better spelling too!).

On the saxophone playalongs, it's on the seventh screen (no quick way to get there as far as I know) and it's called "Slow blues in 12 keys for melody instruments"

Or here is a very long webpage link that might get you straight there:
http://www.jazzbacks.com/cgi-bin/online-store?cr=&usr=51F309956&rnd=5474517&rrc=N&affl=&cip=92.3.58.82&act=&aff=&pg=ste_cat&startrow=60&searchstr=&searchrpp=10&searchtyp=&ref=bt-saxophone&cat=&catstr=

Does that work and can you hear the sample ?

Quality wise I would say the recording quality is very good but the musicians' performance maybe a notch below Hal Leonard, but still very acceptable for trying stuff out at home.

Rhys
 
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Martin

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I use the Jazzbacks too. What I like about them is that they are recordings of musicians playing real instruments, rather than midi, which to my mind sound no better that mobile phones playing a tune.

Martin
 

littleplum

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Backing tracks

Check out spotify, there areover 35000 backing tracks and Karaoke tracks for free including blues tracks.

dave
 
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freddysilk

freddysilk

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Good Website with Some Extras

Thanks for the advice about the website and I've purchased the Slow Blues in 12 keys to practice to. I haven't had time to listen to it since I downloaded it on my way out of the door but I did have time to listen to Blue Bossa.

What's interesting about this website is not only did I get the Blue Bossa playalong track, but a chord sheet and some tips on how to improv over the chord progressions.

It's giving me a new insight about improvisation and a different approach to it.

Thanks for the advice - you're a lifesaver. Now I'm off to practice.
 

AndyB

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I think that the Jazzbacks website could be made a lot friendlier, with better searching, more songs per page (and better spelling too!).

On the saxophone playalongs, it's on the seventh screen (no quick way to get there as far as I know) and it's called "Slow blues in 12 keys for melody instruments"

Or here is a very long webpage link that might get you straight there:
http://www.jazzbacks.com/cgi-bin/online-store?cr=&usr=51F309956&rnd=5474517&rrc=N&affl=&cip=92.3.58.82&act=&aff=&pg=ste_cat&startrow=60&searchstr=&searchrpp=10&searchtyp=&ref=bt-saxophone&cat=&catstr=

Does that work and can you hear the sample ?

Quality wise I would say the recording quality is very good but the musician's performance maybe a notch below Hal Leonard, but still very acceptable for trying stuff out at home.

Rhys
Very nice. Thank you very much. The Misty backing sounds interesting too. I just bought an Abersold book just for that track and when it came in the mail and I listened to it, it was a bossa nova version and I had to run to the rest room and throw up. No joy.
 
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