Guitar Backing Tracks

Guitar backing tracks are one of the best ways to improve your guitar playing.  They help you to learn to play in time and they make practising more fun.

Here are the backing tracks to use with my book Plectrum Guitar Musicianship.

I’ve put all the backing tracks into YouTube with an image of the notation so you can read the music and play along. These can be helpful because you can change the speed of the track to half speed. It doesn’t sound quite as good, but it’s a good way to practise until you can play it easily all the way through – then you can switch up to full speed.

You can even make it play faster for a challenge!

Sometimes it helps when you can hear the tune you’re supposed to be playing. In fact you should always have that tune running in your mind. But it can help to hear it with the backing track.

Each track has two versions – the first with the lead guitar (the part you’ll be playing) and the second without the lead guitar so that you have to play it with no support other than the backing track.

If you double click a video you’ll be taken to a larger version (on YouTube) which is easier to read and to change the speed.  Double click in YouTube and the video will be shown ‘full screen’ making it even easier to read.  Great when you’re viewing on you TV or tablet.

Backing tracks WITH lead guitar

Top 3 strings
Playing quavers
G and A
BAG
GABE
DBAG
GABED
Pentatonic tune
Batman Blues
Tied Riff
Skate
Syncopation

Backing tracks WITHOUT lead guitar

Top 3 strings
Playing quavers
G and A
BAG
GABE
DBAG
GABED
Pentatonic tune
Batman Blues
Tied Riff
Skate
Syncopation