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Old 08-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Making your own (bass) backing tracks?

Hey everyone,

I just switched to bass after playing guitar for about three years. My teacher recommended practicing over backing tracks, but I can't find a lot of the songs I want to play in recorded form without bass. Also, I'll need to slow down the tempo because I can't play them at regular speed yet.

Could anyone tell me how to do this? Thanks so much!
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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Have you tried looking round UG for Guitar Pro tabs?

You can mute the bass on them, set the tempo etc. If you don't have the right software, get a copy of TuxGuitar, it plays all the GP files & is free.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:08 PM   #3
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http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

You can use that to change the tempo of the song, but you might want to work with a metronome instead. Also you can try to change the equalization in the songs by reducing the bass. iTunes has something like this where everything's preset.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Also, Windows Media Player can slow the tempo of any mp3 you're playing in it.

(Forgot to mention that earlier, sorry).
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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You mentioned playing guitar previously, you could always record a chord progression at a tempo that suits your pace.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:42 PM   #6
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^ That's what I always do. I learn the guitar part, record it, and play bass along, although usually I just play along to the song because I'm lazy. I now make my own backing tracks just for screwing around with new grooves and ideas etc.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:37 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Drausin
Hey everyone,

I just switched to bass after playing guitar for about three years. My teacher recommended practicing over backing tracks, but I can't find a lot of the songs I want to play in recorded form without bass. Also, I'll need to slow down the tempo because I can't play them at regular speed yet.

Could anyone tell me how to do this? Thanks so much!

If you are going to play full songs, just play them over the original tracks. You don't need to remove the bass.

And about slowing down the songs... Just record the guitar parts by yourself in a slower tempo and use them as backing tracks. Or then use some kind of software. Audacity is free. Windows Media Player can play songs at half tempo (though that may be too slow).

Or then first practice the songs (with a metronome) so that you can play them in the right tempo and then start playing them over the original songs.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Drausin
Hey everyone,

I just switched to bass after playing guitar for about three years. My teacher recommended practicing over backing tracks, but I can't find a lot of the songs I want to play in recorded form without bass. Also, I'll need to slow down the tempo because I can't play them at regular speed yet.

Could anyone tell me how to do this? Thanks so much!

just play the bass along with the song. you don't NEED to have the bass taken out of the song. what do you think people did before backing tracks? use windows media player or something to slow it down. or just play it till you know it, then play along with the song. that's what i do. find the tempo, get a metronome (although i don't because i'm lazy and can't stand the sound of one) or a simple drum loop or just stomp your foot (my favorite).
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