How to Play Over a Backing Track

author: slz.mtarek date: 07/18/2013 category: correct practice
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How to Play Over a Backing Track
Everyone got his own approach and this is what works with me, parts between (((three brackets))) are explained down there. I will use this simple 1 4 5 progression as an example: Bm7 Em7 F#m7

Tools You Need:

  • You must know all chords, and understand the progression; PLAY THE BACKING TRACK! What if you don't know them, you can (((create your original backing track))).
  • Create a (((run))), major, pentatonic, blues or whatever sounds good, usually you can use first chord's root {B} note as a scale root, also you can choose a scale that contains many notes which are within the chords. Notice this, notes within: Bm7 are: B F# A D Em7 are: E B G D F#m7 are: F# A E So I will use B minor blues scale. B D E F F# A

    Ok Now The Track Has Started:

  • Bm7 is playing, you can start a story using scale's notes, starting with root note B, and control your melody to fit the backing track. This story can end with the same note B, also can end with the next root E.
  • Em7 is playing, and you successfully did hit the E note in the exact moment the chords switched, whatever your story was, now you can create another story using the new root E (also related to the first one, you have an idea or a feeling you want to express, focus on it).
  • Btw you don't have to start an E scale, you can continue playing the same B blues scale but starts with an E instead of B!
  • Etc with all chords switches, hit the roots B E F# with each chord switch and control your stories to fit these changes in backing track.
  • Now it's all up to your creativity and the ability to vary your (((licks))) and techniques, but here are some tips: - Let notes breath, don't run the scale with no purpose, we don't like who talks too much. - Use ascending and descending moves. - Sustain when you are out of ideas, if you hit only the chord root note with every switch and sustained it,people will think you are a genius (Marty Friedman). - Also you can arpeggiate chords when you are out of ideas. *************************************************************************** (((Between brackets))) explanations:

    How To Create A Backing Track:

    You can use the simple three chord theory, three chords are always sounds good together, {ANY} Root + 4TH and 5TH intervals.
    Root  m2--2--m3--3--4--m5--5
     B    C--C#--D--D#--E--F--F#
    
    Got it? We picked Root B, 4th E and the 5th F#. Pick any roots with these intervals, give them equal amount of anything, record it and you have your backing track which you knows their chords.

    How To Create A Scale Run

    By switching some notes, playing it in different positions to play in more than one scale box, should be easy if you know the scale formula. I will create a run using simple switches, check:
    e----------------------------------------------------10--12--13--14--17--19
    B-------------------------------------------10--12-------------------------
    G----------------------------7--9--10--11----------------------------------
    D---------------------7--9-------------------------------------------------
    A-----------7--8--9--------------------------------------------------------
    E----7--10-----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Got it? If you didn't I recommend you check fret board notes, and what notes create the B Blues scale, and notice the notes I played in different places.

    Licks:

    I don't like to tab licks and ideas because you want to learn how to create your originals, but I can share some ideas: - Try half bending the m3, (the D note) - Sliding to roots and the blue notes (The Aug. 4th, F) is always cool - Pull offs and hummer ons that ends on your roots. - Double stops, which means you can play more than one note! For example, 7th fret on 4th and 3rd strings together, or both on 9th fret. - Also you can bend and slide to these double stops. - You can slide from outside into the 7th fret's notes. - You can add chords to your solo! Practice and express your feelings to learn more licks! Thanks for reading, I hope it was useful. See you next time, Slz.
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