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micky mac    14

Hi all does anyone know of a site where you can download backing tracks that have a chord chart with them.Because when i play with a backing track i end up just going up and down the scales i know and i'm trying to learn how to solo with chord tone's but i can't when i dont know the chords. :helpsmili

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carol m    64

I don't know of any such site, but why don't you try to pick the chords by trying to match what you hear with what will fit while you try to strum along with what you hear? I usually start by checking to see what key it's in - check to see if F or F# fits, then if it has F#'s you know it's not C or Am. Then go further around The Circle of Fifths - if it has F#'s, check to see if C or C# fits etc etc. If it has F#'s but not C#'s you know it's in the key of G. If it has F#'s and C#'s you've excluded Keys C and G and keep going until you get the key. Then you can pick out what chords are being played, mostly.

And you can always do what I do - if I can't work it out, I give up and move on to another song or track. Works for me every time.

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micky mac    14

I don't know of any such site, but why don't you try to pick the chords by trying to match what you hear with what will fit while you try to strum along with what you hear? I usually start by checking to see what key it's in - check to see if F or F# fits, then if it has F#'s you know it's not C or Am. Then go further around The Circle of Fifths - if it has F#'s, check to see if C or C# fits etc etc. If it has F#'s but not C#'s you know it's in the key of G. If it has F#'s and C#'s you've excluded Keys C and G and keep going until you get the key. Then you can pick out what chords are being played, mostly.

And you can always do what I do - if I can't work it out, I give up and move on to another song or track. Works for me every time.

Thanks for the reply carol.I was afraid someone would suggest that aproach :weirdeyes: i think i give up and move on to the next track to often so maybe i'll have to start working out the chords with my ears from now on.

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mset3    158

Micky,

If you BIAB, you can load the backing track into the program and it will display the chords. Another program that works fairly well is the Digital Music Mentor. Don't know of any free ones though.

Mike

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micky mac    14

Micky,

If you BIAB, you can load the backing track into the program and it will display the chords. Another program that works fairly well is the Digital Music Mentor. Don't know of any free ones though.

Mike

cheers mike i have BIAB its a cool program its a little fiddly to get all the correct chords right but good none the less.i downloaded Digital Music Mentor earlier havent had much of a chance to get a good go on it yet but it looks like a good program thanks for pointing it out to me.

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justinthyme    3

Guys, I came across a neat little program for making backing tracks in different styles today. Spent an hour or so with it and it shows promise for those who don't want the expense or learning curve involved in (getting the most out of) BIAB. At around US$25 (which includes support and all future upgrades) it seems a pretty good deal. There's a free lite version, too.

http://www.chordpulse.com/index.html

Well worth a look IMHO.

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micky mac    14

Cheers for that link i just had a quick look i must download the trial tomorrow and see how i get on with it 25 quid's not to bad if it's any good. I have band in a box but i just use it for showing the chords to the songs while i play along and i do like it i just dont create backing tracks to jam with.

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