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Discussion in 'Musically Speaking' started by BarryMClark, Dec 31, 2014.
I have the first post as well as the first moved thread in here.
Let's nerd it up!
I have a request. I'm looking for some backing tracks that play for at least a couple of minutes. The ones I have stop after about a minute and take about 10 seconds to loop. This works but kills the rhythm.
I'm practicing comping and would like 12 bar blues and some standard jazz patterns. Any recommendations?
Let me make a plug for Mimi Fox's videos for learning jazz. Not only is she a superb player, but she is a great teacher.
Truefire sells several of her teaching DVDs. The one I'm using is Jazz Anatomy. It's older but a real jewel. There is a year worth of info on it, all for $18!
The PDFs are very useful.
Here's a sample from the middle of the course. You'll get an idea of the quality from it.
iRealb or iReal pro as it is now known. Excellent for practicing and it is very heavily into the jazz side of things
Got it. Thanks.
No problem. Actual backing tracks can be created from within the app by exporting to mp3.
Here's one I created a while back, it's only three minutes long but it could easily have been created at any length
it's on soundcloud
There a lots of lengthy blues backing tracks on youtube in most every key. I practice to them from time to time. It's also a pretty simple process to convert youtube audio to mp3 format and play along with the tracks in itunes. I use http://www.video2mp3.net/for this conversion. You can also buy Aebersold backing tracks on itunes.
I have Ireal Pro and Igigbook. Both great for charts but have not used them for practice tracks.
I can also can endorse Mimi Fox's materials. I have her book and CD combo on arpegios that is super.
A real winner if your playing has been too scale restricted and you are looking for new sounds and intervals.
I like "Play Jazz Now." http://www.playjazznow.com You can get them on iTunes and the blues one has all twelve keys and the tracks run about 4 minutes each. I like that it's real players on real instruments so I find it less fatiguing to hear multiple times.
I got some tracks but noticed a severe deficiency- no accordian. I will get by anyway. Thanks.
What kind of brilliant, creative genius would ever think to put accordion on their record anyway?
I'm hooked on the instrument now. I'm looking for one in vintage sunburst.
The www.playjazznow.com backing tracks work really well. That's what I needed for the moment.
I loop a jazz blues track and look at the pdf with the chord changes. I chose the tracks with just the bass and drums to avoid cacophony.
I practice comping by changing chord extensions and using side steps on the fly. There are thousands of ways to suck at that, and I'm discovering them all. But there is progress.
I'm also working on doing arpeggios over the chord changes, also varying the chord extensions.
This is hard but fun.
Weird Al is honestly no joke. His band is one of the best cover bands I have ever heard. Al's vocal range is a little on the scary side. It is just all wrapped up in comedy. I guess that is what I dig so much about it. He and his band CLEARLY take what they do seriously... but they don't take themselves seriously. Which is awesome. The world is FULL of tunes about lost love and regret. Not enough fun. I truly thank Weird Al for that.
Believe me, one minute is more than enough