Guitar Jam over dramatic backing track


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03/23/2017 3:33 am

After a period of not feeling too great about my playing, I found myself working with a few backing tracks that were pretty inspiring.

My approach with these lately has been to look at the chords being played and experiment with some "out of the box" notes...the box being the pentatonic scale which is home base for me.

I did this a few weeks ago, so I don't even remember the key let alone what scales I used :).

A technique I used here that worked really well was to control my tone with my volume knob. For the mellow clean section, I rolled my volume down to where it wasn't breaking up. When the backing track kicked into gear, I turned my volume know all of the way up. I did this while sustaining a note which I thought had a cool impact.

A backing track like this it almost feels like cheating...you can just go along for the ride!

I'm a huge fan of the band Porcupine Tree, and this track reminded me of their song Russia on Ice. Unconciously I was imitating some of that song without realizing it.

Hope you enjoy listening to it.

https://soundcloud.com/ballistic_squid/spiritual-aeolian-squid


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03/24/2017 2:17 pm

Hey, Rich!

You did a great job with pacing & dynamics on this one. :) Starting simple & being patient with the volume, dynamic level of picking & simple note selection. Then gradually layering in & ramping up!

You followed the backing track well. Great job on the stop & drop break downs.

Originally Posted by: maggior

A technique I used here that worked really well was to control my tone with my volume knob. For the mellow clean section, I rolled my volume down to where it wasn't breaking up. When the backing track kicked into gear, I turned my volume know all of the way up. I did this while sustaining a note which I thought had a cool impact.

Exactly. That's really playing the ELECTRIC guitar. Well done.


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03/24/2017 8:27 pm
Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel

Hey, Rich!

You did a great job with pacing & dynamics on this one. :) Starting simple & being patient with the volume, dynamic level of picking & simple note selection. Then gradually layering in & ramping up!

You followed the backing track well. Great job on the stop & drop break downs.

Originally Posted by: maggior

A technique I used here that worked really well was to control my tone with my volume knob. For the mellow clean section, I rolled my volume down to where it wasn't breaking up. When the backing track kicked into gear, I turned my volume know all of the way up. I did this while sustaining a note which I thought had a cool impact.

Exactly. That's really playing the ELECTRIC guitar. Well done.

I really appreciate the feedback...thanks!!


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03/28/2017 9:50 pm
Originally Posted by: maggior

After a period of not feeling too great about my playing, I found myself working with a few backing tracks that were pretty inspiring.

My approach with these lately has been to look at the chords being played and experiment with some "out of the box" notes...the box being the pentatonic scale which is home base for me.

I did this a few weeks ago, so I don't even remember the key let alone what scales I used :).

A technique I used here that worked really well was to control my tone with my volume knob. For the mellow clean section, I rolled my volume down to where it wasn't breaking up. When the backing track kicked into gear, I turned my volume know all of the way up. I did this while sustaining a note which I thought had a cool impact.

A backing track like this it almost feels like cheating...you can just go along for the ride!

I'm a huge fan of the band Porcupine Tree, and this track reminded me of their song Russia on Ice. Unconciously I was imitating some of that song without realizing it.

Hope you enjoy listening to it.

https://soundcloud.com/ballistic_squid/spiritual-aeolian-squid

the dopest track :0


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03/29/2017 1:46 pm
Originally Posted by: Guitar Tricks Admin
Originally Posted by: maggior

Hope you enjoy listening to it.

https://soundcloud.com/ballistic_squid/spiritual-aeolian-squid

the dopest track :0

Thanks!!! This an amazing backing track to work with!


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