Every musician faces the same challenge with daily practice, namely, how to keep it interesting. When practice time becomes uninspired, it’s only natural to put the instrument down.
How do we stay motivated and engaged? How can we get through the countless hours of practicing scales required before we to start sounding “musical?” Well, don’t throw away your metronome just yet but consider using backing tracks to keep your daily practice routine grooving!
Here are some of my favorite YouTube content creators that regularly put out high quality backing tracks.
Backing Track Channels
Of course, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as jamming with a group of talented musicians to get you to the next level but that’s not always an option. Backing tracks can add some much needed spice to keep you focused and in the creative zone as you improvise a solo or plow through those finger numbing pentatonic scale exercises.
From his small home studio, Tom at Elevated Jam Tracks began producing backing tracks aimed at giving the player a full band experience. He’s currently got over 212,000 followers.
Sebastien Zunino, a gifted Guitarist-composer from France makes backing tracks in a variety of genres on his popular (76,000+ followers) channel He also teaches improvisation.
JamTrack Society is the brain child of an experienced guitarist and session musician, named Gregg. In addition to teaching, Gregg has played wide range of music from rock to jazz in big bands and trios, for over a decade. His channel has just over 13,000 followers.
Check out these and other resources on YouTube and notice how your skills improve and practice time flies by!
Born on this day:
Steve Cropper, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, b. 1941, Willow Springs, Missouri
“Dizzy” Gillespie, jazz trumpeter, b. 1917, Cheraw, South Carolina
Celia Cruz, singer, b. Havana, Cuba, 1924
Elvin Bishop, guitarist and songwriter, b. 1942, Glendale, California,
Steve Lukather, singer, guitarist, arranger, producer, b. 1957, San Fernando Valley, California