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May 17, 2022 - 1:27:50 PM
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Here is a list of the backing tracks that I use in my performance and practice:

Did I miss anything?

Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks - This free website has a mix of bluegrass fiddle tunes, irish, Old Time, and gypsy jazz tracks. It also has a section on common chord progressions. 

Bluegrass Backing Tracks (YouTube) - This one is great for fiddle tunes and Traditional Bluegrass Songs. They are professionally recorded and many of the songs include lyrics.

The Binary Woodshed has the best Country Western/Swing tracks (Seriously, these are REALLY fun)

Rhythm Future Quartet has the best gypsy jazz backing tracks. They are recorded by a killer string band quartet by the same name. Check out their music. 

Train Beat (YouTube) -  I use this to get the feel of country/bluegrass music without a specific key. Great for exploring bowings, feel, and common accents. 

Strum Machine - Huge library of songs and tunes with great visual aids that follow the form of the song.   (You can even create your own backing tracks here) 

Country/Bluegrass Karaoke" playlist - Here’s my personal playlist that I often use for solo gigs. Hook this bad boy up to a good bluetooth speaker and you’re good to go! 

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Backing tracks are excellent for generating motivation and they elevate your practice by holding your timing and pitch to a professional standard. 

 

Me Using a Trad Irish Backing Track 

In some ways, playing along with backing tracks is an improvement to playing with a metronome because these tracks include feel and groove specific to that genre. 

They can also be used in a pinch when having to accompany yourself on a solo gig. 

May 17, 2022 - 4:30:18 PM

doryman

USA

321 posts since 2/10/2020

Thanks Austin. I've really enjoyed your tutorials on the innertubes!

May 18, 2022 - 8:51:36 PM

LukeF

USA

107 posts since 10/15/2019

Nice list Austin, but you did miss one. Are you familiar with the app iReal Pro?

May 20, 2022 - 11:15:17 AM

7 posts since 4/28/2022

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Originally posted by LukeF

Nice list Austin, but you did miss one. Are you familiar with the app iReal Pro?


Ah, yes- good point. Yes- iReal Pro is excellent for jazz and blues related genres- great functionality and not subscription based like strum-machine. I can't stand their midi banjo though and there's no fiddle in the rhythm section. 

May 20, 2022 - 11:16:12 AM

7 posts since 4/28/2022

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Originally posted by doryman

Thanks Austin. I've really enjoyed your tutorials on the innertubes!


You're very welcome! I'm glad they are helpful - I just joined Fiddle Hangout this month and am hoping to share some things on here as well. 

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