Technology And Guitarists Part 2 – YouTube

Following on from last week’s blog about using technology to your advantage as a guitarist, now I want to talk to you about YouTube.

If you can manage to navigate around the distraction of cats making cocktails and a Japanese football team’s physiotherapist scoring from the car park, there’s about 5 lifetimes’ worth of Guitar backing tracks to get to grips with.  There being such an array of backing tracks to choose from gives the some great opportunities.

You can practise a variety of styles, changing your entire musical canvas with a single click.
The first 4 (of 1,010,000) results for a search of “Guitar backing tracks” are “Power Ballad”, “Smooth Jazz”, “Blues” and “Hard Rock”.

One fantastic thing you can find by searching “<song name> guitar backing track” is either a backing track of that song minus guitar and vocals, or sometimes minus guitar but with original vocals intact.  This is brilliant for practising in context and great fun too.

So Guitarists, don’t take YouTube and its backing tracks for granted!  Make the most of it, and use it to help you practise, improve and have fun.  It’s only 10-15 years ago that you’d have had to spend £20 on a CD and book containing the tab and backing tracks for a handful of songs by one specific band.  Now, thanks to YouTube and other sites, just about everything you need as a developing guitarist is completely free!

….Except one-to-one lessons of course.  For those you’ll have to contact us!

-Alex

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