Backing Track 1 – The next step.

Backing Tracks – Moderate

Guitar Progression 1

Download the audio track – gtr. progression 1 – found under the Backing Tracks heading.

I C       I Am       I C          I G          I

The Backing Track is split into 2 halves.

The first half is for playing single note melodies which is commonly known as Lead Guitar.

However this can be used for any instrument that can play single notes (basically everyone ever designed).

The second half has the rhythm guitar removed and so can be used for chord practice. A range of instruments can be used for this even though it was primarily designed for rhythm guitar.

So what do you play?

The First Half.

The backing track is written in the Key of C Major. The following notes are in the Key of C Major and are numbered to help with the chords:-

C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.

1   2  3   4  5   6  7   8

The first chord in the Progression is C (C Major) and has the notes 1,3 and 5. Therefore it has the notes C,E and G.

However to go further you can play any note of the C Major Scale. Certain notes sound better than others. The stronger notes are the 7 note – B, then the 4 note – F.

The 6 note – A is probably the next strongest and lastly the 2 note – D.

Always try and add these notes to the strong notes of 1, 3 and 5.

So you could play the notes F – G and hold it, then D – E and hold it ending with C.

The beauty about music is if you want to create some tension in the music you can use the least strong notes and hold them. However don’t stay there too long or you will lose the listener.

So you could play the notes G – A and hold it, then D – E and hold it ending with C.

This creates some tension and eases it.

The second Chord is Am (A Minor) and has the notes 1,3 and 5.

If we write the scale starting on the A we get:-

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A.

1   2  3   4  5   6  7   8

Therefore it has the notes A,C and E.

However to go further you can play any note of the A Minor Scale. Certain notes sound better than others. The stronger notes are the 7 note – G, then the 4 note – D.

The 6 note – F is probably the next strongest and lastly the 2 note – B.

Always try and add these notes to the strong notes of 1, 3 and 5.

So you could play the notes D – E and hold it, then B – C and hold it ending with A.

To create some tension in the music you can use the least strong notes and hold them.

So you could play the notes E – F and hold it, then B – C and hold it ending with A.

This creates some tension and eases it.

The last Chord is G (G Major) and has the notes 1,3 and 5.

If we write the scale starting on the G we get:-

G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

1   2  3   4  5   6  7   8

Therefore it has the notes G,B and D.

However to go further you can play any note of the C Major Scale (starting on G). Certain notes sound better than others. The stronger notes are the 7 note – F, then the 4 note – C.

The 6 note – E is probably the next strongest and lastly the 2 note – A.

Always try and add these notes to the strong notes of 1, 3 and 5.

So you could play the notes C – D and hold it, then A – B and hold it ending with G.

To create some tension in the music you can use the least strong notes and hold them.

So you could play the notes D – E and hold it, then A – B and hold it ending with G.

This creates some tension and eases it.

Playing Suggestions

The backing track repeats the chord progression a number of times so if you don’t get it the first time keep trying until the first section ends.

If you play just a short note on beat 1, then a strong notes for the rest of the bar you will get:-

I b c / / I g a     / /  I d e / /  I f g / /  I

Below are some more musical suggestions that get more difficult as we go.

I c f g /  I a g e /  I c f e /  I g a b /  I

I e f g /  I c g e /  I c f e /  I b c d /  I

I c / e b  I c / e g  I c / g f  I g / d e I

Create some of your own combinations using the notes 1,3 and 5.

Once you are confident with these notes you can start adding the other notes of the scale.

This is covered in the 2nd Factsheet, which is coming soon.

The Second Half.

The second part of the backing track allows you to play chords along with the track.

Below are the chord shapes that are called open chords because they use open strings as part of their chords.

To read the chord shapes – The numbers down the left hand side are the frets (0 is the open strings with no fingers on them.

The X means don’t play this string.

The letters in line with the 0 means play these as open strings.

The letters in line with the fret numbers is played in that fret.

The line on the far left is the thickest string and the line on the far right is the thinnest string.

All of my chord diagrams follow this system, as do many other examples found in other sites, books and teaching tools.

I C         I Am         I C           I G            I

C Major
A Minor
C Major
G Major

These are the chords that most beginner guitar books teach you to play. 

A chord is defined as a collection of 3 notes and so playing these chords shapes works with the backing track.

Listen to the rhythm and try and play along with it.

Firstly find the chord changes by playing the chord and then holding it until the music changes then play the second chord and so on.

Next try to play 2 strums of the strings for each bar, keeping a steady metronome beat.

Next try and play 4 beats to each bar, keeping a steady metronome beat.

Next try and miss say beat 2 in each bar.

Next try and miss say beat 3 for the C Major bars.

Keep trying different things with the beats and then faster beats.

I will cover more chord shapes and rhythms in the 3rd Fact sheet, which is coming soon.

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