Backing Tracks – Guitar progression 2

Guitar Progression 2

Download the audio track – gtr. progression 2

I C       I G           I C          I F          I

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6iudhok59myfix3/gtr%20progression%202%20mp3.mp3?dl=0

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.

The second chord is G (G Major) and has the notes 1, 3 and 5.

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

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

1   2   3  4  5   6  7   8

Therefore the notes are G, B and D.

The fourth Chord is F (F Major) and has the notes 1,3 and 5.

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

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

1   2  3   4  5   6  7   8

Therefore it has the notes F, A and C.

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 the 1 notes you will get:-

I c        I g           I c           I f           I

If you play just the 3 notes you will get:-

I e        I b          I e          I c           I

If you play just the 5 notes you will get:-

I g        I d          I g           I f           I

These all work with the backing track because they are classed as strong notes but it is not very musical to just play them on their own.

The next step is to start combining them. To be able to read this I have added to / symbol. When you see a letter or the / symbol that is one beat so to read the bar below you would play the g for 2 beats and the e for 2 beats.

I g / e / I

In the one below you would play the g for 2 beats, the e for 1 beat and the c for 1 beat.

I g / e c I

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

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

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

I c / e /  I b / d /  I c / g /  I f / a /  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 most basic chord shapes that you need to know in order to play along with this track.

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 G           I C          I F          I

C Major
G Major
C Major
F major

These are the simplest chords that you can 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 all 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 2nd Fact sheet, which is coming soon.

You can go to the “Backing Tracks Menu” and Download everything you need. There are a number of other Backing Tracks and information available. Enjoy.

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