Working With Backing Tracks

Backing tracksSo I’ve calmed down a bit since last week and have come to realize that I have retained a bit more than I was giving myself credit for.  While learning songs for Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp it became painfully obvious to me that my weakest area is soloing.  Personally I’m a throw a cool lick in here and there sort of player, not a bass soloist.  However, the idea of being able to play a killer solo when the opportunity arises does have a certain appeal.  Therefore, this past week I have been working with backing tracks in hopes of jump starting my ability to do just this.

Backing tracks are recorded music, minus the bass.  If you haven’t worked with backing tracks before, do yourself a favor and seek some out and get to it.  Numerous tracks can be found online, many for free.  The idea is to play along to the tracks in their given keys, creating your own bass lines or solos.  For instance, I am working on a song that has a solo in A minor, so I found a few backing tracks in A minor with various beats and tempos and have been working on soloing to them.  This is where learning your scale patterns and notes on the fretboard really pays off.  I can’t believe how much I have improved in only a couple of days.

Bass Camp is a little over two weeks away, guess I better get back to practicing!