Solo Act Backing Tracks

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  1. tonebender

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    Let's say a fella wanted some type of program on his computer that would play backing tracks sans guitar and vocals to popular songs where he could play the acoustic guitar and sing along. What might he look into that is affordable and intuitive? Let's assume the fella does not want a monthly fee.
     
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    Inquiring minds want to know bump
     
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    Play an existing backing track, or synthesize one on the fly, or in advance?
     
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    I searched for this a while back and saved some links to review later. I will find them and post them here. I had found some midi stuff that would make it easy to change keys if needed.
     
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    I use karaoke-version.com occasionally. A custom track is $3.99 and you can mix it with each instrument at whatever level you like, and you can change the key by a couple of steps in either direction. I like to remove lead vocals, but leave backups.

    it’s a cool way for a band to learn songs too, because each player can remove his instrument from the mix for practice.
     
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    We did that for quite a few songs last year. I sent everyone in the band a track with their instrument missing, so we were all practicing along to the same track. We only got together every 6 weeks, and it was surprising how tight we were as a group...except for the vocalist/rhythmguitarist. He chose to not practice.
     
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    @tonebender a very good friend of mine does this and has for probably 25+ years. Here's how she does it. It's a bit old school but it works.

    Download midi files and pull them into Cakewalk. Remove all tracks except drums and bass. Live, play them through vanBasco software on a laptop > midi interface > Zoom 123 > mixer > PA.

    BTW, I have somehow amassed a huge collection of midi files of anyone is interested. I'd have to find a cloud account big enough to host them on but I'm happy to share.
     
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    That sounds interesting. Can you post a few samples and a list or sample setlists? I might be interested in a collection like that
     
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    Unfortunately I can't at the moment. They're on my PC which I can't get to right now. I'll follow up ASAP.
     
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    Lets say a fella had a resource and wanted to share it. Would said fella come over to download a bunch.
     
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    how huge a collection? i might be able to host something.
     
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    What I'm saying is Jeff come on over and Ill hook you up with a killer buncho tracks.
     
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    I used to have a small collection I dl years ago. I'm getting to the point where I want to start playing solo events. It seems to me I would still want to do some songs without any backing, a few with the very basics, and some with a full backing band.
    I dont think I had many and I wonder if I can find them.
     
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    yeah, that's the problem. i'm unbelievably lazy.
     
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    Me too. I'm hoping all of you go crazy on it and build a lot of content then I'll just pay you a few bucks to get a taste. :)
     
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    Thanks @t-glo , I will give you a call.

    Thanks to everyone for the responses. I have no idea what a midi file is or how to make it play. I am sure I could learn though. I have enough original music to carry at least an hour and I figure I can throw in some old favorites and do a couple of hours. I would prefer to do a duo or trio acoustic act with no canned music but it is getting harder and harder to find anyone with time to dedicate to practice and shows. I figure I will go at it alone. When I schedule practice with myself I am always available and on time.
     
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