Play Along Blues Backing Tracks
If you are looking for blues backing tracks to help your guitar playing along you have come to the right place, here you will find dozens of cool backing tracks for all styles of guitar playing put together by some very competant musicians, and organized according to genre, and in the case of the more popular Blues/Rock genres, by key.
If you are a beginner I suggest you start with a slow blues backing track in A, these will invariably be a “12 bar blues tracks”, meaning the chord progression repeats itself again after every twelve measures (bars) of music.
Once you have learned the key of A, it is a simple matter to play in all the other keys using the patterns you learned for the A key, the exception is the key of E, which will include open strings for the low notes, unless you re-tune your guitar, so the low E note can be fretted normally.
You can find a few good blues backing tracks in E here.
Beginners learning the guitar today are very lucky, because the internet gives you a massive advantage, the web is awash with thousands of free backing tracks for all styles of music, you will never struggle to find exactly what you want to play.
In the old days your only means of soloing would have been playing over a hissy cassette tape recording (remember those?), or putting on an actual vinyl recording on a portable mono record player, and turning up the guitar amp so you could hear yourself playing over the top, it seems funny now, but a lot of now-famous guitarists did that, because they were broke at the time.
Apart from the myriad of video tracks around you may also find some sites that allow you to download Mp3 audio backing tracks directly onto your PC, or portable Mp3 device for portable playback. I have an idea of converting some video tracks to MP3 to make it much faster to download them in audio-only format, so watch this space...
If you have any audio recording software on your PC like Cubase, you may also find some sites offering backing tracks as midi files.
recording software. Cubase is a superb software, but it's pricey, a much cheaper, and easier to learn option is the PreSonus AudioBox Studio. If you want a freebie version check out the open-source Audacity program it's excellent, and free!
Once you get reasonably good at playing in A, you may want to stretch yourself a bit and have a go at playing in another key, check out this page for blues backing tracks in G, or these tracks in the key of D.
Many blues songs are recorded in a minor key, often in Am or B minor, you will find many of these minor blues backin tracks among the pages of the main keys.
You will also find a sprinkling of Jazz blues backing tracks, and blues rock accompaniments for you to have a go at once you can play a little better.