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I am new on this forumn and am looking forward to learning from all of you here.I am a novice player. What I enjoy the most is playing along with a CD on the Bose Wave (my instructor writes down the music for me), at the time I play rhythm only. My question for the forum is what do others use to play along with, other then the Bose I use? I am thinking I need to update my technology a little. Thanks I look forward to your ideas.
OBTW I play a Epi ES 335 through a Fender Frontman 25R


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Welcome Aboard Mito35!

I think you have all the technology you need with that Epi 335 and your Fender Frontman. That's basically all I need as I usually just play alone in my music room. My amp has 3 channels, one for my guitar, one for my mic and one for anything I want to plug in like CD's, MP3's, Laptop, etc. I seldom plug anything into the extra channel and play along, but when I do, I plug in my laptop and go on YouTube. There are tons of backing tracks and lessons to play along with.

The most important thing you have going for you is an instructor. You are very luck to have one. I would follow his lead [pun intended] as a rhythm player and progress from there. Good luck to you and remember to have fun with it! cool


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Howdy!

One of my primary practice tools is some form of portable digital modeler. I have a few Korg Pandoras and a Tascam GT-R1. Line 6 PODs and Boss Micro BRs would be similar products and other companies have similar products.

Regardless of maker, they all sport tuners and a headphone jack, and will have a mix of features like amp and/or effect sims, metronomes, drum patterns, microphones, PC interfaces and so forth, all in a device that can fit in a gig bag or hardhell case.

That means I can practice (quietly!) anywhere and any time I feel comfortable bringing an electric guitar.

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Re: New member ?? [Re: mito35] #2965798
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Originally Posted By: mito35
My question for the forum is what do others use to play along with, other then the Bose I use? I am thinking I need to update my technology a little. Thanks I look forward to your ideas.


Welcome mito35

I created my own backing tracks from MIDI files, or composition programs like Jammer Professional or Band In A Box. You can also just google already made MP3 backing tracks. Links below.

https://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/

https://www.karaoke-version.com/custombackingtrack_free/karaoke.html


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We also have a range of backing tracks here, made by our members. Check them out:
http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads..._Tr#Post1582031

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Welcome from me too, Mito35. As I'm not a pro, and now only play to get my "chops" back after a mini-stroke a few years ago, and as my best audience just left a few weeks ago, I usually play for my own amusement and typically along with whatever recording of whichever song I'm trying to learn. wink

CD, vinyl, tape, I play 'em all! grin
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Welcome, Mito35.

One thought would be to get a Boss ME-25 Multi-Effects. It has an Audio In jack, so you can listen to almost anything, iPod/iPad, MP3 player, audio from the Headphone jack on your Computer. It also has a USB Audio Out, so you can use it as a recording interface for your computer, as well.

If you have a Mac you already have GarageBand built in, so you might as well use it. It has a LOT of features and it'll save you the expense of buying an outboard recorder for now.


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Another tool using a pedal that you might check into Mito, is a Digitech or Boss Looper. You can record anything you play and sing just like using a tape recorder, and then play along with your own live backing track. You will also hear how well you are progressing... cool


Take care, Larryz
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Originally Posted By: Larryz
Another tool using a pedal that you might check into Mito, is a Digitech or Boss Looper. You can record anything you play and sing just like using a tape recorder, and then play along with your own live backing track. You will also hear how well you are progressing... cool


@Larryz - the ME-25 has a Looper effect built-in. I should have mentioned that. It will also run on batteries, so you can use it anywhere.


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Hi !
I'm "halfnote".

Thanks for introducing yerself but I wonder if you'd tell us a bit more.
That best way for us to make suggestions is to have an idea abt what you like & want to do or learn.
That will come over time, of course, but...
...what got you interested in music & specifically the gtr ?
How long have you played?
Other instruments ?
General age range ?
People might like all sorts of music.
What interests you?

As far as some of the things you already mentioned...
Personal instruction is good but keep in mind that the wider yer info sources (if dependable) the wider yer knowledge bank.
Study as much as you can but don't be too concerned abt how fast you advance or things that seem to put you under pressure.

On a personal note---so to speak grin --- the most important ideas I could share at this point are:
1 / No matter what yer interests or skills, developing yer ear recognition is as important as anything.
Reading notation's great but I know many musicians who can sight read on a pro level but can't hear a song & play even an approximation of it.
Therefore when you learn anything, practice singing the part as well as playing it.
Nothing will do more to internalize yer sense of pitch than that.

2 / In terms of theory, keep in mind that it's not the real rules of how music is made but an after-the-fact development to explain how most music functions (& music from different cultures carry their own theory).
Be open to how the music you like actually works & how it sometimes violates the very rules it usually follows.
For example, you might find suggestions on fingerings that are good suggestions but you might also find situations where a different fingering works better for you in a particular piece.


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Originally Posted By: Winston Psmith
Originally Posted By: Larryz
Another tool using a pedal that you might check into Mito, is a Digitech or Boss Looper. You can record anything you play and sing just like using a tape recorder, and then play along with your own live backing track. You will also hear how well you are progressing... cool


@Larryz - the ME-25 has a Looper effect built-in. I should have mentioned that. It will also run on batteries, so you can use it anywhere.


thu


Take care, Larryz
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Thank you everybody for all of your ideas which will help me in my enjoyment and progression. I have a great instructor, who writes any song on paper I want to learn. Hope all of you have a Happy New Year.


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I hope YOUR New Year is good too. wink

I know I'll certainly try MY best! wink
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Welcome Mito. Most important thing is to like what you do as you learn. Enjoy the journey. Jim


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