How to Set Up Guitar Practice Using a Backing Track

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A backing track can be an invaluable tool to have when setting up guitar practice. Set up guitar practice using a backing string with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica Delfino. I'm a Musician in New York City. I also teach guitar and ukele. You can find out more information about that at; that's And right now, we're going to work on how to setup a backing track and practice to the backing track. So, basically, you find your backing track on whatever method you have. It can even be a song on the radio. But, what I did was I brought up a track of drums and we're going to play along to these drum track. So, playing to a drum track is really great because it can help you learn how to stay on rhythm and how to play your chords to a certain beat which you may have been doing and practicing with a metronome and that's a great way to start. This is a little bit more fun than playing with the metronome 'cause metronomes are very robotic and specific and sometimes it's hard to keep, keep up with them. Okay, so here we go; here's our drum track, I'm going to press play and I'm going to start playing some chords over the drum track. Now, I'm using an iPhone and I have the track on my iPhone. So, I've just setup the iPhone where it's in a convenient place for me to be able to access it, I've got my guitar and I'm ready to rock. So, let's see what this sounds like. Okay, so I've got, first I'm try to get that beat; one, two, three, four. Alright and just jump on, try to play and keep up with it. And if you mess up, no big deal, you can stop and start again. Right now I'm playing a G chord and I'm switching to a C and just kind of going through some basic major chords, just kind of keep up with the drums. It's really that easy. And when you feel like you've had enough, you can pause your music and you can stop and of course, you can improvise or you can play a song that you've written or you can play a song that someone else's sings that you like to play and see how it goes. And if you mess up, no big deal, try and try again. It takes a long time to, you know, get perfect at improvising over music, but soon you'll be rocking out and you know, you'll be like a star or whatever. Alright, well thank you very much for watching; lots of luck to you and have a good day.


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