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  • Since we are running the Backing Tracks debate into the ground....................

    I cringe when the musician onstage has to tell the audience that his tracks are legit because he makes them himself. Really? Who cares.

    It sounds like you are embarassed to use them and are trying to justify it. Just do your act!










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    God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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    • #3
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      • #4
        LOL!

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        • #5
          Hey Craig---------------How about you start a "Backing Track" Forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!oke:

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          • #6
            I cringed on a couple of occasions when the players had technical difficulties with their backing tracks and couldn't finish the gig. They were lost and couldn't continue just playing their guitar and singing.
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            • #7


              ? Don't get you..IMO fingerpicker was making a valid and non-point that didn't have anything to do with the merits of the BT method. I can see how that feeling the need to announce to the audience that you "did it yourself" could come off as defensive, or at least unnecessary.

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              • #8
                Yea sometimes TMI can be a problem, but it isn't always done on purpose. Last night I was working with a singer at a local casino. We have a mutual friend who among other things discovered The Jackson five (no it wasn't Diana Ross). Anyway the singer I'm working with starts going on about this guy and the Jackson Five.... and he suddenly realizes that none of the 25 year old kids in the audience care - they barely know who the Jackson five are, if at all.

                So he has to back out of the conversation and we get back to the music. Anyway, sometimes what seems relevant to you can be irritating to others, that's life. I'm just happy to see people working, tracks or no.

                BTW here's the link to the fellow the kids didn't want to hear about. He's still a great singer, and once came and sat in when I was doing a single. I took a break after he sang, because I wasn't going to follow him!

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Taylor_%26_the_Vancouvers

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                • #9
                  If they ask, I tell them, if they don't ask I don't.

                  It's my own version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
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                  • #10
                    ^ There ya go!

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                    • #11
                      I'm old school and would prefer to keep doing things without backing tracks. But I can see people wanting to share their music and feel it necessary to have backing tracks. Sometimes people just dont have the chops necessary to play the songs well enough and the backing is a good security blanket?

                      Just an opinion
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                      • #12
                        hi...

                        my name is jamie and i like playing guitar and singing...

                        my p0asting days are numb bird...

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                        • #13
                          I'm old school and would prefer to keep doing things without backing tracks. But I can see people wanting to share their music and feel it necessary to have backing tracks. Sometimes people just dont have the chops necessary to play the songs well enough and the backing is a good security blanket?

                          Just an opinion



                          It`s not about having the chops... What kind of chops do you have to have to play drums, bass, keys as well as guitar/vocals... at the same time!!

                          In my set I can get away with about 40% guitar and vocal only, but there are a bunch of songs that the audience recieve 10x better with the backing music. Doesn`t mean I`m a **************** player, if anything it means I`ve read the audiences well enough over the years to give them what they want. At the end of the day, if you do this for a living, thats about all that matters!

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                          • #14
                            <...> Sometimes people just dont have the chops necessary to play the songs well enough and the backing is a good security blanket?

                            Just an opinion


                            In the words of Ira Gershwin, "It Ain't Necessarily So".

                            I play saxophone, flute, wind synthesizer, keyboard synthesizer, guitar, bass, drums and vocals. I was first sax in the all-state band every year I was in school, by biography is listed in Who' Who in Entertainment, I am a professional musician and have played on ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV and the BBC all over the USA and in a few other countries including The People's Republic of China. I've warmed up in concert for major headliners and almost had a contract with Motown (until our lawyers messed up the negotiations) PLUS I write aftermarket styes for the software apps, Band-in-a-Box and Microsoft SongSmith - and have sold them to over 100 different countries.

                            In other words, I have decent chops.

                            I play with backing tracks because:


                              I make my own backing tracks because it takes less time to make one than it does to fix one that I've bought or downloaded (tried both methods, with frustrating results). But I see nothing wrong with buying them if you can't do your own.

                              There is more than one right way to make music. If the music is good, and if it pleases the audience, it's a right way to do it.

                              So please excuse me if I get a little defensive about the lacking chops statement.

                              BTW, I've seen some single people playing without tracks that don't have chops but still draw a crowd.
                            Bob "Notes" Norton
                            Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
                            Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box and add on styles for Microsoft SongSmith
                            The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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                            • #15

                              I play with backing tracks because:

                              • I like the way they make us sound

                              • It's fun




                              There is more than one right way to make music. If the music is good, and if it pleases the audience, it's a right way to do it.



                              isn't this really the most important part of the whole deal?
                              while i don't care for backing tracks personally, i bet NN puts on a hell of a professional show we could all be proud of

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