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DiscoRick

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Are there any songs on the site that you don't need a backing track to play alone?

It seems most require a backing track.

Or are there any that you can use a looper to play alone?

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Are there any songs on the site that you don't need a backing track to play alone?

It seems most require a backing track.

Or are there any that you can use a looper to play alone?

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: DiscoRick

Are there any songs on the site that you don't need a backing track to play alone?

It seems most require a backing track.

Quite a few of the Robert Johnson blues songs are meant to be played as guitar only arrangements.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs/artist/robert-johnson

And there a few other blues & bluegrass tunes like that.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs/bluegrass?d=all&s=newest

Deep River Blues is especially fun!

Anders has a tutorial on Ragtime guitar that is meant to be played solo.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=975

I have a series of blues tutorials that are aimed at single guitar arrangements.

https://www.guitartricks.com/search.php?search=%22blues+orchestration%22

There are a few chord melody type tunes in which guitar is the only instrument.

Fields Of Gold

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1150

After You've Gone

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=644

St. Louis Blues

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=759

Even though most rock, blues & country songs are arranged to be played with a band (or backing track) you can still play the guitar part for any song without backing track or any accompaniment. I do that often when practicing, just play the guitar parts.

Originally Posted by: DiscoRick
Or are there any that you can use a looper to play alone?[/p]

The Jam Station has audio files that loop over & again.

But if you mean use a looper to play, it depends on the song form. If a song only has one section or chord progression that repeats over & again, then you could use one.

Any song that has more than one section, or differrent chord progressions, you'd have to set the looper for each section if it had a memory bank. Or change it on the fly.

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Originally Posted by: DiscoRick

Are there any songs on the site that you don't need a backing track to play alone?

It seems most require a backing track.

Quite a few of the Robert Johnson blues songs are meant to be played as guitar only arrangements.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs/artist/robert-johnson

And there a few other blues & bluegrass tunes like that.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs/bluegrass?d=all&s=newest

Deep River Blues is especially fun!

Anders has a tutorial on Ragtime guitar that is meant to be played solo.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=975

I have a series of blues tutorials that are aimed at single guitar arrangements.

https://www.guitartricks.com/search.php?search=%22blues+orchestration%22

There are a few chord melody type tunes in which guitar is the only instrument.

Fields Of Gold

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1150

After You've Gone

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=644

St. Louis Blues

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=759

Even though most rock, blues & country songs are arranged to be played with a band (or backing track) you can still play the guitar part for any song without backing track or any accompaniment. I do that often when practicing, just play the guitar parts.

Originally Posted by: DiscoRick
Or are there any that you can use a looper to play alone?[/p]

The Jam Station has audio files that loop over & again.

But if you mean use a looper to play, it depends on the song form. If a song only has one section or chord progression that repeats over & again, then you could use one.

Any song that has more than one section, or differrent chord progressions, you'd have to set the looper for each section if it had a memory bank. Or change it on the fly.

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory