Here are two more interesting emails I have got lately.
In terms of the recent blues lesson I did for my membership programme, this is what Logan said:
Is there an easy way to be able to record backing tracks (like for the blues)?
It looks like you are using a foot pedal device (just guessing) …
Can you provide any info on what to check into for this?
Also – it’s been a fun day of guitar today!!!!
In terms of backing tracks for blues or any style really, here are three good options.
#1 – Search YouTube
There are quite a few backing tracks on YouTube you can use, but many are hit and miss.
It’s annoying really, some have the blues sound, but don’t quite have the right feel.
My guess is the drums in these backing tracks were programmed on a computer and not played by a real drummer (the lack of “feel” is a big giveaway).
I’ve come across a few good ones in the past, so it can be worth looking on YouTube.
The good news is, unless you are a die-hard blues lover, one or two backing tracks are usually enough.
#2 – Create your own backing tracks with your phone
The other option and one that can be more fun is to record your own backing track to jam with.
On a basic level, you can use your phone to record yourself playing some rhythm parts.
Then you can hit play and jam along with yourself!
#3 – Get a looper pedal
Looper pedals can be fun, but some are quite complex and can be overwhelming.
It can be worth it, but unless you plan on doing a lot of jamming or just fancy trying one out, I’d say try option 1 or 2 above first.
If you then decide you love to jam with backing tracks and want to create your own rhythm parts, then a looper pedal might well be the way to go!
“I still have not picked up my guitar much. All the things that happened this month, now my dad has been in the hospital for almost a week, and I am helping my mom out. Both are in their upper 80s and it’s been a lot plus working 9 hours a day, so guitar has been on hold. BUT this shall pass, and I will pick up where I left off. Anyway, sorry for the long babbling email, Thanks for all the effort and passion you put into your lessons!!! Keeps me motivated! 🤗”
I thought I’d share this email as it will no doubt help some of you.
You see, Nancy has been one of the most dedicated members of my membership programme for a couple of years now.
I’ve got dozens of emails from her over the last few years where Nancy’s passion shines through.
She’s been super dedicated, leaving tonnes of comments, getting super involved and winning the Leaderboard multiple times.
(The Leaderboard is a fun and friendly way to encourage members to get involved more, with prizes for the winners each month.)
Anyway, this just goes to show that even for someone who absolutely loves the guitar like Nancy does…
Sometimes life can be hard, and the guitar has to take a back seat for a bit.
If this ever happens to you, don’t beat yourself up.
Never stop playing.
Just realise there will be peaks and troughs when it comes to practising.
Always keep the guitar nearby even if you’re not able to play it as much.
It can be a loyal friend and wonderful companion after all.
…And it will always be there for you.
Now, stop reading and get strumming!
Have a great day!
P.S. if you want some more help, you may want to check out my book on strumming, which you can get on amazon…
P.P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.