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Free Jam Tracks and Backing Tracks
Download free jam tracks and backing tracks and play guitar, bass or drums.
36 Jam and Backing Tracks
All Instruments - All Key Signatures
|E||Groovin Blues - Blues vamp in the key of E. Play the E Blues scale.||100||4|
|A||Jam in A - Jam over this A Major chord using the A Major scale.||80||4|
|C||C Major Jam - Rock vamp on the chords C Major, C9 and C Major 7.||72||4|
|G||Gee Whiz - Funk-rock vamp on a G7 chord. Learn to play G Mixolydian.||84||4|
|B||Slow B Jam - Jam using the B Major Scale or B Major Pentatonic Scale.||66||4|
|D||Brother D - Steady groove rock track in the key of D Major.||80||4|
|F||The F Bomb - Rock with a jazz ear thanks to an F Major 7th chord.||130||4|
|Eb||Eb Vamp - The Eb Major scale (Eb Ionian Mode) sounds cool on this jam.||94||4|
|Ab||Ab Funk - Learn the Ab Blues and Pentatonic scales over this funk track in Ab.||100||4|
|Bb||Bb Thang - A rock jam track with a driving pulse in the key of Bb Major.||120||4|
|Db||Db Ballad - Jam track at 80 beats per minute in the key of Db.||80||4|
|Gb||Country Bumpkins - Country tune in the key of Gb.||88||4|
12 blues progressions, one in every blues key for guitar, bass and drums (includes drum charts).
|E||Swing That Thing - 12 bar blues progression in the key of E.||140||12|
|A||Howlin' Wolf - This is a 12 bar blues with a driving rhythm section in A.||110||12|
|C||Mr Personable - Funky blues jam using C7, F7 and G7 chords.||70||12|
|G||The Mighty G - Blues jam track with a shuffle feel in the key of G.||86||12|
|B||Everyone's Keen - 12 bar blues track in the key of B.||130||12|
|D||Jam Tracks Shuffle - Download this blues shuffle and jam in the key of D.||78.8||12|
|F||Blues Play Along - Play the F Blues Scale over these F7, Bb7 and C7 chords.||120||12|
|Eb||Blues in Eb - Play the Eb Blues scale over this backing track.||96||12|
|Ab||Blues in Ab - 8 bar blues progression in the key of Ab.||70||8|
|Bb||Bb Shuffle - Learn to play the Bb Blues Scale and Bb Mixolydian mode.||84||12|
|Db||Off Beat Blues - This is a funky 12 bar blues tune in the key of Db.||80||12|
|Gb||Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas blues progression dedicated to The Real Deal.||100||12|
Jam in all 12 keys with these progressions for guitar, bass and drums (includes drum charts).
|E||Both Kinds of Music - Country jam tracks in the good ol' key of E.||140||12|
|A||New Friends - Jam using the A Major scale and E Mixolydian mode.||80||4|
|C||Nuff Said - Rock funk track in the key of C using chords C Major 7, F and G.||130||22|
|G||Float like a Butterfly - Laid back rock jam track using G5 to C Major chords.||92||4|
|B||Creepy Crawly - Nice tight groove over a 2 bar chord progression.||106||2|
|D||Lost The Plot - Classic rock n roll rhythm to play along with in the key of D.||84||8|
|F||Strange Things Afoot - Learn to play the F Major scale and Bb Lydian mode.||110||4|
|Eb||Salmon in Spring - Rock with a bit of a reggae feel in the key of Eb.||70||8|
|Ab||What's Happening? - Ab-Eb-Db 2 bar rock progression.||96||2|
|Bb||Space Cadet - An 8 bar rock tune using the chords Bb-F-Eb-F.||90||8|
|Db||That Smile - Play both Major and minor pentatonic scales in Db on this jam.||116||12|
|Gb||Trippy Hippy - Play along with this rock ballad in the key of Gb Major.||76||8|
Free Jam Tracks is a website dedicated to providing play-along music to help musicians learn to play guitar, bass, drums and other instrumentalists who want to join in on the fun. The backing tracks are music minus one and have been broken up for each instrument into various styles including: country, blues, funk, metal, jazz, reggae & rock.
The guitar backing tracks mostly consist of rhythm guitar, bass, drums and organ on some of the tracks. Use them to play-along with guitar or any other lead instrument. The bass backing tracks have no bass and allow bass players to groove with a full band. The drum backing tracks have no drums so they give drummers music to play-along with without having to compete with any other drum sounds.
Whether you are starting out or are a seasoned professional, my aim is for you to have a lot of fun playing music and help you become a better musician along the way.
As well as the free jam track downloads, you will find original guitar and bass tab, licks, theory, lessons and articles on music and general concepts. More is being worked on and added to the site daily.
...nuff said, it's time to jam!
JamTracksTV is the FreeJamTracks.com YouTube channel. Visit the channel if you want to subscribe so you'll get the latest updates: JamTracksTV on YouTube - or you can stream the videos directly from FreeJamTracks.com.
When I put up a new jam track or backing track, I'll be putting up each of the tracks on YouTube as well as on FreeJamTracks.
The first video I've put up is a new blues backing track called Bad Juju.
Guitar Backing Tracks
Bass Backing Tracks
Drum Backing Tracks
|Play Guitar Blues 01||Play Bass Blues 01||Play Drums Blues 01|
|Play Guitar Blues 02||Play Bass Blues 02||Play Drums Blues 02|
|Play Guitar Blues 03||Play Bass Blues 03||Play Drums Blues 03|
|Play Guitar Blues 04||Play Bass Blues 04||Play Drums Blues 04|
|Play Guitar Blues 05||Play Bass Blues 05||Play Drums Blues 05|
|Play Guitar Country 01||Play Bass Country 01||Play Drums Country 01|
|Play Guitar Funk 01||Play Bass Funk 01||Play Drums Funk 01|
|Play Guitar Funk 02||Play Bass Funk 02||Play Drums Funk 02|
|Play Guitar Jazz 01||Play Bass Jazz 01||Play Drums Jazz 01|
|Play Guitar Metal 01||Play Bass Metal 01||Play Drums Metal 01|
|Play Guitar Reggae 01||Play Bass Reggae 01||Play Drums Reggae 01|
|Play Guitar Rock 01||Play Bass Rock 01||Play Drums Rock 01|
|Play Guitar Rock 02||Play Bass Rock 02||Play Drums Rock 02|
|Play Guitar Odd Meters||Play Bass Odd Meters||Play Drums Odd Meters|
|Play Guitar Modes||Play Bass Modes||Do Not Play Modes!|
|All the backing tracks above on one page without the music theory:|
|83 Jam Tracks for Guitar||79 Jam Tracks for Bass|
The jam tracks in this section are one track per page due to the additional information and suggestions for you to think about when jamming with the track. The most recent jam tracks are at the top.
Guitar, Bass and Drum Backing Tracks (all 3 tracks are on each page)
|Music Lawyers - play along with the C Major Pentatonic scale to this rock jam track.|
|Nova Bling - G guitar vamp with a rock/hip hop feel to it.|
|Russell's Shuffle - 12 bar blues shuffle in the key of E. Jam with the E blues scale and E Mixolydian.|
|Jimmy Jam - Rock jam track using power chords: C5, G5, E5 and F5. Go modal if you dare.|
|Cowboy Kent Strut - Rockabilly jam track in C that you can swing your cat to.|
|The Dog and The Chooks - Funk-Rock jam track with lots of syncopation in the key of Ab.|
|On Our Way Home - Tune in the key of C with backing tracks for all instruments.|
|Cookin' Green Onions - Blues with soul.|
|The Coolest Band in the World - Texas Blues.|
|Rock n Grohl: Grunge jam track in the key of Nirvana. Includes guitar, bass tab and the drum chart.|
|Cruisin at Apollo Bay - A surf rock inspired tune.|
|JC Guitars Tambourine Day - Motown groove with some tambourine|
|Rotten Punk - 80s Punk style backing track|
These pages contain a tune with the guitar tab written out, the backing track for the tune and the usual chord and scales suggestions. You can just download the backing track but if you want a complete breakdown of how to play, in detail to the extreme, these are the pages for you.
Guitar Tune and Backing Track
|Very Proud of You - Jimi Hendrix inspired tune and backing track.|
|Bob's Country Bunker - In the good ol' country key of A.|
|Captain Mudbank - Blues-jazz that you can go modal over.|
|Zappa Ahoy - A groove-based riff to jam over and experiment with using the D# Locrian scale.|
|My Fingers Are Killing Me - A rock guitar track great for playing E Major Pentatonic over.|
|Chemo Brain - A funky blues-rock tune that you can play an E Blues scale over.|
|Freddy Alcheringa - A blues tune in the key of G.|
|Edan's Cutting Horse Theme - This is a rock guitar instrumental in the key of E.|
Backing Track Only
|Blues for Yous|
|Missing Javapuss - Acoustic Rock|
|Free Songdog - Southern Rock|
|C Wear It|
|E Rock Groove|
The acoustic jam tracks below have been recorded with a solo acoustic guitar. They are for you to play any instrument along with them: acoustic or electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, harmonica and so on. You can play lead or rhythm with the tracks, anything you can think of.
Acoustic Backing Track
|Capital City Guitars Blues -|
Music Theory for Guitar players and Bass players
|C Major Scale - The C Major Scale, C Major and C Major 7th chords. The information on this page also lays down the fundamentals to music theory and how to use numbers to make music theory easier to understand on the fretboard. I'm giving you gold here people!|
If you want to play along with the jam tracks but don't know how to start then these lessons are for you. I'm starting with lessons aimed at the absolute beginner guitar player but there is lot's of theory and ideas in there for all musicians, no matter what instrument you play. If you are looking for more advanced music theory then you should check out the Modes, Pentatonic and Blues Scales page.
As you read through any of the lessons below you should start applying the ideas by playing along with the backing tracks from the Play Guitar pages: Play Guitar Blues 01, Play Guitar Blues 02, ... Play Guitar Rock 01 etc. The more you jam, with the backing track or with other musicians, the better you'll become.
|Guitar Lessons - Home Page|
|Lesson 01 - The E Blues Scale in 10th and 12th position. Position shifting.|
|Lesson 02 - E Blues Scale Guitar Licks. Learn how to slide into and bend notes.|
|Lesson 03 - E Blues Scale in 7th Position. More position shifting, note tone and introduces the idea that music is a conversation.|
|Lesson 04 - E Blues Licks in 7th Position. 6 licks that form a compete blues solo in E.|
|Lesson 05 - Building Chords - Part 1. Learn to build chords using the E Major scale played on the 6th string. Root + 5th chords. Also discusses fingerstyle and hybrid picking techniques.|
|Lesson 06 - Building Chords - Part 2. Follows on from Lesson 05 - Building Chords - Part 1 adding minor and Major 3rds to each of the Root + 5th chords.|
Below are 11 lessons for beginner bass guitar players. Lesson 01 starts with just playing the Root note and then each lesson builds on the last lesson so that you will be able to play some good/solid bass lines by the time you finish lesson 11. Each lesson comes with the bass lines played just with the drums and there is a backing track without bass that you can use to play along with for all 11 lessons.
|Bass Guitar Lessons - Home Page||Bass Lesson 06 - Root 5th 7th Root|
|Bass Lesson 01 - Blues Bass in E||Bass Lesson 07 - Blues Up and Down|
|Bass Lesson 02 - Root Note Octaves||Bass Lesson 08 - Root 3rd 5th 3rd|
|Bass Lesson 03 - Root to 5th||Bass Lesson 09 - Root 3rd 4th 5th|
|Bass Lesson 04 - Root 5th Root 5th||Bass Lesson 10 - Root 3rd Root 7th 5th|
|Bass Lesson 05 - Root Root 7th 5th||Bass Lesson 11 - Root 3rd 5th 6th 7th 6th 5th 3rd|
Bass Jam Tracks
|Medium Blues Shuffle|
Drum charts complete with mp3/wma files.
|Learn to Read Drum Notation. Learn how to read, transcribe and write for drums.|
I've started this section because I started writing out drum charts for some of the backing tracks which you can see in the list below.
I'm going to add some more charts and drum beats here solely for drummers who want some grooves to play with and learn or improve their reading. I'll put up some basic to intermediate stuff to get thing rolling but will get into some advanced grooves pretty fast. There's plenty of basic stuff out there - we want to get to the good stuff.
|Cookin' Green Onions - Cool blues-jazz for you to swing to.|
|Cowboy Kent Strut - Rockabilly. Drums with a hint of swing.|
|Music Lawyers Drum Chart - Basic rock drum beat with 8th notes on the hi-hats.|
|Nova Bling - Rock/hip hop style track with a 4/4 time signature.|
|On Our Way Home - Laid back ballad in 12/8.|
|Rock n Grohl - Cool rock drum track.|
|Russell's Shuffle - Blues shuffle with a few twists and turns in the drum beat.|
|The Coolest Band in the World - Texas blues you can dig your bass drum into.|
|The Dog and The Chooks - Funk Rock. The drums to this one is full of syncopation.|
Charlie Musselwhite is one of the coolest cats out there. A great harmonica player and blues musician from Chicago who's still going strong on the global live circuit.
He recently released an album with Ben Harper called Get Up! It's a great record, definitely worth checking out. They have done quite a few shows together as well.
If you ever get an opportunity to see Charlie Musselwhite live, take it.
This is a live version of Roll Your Money Maker which he released on a really great album he put out called Juke Joint Chapel.
I've only listened to this track about five thousand times or so. I love the vocal phrasing on this tune. Etta James was an amazing singer. I always thought of her as a jazz singer but she sang many styles. Anyone who can take a pop tune like this and turn it into a soulful blues song the way she does is nothing less than a musical genius.
The lead guitar behind her is pretty cool as is the acoustic rhythm guitar.
If you locked yourself in a room and studied nothing but this tune for a few months you'd walk out a better musician than when you started. No doubt about it.
Articles written by Free Jam Tracks for musicians.
|Music Concepts - Home Page|
|Easy Guitar Chords for Beginners - Teaches you: G, C, D, E and A Major chords.|
|Backing Tracks - Learn to Play Music - An introduction to playing with backing tracks.|
|Easy Guitar Lesson - Learn how to play Knockin' on Heaven's Door (uses chords above).|
|Chords, Scales and Making Guitar Practice Fun - Take your playing to the next level.|
|Music Practice and Motivation - How a small amount of effort will give you big results.|
|Playing at Open Mic Nights - Nick used to run an open mike night and still plays at them.|
|12 Bar Blues in E: Easy Guitar Chords - Use 2 note chords to play a blues in E.|
|Triplets and the Shuffle Rhythm - Fundamentals of counting triplets and shuffle rhythms.|
|Blues Chord Progressions - The Quick Change - Looking at the 2nd bar of a blues.|
|Playing Through Mistakes and Going Unnoticed - Story of my life!|
|Bending the Blue Note - The Secret to Great Blues Guitar Revealed.|
|How to Tune Your Guitar Down Half a Step - Then Jam with 4, 5 & 10 on Blues Page 01.|
Classic blues tracks by some of the greatest blues players of all time that you can download for free. Right click on the track and select 'save as' to download the file to your computer.
|Robert Johnson||Son House||Big Bill Broonzy|
|Ramblin on my Mind||Clarksdale Moan||Baby Please Dont Go|
|Sweet Home Chicago||My Black Mama||How You Want Done|
|Malted Milk||Blind Blake||Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie|
|Drunken Hearted Man||Diddie Wa Diddie||When the Levee Breaks|
|Kind Hearted Woman Blues||Lightnin Hopkins||Ledbelly|
|Little Queen of Spades||Goin Back Home||Where Did You Sleep Last Night|
|Me and the Devil Blues||Bukka White||Bertha Lee with Charley Patton|
|Stop Breakin Down Blues||Shake Em On Down||Yellow Bee|
|Robert Johnson Free Downloads page has 34 takes of Robert Johnson's songs that shaped the world of blues and music as we know it.|
"All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel." Jimi Hendrix.
FJT Latest Updates:
I put up a couple of videos on the home page that I've been watching and listening too lately.
New jam tracks coming very soon.
Free Blues Downloads:
Robert Johnson Free Downloads has 34 of Robert Johnson's blues takes that shaped the world of music as we know it.
Bukka White 'Shake Em On Down' and Bertha Lee with Charley Patton 'Yellow Bee' added in the Free Blues Music Downloads section at the bottom of this page.
New Backing Track:
Bad Juju is a 12 bar driving blues tune in the key of E.
36 New Jam and Backing Tracks. For all instruments with jam tracks in every key signature (times 3)! Each page includes guitar and bass tab as well as a drum chart.
My favorite track to play along with at the moment is Stevie Ray Vaughan which is is a 12 bar blues in Gb that I wrote for you to pull out some Texas blues licks on.
Links to all 36 jam tracks are listed to the left under the heading: 36 New Jam and Backing Tracks.
All the tracks are free downloads that I have written exclusively for FreeJamTracks.com.
Music theory 101 for guitar and bass: C Major Scale. This page is effectively an entire course in music! You can derive and play all 12 Major scales using this information as well as Chord-Scale relationships.
All the Latest Updates.
Modes, Pentatonic and Blues Scales:
Everything I know (how I derive): Modes, Pentatonic and Blues Scales. This is not for the faint hearted! Comes with an Excel summary that shows you how you can break down and derive the Major pentatonic and the blues scale from the Modes.
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Previous Chord Shape's of the Week: Guitar Chords
It's fair to say that I don't actually put up a new chord shape every single week.
This is because I have no concept of time!