Blues is where many of us started and where many of us keep coming back. Here is a selection of blues backing tracks ranging from the usual 12-bar blues to some more unusual blues variations. Tempo vary from slow to fast and style from straight to shuffle. The common denominator here is the petatonic scale. Blues is for everyone!

 

Song name:

Two Days

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Tyler SE HD recorded direct with a Kemper Profiling Amplifier. The clean part used a Fender profile and the lead was a Fuchs ODS30 profile.
Bass: Native Instruments Scarbee MM Bass
Rhodes: Natie Instruments Scarbee Vintage Keyboards Mk1

Drums: Native Instruments Studio Drummer
Recorded with: Cubase 6
Comments:

Three things happened almost at the same time to create this tune. I got to try the Kemper Profiling Amp, I got to review the Komplete 8 pacjage and I bought a used Squier Esprit. Everything pointed to a sort of Robben Ford inspired blues. Or maybe Larry Carlton? You decide!

Publishing date: 11-10-07
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Song name:

Changing Constant

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Tyler SE HD recorded direct with a Boss GS-10 using a Fulldrive II for dirt and a Keeley Compressor for cleans.
Bass:Sandberg Bullet Special recorded direct and processed with NI Guitar Rig 3

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 4
Comments:

This is a sort of rough blues, close to being almost agressive at times. I put some extra chords in there in order to make it not too boring.

Publishing date: 09-11-21
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Song name:

Middle of the Day

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

PRS McCarty recorded direct with a Boss GS-10
Bass:Sandberg Bullet Special recorded direct and processed with NI Guitar Rig 3
Piano: Steinberg The Grand
Organ: NI B4

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 4
Comments:

So many of all the blues tracks I have ever played have been minor oriented so I really needed a track to practice some "positive" blues. With this decision I wrote this blues.

Publishing date: 09-08-23
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Song name:

Eloquent Elephant

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Tyler SE HD recorded direct and processed with Amplitube Fender
Bass:Sandberg Bullet Special recorded direct and processed with Amplitube Fender
All other instruments: Heavyocity Evolve

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 4
Recorded with: Cubase 5
Comments:

I asked some players on an Internet forum what kind of BT they would like to get and one response mentioned a funky blues and that felt like a challenge so I wrote a fairly uptempo raunchy and funky blues.

Publishing date: 09-04-03
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Song name:

Another Place

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic (3 V60LP single coils) recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
All other instruments: Nattive Instruments Kontakt, Pro-53 and Absynth

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 2
Recorded with: Cubase 4
Comments:

I have always been a fan of Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and the more I listen to him the more I realize how much of a blues player he is. This inspired me to write this blues style tune where I change between minor and major tonalities.

Publishing date: 09-03-15
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Song name:

Tele Marketing

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Edwards TE-86CTM (Tele clone) recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
All other instruments: Spectrasonics RMX and Native Instruments Kontakt and B4 II

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 4
Comments:

As I had just gotten a Telecaster I wanted to do something with I though a fast 12-bar would be the way to go. I don't know if this kind of up-beat positive shuffle can be called a blues but this is where the 12-bar stuff go.

Publishing date: 09-03-08
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Song name:

Roadhouse Cafe 118

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Edwards SA-118 (335 clone) recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Squier JV Series Jazz Bass recorded direct and processed with Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3
Native Instruments Kontakt and B4 II

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase
Comments:

I heard a slow blues in this style and I wanted to try to play in way that worked in a track like this so I wrote it. I really like the way the Boss GS-10 allows me to play with guitar amp like dynamics.

Publishing date: 08-12-06
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Song name:

JCN Boogie

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

PRS McCarty recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
NI Kontakt 2 playing a Wizoo Music Man bass
Steinberg The Grand

Drums: Native Instruments Battery
Recorded with: Cubase
Comments:

This is a backing track I wrote for my sons when they started out playing the saxophone. Works with all kinds of solo instruments. A jazzier kind of shuffle in a slowish tempo.

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Song name:

Space Groove Boogie

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Fender American Vintage 62 resissue recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instruments Pro-52 and FM-7 synths
Steinberg Mod-E

Drums: Native Instruments Battery
Recorded with: Cubase
Comments:

A boogie blues set in the year of 2056? That could be. I just felt like combining a few odd loops and synths with a traditional blues shuffle. Some have said they like it and some say this it's an insult to the blues. You have to decide for yourself.

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