Influenced by the slicker music of the past 30 years, here are a number of backing tracks where you can play almost anything and it will sound good. Backing tracks contain an unspecified amount of modern elements

 

Song name:

Almost Asleep

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitar: James Tyler SE HD recorded direct using the Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt.

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

I had just received the Kemper Profiling Amplifier and a profile in that unit just begged to be played with dynamics so I wrote this song to be able to record with that sound.

Publishing date: 12-02-04
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Song name:

Flower Larger Than The Sun

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Lead guitar: Vintage Advance AV3 recorded direct with a Custom Sounds Ethos for OD and a Boss GS-10 for speaker simulation.
Rhythm guitars: Vintage Icon Thomas Blug Signature recorded direct with a Dimond Compressor and Boss GS-10.
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt.

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 6
Comments:

This tune was very much inspired by a tune I had heard and by the new Vintage AV3 guitar I had just received. It just begged for some smooth and dynamic overdrive and as I just love that sound I just went with the flow. The melody is mone while the chord progression and arrangement borrows elements from One More Try by Ole Borud.

Publishing date: 11-03-15
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Song name:

At Ranchos Palos Verdes

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Electric guitars: James Tyler SE HD recorded direct with a Boss GS-10. Rockett Pedals Flexi Drive for the lead and a Barber Tone Press for the rhythm.
Acoustic guitars: An old Sigma 000-style recorded direct with a Fishman Rare Earth.
Other instruments: Steinberg HALion Sonic SE, Spectrum, Monologue, Embracer

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 6
Comments:

As it was getting closer and closer to the NAMM show I was itching to play some music and the area around Ranchos Palos Verdes where I knew I was going to visit again inspired this tune.

Publishing date: 11-02-02
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Song name:

Roaming Free

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: James Tyler SE HD recorded direct with a Fender Mustang II.
Other instruments: Steinberg HALion Sonic SE, Spectrum, Monologue, Embracer

Drums: Steinberg Groove Agent One
Recorded with: Cubase 5.5
Comments:

I took home a Fender Mustang II digital amp and it was so much fun to play so I was inspired to write this tune. The amp definitely is cheap and cheerful but sounds good and so far seems powerful enogh to use on gigs.

Publishing date: 10-10-05
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Song name:

Take Me Beyond

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: James Tyler SE HD recorded direct with a Boss GS-10. Compression for the clean sounds was a Diamond Compressor and the OD for the lead sound was a Suhr Riot.
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt 4

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 5.5
Comments:

This track started out as the clean intro part where I was trying to get a sort of a Tri-Stereo Chorus sound. While I didn't get "that" sound I still liked it enough to keep it. The rest evolved from that.

Publishing date: 10-07-29
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Song name:

Always You

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: James Tyler SE HD recorded direct with a Rockett Pedals Flex Drive and a Boss GS-10.
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt 3, Massive and Pro-53

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Recorded with: Cubase 5
Comments:

I just love the ballads from the 80's with swollen arrangements full of Rhodes and chorused guitars. This is definitely in that style and I wrote it for my wife. When I got to the lead part I was not sure what sound to go for but when I stepped on the Flex Drive that was the sound I was looking for.

Publishing date: 10-03-22
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Song name:

Good Source

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: Fender American Vintage 62 Stratocaster
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt 2, Pro-52

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 2
Spectrasonics Stylus
Recorded with: Cubase 3
Comments:

This is a slick tune that is a mix of my favourite influences from the 80's and those today. Big synth pads, huge chords and a few loops. The tempo is slow so it's either playing slow and sensitive or fast and burn. Or maybe a mix of the two?

Publishing date: 09-09-19
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Song name:

And Now Onward

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: Sigma OM-size acoustic recorded direct with a Fishman Rare Earth humbucker
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt 3, Steinberg Model-E

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 3
Recorded with: Cubase 5
Comments:

For a long time I have had this tune on my hard drive waiting to be finished. The problem was that I didn't really know what direction to take. Then a few weeks ago when I got the Fishman Rare Earth for my acoustic I got the idea that an acoustic lead on it would be good. I think the tune and sound is somewhat reminicent of Larry Carlton's acoustic work in the 80s and 90s. Please note that I did not say that the playing was like that of the great master Mr Larry Carlton. I do think, however, that he is still a continuing source of inspiration to me.

Publishing date: 09-08-15
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Song name:

As If Not

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt 2, Pro-53, Absynth 2, Steinberg Model-E

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

This is a slick ballad with a typical soundscape from the 80's. Lots of reverb on everything and lots of room in the arrangement to play over.

Publishing date: 09-07-05
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Song name:

Never Right There

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Tyler SE HD recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Clean guitars used a Xotic modded Arion SCH-Z chorus
Lead guitar used a Blackstar HT-Dual
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth 4 and Spectrasonics Omnisphere

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 2
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Recorded with: Cubase 5.01
Comments:

I have always like the clean wide chorus that Mike Landau used in the 80's and have been trying to get a similar sound since then. In this clip I feel I'm close enough to be happy. I have combined a few units to make it moving but not too much. Here's I'm using it for swells, arpeggios and single sting muted parts. All with good results in my mind.

Publishing date: 09-04-26
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Song name:

When In France

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Guitars: James Tyler SE HD direct through a Boss GS-10
Other instruments: Native Instruments Kontakt 3

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

I wanted to write a ballad with a typical 80's feel with loads of chorused guitar in the backing and the possibility to play solo with lots of gain. Here's the result.

Publishing date: 09-02-28
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Song name:

Worth The Wait

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Melody and solo: Edwards SA-118LT (excellent 335 clone) recorded direct through a Custom Tones, Inc. Ethos (OD Channel)
Rhythm guitar: James Tyler SE HD recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
NI Kontakt 2 playing a Wizoo Music Man bass and a Rhodes.
Steinberg The Grand

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

I waited a long time for my Ethos Classic but when I got it it was definitely worth the wait. In this tune I used a trick I have seen Larry Carlton use. Have a lot of gain in the amp (pedal) and control the gain with a volume pedal and go from relatively clean to quite a bit of gain. All the timbral changes in in this tune is due to manipulation of the volume pedal. Naturally I went for "Carltonesque" vibe here.

Publishing date: 08-11-23
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Song name:

8 Gives 48 plus 6

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

James Tyler Studio Elite recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Pro-52, FM-7

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

This was inspired by an article I read in a guitar magazine about layering guitar tracks. Here are a lot of layered tracks. At the most 9 at the same time.

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Song name:

Closer To My Heart

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Absynth, Pro-52 and FM-7
Steinberg HALion, Model-E

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

A nice slow ballad for emotional playing whatever you style.

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Song name:

Double Hump

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Pro-52, Absynth, FM-7

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

Camel Audio's plug-ins are always a place to go for inspiration. Thanks, Ben!

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Song name:

Far From Real

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

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

While I would never consider myself as anywhere near David Gilmour, his way of emotional and elegant playing as always facinated me. Here's a tune that is musically inspired by Pink Floyd, Camel, The Alan Parson Project and technologically inspired by Camel Audio (CamelPhat, CamelSpace) and Native Instruments FM7.

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Song name:

Forgivness

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 2
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Recorded with: Cubase
Comments:

I can't remember why I wrote this tune but listening to it I can clearly trace some influences back to when I used to listen to swedish guitar player Janne Schaffer

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Song name:

I Simply Don't

Backing track:  
Instruments:

Yamaha Pacifica 612v recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

Drums: Native Instruments Battery 2
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Recorded with: Cubase
Comments:

Yet another modern take of the slick pop that came out of the 80's. In my humble opinion I favour a guitar with a h/s/s configuration for this tune as it lends itself to a myriad of sounds fitting this soundscape.

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Song name:

If I Could

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

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

A slow swirl and an arpeggio guitar starts of this ballad that is a mix of LA slick and Pink Floyd (if that's at all possible). "Wire choir" included.

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Song name:

Shadow From Behind

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

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

There's a swedish song writer by the name of Anders Glenmark whom I admire. Both his songs and his sound ideas are very nice. This ballad backing track is very much aspiring to his ideals as I interpret them.

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Song name:

Simply Not So

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

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

This backing track is centered around a suggestive synthbass line. Medium tempo.

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Song name:

Soft and Firm

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Aspen/Landola nylon stríng, Landola acoustic and James Tyler Studio Elite recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7

Steinberg The Grand

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

A very slow ballad that I like to play my nylon string acoustic to. An electric works fine too. On occasion I even play a steel string acoustic.

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Song name:

This Time

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Yamaha Pacifica 604w recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7
Steinberg The Grand

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

Slow and smoooooth is the best description I can find for this tune. When it comes to composition, arranging, choise of sounds and production I was going for the late 80's - early 90's style of David Foster.

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Song name:

Topping

Backing track: Backing track
Instruments:

Suhr Classic recorded direct through a Boss GS-10
Native Instrument Kontakt-2, Absynth, Pro-53 and FM-7
Steinberg The Grand

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

I think this track is sort of a fun track to play along with as it allows me to play in so many ways. Big chords that are either clean or distorted. Slow and soulful overdriven single note lines or fast and furious with dollops of distorsion. It all works!

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