Hardware or Software for practicing.....help

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by rickr, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. rickr

    rickr Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Hello all,
    I was wonder if anyone would give me recommendations for hardware or software that would allow me to input a chord progression and drum beat with time signature and BPM...
    Im sure there are many choices , I just don't know where to begin...
  2. I use this one. Works pretty well and you can write any kind of song or chord progression then play it back to practice against. Worth the money.

    iReal Pro - Music Book and Play Along
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  3. rickr

    rickr Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Thanks Spin Doctor
  4. ba55i5t


    May 24, 2006
    Chordbot works very well for me
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  5. this looks pretty cool. Cheap too.
  6. .I like to play-a-long to actual songs and let Google find me the chord sheets then a video of the song being played. Armed with the chord chart I listen to the song on the video and compose my bass line from the chord progression the chord chart gave me.

    I also let Google find me backing tracks, with chord names, and play-a-long to those.

    Counting roots; A-2-3-4|D-2-3-4|G-2-3-4|C-2-3-4|F-2-3-4|D-2-3-4|B-2-3-4|E-2-3-4|

    Start with roots, counting like: E-2-3-4|C-2-3-4|G-2-3-4|D-2-3-4| Then root on the 1st beat and a 5 on the 3rd beat. Then a full chord tone. For example:

    Em = R-b3-5-8
    C = R-3-5-8
    G = R-3-5-8
    D = R-3-5-8 or nothing says you can not insert some scale notes... R-3-5-6 or R-2-3-5, experiment. After about the fifth time through the chord progression you will be wanting to add some stuff. See what you can do with the 3 and 8.

    Just something to think about. I let Google find me "stuff" all the time. Point, I do not have to get a program to help; Google normally comes through.

    What I gave you should keep you busy for several weeks. Get in the shed.

    In case you need this. Where are the 3, 5 and 8? From your root a 3 is always up a string and back a fret. That b3 is up a string and back two frets. The 5 from your root is always up a string and over toward the bridge two frets, or down a string same fret as your root. The 8 is above the 5 one string up, same fret as the 5. That's where 3's 5's and 8's live. Piece of cake.

    What about that 2 & 6? The 2 is same string as your root and toward the bridge two frets. The 6 is above the 3 one string up same fret. For the rest of the story the 4 is up a string same fret as your root and the 7 is up two strings and over toward the bridge one fret. Make yourself a chart - if you have not already done so - and put that to memory and your ready to build 90% of the bass lines you will come up on.
    You are on the root C where is the F or 4th of C? Where is the 5 or G? Yep where they always are, just waiting on you. To use this you will be thinking in A, B, C's and 1, 2, 3's. It'll take a few weeks, but, really is quite simple. Find the root using A, B, C's (in first position - first 5 frets of your fretboard) then use what ever 3, 5 & 8's you want to include in your bass line. No it's not necessary you know what note name that 3 is. You needed a 3 and you found one. Later on we can get into what that 3 is named.

    Have fun.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017
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  7. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
  8. rickr

    rickr Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Thanks for all of the info guys. I appreciate it.
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