Topic: Accessories...backing tracks?

Hey Folks,

I play acoustic guitar (but through an amp) and sing at a local bar.  I am looking for some advice.  Sometimes i sing along to a karaoke track, no guitar.

I find the karaoke songs go down at least as well as the guitar accompanied bugs me a bit given the effort into learning to play a song but that is life.

What can I do to improve the whole guitar/singing sound or experience for the audience?  A chorus pedal?  Effects?  Backing tracks? (something I have never incorporated into my guitar songs).  Any recommendations to improve what I am doing?

Thanks for any help. 

Re: Accessories...backing tracks?

Do you have samples of the guitar/voice stuff?

Tell us more about your rig. Guitar direct to amp dry, no processing? Same for Vox?     

Re: Accessories...backing tracks?

Hey mate, I use a busker amp with three inputs, guitar straight in and voice the same.  It has echo for the voice,  The sound is very clean.  I see others using backing tracks and playing along (or sometimes going through the motions) and audiences don't seem to care whether it is being played or is a backing track.  I have never used one though.  I sing loads of songs from Beatles, Oasis, U2, Paule Weller, INXS, Bill Withers...anything I like really.  I would just like to neef it up a bit I suppose.     

Re: Accessories...backing tracks?

Have you looked into the Beat Buddy:



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Re: Accessories...backing tracks?

I did my first solo gig the week Elvis died. I played workingmens clubs mainly and pubs occasionally. As I'd been playing in bands I had a H/H pa amp played through a Marshall 4X12 speaker for vocals and guitar. I later progressed to column speakers and a combo amp for guitar. I had music written out as we still had organ and drum accompanyment here in the UK, which soon died out for financial reasons. So I graduated to a drum machine to compete with some bloke plonking records on a turn table then onto backing tracks which I produced myself. I still throw in the occasional voice/guitar song and unlike the chap I saw yesterday in Hereford  I play rhythm and lead live even if I mess up which I do regularly.
To be honest, I use backing tracks for my own satisfaction and it's easier for people to dance to so I get more gigs!

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