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I want to try something I have never done before.

I think some of you already do this but I have never done it before so I thought I would like to give it a try.

I want to get some free backing tracks from somewhere off the internet - obviously tunes I already know but currently have not played before, and try to play along to the backing track (can't remember what the proper word is for this).

Do you know of any good sites I can go to, to find the music I require - I know you can pay for tunes at some places but I wanted to try it first for free if possible to see if I am able to do it before I consider buying any tunes? (preferrably MP3 format!)

I play alto sax if you need to know at all.
 

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Thanks but the only song I really know on that site is Over The Rainbow but I already have that one

Do you know of any other sites?
 

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I want to try something I have never done before.
Thanks but the only song I really know on that site is Over The Rainbow but I already have that one
Does not compute.... Does not compute..... Does not compute.....
 

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What tunes are you looking for. Al has a lot of standard tunes.
 

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batonstar said:
Who's Al?
Al Stevens is the multi-talented individual that made the playalongstudio backing tracks. I meant that the site has some VERY standard tunes. What are you looking for?
 

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Be your own band

hakukani said:
The site above is awesome!!! But for new players it is difficult to figure out the lead due to there is NO sheet music for the lead.

With that said, any midi to sheet music program makes great tracks. You can take the lead track and make sheet music with it in any key you want. Then you can delete the lead track out of the midi and you are a bone-a-fide super star. Better than karaoke! If you need some examples just let me know. I will send you some but you will need finale to see the sheet music. my e-mail is robertandscottie(at)cox.net

My last note is Finale can be expensive. DO NOT BUY IT NEW! Call around local music stores. See if they have an old version. I bought a 2004 version of print music from EBAY. It was only $10 bucks vice the $99 brand new in the store.
 

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check www.jazzbacks.com he has a few free trials up there.

or to follow on what Pure Magic said, Band in a Box is not that expensive, you can find free BIAB files on the internet, you can then chenge tempo, key, style etc, and even record from within BIAB, okay the recording function isn't that great, but it's something. PG music also makes Power Tracks Pro multi track software which works hand in glove with BIAB, or just audio files, or any midi file. ( Ihaven't used that one yet I use Sonar4).

As hakukani said, what tunes are you looking for?
 

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Go here and search for midi files.

There are thousands of freebies in all genres.

http://www.vanbasco.com/midisearch.html

Then download the free karaoke player here..

http://www.vanbasco.com/download.html

You will then be able to play the midi files in any key, at any tempo.
You can also drop in or out any combination of instruments.

If you have a USB to midi interface you can midi out to
a keyboard.

The piano keyboard shown on the computer screen displays which notes
are being played, so you can easily transcribe some of the parts.
 

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batonstar said:
Thanks but the only song I really know on that site is Over The Rainbow but I already have that one

Do you know of any other sites?
Thanks batonstar. You've made me feel really, really, ancient. I know, Gary, I am ancient, I just don't think I've ever felt this old before...
 

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SmoothJazzGuy said:
Only one free one, ok? :)
They're not Smooth jazz anyway. That's what Band in a Box is for.;)
 

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Saxmusiclover said:
Great site. Thanks.
Thank Al Stevens, he's the MAN.
 

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Would I be correct to assume you are in the UK? If so then Spotify has loads of backing tracks (sometime under karaoke).. You will need an invite to use for free (obtained from someone who has earnt it - see help).. may be alternatives though, not least of which would be to pay for it - 'cause it is great and well worth having!

(not available currently to USA).
 

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