Playing with self-made backing track – Updated

19 Oct Playing with self-made backing track – Updated

Little update as of Oct. the 19th 2010.

I am always experimenting as soon as I have a minute available, so I tried what follows.

Now, one thing that also intrigues me immensely is “Powerage” and LTBR tone. Both of them.

So I replayed rhythm and re-soloed this track trying to capture a bit of that spirit, although re-listening to this it sounds more Flick of the Switch-ish probably. Don’t know, can’t say. The delay I put on the solo guitar was meant to be more LTBR-ish.

Now, the interesting – maybe – thing is the fact that I think Angus on LTBR was “overloading” the input channel of his amplifier somehow. NOT with a distortion pedal, but more with pure “volume boost”, so basically a unit of some sort (might be already the Schaffer-Vega Diversity Systtem, that had a “boost” feature on the unit that would in fact “volume boost” the input signal). Might have been anything. So what I did, is to use a pedal I have (and will show to you) that has “volume boost” only, NO gain! No dirt here: just volume. It’s the same as the famous “Klon” pedal, which I also have and tried prior to this other one. But this one is a little more “colored” and I liked it more.

I used the lower input of my 2203 (the 100 watt Master Volume Lead) and blasted the volume of the pedal to overload the Marshall input signal. This is the result, both on the rhythm guitars and the solo.

A lot more has to be experimented here. The cabinet I used this time is a different one. Remember my reissue cabinet 1960B? Well, I always said it was loaded with V30s (Vintage 30s, 65 watts) but it wasn’t, fool me. It was reissues greenbacks! They’ve always been in there for all these years and I had no idea lol. So anyway I opened up the cabinet and loaded it with 1977 Rola (blackbacks) G12Ms (25 watts) from 197something. This is also what it sounds like 😀

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I replayed the solo (dallas) thing, with a different guitar and slightly different settings. Wanted to grasp a little more vintage vibe and used the ’71 (I also replayed the bass line).

Also, I am about to start shooting tutorials again, so this is a little experiment with the camera (another one) the sync and so on. Seems it’s worked well.

Additionally, you know I tend to be as “transparent” as possible, because as I experiment and study further, I kind of “want to do it with you” and so here I am in all my goofy-ness.

Heh.

I haven’t “mastered” the audio here, so this is what it sounds like right after bouncing it to the disk. The “mastering” process is additional sound editing that’s usually done by the record producers. There are a number of compression and equalization processes that are done. I usually use the plugin “iZiotope” to do it, but I was afraid that it wouldn’t sync with the video after further processing, and so I left it “as is”.

I think it resembles – intentionally – a bit of Let There Be Rock (soundwise) at times. It’s milliseconds of resemblance (laughs). Especially for the lead guitar, the way I dialed it in (intentionally).

This is an initial setup for further videos – I will use much better framing and positioning of the camera, I think it may work (what do you think). Naturally the tutorials will be more close up on the guitar.

Video:

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In circa an hour time, you can do lots of things with this gear. You, me, all of us.

This has been played with the MV 100 watt. Great amp. Guitars all all the same, Angus Young Signature. So to test the things a bit together. Heh.

Recorded with the AT4047, close up, literally attached to the centre of the speaker.

Backing track (for you to mess with, exercise, practice: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!)

Is it AC/DC-ish? Oh I don’t know. You decide 😛

Let’s try this: LINK to the above file. Does it work (to download)?

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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147 Comments
  • avatar
    Atomic G
    Posted at 10:23h, 19 March

    Recording set up? Preamp, microphone? Fantastic!

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    xXLosSantosXx
    Posted at 16:57h, 27 May

    Wow… I have heard this backing track maybe 30 times already and I cant stop clicking on replay… I love it. I am playing guitar since two months now and I would love to play like you.
    By the way… Do you think 14 years old is too late for starting e-guitar?? When did u start??
    Sorry for my bad english :)

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    SchoolofRocknRoll
    Posted at 21:12h, 17 March

    Hiya there mate, I was just wondering how did you get those drum tracks?! They’re awesome!!!

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    gamerboy96
    Posted at 19:52h, 10 January

    thank you so much for the chord progression fil :)

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    gamerboy96
    Posted at 18:43h, 10 January

    fil may i ask you what the chord progression is for that backing track

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 18:50h, 10 January

      ‘course you can. You can ask anything here. It’s A C A C G D and then again, repeat at infinitum 😛

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        SGStandard68
        Posted at 18:42h, 22 June

        This is getting a ear worm. This and the Back to Rack track. Love ’em

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 18:45h, 22 June

          Woohooo!
          Well hear this: I will be making a little “album” and publish it in the future.

          :)

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            Kinglance
            Posted at 19:33h, 22 June

            U’ve got really some great songs Fil!! I think a lot of guys would buy your album!! If u would be some more popular u could make an international career!! U are damn good!! But I don’t think that is want u want… U’ve got enough hapinness I think with doing what u are doing now!! Greetz, J-L

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            foreveryoung
            Posted at 21:34h, 03 January

            That´s an excellent idea !!!

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    gamerboy96
    Posted at 18:41h, 10 January

    hey fil i like the backing track and what you play above the backing track i could see angus young play that. 😉

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    ImTheOne
    Posted at 17:32h, 21 December

    you should tab this out i would love to learn to play this and jam it out for my friends and tell them where i got it from would u be able to make a lesson or tab this out?

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    fiddlestick89
    Posted at 01:41h, 11 November

    Hey SoloDallas, may I use this song in an editing project for school? I need to know by Tomorrow (thursday November 11th) I won’t be making any money off this project lol, just a little something I need to put together for my teacher!

    Thanks dude, rock on

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:05h, 11 November

      Of course yes!

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        cody12rocks
        Posted at 09:15h, 11 November

        Hey Fil, I found an amp and I would like for you to check it out and let me know if it’s”AC/DC” material.

        http://rocknrollvintage.com/proddetail.asp?prod=1975-Marshall-JMP-1987-MKII-50W-Lead

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 09:20h, 11 November

          Hi bro, yes it is AC/DC material. It’s a 1975 (date) 1987 (model). A 50 watter NMV (non master volume). It’s the same as the one sitting on the top of my last video, If You Want Blood. You can see it sitting up there. These are LOUD. You either attenuate them – like I do – or you will be jailed. No alternatives… 😛
          UNLESS you are planning to attenuate it (with an Aracom for example) I’d suggest you go with a later JMP model, specifically, a 2204 (model name).

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            cody12rocks
            Posted at 09:34h, 11 November

            Would this amp sound any different?
            It looks very similar to the one you are using in your recent video “If You Want Blood”

            http://rocknrollvintage.com/proddetail.asp?prod=1977-Marshall-JMP-Master-Model-50W-MK-II-Lead

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 09:36h, 11 November

              That’s IT! 😉 It’s like mine.

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                cody12rocks
                Posted at 09:39h, 11 November

                Alright, I guess I’ll be savin’ up for this bad boy!

                Thanks for the response!

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                  cody12rocks
                  Posted at 10:01h, 11 November

                  Also Fil, would you be willing to make a collab with me?

                  I know you’re very busy with this site and all the pure rock n’ roll awesomeness that you put out! but I just want to know if we can make one?

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                    SoloDallas
                    Posted at 10:39h, 11 November

                    Of course yes.

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                      cody12rocks
                      Posted at 18:38h, 11 November

                      Alright, thanks!

                      What AC/DC song would you want to do?

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                jakesg61
                Posted at 10:36h, 11 November

                Hey Fil, I have heard about someone selling a JTM 45 in my area, I had always set my heart on a 1959 SLP however this JTM 45 is going for a very cheap price. Im not sure if its original or reissue im going to find out. Do you think it would be ok to play an all around AC/DC tone?

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                  SoloDallas
                  Posted at 10:44h, 11 November

                  Be careful about the famous JTM45 and Angus. A JTM45 was used by Angus probably only recently, in recent years. JTM45s have a rectifier tube, that makes the sound very “flabby” with bass frequencies unresponsive and “fart” like. Not tight. That is why I chose a 1987 model back then – for a reissue – NOT a JTM45. Also, JTM45s overdrive much less and usually they are loaded with 6L6 tubes, not EL34s. EL34s give you a typical British overdrive. Some may object to these observations of mine, but this is how I see it. Basically no, I don’t recommend a JTM45. I don’t even recommend a 1959 model, as it is super loud. Unless you have it modified and add a master volume OR you use an attenuator like me.

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                    jakesg61
                    Posted at 10:48h, 11 November

                    Thanks for the advice Fil, just wanted someone with more knowlage to give the thoughts before I spend my money thankyou :). I think I will stick to what I had first liked, I hear about these 1959 SLP’s being very loud, so how loud are we talking? hehe

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                      jakesg61
                      Posted at 10:52h, 11 November

                      Suppose its best to save up and get the right one rather than wasting money and being disapointed.

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    jackdayman
    Posted at 18:52h, 03 November

    wow i must of watched this a million times :) great job, the backing track is amazing and great for jamming to 😀 thanks solo dallas, we love you!

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    Kinglance
    Posted at 23:59h, 02 November

    Where do u get your drum-patterns? Do u use the drum-patterns included with Pro Tools?

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    dontmesswithme122
    Posted at 21:25h, 22 October

    great man just great and i never expected to say this,but i think i have found someone that imitates angus’ style better than angus himself!good job (and nice backtrack i hope its ok i downloaded it :-)

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 21:40h, 22 October

      Thank you! At solodallas.net, all you see and can grab is “for grabs”. YOu can use ANYTHING. It’s all for us.

      Fil 😉

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    jakesg61
    Posted at 18:30h, 22 October

    This is amazing, its so much like AC/DC Im sure they would love this track its great, I take my hat of to you I really do!, Can I ask you?, when you play your solos, do you sit down before and and work them out slowly or do you just play around the fret board and put all the little licks together? Im tring to improve my improvisation skills, just wanted to know how you do it? Thankyou

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:15h, 22 October

      Thanks Jake. No I usually don’t work the licks before the solo, I do it “On the fly”. That is why I need to be inspired. What happens often to me is the follwing though: I start doing several takes of what comes out of me. I noticed that there are some phrases that I like more than others, given the chord changes and rhythm patterns. So as I do more takes, I kid of “work the solo out” that way, until I may come up with a solo that it’s precise in its notes, timing and should I replay it for example in a live situation, I would tend to stick that solo, which is what runs in my mind from that moment afterwards.

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    gretschfiltertron68
    Posted at 21:15h, 21 October

    Got the track, its really fun to play to.

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    TheHellsRocker
    Posted at 18:14h, 20 October

    it’s 100% AC/DC-ish…

    I think it has a little bit of a “Rising Power”

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