I an very new to playing the guitar. I have a classical guitar and am just starting. I know how to read music and can play some solo's. I'm still having trouble with chords because of my big fingers ( 16 1/2 ring finger & 11 1/2 pinkie). Anyway, when I play just the notes, the background is obviously blank and needs a rhythm. I know that there are devices out there where one can jam to, or lay down one's own rhythm background and then, play the solo over it. But, I can't do that yet; too advanced. Is there anything out there that I can buy (CD, DVD, software, whatever) that I can use to play a background rhythm, and then play my solo notes over it, so it sounds fuller. I'm not into electric guitars or heavy metal or any of that; more popular, slow songs etc. (Like I know how to play "Alfie" & "Jambalaya"; that sort of stuff). I hope I'm explaining this right. Mike
There's a few different software applications for this that aren't that expensive. How much were you looking to spend?
In addition to software you will also need to add an audio interface to your computer and possibly a mic if you guitar does not have a pickup.
Guitar Tracks Pro 4 or Band-In-A-Box are a couple PC software applications. If you have a Mac there is Garageband.
When you say "device" I am pretty sure you mean a stand-alone device that will play rhythms (drums) for you and record you playing rhythm guitar. You can then play this back and play your solo notes. What I believe will do this for you is a stand-alone multi-track recorder. Some of these do have drum generators in them. The problem here is the cost will be much greater than buying any of the software above even with an audio card. The BOSS Micro BR is probably the cheapest at $199 that has built-in rhythms. The next cheapest is the BOSS BR-800 at $449.
Your next issue to deal with is hearing what you recorded. This applies to either the software or stand-alone device solution. If you are fine with putting headphones on and that is it, your set. If you don't want to be limited to just headphones then you are going to have to figure out someway of amplifying what you've recorded. Most computer audio interfaces have 1/4" stereo outputs on them. You run a cable from these outputs to studio monitors which are usually powered or also called active. These 1/4" outputs can be balanced or unbalanced. See this post describing balance/unbalanced. Be sure to match cables to output and in the case of there being a choice between balanced or unbalanced - choose the balanced. The biggest difference is a balanced output in combination with a balanced cable helps eliminate noise interference and allows longer cable runs.
The BOSS BR-800 uses RCA for it's output and has a 1/4" headphone output. My guess is you'd need a stereo receiver to plug the RCAs into. The manual would have to be checked to be sure.
I think this might be enough for now. Questions?
Wow!. This is a lot to absorb. But, it definately gave me a lot of scenarios and different ways to go. I will check them all out.
Thanks so much for your knowledge and input.
You could use.http://www.rinki.net/pekka/monkey/
Very cool! I think that will fill the requirement to record a rhythm track. But I'm not sure if Michael also wants to record a guitar rhythm track. Michael?
I don't think I can do that right now. It's way too complicated for me; afterall, I just got the hang of playing notes and can't really play chords well yet because of my fingers.
I am definately gonna try out this site.
I am new to all of this, but you guys are giving some great heads-up places to look and see what will work for me. Thanks.