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How to practice lead lines over a backing track

In this lesson, Bradford and Brian teach you how you can practice making up your own lead guitar parts with a backing track. We have provided a backing track in the key of A, so any notes and series of notes from the A major scale and the F#m pentatonic scales will sound fine with the backing track.

Backing track

Download the track (you may need to right-click on the track and choose ‘save’)

In this backing track follows this progression: A – E – F#m – D, and it’s at 70bpm.


A-maj ScaleF#min Pent ScaleMaj Min Combine

16 Responses to How to practice lead lines over a backing track

  1. Jeff Wang Aug 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey Brian! The backing track file download is not working. Could you provide the backing track again? I’d really appreciate it. Keep up the good work!

    • Brian Aug 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Fixed. Thanks for letting me know of the problem, Jeff.

      • John Oct 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

        How do you download the backing track? I could not figure it out.

        • Brian Nov 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

          Hi John – just added a download link for it – thanks!

  2. John Mar 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Grear lesson, helped me a ton. Do you have something like this for other keys?

    • John Mar 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

      Typo there, Great lesson :))

  3. Felipe Jul 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Great lessons! I really thank for this sharing.

    I knew the major and the minor pentatonic scales in separate cases.
    Now I know I have this powerful resource to make great songs!

    God bless you guys and the worship tutorials project

    • Brian Jul 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Awesome – thanks Felipe!

  4. bryan Jun 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    God bless you all. I love you and love this lovely website!

  5. parth Oct 24, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    hi brain i m bigner
    and thanks for this lesson
    god bless you

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you parth!

  6. M Sharath Chandra Jul 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi Brain. I have been following worship tutorials regularly. It’s really wonderful and helps me to learn many things. Could please upload a video about how to play the lead of any songs , how can me put into the tune of the song and another is how can we guess or identify the scale of the song. Could u please upload videos for this two issues.

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

      Hi Sharath – for that you’d really want to focus on ear training. It’s probably not something we’ll be covering here at WT, but there are some good resources out there on ear training.

  7. Jens from Denmark Jul 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    I love to play to this track, thank you so much🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻Please make some like this💪🏻💪🏻

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

      Hey Jens – I’m not sure we’ll make more like this, but there are definitely some cool backing track sites out there.

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