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Unread 10-17-2017, 03:12 PM   #1
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Backing tracks...discuss...

Is it just me or are backing tracks piped in an insult to musicians? Maybe I'm old school, and have been told that, but if a stage full of seasoned musicians can't adequately fill the frequencies, than why even show up. Isn't it easier to take day off and let them do a Worship set of youtube videos?

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Unread 10-17-2017, 05:28 PM   #2
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I can understand it if you have very few musicians available.

But, other than that I definitely see how it could be insulting.

I mean, there have been several times recently where my church band has been missing a bassist and guitarist. We only had a keyboard player (who was also singing), a drummer, and a second singer and worship was still great.

Plus, backing tracks really take away from any organic, impromptu possibilities. Pauses for the leader to say something while the music still plays, breaks with accapello (sp?), etc
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Our team uses them occasionally. I'm not a big fan, but I'm not in charge, either. I'm trying to get used to the click tracks as well. And in ear monitors. Some band members love all of it; others like me submit to leadership.
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We have one piano player. If she isn't there we either sing a capella or use tracks. We have no other choice.

As far as showing up goes, if you're only there for the music you might as well stay at home anyway.
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Our worship pastor loves tracks. I can go either way - not my decision. But I definitely don't like it when there are tracks in the mix with my same instrument.

Tracks are just a tool though. All tools can be used poorly.
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I'd be open to using pad tracks. We've messed around with them before and they seemed to fill things out nicely.
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Ignorant dude here.

What's a pad track?
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Ignorant dude here.

What's a pad track?
You know that dude in Linkin Park that was supposed to be a DJ but was usually playing around with that electronic gadget?


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I've mentioned my dislike for tracks previously. I have also made the comparison to youtube worship. Like, if you want that particular sound badly enough, just put the video up on the screen and we can all sing along. I play acoustic guitar, and sometimes our previous worship leader would forget to to take out the acoustic guitar track. I was literally just on the stage for show.
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I've mentioned my dislike for tracks previously. I have also made the comparison to youtube worship. Like, if you want that particular sound badly enough, just put the video up on the screen and we can all sing along. I play acoustic guitar, and sometimes our previous worship leader would forget to to take out the acoustic guitar track. I was literally just on the stage for show.
We do this not because we "want that particular sound badly" but because I am the only musician in the congregation other than a pianist and organist. We'd love to put together a praise team but we do not have the musicians. The same thing goes on the very few times we have to use the CDs to sing along to.
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Ignorant dude here.

What's a pad track?
it's a synth sound that's typically just a single chord that lays underneath the rest of the band and just makes everything (typically) sound fuller. If you have an actual synth player or play to a click, it contain different chords (to move with the progression or change for specific sections)
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I always got a weird feeling when backing tracks were used in church. To echo others, it seemed to remove any organic nature of the music in lieu of professionalism. If the point of music in church is corporate worship, then it should consist of people, not tracks (IMO). The focus should be on the Object of worship, not on the method of expression. That's just my opinion, though.


On the flip side... in a non-church band setting, backing tracks can be a sweet way to raise your showmanship to the next level. As long as your band practices to a click regularly and doesn't miss a beat, people aren't super likely to notice (or care if they do notice).

Like Jon said, tracks are a tool, and any tool can be used properly (or wrong).
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