Please tell us a bit about yourself as a musician?
I'm a 47-year-old professional guitar teacher from Germany. I picked up the guitar at the age of 18, which was a bit late, but when I finally started I instantly knew that it was "my thing". The most influential musicians were without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen and Iron Maiden. I've been teaching at music schools for 20 years now and started my channel because I used jam tracks a lot during my lessons and was wondering if I could do that myself. Since I am still teaching full time I realized that it's really hard to come up with new material so frequently, but I'm trying my best. ;-)
Why should musicians practice with your jam or backing tracks?
If you want to become a better musician it's good to try different things, like experimenting with scales or arpeggios, or different techniques like legato or tapping. A backing track can give you the right musical context for that.
I would say that you can use my jam tracks on every level, I don't think that they are too complicated. You get away with pentatonics on all of them, but if you are an experienced player you can go a little deeper, of course.
Where can we find your jam & backing tracks?
You can find all of my backing tracks on YouTube. There's also some other stuff on there like playthrough videos with tabs.
How do you approach making backing tracks?
I don't have any specific approach to that. Sometimes it's a song or a band that I'm thinking of, sometimes it's ideas that I get from noodling around. I try to write in different genres though, you can find anything from sludge metal to chill hop. I use Logic Pro X for recording. I'm not a professional engineer though, I'm still learning how to use all the knobs... ;-)
What do you like most about GuitarToneMaster.com?
It's very easy to use, and it's really helpful if you are looking for a backing track in the style of a specific band or genre.