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Welcome back to the second part of our series on creating a professional quality video. If you missed part one, you can check that out here. The goal of this particular instalment is to walk you through the process of creating a backing track. This isn't essential for creating a video but it is essential if you're going to be doing your own material or are looking to create something for the Live4Guitar marketplace.




Check out the video first, then continue reading for an in depth description of how you can go about creating your own drum grooves - I'll run through software options and, of course, MIDI programming which is free.


Here are the links to a couple of popular plugins, unfortunately none of them are free, but they all come with great sets of samples and huge librarys of loops for you to experiment with.

Ez Drummer

Addictive Drums


The other option is to program your own drums using the piano roll in the DAW you're choosing to use. This is how Emir does it in the video and is a perfectly acceptable option for creating a backing track. It does require you to have a basic understanding of how drums work, so read on and i'll try to help you on this.

I will present you with 4 basic grooves, showing you roughly what the groove would look like in your computer's piano roll (MIDI editor) and with a slightly extended mp3 so you can hear what the groove would sound like with some variations. I really do encourage you to get to grips with programming your own drums, but if this does seem a bit hard for you at the moment I will also include downloadable MIDI files of each groove so you can download them and drag them into your DAW.

Download Groove 1 MIDI

Groove one is what Emir programs in the video. The piano roll's matrix has been set to divide each bar into 8th notes - so make sure you set your system to this (It may be set to 1/4 note spacing as default). You will need to work out where the crash, hats, snare and kick sit in your piano roll - I wrote this so you could hopefully see how the parts all fit together. High-hats on the quarter notes then kick, snare, kick, kick, snare underneath.

Download Groove 2 MIDI

This groove is the same as before only i've steped up the kick drum to 16th note subdivisions to create something a little more rolling. This should present enough options to create some really creative parts.


Download Groove 3 MIDI

In this variation I took the first groove but placed closed high-hats on each 8th note, this is great for a verse as it brings the dynamics down, but helps to move the song along.


Download Groove 4 MIDI

This is the same closed high-hat groove as before but i'm being a little more liberal with 16th groupings on the kick drum. Once you feel comfortable doing this you can try the same but in 12/8, or do some research into how drummers play fills.

Of course I've only really scratched the surface here on creating your own drum grooves, but there should be plenty here for you to chew on and experiment with.

From here it's down to you to add bass (which could be played live or programmed in with MIDI) and then your own rhythm guitar track. There is no avoiding the fact that MIDI drums sound like MIDI drums, but this can be covered by adding as many live instruments as possible.

In the next installment we will talk you through camera setup, a backdrop, lighting and other tips for filming. Then we'll take you through the editing process which involves synching the audio to the video, adding video effects and mastering your finished product.

How to create a professional guitar video - Part 1