FAQ

Wondering about Guitar/Bass Jam Tracks?



A: “What does the “Chords Used in this Track” screen show?”

The screen shows the chords that are playing in a certain backing track. If you are playing the key of A Major, for example, the progression of chords that the rhythm guitar is playing in the background will be displayed here. We display the chords left to right, with different parts of the song on different lines. The chords will repeat over and over again in the track, however, this screen will show you ALL of the chords used in the track.

A: “Why do I care what chords were used in each track?”

Great question! This screen is helpful if you want to strum along to the rhythm tracks for practice. Also, as you advance in your playing, you will begin to build a vocabulary of notes and licks that sound great with certain chords. For example, when a C7 plays, you may want to play a lick that includes the 7 note.  On the other hand, it is good to know the chords used in the song to know what notes you should NOT play. With practice, you will learn what notes sound good and not good over certain chords.

A: “I don’t know how to play these chords. Where are the chord diagrams?”

We currently do not include chord diagrams in the app, but this may be part of a future release. Our app if focused on learning scales and improvisation. There are some free chord finder apps on the app store. Please do a search for “guitar chords”.

A: What is a “passing note”?

Our app features the major and minor pentatonic scales. As an extra bonus, we color our charts with blue “passing notes” that are actually part of the Blues scale.  Playing these notes will add an interesting, bluesy feel to your playing. They are called passing because they are not actually in the pentatonic scale; you “pass over” them in your solos and it sounds nice. Try it out!

A: “I love this app! I want more – what else do you have?”

Thanks! We have our apps in several styles (Reggae, Jazz, Acoustic Blues, and Humbucker Blues). Go to the app store to see them all!

A: “What are the black dots for on the scale charts?”

The black dots are notes in the scale. Playing these notes will sound good when the track is playing. You will want to memorize where these dots are and practice playing them up and down the fretboard.  The red dot is the same as a black dot, except that it indicates where the “root note” is. The “root note” is an A if you are in the key of A, or a B if you are in the key of B.  It is good to memorize where the root notes are at all times because, during a guitar solo, it can sound great starting or ending there. Try it out!

A: “What are the red dots for on the scale charts?”

The red dots are the same as black dots, except that they indicate where the “root note” is. The “root note” is an A if you are in the key of A, or a B if you are in the key of B.  In other words, the root = the letter of the key you are in.  It is good to memorize where the root notes are at all times because, during a guitar solo, it can sound great starting or ending there. Try it out!

A: “What are the blue dots on the scale charts?”

(same as passing note) Our app features the major and minor pentatonic scales. As an extra bonus, we color our charts with blue “passing notes” that are actually part of the Blues scale.  Playing these notes will add an interesting, bluesy feel to your playing. They are called passing because they are not actually in the pentatonic scale; you “pass over” them in your solos and it sounds nice. Try it out!

A: “Why is there only one track? I was expecting more tracks.”

The point of our app is to learn how to solo better. You can click on a random key and get a backing track playing in that key, along with all the scale diagrams to help you learn how to solo in that key. Each our of jam tracks apps contains two unique “songs”, or progressions.  One is major, and one is minor.  Each major track is recorded separately in A major, B major, C major, D major, E major, F major and G major.  Each minor progression is recorded separately in A minor, B minor, C minor, D minor, E minor, F minor and G minor. For anyone who wants to learn how to solo better in any key, this app is incredibly handy and unique!  Users who understand the value in this generally give us 4 and 5 star ratings.

Our app store description is approved by Apple and states that the app features a “master track recorded in 14 keys”.  We believe though that some confusion may come from quickly reading the name of the app and not fully understanding the description.  Unhappy customers generally seem to have been searching for jam tracks or backing tracks, and not so much a system for learning how to solo better.

We have several styles of Guitar Jam Tracks (i.e. jazz, acoustic blues, reggae, etc.), all sold as separate apps. The style is evident in the name of the app, right after the colon in “Guitar Jam Tracks:(style_name_here)” We separate our apps by style to keep the cost down for users focusing on one style at a time.

If you were just looking for a simple collection of jam tracks with different styles and tempos, this is not it.  This app is actually much more valuable than that. We apologize for the confusion, however we wish that you please rate our app fairly based on what it does. Low ratings truly hurt us and our families.  If you have any questions, please write us at support@ninebuzz.com.

A: “Does this app work with the iRig adapter?”

Not yet. We are in the process of making our app compatible with the iRig. It will let you plug your electric guitar into your device and hear it alongside our backing tracks.

A: “What is the difference between Guitar Jam Tracks and Bass Jam Tracks?”

Not much. Just the scale charts are different (the bass ones have 4 strings). If you already own one of our apps for Guitar, you do not need to purchase the same one for Bass, and vice versa; they are essentially the same app. Why did we do this?  Well, when we only had “Guitar Jam Tracks” on the app store, we received many emails from bass players asking when we were going to release a bass version.  The truth is the app is useful for both guitarists and bassists. We made a few small changes, but essentially they are the same.  It’s kind of like deodorant for men and women. They are essentially the same product, but if you’re a man you are not going to buy woman’s deodorant (or maybe you would…). Instead of purchasing the same style for guitar and bass, why not check our some of other styles? We have Reggae, Jazz, Acoustic Blues, and Humbucker Blues!

Random Testimonial

  • ~ “Fun practice tool”

    ""I would first like to say I really enjoyed this no matter if I'm jamming on guitar or bass even mandolin drums and keyboards are fun to play along with. Great for practicing scales and key changes..." ~ 4 Stars, Trench762"

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