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XP 6: How can I find sounds and music to jam with?

Whether you are playing alone or with other people, jamming with additional sounds and music can be a lot of fun and a great way to come up with new ideas.

We’re going to explore some ways you can find sounds and music to jam with, even if you are jamming alone.

Think About

  • When I jam alone, what is it like to play with a backing track? What is it like when I play without any other sound or music?
  • Do I have to have a beat or a backing track to jam with? Why or why not?
    • If I do need a beat, can I make it myself?
  • What types of sounds could I jam along with that are around me right now?

Get Started

  1. Watch this video, which shares some suggestions for finding sounds and backing tracks that you can jam with

2. Imagine creating your own backing track. Make a list of the top 5 things you want your tracks to do.

3. Find 5 tracks online that you’d like to jam over. Use whatever resources you like. If you want, you can start with some of the resources below:

4. After you choose your backing tracks, experiment with jamming along with one of the tracks. 

  • Try some of the strategies you’ve learned about throughout the playlist

Share What you Learned

If you are using the LRNG platform:

  • Go back, find out what to submit, and complete the XP
  • If you want, you can then learn even more with the optional “Go Further!” activities below

If you are not using the LRNG platform:

  • Continue below and share with your teacher or organization:

Sharing What You Learned

  • Write about what it was like to jam over a backing track. 
  • What was enjoyable?
  • What challenges did you experience?
  • Consider sharing a link to a recording of your jam

Return to the Get Started Jamming Music Learning Playlist