Peter Chambers


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Music publishers should release and sell versions of albums with the lead guitar (or other instrument) missing.

I play electric guitar and quite often this is with backing tracks such as slow blues in A, or even rock songs like Back in Black by ACDC. This means I can improvise over a backing track or try to play the original solo over it.

Wouldn't it be better though if I could buy a version of the original recording but one that does not contain the lead guitar? So if the original album is, say, £10, then maybe the download version without guitar could be £4.

Any musicians out there who think this would be a good idea - does it already exist - and if so how would we go about making it happen?


  • Sep 19 2011: I'm a violinist and this idea would help out a ton so I could get just the orchestra in Violin Concerto's instead of having to play over the soloist and follow the Orchestra
  • Sep 7 2011: Some artists have done this - for example Steve Vai released "Naked Tracks", five cds of his music without lead/melody guitar.
    The trouble as some have already mentioned is that there is not much of a market for it. Some artists, such as Steve Vai, however do understand this and so provide such a product to their fans, but it's usually guitar-centric artists that do so.
    As an alternative, if you've ever played Guitar Hero, you'll know that the songs shipped with it have a rhythm track and lead guitar track seperate.
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    Sep 6 2011: Hey Pete, dont compete with Angus you will regret it...

    All the kidding aside. I think they should sell sth like a master cd where you can turn off any channel for any instrument in your computer, just like vocals in karaoke.
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      Sep 6 2011: Hi Erol - that's what I mean. It wouldn't cost them anything to do but they would sell quite a lot.
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    Sep 5 2011: Cool!
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    Sep 5 2011: Linkin Park is one of my favorite music groups, and I just can't imagine any song of them without guitar. Plus there won't be a lot of buyers of this particular version, considering it's all about money (at least for publishers) and there is no market.

    Acapella versions instead?