Help & FAQs
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- How Do I Download My Order?
- What is a Zip File? It doesn't open in my media player.
- A zip file will not open in a media player. You need to unpack it first.
- How do I open a zip file?
- What are backing tracks and how are they made?
- Are backing tracks like midi files?
- What is a jazz standard?
- What is a 'Real Book'?
- Are they Aebersold backing tracks or are they like Aebersold backing tracks?
- What format do Jazzbacks backing tracks come in
- Are they high quality?
- Can I only play the backing tracks on my computer?
- How do I make a CD with your backing tracks on it to play on my CD player?
- Are they licensed? Are they legal?
- Why don't you have sheet music for all of the backing tracks of jazz standards in your library?
- Can I perform publicly using your downloadable jazz backing tracks?
Q. How Do I Download My Order?
A. After you make your purchase you will be sent 2 emails - one from RBSWorldpay/PayPal confirming your online transaction, and one from Jazzbacks confirming your order.
The Jazzbacks email will have the Subject line something like this:
Jazzbacks - Order Confirmation - ORD20110203
On this email you will find the download links to the backing tracks you ordered. These will be individual blue underlined URL address linking to each item ordered. The first time you click on one of these blue lines it will bring up a box asking for your username and password. It is best to copy and paste these in.
Q. What is a Zip File? It doesn't open in my media player.
A. A zip file is a kind of a folder. Because our products come with chord charts and arrangement details on pdf files and word document files in addition to the backing tracks which are on mp3 files, we need to bundle them together into one folder for one easy download so we put them into a zip file.
Q. A zip file will not open in a media player. You need to unpack it first.
It is the mp3 files that will open in a media player.
Q. How do I open a zip file?
Q. What are backing tracks and how are they made?
A. Backing tracks are recorded musical tracks which leave space for instruments or vocalists to perform with. Backing tracks are also known as 'minus one' recordings or 'playback' and 'playalong' tracks. You could call our backing tracks 'jazz standards minus one' or 'jazz playback' or 'jazz play-along tracks'. Our backing tracks are recordings of real instruments played by real musicians. We record them in our state of the art studios.
Q. Are backing tracks like midi files?
A. No. Midi files rely on the sounds produced by your soundcard and are 100% programmed and lack a natural sound and feel. Because our backing tracks are made with real instruments and musicians they sound and feel much more natural than midi files. Since we specialise in jazz backing tracks and backing tracks of jazz standards, this is a priority for us.
Q. What is a jazz standard?
A. Jazz standards are the jazz tunes that are and have been commonly played and sung by jazz musicians and singers around the world for many decades. They have been gathered together and assembled into 'Real Books'.
Q. What is a 'Real Book'?
A. The first real books (a.k.a. 'fake books') were collections of tunes put together by working jazz musicians. Musicians wanted all the songs that they might play to be in one book. The different publishing houses couldn't agree to put all their songs together into one book. So, they were handwritten and illegally copied by the musicians. This enabled working musicians everywhere to work together from the same musical information.
Today, Real Books still enable musicians to play together from the same information and the books have grown and expanded. They are also studied in the highest levels of Jazz education around the world. They are published in B flat, E flat, and C books.
At Jazzbacks we ensure that all our jazz backing tracks are in line with the common culture of jazz Real Books.
Q. Are they Aebersold backing tracks or are they like Aebersold backing tracks?
A. Jazzbacks backing tracks are an alternative to Aebersold backing tracks. Although, our backing tracks are probably less difficult to play along with and have more achievable tempos. Jamie Aebersold made most of his backing tracks in the 1970's and had the Berkely Music School's jazz student in mind. Our backing tracks are made with modern studio equipment and techniques and we are thinking more of the musicians who are just learning jazz or are crossing over from another genre. Another major difference is that our backing tracks don't have the voice count-ins characteristic of the Aebersold backing tracks. Instead, we have musical count-ins. We would like our backing tracks to be fun as well as educational.
Q. What format do Jazzbacks backing tracks come in
A. MP3 files recorded at 128kps or higher. They download easily yet sound great.
Q. Are they high quality?
A. They are CD quality. The sound reproduction is crystal clear and nothing from the audio spectrum is compromised.
Q. Can I only play the backing tracks on my computer?
A. You can play them on any CD player or media player like i-pod or other file players.
Q. How do I make a CD with your backing tracks on it to play on my CD player?
A. Use you CD burning software and choose to make an Audio CD. Select the Jazzbacks you want on the CD. Assemble them in the order you would like them to appear on the CD and burn the cd.
Q. Are they licensed? Are they legal?
A. Yes. All of our backing tracks are licensedwith the MCPS. We have been authorised to sell any sheet music that is offered on our website from the copyright holding publishers.
Q. Why don't you have sheet music for all of the backing tracks of jazz standards in your library?
A. Backing tracks and sheet music are separate licensing issues. We only offer for sale products that we have permission to sell.
Q. Can I perform publicly using your downloadable jazz backing tracks?
A. Yes. When you download one of our backing tracks of jazz standards you are entitled to perform publicly with them as you would perform normally. As with all publicly performed music the venue owner must meet the proper requirements with regards to licensing and entertainment laws.
Some of the songs in our library of jazz standards backing tracks:
- Take Five
- Cantaloup Island
- All Blues
- Blue Bossa
- Pick Up The Pieces
- Watermelon Man
- Mercy Mercy
- St James Infirmary
- Watermelon Man
- Round Midnight
- Body and Soul
- Girl From Ipanema
- Black Orpheus
- Pick Up The Pieces
- Fly Me To The Moon
- Lady Is A Tramp
- Lullaby Of Birdland
- Bb Blues
- Blues In F
- Just Friends
- Autumn Leaves
- All The Things You Are
- My Funny Valentine
- Our Love Is Here To Stay
- Take The A Train
- My Baby Just Cares For Me
- Mack The Knife
- How Long Has This Been Going On
- Satin Doll
- Line For Lyons
- And many more...
We have jazz backing tracks of songs by these artists:
- Miles Davis
- Dave Brubeck
- Paul Desmond
- Herbie Hancock
- Frank Sinatra
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Diana Kroll
- Nina Simone
- Billie Holiday
- Chet Baker
- Stan Getz
- Antonio Carlos Jobim
- Sonny Rollins
- Stanley Turrentine
- George Shearing
- Joe Zawinul
- Jullian Cannonball Adderley
- Gerry Mulligan
- Zoot Simms
And many more...