Backing tracks

Music without piano parts made for improvise and exercise with on keyboard or piano.

Major Scales backing tracks album coverMajor Scales Backing Tracks
One for each Major scale.

Minor Scales backing tracks album coverMinor Scales Backing Tracks
One for each Minor scale.

Minor Pentatonic Scales backing tracks album coverMinor Pentatonic Scales Backing Tracks
For Minor Pentatonic scale.

Blues Scales backing tracks album coverBlues Scales Backing Tracks
Jam tracks in the style of blues.

Jazz Piano backing tracks album coverJazz Piano Backing Tracks
Jam tracks in the style of jazz.


Country Piano backing tracks album coverCountry Piano Backing Tracks
Jam tracks in the style of jazz.


Electric Piano Backing Tracks Backing Tracks album coverElectric Piano Backing Tracks
Tracks especially suited for electric piano.

Synthesizer Piano Backing Tracks album coverSynthesizer Backing Tracks
Tracks especially suited for synths.

Backing tracks are music arrangements that can be used for play along with. The tonal flavors in all sorts of scales makes them magic tools for playing over chords and music arrangements.

The piano parts are missing and so is the melody. Since you are playing the melody part, you should in general play on the middle and high register of the piano, to make it sound as best as possible.

Here you find backing tracks for piano categorized by scales and keys. The Major Scales Backing Tracks album, for example, include instrumental tracks made specially to be used with the Major scales.

You don't have to change scale with chord changes. Instead, you can use a single scale for the whole song. Click on “Show scale” below the audio element for a diagram of the scale to use.

It can be difficult to get the scale you use to line up with the track when where is no sheet music to lead you. But the central thing with these jam tracks is to train your ability to improvise. If you still need concrete playing advice, a tip is to look up licks. If you for example like blues, search online for blues licks and by incorporating them you have something to support your improvisation. In the next phase you should try to expand and modify some of the licks as well as increase your lick repertoire. See also How to improvise on piano.

Newest addition

Major Pentatonic is one of the most useable scale for improvising in the country style. Below is a lick example that can be used with the track below; the A# is outside the actual scale but is used to slide down to the B.
Notes country lick piano

Country backing tracks album cover
Track list

G Old Country

Show scale G Pentatonic major scale diagram

All tracks included in Country Piano Backing Tracks are available for members.

Play over specific chords – step by step

To make it easier for you, the backing track can be sliced into separate chords and versions with only two or three chords. This can help you understand the underlaying factors that create the match between the notes you play on the piano and the song you hear.

G Country (only G chord)
The keyboard diagram shows notes that can be played together with the sound track below. The blue colored keys are the primarily notes to play (these are notes of the G Major chord) and the grey colored keys are secondary notes (these are notes of the G Major scale that can be used as passing notes). Be extra careful with C and F#, since they will create minor second intervals together with parts of the G chord, which will result in a dissonant sound. Although, in some situations F#, for example, can sound great; this is because other notes often are involved together on the same time, and F# is also the leading tone (that musically “leads” back to the tonic, i.e. G) in the G Major key.
G chord with passing notes diagram

Old Country (only D chord)
The blue colored keys are notes of the D Major chord and the grey colored keys are remaining notes of the G Major scale that can be used as passing notes. Be extra careful with G since it will create a minor second interval together with the F# in the D chord.
D chord with passing notes diagram

Old Country (only Em chord)
The blue colored keys are notes of the E Minor chord and the grey colored keys are remaining notes of the G Major scale that can be used as passing notes. Be extra careful with C and F#, since they will create minor second intervals together with the parts of the Em chord.
Em chord with passing notes diagram

Old Country (G and D chords)
Now, it is time to make it a little bit harder. But the result can be better if we succeed. The track involves both G and D chords; therefore, you should try to hear the changes and modify your note palette depending on the chord that is play (the order is G - D - G - D and so on). Look at the diagrams above for G and D and change between these when the chord change in the song.

Old Country (G, D and Em chords)
Here we will increase the level once again. The track involves G, D and Em chords (the order is G - D - G - Em - G - D - G - Em - G). Look at the diagrams above and change between these when the chord change in the song.

To summarize, these tracks were all in the same style as "G Old Country" above, but with less chords and changes. The primary suggested scale to play over "G Old Country" is the G Major Pentatonic scale. It doesn't fully coincide with the notes suggested in the primarily and secondary notes diagrams, but it will work as a one-way-solution for the song. To make it more challenging and with a potentially much better result, you should add the C and F# note as well plus emphasize chord changes with matching tones, but only over some of the chords in that song. The other chords in the song are C, Bm and Am.

Various backing tracks presented by Pianoscales.org.

C Fast Blues

Show scale C major scale diagram

A Minor Americana

Show scale A minor scale diagram

D Major White Shade Pop

Show scale D major scale diagram

G Minor Ballad

Show scale G minor scale diagram

A Minor Techno Stabs

Show scale A minor scale diagram

C Major Great Harmony

Show scale C major scale diagram

C Explosive Pop

Show scale C scale diagram

All backing tracks (+100) are available in the member area.