Category: Play Along Tracks

Downloadable play-along MP3 tracks (with and without drums) with example video performances.


Play-along – You And The Night And The Music

Sacha performs to our play-along version of “You And The Night And The Music”. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Oleo

In this performance video, Sacha plays “Oleo” – a typical example of the AABA rhythm changes song form. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Green Dolphin Street

“Green Dolphin Street” is a popular jazz standard which can be played many ways. This version uses a simple medium swing feel but also modulates between two different keys, giving it a unique sense of momentum. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Georgia On My Mind

This is a slow 12/8 version of the popular standard “Georgia On My Mind”. It starts off nice and easy but builds and builds and by the end you should have had some good fun. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Dr Smooth

This play-along track is great for practicing your rock and funk grooves with sixteenth-note subdivisions. There’s a lot of different ways you could interpret this track on the kit (e.g. really heavy or really airy and light) and you can watch Sacha’s interpretation in the video. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go…


Play-along – Damas Cha Cha Cha

In this lesson, Sacha performs to a play-along track called “Damas Cha Cha Cha” – a traditional Cuban cha cha cha with a modern edge. Download the ‘minus drums’ version and have a go yourself.


Play-along – Caravan

This track is a fairly typical modern jazz trio rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”. Keep in mind that once the melody starts, the song is based on AABA form. The feel for the A sections is a loose ‘swinging latin’ groove, and the B section changes to swing.


Play-along – C Jam Blues

12-Bar Blues is the most basic jazz form, and learning to play and feel it is essential to become a great jazz player. “C Jam Blues” was written by Duke Ellington and is one of the simplest songs ever written, but also one of the most catchy.


Play-along – Bernies Tune

“Bernie’s Tune” is an example of the AABA jazz form. In this version we have a 2-feel in the A sections (2 beats to the bar), and a 4-feel in the B section (4 beats to the bar) – listen for the bass to help you along.