Backing Music

Why it’s important to make sure your backing music is good quality

Backing music: Backing music is essential for singers to give the best performance they can. The quality of the backing music can have devastating effects on a singer’s performance.

Having good quality backing music is essential for a singer’s performance as it needs to compliment the vocals well. If the backing music is of poor quality and or the backing vocals or instruments are poorly mixed it can distract from the vocals and the overall performance.

Backing music

What makes good backing music?

The most effective way to get good quality backing music is to download it from a backing music website. Websites such as allow you to search the song you want and download it from there and are relatively inexpensive. Alternatively, if you want bespoke backing music then you can into a recording studio although this could realistically take a day or two.

HOT TIP! For the sake of a few pounds pay to download your backing music.

Avoid YouTube!

Although it seems like the easiest way to get backing music, the quality of the backing music is often distorted. When downloaded from a 2nd party like this, the quality is affected and means when played out can sound muffled.

It may sound good quality when practising, but you have to remember that the backing track will be played at a louder volume in a larger space.

Instruments and backing music

Often singers choose to have backing music and play an instrument also. This is often a problem as unless you are absolutely perfect the instruments will clash with the notes on the backing music.

It’s difficult to work with a backing track whilst playing an instrument. If you feel like doing both will help your performance, make sure you practise a lot so you know when the instrument fits well with the backing music.

The main problem with poor quality backing music is that it distracts from the performance given.

Even if the singer is giving the best performance of their life, it’s difficult to ignore the poor quality backing music most common mistakes include the backing vocals or instruments being poorly mixed so either too loud or too quiet. So bear in mind when you’re sorting out your backing music, that it may sound good in a smaller venue but it’s going to be played in a larger venue and risks sounding tinny or muffled.


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What are the best websites to download backing music cheers


Hi Barry,

We find that is a great site to use when performing covers, as it allows you to customise the instrumental you download; allowing for the freedom to be more creative with the cover!