About Us

What Do We Do?

We provide beginner and seasoned guitarists with backing tracks (music without guitar) for jamming, practice or live performances.

Unlike some of our competitors and free sites, we provide top grade remastered tracks of the highest quality. These are not cheesy midi files that you might find elsewhere. We take an extremely simply, yet effective approach to having fun with guitar playing. And because our backing tracks comes in CDs, you can use them anywhere, anytime. That's why over 150,000 guitarists just like you have chosen PlanetofRock.

The PlanetofRock Story
(As told by Eugene Walker, PlanetofRock Founder)

I have a confession to make - learning guitar didn't come easy to me. 25 years ago, while struggling my way through Jazz school as a drummer, I turned to the guitar as an alternative musical out-let, to help "vent" some of my frustrations when my drumming wasn't going so well.

After learning a few chords and strumming patterns on my own I realized I was going to need some serious help if I ever wanted to play guitar properly. So I turned to a good guitarist friend of mine, Mark Simmons, for help. As Mark and I had played a lot of music together in the past, I was sure he would help me out. And he did!

Mark started teaching me the guitar basics, getting my chord knowledge up and helping me to tighten up my strum. Over the course of a few weeks I learned most of the major and minor chords in open position and had made a start on playing barre chords. Things seemed to be going great, but then the worst thing happened! We got to scales.

Every-time I tried to play a scale, my brain would malfunction and my fingers would freeze up completely. My clumsy fingers were making it impossible to play anything.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Mark told me the age old saying: practice makes perfect. But without a proper band, I started to lose motivation for practicing.

That is when I started looking for guitar backing tracks on the Internet, I found out that most tracks are poor in quality. They are either "midi" tracks or completely cheesy sounding.

I knew we had to come up with a solution to this problem. There just had to be a better way to fast-track a guitarists learning!

From that week on we started work recording and licensing popular backing tracks without guitars or vocals. We wanted a couple of good backing tracks to provide an easy way for anyone to start jamming for practice or for performances.

We spent months working with multiple talented guitarists to produce, record and then re-work our tracks. It was hard work, but in the end we got a great collection of high quality backing tracks from over 50 bands.

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Currently, PlanetofRock comprises of 8 full-time, dedicated staff members who are fanatical about our students success on guitar. Each team member is a fully fledged musician with a passion for teaching and this comes across in our course and online community.

On an average day you'll find us in the office, guitars at the ready, cooking up some fresh new tracks or working beside individual students via email, offering helpful tips and support for getting the most out of their learning.

Beyond that, we love playing music - so it's not uncommon to find us having fun, just jamming away the last hour of the day. To us, that's what it's all about! 

Click here to our entire collection of backing tracks

 
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