Drumless backing tracks are a great and convenient way to practice drumming while having a lot of fun.
Finding enough quality audio and video materials used to be quite a struggle for drummers. Fortunately, things are much better these days. Tons of lessons can be found on various websites, including plenty of hi-quality drumless backing tracks.
Here is a list of some websites with drum backing tracks you should check:
Karaoke-Version.com – Paid
This is definitely one of the best places to visit if you want to get hi-quality backing tracks. The library of popular songs is huge and the best thing is that you can edit each one of them. By editing, I mean much more than just removing drum section. Of course, there is a section of drumless backing tracks, but this website gives much more than that.
Drumless backing tracks are quite affordable and if you pay just a little bit more, you can edit not just drums but other instruments in the song as well. You can remove some of them, play with volume and equalizer, etc. The best thing about this editing is that, once you pay for a certain song, you can make as many of these mp3 versions as you want. The sound quality is amazing.
Drumless backing tracks on Amazon Music (Free 30 day trial)
While searching for drumless tracks, don’t forget to check Amazon Music as well where you can get a free 30 day trial, where you can find great resources such as ‘Drumless Backing Tracks Volume 1‘ by ‘Drum! Drum! Drum!’.
There are a lot of resources on Amazon in this area. You will find a lot of eBooks with lessons and instructions which, besides tabs or sheet music, can also include codes or links to backing tracks, which could be either streamable or downloadable. Usually, you will find eBooks that offer lessons for specific groups of songs, either from one band or various artists, but you can find good lessons for a specific playing style as well.
For example, here’s a Heavy Rock drumless backing track by ‘Drum! Drum! Drum!’
Here’s a cool funk backing tracks (click track version). It’s really great to practice playing song with a click track, because it really helps to keep you in time. If you want to pick up a dedicated metronome separately then check out our article on the best metronome for drummers.
FreeDrumLessons.com – Free
Drumless backing tracks are just a small part of the content this platform offers. FreeDrumLessons is probably the first website that offered free drum lessons on the internet. Even these days, it is one of the best places to visit if you want to learn rudiments and all other things about drumming. When it comes to play-along tracks, all content is free. The bad thing is that you won’t find any popular songs, but rather a bunch of original tracks. However, I don’t see this as a drawback. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge, these tracks are amazing. You can work on various styles, as there are tracks in rock, metal, jazz, funk, techno and many other styles.
DrumlessVersion.com – Free/Paid
Good sound quality and a long list of backing tracks are the strongest points of this website. The first thing we should mention is that there are more than 3.200 backing tracks in the offer. Pretty much all the essentials of pop and rock music are covered, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble to find the songs you want to play. Also, it is good to mention that there are several free tracks and, judging on them, the sound quality seems very good.
The bad thing about this website is price, which is a little bit higher compared to the competition. Still, you have a choice to either pay per song, or to pay to unlock the whole library.
DrumlessSplitSongs.com – Paid
This website sticks to the proven, old-school method of channel splitting. Basically, every track is recorded with two channels. One channel is for the drum section, while the other takes care of other instruments. This allows you to turn on/off any of these two channels. So, besides playing tracks with or without drums, you can also play isolated drum section, which is great if you want to focus on details. The library is not too big but covers many essential songs of different genres, including rock, metal, funk, jazz, Latin etc. The sound quality is good, while the price is quite affordable.
OrlandoDrummer.com – Paid
OrlandoDrummer is a great place if you want to improve your skills. It has a lot to offer, starting from great lessons, well-written blog, interviews and more. However, the best thing are backing tracks or, as they are called, practice loops. These are original tracks that are usually very long and repetitive, which is great if you want to work on your chops, to try some new ideas etc. Speaking of the styles, you can find practice loops for pretty much every popular genre. Moreover, count on weekly updates. Each track has a short preview, so you can get ideas for how to start. Still, the best thing about these practice loops is sound quality, which is spectacular.
Halleonard.com – Paid
This is one of the world’s leading companies for all kinds of music publications, so it doesn’t need some special introduction. Among tons of products, you can also find a lot of drum play-along product. Each one comes as a compilation of songs of either various artists or certain bands. The sound quality of backing tracks is amazing and another great thing is that you can adjust the tempo. Moreover, tabs are also included.
Hudsonmusic.com – Paid
Hudson Music is a highly renowned company which started as a project of a couple of enthusiasts decades ago. These days, it offers tons of hi-quality audio and video material, which is mostly about lessons and instructional videos. Among them, you can find a lot of play-along tracks. The focus is on learning and improving drumming skills, so if you’re searching for backing tracks of popular songs, skip this website. On the other side, if you want to learn tons of new rhythms and grooves, these play-along tracks are perfect.
minusDrums.com – Paid
Another website that offers a big library of drumless backing tracks. There must be thousands of them and the quality is usually pretty good. Of course, most of them are covers of popular songs. However, you can also count on a big number of original tracks as well. These tracks are usually inspired by some legendary drummer of the band or a certain playing style.
You may feel skeptical about this website at the first look. The website has a very old design Still, most genres and playing styles are covered pretty well and original tracks are particularly interesting to play along. You pay per track, while the sound quality is very good.
Sometimes, the best way is to keep things simple and one of the simplest and easiest ways to get drumless tracks is to check out ones on Youtube. If you’re looking for tracks of popular songs, you will probably find what you’re looking for. Just type the name of the song and add “drumless” or “minus drums” and something will show up. The negative here is that the sound quality can vary dramatically. Still, keep in mind that everything is free and appreciate the efforts of drumming enthusiasts.
For example, here’s a great one we found on Youtube:
As you can see, finding a good backing track for drums isn’t that hard anymore. Although most of these websites are paid, you shouldn’t worry if your budget is tight. There is a couple of websites that offer free content, while YouTube is also a place where you can always find something useful.
Of course, the list doesn’t end here. I’m pretty sure that there is much more that can be found on the network. If you have some suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.