Skip to main content

Download and stream the audio from Total Guitar 340

Total Guitar
(Image credit: Future)

Don't have a CD player? Don't have your CD to hand? Want to download your free audio and play along with the mag's backing tracks on your phone/computer/tablet? Of course you do. 

The good news is, we have them all here. Here is all the audio for Total Guitar 340, available to download or stream. 

NB: All files, except those for Classic Track, Rockschool and Open Mic Songbook, are available to download. Chrome users: simply click on the three dots to the right of the file. Firefox users: right-click and choose 'Save audio as'. Safari users: Control click, 'Download audio as'.

For copyright reasons, Classic Track, Rockschool and Open Mic Songbook are only available for streaming.

UPDATE: Download all the audio here

If you're having trouble downloading the files, they're all available here in this Total Guitar 340 audio zipfile.

Cover Story

Cover Story: 50 Easy Lessons

Stream or download. Chrome users: simply click on the three dots to the right of the file. Firefox users: right-click and choose 'Save audio as'. Safari users: Control click, 'Download audio as'.

Lesson 26 - Easy down-up strumming

Lesson 26 - Easy down-up strumming backing track

Lesson 27 - Easy down-up strumming

Lesson 27 - Easy down-up strumming backing track

Lesson 28 - Easy down-up strumming

Lesson 28 - Easy down-up strumming backing track

Lesson 29 - Note by note violining

Lesson 29 - Note by note violining backing track

Lesson 30 - Gradual fade in

Lesson 30 - Gradual fade in backing track

Lesson 31 - Two gain settings

Lesson 31 - Two gain settings backing track

Lesson 32 - Targeting string bend intervals

Lesson 32 - Targeting string bend intervals backing track

Lesson 33 - Blues guitar technique challenge

Lesson 34 - Two-note chords

Lesson 34 - Two-note chords backing track

Lesson 35 - Chord coordination

Lesson 35 - Chord coordination backing track

Lesson 36 - Spider exercise

Lesson 36 - Spider exercise backing track

Lesson 37 - Use hammer-ons and pull-offs

Lesson 37 - Use hammer-ons and pull-offs backing tracks

Lesson 38 - Leave it in a sweet spot

Lesson 38 - Leave it in a sweet spot backing track

Lesson 39 - Funky accents

Lesson 39 - Funky accents backing track

Lesson 40 - Gradual sweep

Lesson 40 - Gradual sweep backing track

Lesson 41 - Hold then vib

Lesson 41 - Hold then vib backing track

Lesson 42 - Bend hold then vib

Lesson 42 - Bend hold then vib backing track

Lesson 43 - BB King style

Lesson 43 - BB King style backing track

Lesson 44 - David Gilmour style

Lesson 44 - David Gilmour style backing track

Lesson 45 - Zakk Wylde style

Lesson 45 - Zakk Wylde style backing track

Lesson 46 - Tone tip

Lesson 46 - Tone tip backing track

Lesson 47 - Three-chord trick

Lesson 48 - 50s Progression

Lesson 49 - Pop progression

Lesson 50 - Start on the four

CLASSIC TRACK

CLASSIC TRACK: Lithium – Nirvana

Total Guitar

(Image credit: Getty)

Intro: 

Fret these powerchords with your first and third fingers, except the initial E5, which you should fret with your first finger only. Use alternate picking in bars 1 and 2, but downstrokes in bars 3 and 4. Bounce the side of your hand on the strings as you pick to palm-mute the strings.

Verse 1 

Verse 1 is a slight variation on the intro part. The chords and rhythm are essentially the same, although you will need to fret full B and D chords in bar 4 instead of powerchords. We’ve tabbed the part accurately here, but it’s more important to maintain the groove than to slavishly copy the exact notes.

Chorus

Fret both 2nd fret notes of the E5 powerchord in bar 1 with your first finger. This leaves you in the best position for efficiently moving to the G#5 that follows. The open‑string chords give you an extra moment to get your hand in position for the chord changes that follow.

Verse 2

This is another variation on the main intro riff, so the same rules apply. The grace note in bar 2 is almost certainly a mistake and was probably meant to be played on the offbeat of beat 3. You can ignore this note entirely if you prefer and just focus once again on maintaining the groove.

Bridge

Bash out these powerchords with loose alternate picking throughout, fretting them with your first and third fingers. Cobain makes subtle changes on subsequent repeats of bar 2. In one repeat, he plays the C5 on the first quaver of beat 4. In another, he adds a G#5 on the offbeat of beat 4. Try improvising with these ideas.

Lithium: backing track

Rockschool

Rockschool: Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

(Image credit: Eric Clapton)

Lay Down Sally backing track

Open Mic Songbook

Open Mic Songbook: Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

(Image credit: Johnny Cash)

Riff Of The Month

Riff Of The Month: Protect The Land – System Of A Down

Beginner's Supplement

beginner's guide

(Image credit: Future)

Beginner's Supplement

Stream or download. Chrome users: simply click on the three dots to the right of the file. Firefox users: right-click and choose 'Save audio as'. Safari users: Control click, 'Download audio as'.

1. Hard rock riff

2. Melodic lick

3. D chord

4. E chord

5. C chord

6. A chord

7. G chord

8. Am chord

9. Dm chord

10. Em chord

11. D chord strumming - downstrokes

12. D chord strumming - down and upstrokes

13. E chord strumming - downstrokes

14. E chord strumming - down and upstrokes

15. Chord changes - C and Am

16. Chord changes - Em and Am

The above are the audio components of the lessons in Total Guitar issue 340. Buy single issues or subscribe to Total Guitar.