Jam tracks tips
Use these tips to navigate our bonus backing tracks.
1. Bluesy shuffle in A
This is a repeating 12 bar quick change blues in A with a soft shuffle feel. Try A minor pentatonic (A C D E G) throughout, using some slight bends on the C to hint at a C# over the A chord (C# is A major’s major 3rd interval).
2. Latin groove in D minor
3. Rock and Roll in E
4. Moody A minor blues
This features two chord progressions; Dm7-Em7b5-A7 and Bbmaj7-Am7 with Bbmaj7-Bb/C to end. Use D minor pentatonic (D F G A C) for the first and Bb major pentatonic (Bb C D F G) over the second. This has a repeating 20 bar progression; E (8 bars), A (4 bars), E (4 bars) then 4bars containing G-A-C-B7. E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) will get you through it all but consider going to A major pentatonic (A B C# E F#) for the A chord that lasts for four bars. To raise your game, aim to include G# notes over the E chord (major third of chord) and some chord tones to acknowledge the climatic B7 chord (B, D#, F#, A). With only three chords featured (Am, Dm and Em) your task is to soak up the moody vibe and play melodic phrases using A blues scale (A C D Eb E G). For added sophistication, add a B note (stable pretty much over every chord) and an F note on the IV chord of D minor.