Jam tracks tips
Use these tips to navigate our bonus backing tracks.
1. Swing blues in A
On simple sequences like this it’s good to be melodically strong, rather than flitting around scale-wise. Try A major pentatonic (A B C# E F#) in the verses and use the chord tones of the same scale to target notes in the A9, F#9, B9, E9 turnaround.
2. Straight ahead stomper in A
Here’s a great opportunity to practise mixing major and minor pentatonics; again, targeting chord tones when the chords change. Try classic minor/major (C/C#) and b5 (D#) moves too.
3. Funky blues in Cm
C minor blues scale (C Eb F Gb G Bb) will sound great over the Cm chord, but try F natural minor (F G Ab Bb C Db Eb) over the Fm chord and G natural minor (G A Bb C D Eb F) over the Gm. Also note that both scales contain arpeggios of their respective chords so have fun with that too! Don’t forget to work out what bends work where, either.
4. Jumping blues in E
Why not use this as an opportunity to practise your double-stops? Double-stops - be they 3rd intervals, either major or minor, 6ths (again, the same applies) or 4ths or 5ths, the power that these sounds can have in lifting a solo is extraordinary, so it’s always good to have them routined should the occasion arise when a solo needs to change up a gear!