Jam tracks tips

Use these tips to nav­i­gate our bonus back­ing tracks.

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

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!

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