Jam tracks tips
Use these tips to navigate our bonus backing tracks.
1. T-Bone style slowie: A
A Mixolydian (A B C# D E F# G) will be perfect for this. But when playing the major 3rd (C#) either hammer on to it from the b3rd (C) below, or play the C and bend it slightly sharp for a blues ‘curl’.
2. Neil Young style rocker: Am
Two approaches work well here: A minor pentatonic will fit pretty much all the chords; but A natural minor (A B C D E F G) will sound more authentically Neil Young - especially with a searing tone and manic tremolo picking.
3. Anthemic ballad: E
The chords here are: E, G#aug, A, D9, then G# aug, A, D9, then Eadd9/G#, G7add6, F#m11, Esus4/B, B7 (the final two chords played in the space of the previous one). E major pentatonic (E F# G# B C#) is a worthy starting point, but you’ll need to adjust the scale to suit the ‘out of key’ notes in many of the chords. Instead of trying to jam it, why not create your own rock instrumental anthem over this interesting sequence?
4. Brit style minor blues: G
Minor pentatonic and natural minor scales are your best friends here. Try mixing them up! But this time don’t sharpen G minor’s minor 3rd (Bb) as it doesn’t sound right in a minor context. Of course the b5 ‘blue’ note (Db) can be brought in to add nice chromatic touches, and don’t forget to target strong notes in the chords, like the Eb in the Cm (IVm chord). Have fun!