Jam tracks tips
Use these tips to navigate our bonus backing tracks.
1. 12 bar blues in A minor
With a slight pop swing feel, use an over driven guitar tone and focus on A minor pentatonic (A C D E G) for your main melodic ideas. For more variety consider A blues scale (A C D Eb E G) and/or A natural minor (A B C D E F G).
2. Cycle of 4ths in D minor
This features two progressions; Dm-F-Bb-A7 and Gm7-C-F-BbGm7-A7-Dm-D7, of which the latter consists of a cycle of 4ths progression (Gm7-C-F-Bb). Try D minor pentatonic (D F G A C) then G minor pentatonic (G Bb C D F) for the two progressions. For the next level of excellence, focus on chord tones over each of the chords (eg A, C#, E and G notes over the A7 chord).
3. Cheery Blues in F major
This 12/8 upbeat groover features two chord progressions: Bb-Eb-F then Dbmaj7-Cm7Eb/F-F. Numerous soloing options here; F minor pentatonic (F Ab Bb C Eb) for bluesy licks or F Mixolydian (F G A Bb C D Eb) to tie in with the first progression. As for the second sequence, try F minor pentatonic for Dbmaj7Cm7 then F Mixolydian for Eb/F-F.
4. Rock Stomp in E minor
This is a simple progression going between sections consisting of Em and Am7-D/A-Am7. E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) is a great choice for the Em section while A minor pentatonic (A C D E G) or A Dorian (A B C D E F# G) will fit well over the Am7-D/A sections.