Jam tracks tips
Use these tips to navigate our bonus backing tracks.
1 G Dorian tom tom groove This backing track features two chord progressions: Gm7-C (with a brief reference to F/C before C each time) with a middle section of Dm7-Bbmaj7-C-Fmaj7. It finishes with an F chord so while it’s in F major, the majority of your playing will be based in G Dorian (G A Bb C D E F), so use either this or G minor pentatonic (G Bb C D F). 2 Funky Clav and Latino Groove in A minor This mostly features F/A-Am so A minor pentatonic (A C D E G) or A natural minor (A B C D E F G) will both work. The Latino sections are Dm7-Bbmaj7-Am7 so focus on the D minor tonality with either D minor pentatonic (D F G A C) or D natural minor (D E F G A Bb C) options. A final E7 links this section back to the funky clav main groove. 3 Classical Big Up groove track in C minor Big orchestral strings and dance percussion enhance this repeating Cm-G7 vamp with Bb/Ab-Ab-Fm6Cm/G-G7 ending it each time. Stick with C minor pentatonic (C Eb F G Bb) or explore how C harmonic minor (C D Eb F G Ab B) can work to enhance the G7 chord. The more intense middle section features a C minor vamp so opt for C minor pentatonic here. 4 Univibe brushes blues in Bb This is a simple 12-bar in the key of Bb (Bb7-Eb7-Bb7-F7-Eb7-Bb7Gb7-F7) presented here in a drums/ bass/guitar trio format. Bb may not be your typical guitar key but is common for piano and sax players and so worthwhile having some chops for! Typical minor pentatonic licks (albeit in Bb) work well here but aim to play the 3/b7 notes of each chord for jazzier options.