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1. Ambient Groove in Eb
This is largely made up of a repeating Eb maj7 to C progression. No single scale will suffice to cover both these chords, but there are notes that can link the two: G is common to both, while notes like D and C will work over either. Knowing the chord tones ( Eb maj7: Eb G Bb D and C: CEG) and where they are on the guitar will free you up to improvise well here. The middle section features Fm7- Bb- Gm7- C which has numerous ways to approach it; try C minor pentatonic ( C Eb F G Bb) for the first three chords then C Mixolydian pentatonic ( CDEG Bb) for the C chord.
2. Funky Jam in D
D7 is the main chord for much of this, so try D minor pentatonic ( DFGAC) if you want to be bluesy and/ or D Mixolydian ( D E F# GABC) for longer jazz- blues phrases. The contrasting section features Bb- Ab/ Bb with harmony funk guitars, so Bb Mixloydian ( Bb C D Eb F G Ab) is ideal. A7 closes the middle section, propelling you back to the primary D7 funk groove.
3. Soft Groove in G
This runs the progression G- Em- C- Am7G- F which is grounded in G major ( GABCDE F#) except the last chord of F, where you’ll need to tweak your scale usage to G Mixolydian ( GABCDEF) or play mainly notes from the F chord ( FAC). The second section features G- Am7- G/ B- C- G- F, then C- D- Em7- GAm7D- G. The same suggestions apply here; G major mostly, with some G Mixolydian when the F chord occurs.
4. Rock Groove in E
The chord progression here is Emaj7- C# m7- C- Am7- B7 and can be improvised over with E major ( E F# G# A B C# D#), except for a recommended excursion to C Lydian ( CDE F# GAB) to cater to the C and Am7 chords. The middle section is C# m7- F# m11- C# m7-F# m11- Fmaj7# 11- A, C# m7- F# m11-C# m7- F# m11- Fmaj7# 11- G- C- B7. Again, E major scale works well except for the F, G and C chords, so change to the C major scale ( CDEFGAB) then.