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1. G Blues Stom­per

Here we have a fairly up­tempo foot-stomp­ing 12-bar blues in G. Pull out your G mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (G Bb C D F) or mi­nor Blues scale (add a Db) – or al­ter­na­tively, try think­ing the G Mixoly­dian mode (G A B C D E F) on the I chord (G7), G Do­rian (G A Bb C D E F) on the IV chord (C7) and fi­nally the G Ma­jor scale (G A B C D E F#) on the V (D7).

2. C Ly­dian Mode Groove Jam

Try out your best Vai, Sa­tri­ani and Zappa licks on this static groove. The pro­gres­sion (C and D/C) is based on C Ly­dian mode (C D E F# G A B), so could open up new ter­ri­tory for licks, sounds and fin­ger­ings!

3. Bluesy Vamp (C)

For this I-IV vamp in C you can get re­ally bluesy and use C mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (C Eb F G Bb) or Blues scale (C Eb F F# G Bb). Or you can switch be­tween C Mixoly­dian (C D E F G A Bb) for the I chord (C) and C Do­rian mode (C D Eb F G A Bb) for the IV chord (F7). This change re­sults in the B neatly be­com­ing a Bb, etc.

4. Bb Jazz Blues

Although you can at­tack this jazz blues pro­gres­sion in Bb from a ba­sic blues per­spec­tive us­ing Bb ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (Bb C D F G) and Bb mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (Bb Db Eb F Ab), you could also try arpeg­giat­ing your way around the chords to bring out more colour. This is es­pe­cially handy in bar 6 (E di­min­ished arp = E G Bb Db) and bar 8 (G7 arp = G B D F) of the pro­gres­sion.

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