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1. Smooth Mi­nor Blues (Cm) Here we have a blues pro­gres­sion in C Mi­nor, with a smooth groove jazz feel to it. Ba­si­cally, the C Mi­nor scale (Ae­o­lian mode) works through­out. The notes are C D Eb F G Ab and Bb. Of course C Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic and the Blues scale will work great too. You could also try out­lin­ing the arpeg­gios for the three chords - Cm7 (C Eb G Bb), Fm7 (F Ab C Eb) and Gm7 (G Bb DF). 2. A Mixoly­dian Groove This track is based on a two-chord vamp; A and G/A, which ef­fec­tively cre­ates a specif­i­cally Mixoly­dian con­text. A Mixoly­dian mode is the 5th mode of the D Ma­jor scale and con­tains the notes A B C# D E F# and G. I also rec­om­mend play­ing around with the Pen­ta­tonic scales in­her­ent in this har­monic con­text, namely: E Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (EG A B D), F# Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (F# A B C# E) B Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (BD E F# A). 3. Bossa I-II-V (Am) This bossa style track fea­tures a con­tin­u­ous loop of two bars on the Im chord (Am), fol­lowed by one bar on the IIm7b5 (Bm7b5) and one bar on the V7b9 chord (E7b9). I sug­gest us­ing A Mi­nor scale (AB C D E F G) for the first two chords and then ap­ply­ing A Har­monic Mi­nor (AB C D EF G#) for the fi­nal V chord. No­tice that only one note changes: the G be­comes a G#, which ef­fec­tively ‘pulls to­wards’ and re­solves on the fol­low­ing Am chord. 4. Funky Blues (E) Here we have a stan­dard 12-bar blues pro­gres­sion in E with a funky feel and groove to it. To make it sound great try mix­ing E Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (E F# G# B C#) with E Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (EG A B D) for some nice bluesy colours in your solo­ing. Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic works best on the I chord (E9) and V chord (B7), whereas the Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic works best on the IV chord (A7). Cre­ated for you by Ja­cob Quist­gaard. For free scale maps and hun­dreds more tracks, visit www.quis­torama. com. Also sub­scribe to www. youtube.com/QuistTV to get all the lat­est free jam tracks and licks!

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