Jam tracks tips

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

1. Slow Blues in E

Here we have a slow blues in E at just 55bpm, which you can ap­proach in a va­ri­ety of ways. The good old E Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scale (E G A B D) will work – and so will E Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (E F# G# B C#), although the lat­ter works best on the I chord (E9) and V chord (B9). Try mix­ing in some E Mixoly­dian mode (E F# G# A B C# D) – this works per­fectly for the I chord (E9).

2. Rock­out in G

Here’s a fun up­tempo rock track in G. You can use G Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (G Bb C D F) and G Mi­nor Blues scale (G Bb C C# D F) as a start­ing point, but the track works well with quite a few more colour­ful scales. The chord pro­gres­sion is: G-Bb­ma­j7Cadd9-Ab­maj7. Try us­ing G Mixoly­dian (G A B C D E F) on G chords, G Do­rian (G A Bb C D E F) on Bb­maj7 and Cadd9 and fi­nally G Phry­gian (G Ab Bb C D Eb F) on the fi­nal Ab­maj7 chord.

3. 7/8 Groove in F#m

Count the sub­di­vi­sions of this 7/8 groove track as 2-3-2 (mean­ing 1-2-1-2-3-1-2). It’s in F#m, but har­mon­i­cally speak­ing it’s quite open, so I sug­gest play­ing around with a va­ri­ety of scales. Try F# Do­rian (F# G# A B C# D# E), F# Mi­nor scale (F# G# A B C# D E), F# Phry­gian (F# G A B C# D E) and even F# Mixoly­dian (F# G# A# B C# D# E). Of course F# Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic and F# Blues scale also work great!

4. C Jazz Blues – Medium Swing

Here’s a stan­dard jazz blues in C. Try mix­ing C Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (C D E G A) with C Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (C Eb F G Bb) for a start. One ad­di­tional jazzy colour to catch is the A7 in bar 8 of the 12-bar blues cy­cle. Per­haps have a go at out­lin­ing an A7 ar­peg­gio here (A C# E G), or use the D Har­monic Mi­nor scale (D E F G A Bb C#), which also works per­fectly. Ad­di­tion­ally, see if you can whip out an F# Di­min­ished ar­peg­gio (F# A C Eb) in bar 6 of the cy­cle for the F# di­min­ished chord.

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