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1. Groove in C Here’s a simple feel-good jam track in C major. The two chord progressions are C-Am (repeated), followed by the chords Dm-CDm-G. You can use the C Major scale (C-D-E-F-G-A-B) and C major Pentatonic (C-D-E-G-A). Alternatively, think A Minor scale/A minor Pentatonic. This should make it easier to visualise the notes on the fretboard and might make you come up with different licks as well. 2. Funky 7/8 Shuffle (Am) This odd metre funk groove backing track is perfect for improvising with A Dorian mode (A-B-C-D-E-F#-G), but of course your standard A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) works a treat too. The chord progression moves continually between Am7 and D7. For extra colour, try using E minor Pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D) and B minor Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A). 3. Rock & Roll Blues (D) Here we have an uptempo 12-bar blues in D. Soloing-wise, D minor Pentatonic (D-F-G-A-C) is a sound place to start - and you can of course include an Ab note as well (the b5 - aka the ‘blue note’) to make it the Blues scale. Other scales to consider: D Mixolydian mode (D-E-F#-G-A-B-C), D Dorian (D-E-F-G-A-B-C) and D Major scale (D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#). 4. Medium Swing 2-5-1 (Gm) Here’s an easy-to-approach jazz play along in G Minor. The chord progression is the classic minor II-V-I (Am7b5-D7-Gm-Gm). Scale suggestions would be G Minor scale (G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F) for the Am7b5 and Gm chords - and G Harmonic minor scale (G-A-BbC-D Eb F#) for the D7 chords. Also, try out these arpeggios: A-C-Eb-G (Am7b5), D-F#-A-C (D7) and G-Bb-D-F (Gm7). 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!