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1. Shuf­fle Blues in E

This 12-bar shuf­fle is per­fect for some ag­gres­sive Joe Bona­massa style blues shred­ding. I sug­gest blend­ing the E mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (E-G-A-B-D) and the E ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (E-F#-G#-B-C#) as well as per­haps adding some E Mixoly­dian (E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D). Know­ing the 7th arpeg­gios for each chord will also come in handy: E7 (E-G#-B-D), A7 (A-C#-E-G) and B7 (B-D#-F#-A).

2. Open A Jam

Har­mon­i­cally speak­ing, this groove-based track con­tains noth­ing but the note A. This will en­able you to prac­tise blend­ing any va­ri­ety of scales on the track and re­ally ex­per­i­ment with ex­pand­ing your har­monic hori­zon”Why not try mix­ing A Ly­dian Dom­i­nant (A-B-C#-D#-E-F#-G), A mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (A-C-D-E-G) and A Phry­gian Dom­i­nant (A-Bb-C#-D-EF-G) in one jam, for ex­am­ple?

3. Groovy G Do­rian

This track is based on G Do­rian (G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F) and should be pretty straight­for­ward to groove along with. The chord pro­gres­sion con­sists of a con­tin­u­ous two-bar vamp be­tween Gm7 and C7. You can of course use G mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (G-Bb-C-D-F) to great ef­fect here. Per­haps try out some dou­ble-stop rhythm pat­terns along the way and re­ally work on find­ing the‘pocket’in terms of your tim­ing.

4. Easy Jazz II-V-I (Am)

This jazz prac­tice track is es­sen­tially a II-V-I in the key of A mi­nor. The chords are Bm7b5-E7-Am7. How­ever, on the track you will hear ex­ten­sions of th­ese chords - as is com­mon in jazz of course. Use the A Mi­nor scale (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) on the Bm7b5 and Am7 chords and A Har­monic mi­nor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G#) on the E7 chords. Ba­sic arpeg­gios: Bm7b5 (B-D-F-A), E7 (E-G#-B-D) and Am7 (A-C-E-G).

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