Jam tracks tips
Use these tips to navigate our bonus backing tracks.
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).