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1. Mo­town Blues (G)

A stan­dard I-IV-V blues pro­gres­sion in the key of G. Try mix­ing G mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (G-Bb-C-D-F) and G ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (G-A-B-D-E) and ad­ding in some G Mixoly­dian (G-A-B-C-D-E-F) as well. I also rec­om­mend try­ing out­lin­ing the 7ths arpeg­gios - G7 (G-B-D-F), C7 (C-E-G-Bb) and D7 (D-F#-A-C).

2. Blues Shuf­fle (A)

Here’s a head-bop­ping shuf­fle in A, per­fect for try­ing out your favourite Clap­ton licks. Try mix­ing A mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (A-C-D-E-G) and A ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (A B C# E F#). You can also out­line the arpeg­gios A7 (A-C#-E-G), D7 (D-F#-A-C) and E7 (E-G#-B-D) to bring out more colour along the way!

3. 2-5-1 Jazz Jam (Bbm)

This one is per­haps a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing, mainly be­cause it’s in Bb mi­nor. The ac­tual pro­gres­sion is stan­dard jazz har­mony – Cm7b5 (the II chord) – F7 (the V chord) – Bbm (the I chord). Bear in mind that the ba­sic chords con­tain ad­di­tional ex­ten­sions on the track, as is com­mon in jazz of course. Use Bb Mi­nor scale (Bb-C-Db-EbF-Gb-Ab) for the Cm7b5 and Bbm chords and change just one note (Ab be­comes A)) for the F7 chord – thus mak­ing it a Bb Har­monic mi­nor scale (Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-Gb-A).

4. Funk Work­out (E)

This track is specif­i­cally de­signed to en­able you to prac­tise your 16th-note funk strum­ming tech­nique. I’ve kept it rel­a­tively slow (80 bpm) and the har­mony ex­tremely sim­ple, leav­ing out any 3rds, which means you can prac­tise mi­nor chords, ma­jor chords and dom­i­nant chords, etc. Re­mem­ber to keep your wrist nice and loose, prefer­ably main­tain­ing a con­stant 16th-note-based up and down move­ment, even when not ac­tu­ally hit­ting your cho­sen chord. En­joy and see you next month!

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