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