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This ba­sic, but cheer­ful blues pro­gres­sion tips its hat to the late, great BB King and his beau­ti­ful guitar Lu­cille. Try fol­low­ing the chords play­ing 7th arpeg­gios: D7 (D-F#-A-C), G7 (G-B-D-F) and A7 (A-C#-E-G). The track is in D ma­jor, so in terms of scales I sug­gest start­ing with D ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (D-E-F#-A-B), mix­ing in some D mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (D-F-G-A-C) for ex­tra blues colour­ing. Rest in Peace BB, and thanks for all the in­spi­ra­tion! Here’s a slow blues jam in G mi­nor with a bit of a Gary Moore vibe go­ing on. For scales, I’d start with G mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (G-Bb-C-D-F) and the blues scale (G-Bb-C-C#D-F), and then move on to the G mi­nor scale (G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F). For the D (V) chords, think G Har­monic mi­nor scale (G-A-Bb-CD-Eb-F#) to get that all-im­por­tant F# ‘lead­ing note’ into the mix. You can also out­line the tri­ads: Gm (G-Bb-D), Cm (C-Eb-G), D (D-F#-A) and Eb (Eb-G-Bb). This one’s an easy-to-ap­proach jazz prac­tice back­ing track made for im­pro­vis­ing on the clas­sic 2-5-1 jazz pro­gres­sion in D mi­nor. Chords are Em7b5 (1 bar), A7 (1 bar) and Dm7 (2 bars). On the track, you will hear ex­ten­sions of these chords - as is com­mon in jazz. Use D Mi­nor scale (D-E-F-GA-Bb-C) for the Em7b5 and Dm7 chords - and D Har­monic mi­nor (D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C#) for the A7 chords. Also, try the arpeg­gios in or­der to re­ally ‘paint’ the colours of the pro­gres­sion: Em7b5 (E-G-Bb-D), A7 (A-C#-E-G) and Dm7 (D-F-A-C). This one is a fairly chal­leng­ing groove driven 9/8 jam track, based around Bb Do­rian mode. The sub­di­vi­sions are 2+2+2+3 (three bars) and 3+3+3 (one bar). If you count that way, you may find it eas­ier to get into this odd me­ter groove. Har­mon­i­cally, I would rec­om­mend start­ing with Bb Do­rian mode (Bb-C-Db-Eb-FG-Ab) and Bb mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (Bb-Db-Eb-F-Ab) for your im­pro­vi­sa­tion. Jam tracks by Quist. For free scale maps and hun­dreds more tracks, visit www.quis­torama.com. You can also sub­scribe to www. youtube.com/QuistTV to get all the latest free jam tracks and licks. Fi­nally, you can also find Quist and his jam tracks on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book.

igf Sum­mER School: 10Th-16Th au­guST IGF re­turns to Shrews­bury school for a six-day sum­mer school and fes­ti­val. Cour­ses in­clude Blues, Funk, Jazz, Acous­tic, Rock and Clas­si­cal and a busy con­cert sched­ule. Tu­tors/per­form­ers in­clude Dario Cortese, Jason Sid­well, To­lis Zavaliaris, Gary Ryan, Car­los Bonell, Gian­luca Corona and Craig Og­den. Visit www.igf.org.uk/sum­mer-school for fur­ther info.

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