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Shuffle Blues (c)
Instead of the usual V-IV-I in the last four bars (G-F-C), this track’s turnaround goes: V-bVI-V-I (G-Ab-G-C), thus ending on the V (G) in the last bar for a nice build-up to the next round. You’ll find that C minor Pentatonic scale (C-Eb-F-G-Bb) is a great choice for soloing over this track.
Bossa minor Blues (gm)
For this light and breezy bossa nova feel track, use G minor Pentatonic (G-Bb-C-D-F) and G minor Blues scale (G-Bb-C-C#D-F) as well as G Minor scale itself (G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F). In order to really paint the colours of the chord progression, a great idea is to spell out the arpeggios of each chord as it comes around. Aim to make it sound musical though, and not like an exercise.
easy Jazz vibe (am)
This track has a great smooth jazz feel and so A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) or Blues scale (A-C-D-D#-E-G) are great starting points over the Am7-Am7-F7-E7 chord progression with its typical minor jazz turnaround. If you want to try spicing things up with arpeggios, they are: Am7 (A-CE-G), F7 (F-A-C-Eb) and E7 (E-G#-B-D). Again, make them sound like music, not exercises!
Funky rockout (gm)
This Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe track is a great platform for practising both rhythm and lead playing. It’s in three sections, and for the first and second sections try G Dorian mode (G-A-Bb-C-DE-F), while for the third section (Eb7 chord) Eb Mixolydian (Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C-Db) is a cool choice. Minor Pentatonic scales (Gm, Cm and Ebm respectively) will also work well if you use them to target chord tones. 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 & licks. Finally, you can also find Quist and his jam tracks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.