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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.

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