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Rocky 12-bar Blues (E)

Here’s a fun 12-bar blues in E. The turn­around chords in bars 9-10 of the pro­gres­sion are C5 and B5 (bVI-V),

so slightly dif­fer­ent than your stan­dard V-IV. E Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scale (E-G-A-B-D) works a treat through­out, but you can add in some E Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (E-F#-G#-B-C#), E Mixoly­dian (E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D), E Do­rian (E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D) and E Nat­u­ral Mi­nor scale (E-F#-G-A-B-C-D).

Medium Swing Mi­nor II-V-I (Em)

Here’s a jazz jam track in E mi­nor.

F#m7b5B7-Em7-Em7, The chord pro­gres­sion is although you will hear ex­tended ver­sions of these chords, as is com­mon in jazz. The E Mi­nor scale (E-F#-G-A-B-C-D)

F#m7b5 works great for the and Em7 chords, while E Har­monic mi­nor (E-F#-G-A-B-C-D#) is per­fect for the B7 chords. Next up, try out some more ad­vanced colours on the dom­i­nant B7 by treat­ing it as an al­tered chord and us­ing the B

(B-C-D-Eb-F-G-A). Al­tered scale

Whole-Tone Jam

Try this Whole-Tone scale jam based around G! The scale it­self goes G-A-B-C#-D#-F, all notes be­ing a whole tone apart, of course. The pro­gres­sion is based purely on notes of the scale, with the bass notes be­ing G-D#-F. Top tip: try find­ing cool pat­terns and licks and then move them up and down in whole tones – or ma­jor 3rds (which equals two whole tones). The Whole-Tone scale is com­pletely sym­met­ri­cal, so you can eas­ily move your ideas around!

C Mi­nor Rock-out

The pro­gres­sion here is Cm-B -A G-Cm-G/B-Ab/C-F/C.

You can ef­fec­tively mix C Nat­u­ral Mi­nor

(C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb), scale

(C-D-Eb-FG-Ab-B) C Har­monic Mi­nor scale

and C Do­rian mode (C-D-Eb-F-G-A-Bb)

on this track. I’d sug­gest us­ing C Mi­nor scale for the

Bb, Ab Cm, and Ab/C chords; C Har­monic Mi­nor for the G and G/B chords; and C Do­rian mode for the F/C chord. Have fun!

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