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Chicago Style Blues Jam (D)

Here’s a re­ally fun 12-bar blues at a com­fort­able 90 beats per minute tempo, with the added twist of a Chicago-style turn­around at the end of each cy­cle. This re­sults in the chords D-D7/C-G/B-Gm/ Bb-D/A-A7.

Try mix­ing D Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scale (D-F-G-A-C) and D Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic scale (D-E-F#-A-B) for that old-school Chicago blues sound.

Jazz-Blues (Medium Swing) (C)

This one is a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing. It’s a tra­di­tional jazz-blues pro­gres­sion at a much scarier 160 bpm, but re­mem­ber it’s es­sen­tially blues, so you can ‘get by’ with the C Mi­nor

(C-Eb-F-G-Bb) Pen­ta­tonic scale as an easy start­ing point. Try adding in the arpeg­gios as well: C7 (C-E-G-Bb), (F-A-C-Eb),

F7 Gm7 (G-Bb-D-F), (F#-A-C-Eb),

F#dim7 A7 (A-C#-E-G), Dm7 (D-F-A-C) and G7 (G-B-D-F).

Funk Jam (E Dorian Mode)

Here’s a fun funky groove jam at 112 bpm. A sec­tions are on Em7 and B sec­tions are on A7. To up the funk fac­tor I sug­gest groov­ing on Em9-A9 and Em13-A13 chords as well. Good old E Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (E-G-A-B-D) works for solo­ing, as does E Dorian mode (E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D).

Blues Shuf­fle Jam (A)

Blues jam in A at 120 bpm, with a Chicago-style turn­around sim­i­lar to track 1. Know­ing the main 7th arpeg­gios will come in handy: A7 (A-C#-E-G), D7 (D-F#-A-C) and E7 (E-G#-B-D). A Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (A-C-D-E-G) and A Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (A-B-C#-E-F#) work a treat here as well. Happy jam­ming – see you next time!

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