Jam tracks tips
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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!