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➊ Blues Ballad (Am)
Slow Blues in A minor with an F7-E7 turnaround at the end of each cycle. Use A Minor Pentatonic scale (A-C-D-E-G) as a starting point, b5 (Eb) adding the to the mix as well. The basic triads will come in handy: Am (A-C-E), Dm (D-F-A), F (F-A-C) and E (E-G#-B). You can also search for ‘A Minor Blues Copycat Jam’ on YouTube to learn some great blues licks created especially for this jam.
➋ Jazzy Funk Jam (Dm)
The basic chord progression here is Dm-G, but when practising your rhythm playing I recommend trying out chords like Dm7-Dm9-Dm11 and G7-G9-G13. Start with D Minor Pentatonic scale (D-F-G-A-C) for your funky riffing and soloing and then move on to D Dorian mode (D-E-F-G-A-B-C) for a bit of class.
b ➌ II-V-I Jazz Practice (Eb )
This classic jazz progression goes Bb7 Ebmaj7 Fm7 (2), (5), (1). You Eb can essentially use Major scale (Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C-D) throughout, but the jazzy colours don’t come out till you start chasing the chord tones – (F-Ab-C-Eb), (Bb-D-F-Ab) Fm7 Bb7
Ebmaj7 (Eb-G-Bb-D) and and adding chromatic ideas as well.
➍ A Dorian Groove Jam
Here, the chords are basically Am -D7, which means A Dorian mode (A-B-C-D-E-F#-G) will work perfectly. You can also simply use good old A Minor Pentatonic b5 (A-C-D-E-G) or add the for the A Minor Blues scale (A-C-D-D#-E-G).