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Blues Ballad (Am)
Slow Blues in A minor with an F7/ E7 turnaround at the end of each cycle. Use A Minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) as a starting point, adding the (E 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). Also, search for ‘A Minor blues copycat jam’ on YouTube to learn some cool licks made especially for this jam.
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 added musical sophistication.
II-V-I Jazz Practice (E )This classic jazz progression goes Fm7 (2), B (5), E (1). You can essentially use E Major scale (E G-A throughout, but the jazzy colours don’t come out till you start chasing the chord tones – Fm7 (F-A Bb7 (B and E (E and adding chromatic ideas as well.
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 (A-C-D-E-G) or get bluesy with the A Minor Blues (A-C-D-D#-E-G). Jam tracks by Jacob Quistgaard. 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 tracks and licks. Or find Quist and his jam tracks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.