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➊ Smooth Minor Blues (Cm)
Here we have a blues progression in C Minor, with a smooth groove and nice jazzy feel to it. C Minor scale (Aeolian mode) works throughout. The notes are C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb.
Of course C Minor Pentatonic and the Blues scale will work great too. You could also try outlining the arpeggios for the three chords Cm7
(C-Eb-G-Bb), (F-Ab-C-Eb) Fm7
(G-Bb-D-F). and Gm7
➋ A Mixolydian Groove
This track is based on a two-chord vamp; A and G/A, which creates a specifically Mixolydian context. A Mixolydian mode is the 5th mode of the D Major scale and contains the notes A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G. I recommend playing around with the Pentatonic scales inherent in this harmonic context, namely: Em Pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D), F#m Pentatonic (F#-A-B-C#-E), and Bm Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A).
➌ Bossa I-II-V (Am)
This bossa style track features a continuous loop of two bars on the Im chord (Am), followed by one
IIm7b5 (Bm7b5) bar on the and one
V7b9 (E7b9). bar on the chord I suggest using A Minor scale (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) for the first two chords and then A Harmonic Minor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G#) for the final V chord. Notice that only one note changes: the G becomes a G#, which effectively ‘pulls towards’ and resolves on the following Am chord.
➍ Funky Blues (E)
Here we have a standard 12-bar blues progression in E with a lovely funky feel and groove. To make it sound great try mixing E Major Pentatonic (E-F#-G#B-C#) with E Minor Pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D) for some nice bluesy colours in your soloing. Major Pentatonic works best on the I chord (E9) and V chord (B7), whereas the Minor Pentatonic works best on the IV chord (A7).
(Bb) Add the for extra flavour.