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Slow Blues in E
Here we have a slow blues in E at just 55bpm, which you can approach in a variety of ways. The good old E Minor Pentatonic scale (E-G-A-B-D) will work – and so will E Major Pentatonic (E-F#-G#B-C#), although the latter works best on the I chord (E9) and V chord (B9). But also try mixing in a bit of E Mixolydian mode (E-F#-G#-A-BC#-D) – this works perfectly for the I chord (E9).
Rockout in G
Here’s a fun uptempo rock track in G. You can use G Minor Pentatonic (G-Bb-C-D-F) and G Minor Blues (G-Bb-C-C#-D-F) scale as a starting point, but the track works well with quite a few more colourful scales. The chord progression is: G-Bbmaj7-Cadd9-Abmaj7. Try using G Mixolydian (G-A-B-C-D-E-F) on (G-A-Bb-C-DE-F) G chords, G Dorian Bbmaj7 on and Cadd9 and (G-Ab-Bb-C-DEb-F) finally G Phrygian Abmaj7 on the final chord.
7/8 Groove in F#m
Count the subdivisions of this 7/8 groove track as 2-3-2 (meaning 1-2-1-2-3-1-2). It’s in F#m, but harmonically speaking it’s quite open, so I suggest playing around with a variety of scales. Try F# Dorian (F#-G#-A-B-C#-D#-E), F# Minor scale (F#-G#-A-B-C#-D-E), F# Phrygian (F#-G-A-B-C#-D-E) and even F# Mixolydian (F#-G#A#-B-C#-D#-E). Of course F#
C Jazz Blues – Medium Swing
Here’s a standard jazz-blues in C. Try mixing C Major Pentatonic (C-D-E-G-A) with C Minor
(C-Eb-F-G-Bb) Pentatonic for a start. One additional jazzy colour to catch is the A7 in bar 8 of the 12-bar blues cycle. Perhaps have a go at outlining an A7 arpeggio here (A-C#-E-G), or use the D Harmonic Minor scale (D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C#),
which also works perfectly. Additionally, see if you can whip out an F# Diminished
(F#-A-C-Eb) arpeggio in bar 6 of the cycle for the F# diminished chord this sounds very pro indeed!
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Minor Pentatonic and F# Blues scale also work great!