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Chicago Blues Jam (C#)
Let’s start with a fun Blues shuffle with a Chicago style turnaround. C# is not the most common of keys of course, but remember it’s the blues, so you can get great vibes from simply using the C# Minor Pentatonic (C#-E-F#-G#-B), which contains the same notes as E Major Pentatonic. Next up, try blending in some C# Major Pentatonic (C#-D#-E#-F#-G#-A#).
F Mixolydian Shuffle Groover
Here’s a simple two-chord vamp for you guys to have fun with while exploring your F Mixolydian mode (F-G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb).
Try mixing in the occasional bluesy colour, by way of F
(F-Ab-Bb-C-Eb) Minor Pentatonic and
(F-Ab-Bb-B-C-Eb). F Minor Blues scale
A Minor Jazz Jam
The basic progression here is Am7-Am7-F7-E7, which is a very common Minor turnaround in jazz. Use A Minor Pentatonic scale (A-C-D-E-G) and A Minor Blues scale (A-C-D-D#-E-G), adding A Harmonic Minor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G#) over the E7 chords. The arpeggios
(F-A-C-Eb) are Am7 (A-C-E-G), F7 and E7 (E-G#-B-D).
Bluesy 2-Chord Vamp (C)
Here we have a simple bluesy vamp in the key of C. You can blues it up
(C-Eb-Fwith C Minor Pentatonic G-B-), or switch between C
(C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb) Mixolydian mode for the first chord (C) and C Dorian
(C-D-Eb-F-G-A-Bb) mode for the second chord (F7). Note that the only note change here is the B becoming a Bb.
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