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➊ Chicago Style Blues (B)
Let’s start with this blues shuffle jam track featuring a Chicago style turnaround. It’s in B and you can have fun mixing B Minor Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A) and B Major Pentatonic (B-C#-D#F#-G#) as well as playing around with the main 7th arpeggios: B7 (B-D#-F#-A), E7 (E-G#-B-D) and F#7 (F#-A#-C#-E)
➋ Slow Blues (G)
Playing the blues at this ultra-slow tempo can be great for developing your sense of time. Use G Minor Pentatonic (G-Bb-C-D-F) and G Major Pentatonic (G-A-B-D-E) as a starting point. G Mixolydian (G-A-B-C-D-E-F) also works great (G7 chords). As does G Dorian (G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F) on the C7 chords and good old G Major scale (G-A-B-C-D-E-F#) on the D chords.
➌ E Minor 2-5-1 (Medium Swing)
Here’s a jazz practice jam track on the classic 2-5-1 progression in E
F#m7b5, Minor. The chords are B7 and Em7, although you will hear extended versions of these chords. Use E Minor scale (E-F#-G-A-BC-D)
F#m7b5 for the and Em7 - and E Harmonic Minor (E-F#-G-A-BC-D#) for the B7 chords. Then try treating the B7 as an Altered chord and use the B Altered scale (B-C-D-Eb-F-G-A)
➍ Jazz Blues in F
We finish this month’s tracks with this simple jazz-blues in the key of F. With just bass and drums, you have plenty of space to both solo and ‘comp’ all over it. Use F Minor
(F-Ab-Bb-C-Eb) Pentatonic and F Major Pentatonic (F-G-A-C-D) as a starting point and have a go at the
(F-A-C-Eb), arpeggios as well: F7 Bb7 (Bb-D-F-Ab), (C-Eb-G-Bb),
Cm7 (B-D-F-Ab), Bdim7 D7 (D-F#-A-C),
(G-Bb-D-F), (C-E-G-Bb). Gm7 C7 Have fun, see you next month!