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➊ Groove Blues (Am)
Our first jam track is a fun-to-play groove-based blues in A Minor. You can use A Minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) as well as A Natural Minor scale (A-B-C-D-E-F-G). I also recommend playing around with the 7th arpeggios: Am7 (A-C-E-G), Dm7 (D-F-A-C) and Em7 (E-G-B-D).
➋ B Minor Blues Jam
Here’s a B Minor blues progression, with the chords Bm (Im), Em (bVI) (IVm), G and F# (V). I suggest starting with B Minor Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A) as well as B Natural Minor (B-C#-D-E-F#-G-A). For the F# chords you can also use B Harmonic Minor (B-C#-D-E-F#G-A#), emphasising the A#, which leads back to the Bm chord.
➌ Ambient Jam (D)
This ambient style jam track works perfectly with D Mixolydian mode (D-E-F#-G-A-B-C). You can experiment with your wackiest ambient sounds and delays on this. I also recommend exploring the Pentatonic scales inherent in this one, namely E Minor Pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D), A Minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) and B Minor Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A).
➍ Minor II-V-I Jazz Jam (Am)
Here’s a great jazz track in A Minor.
Bm7b5 The chords are (II), E7 (V) and Am7 (I). On the track you will hear extensions of these chords - as is common in jazz of course. Try A Natural Minor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) on
Bm7b5 the and Am7 chords and the A Harmonic Minor (A-B-C-D-EF-G#) on the E7 chords. Basic
Bm7b5 arpeggios: (B-D-F-A), E7 (E-G#-B-D) and Am7 (A-C-E-G). Have fun!
With the right tone and feel your Gary licks will work great on tracks 1 & 2