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➊ Blues In E
First up is a fun blues jam in the guitar-friendly key of E. Good old E Minor Pentatonic scale (E-G-AB-D) will go far here, but you can also mix in E Major Pentatonic (think C# Minor Pentatonic as it’s the same five notes, if that helps). You can also add more colour with E Mixolydian mode (E-F#-G#-A-BC#-D) and E Dorian mode (E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D).
➋ C Lydian Jam
Here’s a fun Zappa-esque Lydian mode jam. Your go-to-scale would be C Lydian mode (C-D-E-F#-GA-B), which is basically the C Major scale with a raised 4th. Also, try mixing in some E Minor Pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D), A Minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) and even B Minor Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A).
➌ Ionian Mode Jam (A)
This happy little groove track is based on diatonic chords in the key of A. You will hear A chords, E/A chords and D/A chords. You can use the A Major scale (A-B-C#-D-EF#-G#) throughout, as well as A Major Pentatonic (A-B-C#-E-F#), which of course you can think of as F# Minor Pentatonic (F#-A-BC#-E) if that helps.
➍ II-V-I Jazz Jam (Am)
Here we have an A minor II-V-I jazz
Bm7b5 practice track. Chords are
(II), E7 (V) and Am7 (I). As per usual in jazz, you will hear extended versions of these chords. The A Minor scale (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) is your friend here, as well as A Harmonic Minor (A-B-C-D-EF-G#) on the E7 chords. Arpeggios: Bm7b5
(B-D-F-A), E7 (E-G#-B-D) and Am7 (A-C-E-G). Have fun! Jam tracks by Jacob Quistgaard. For free scale maps and hundreds more tracks, visit www.quistorama.com. You can also subscribe to www.youtube. com/QuistTV to get all the latest tracks and licks. Or find Quist and his jam tracks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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