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Solo Blues 1

These play along tracks can be a serious practice tool - not just a collection of 'jam tracks'.

Each track has a specific practice routine associated with it and areas of improvising and practice that will work perfectly with it. See the details below for the full description of each track, and track times.

Makes practice a lot more fun and is great training for those wanting to get their 'band' skills together.

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Description

It starts with two major key progressions for working on your major scales, then two blues tracks to work on your blues playing. It then gives you modal backing tracks (the same as used in the 'Introducing Modes' DVD but twice a long). You then also get two tracks to work on changing modes and also 4 chord tracks to put on underneath your scale and arpeggio practice. Note that a vamp is an improvised accompaniment (for those who didn't know). Over an hour of top quality backing tracks. Try out the free backing tracks below and see how much more fun it is to play to a track than by yourself!

Please note that it does not come with a book. The notes on how to use the tracks are found below and I will be adding to this page more and more... a constant source of new ideas :)

Track List

FREE TRACKS - you can download tracks 1 and 3 for free! They are the two most essential tracks to develop your skills and I don't want to restrict those of you with no money that can't afford to buy this CD.

Track List
1. Acoustic Pop in G Major
2. Country Pop Rock in D Major
3. 12 Bar Blues in A
4. Jazzy Swing Blues in C
5. C Ionian Vamp
6. D Dorian Vamp
7. E Phrygian Vamp
8. F Lydian Vamp
9. G Mixolydian Vamp
10. A Aeolian Vamp
11. B Locrian Vamp
12. A7 to D7 Vamp
13. Am7 to Cm7 Vamp
14. G Major Chord Keyboard Pad
15. A Minor Chord Keyboard Pad
16. D Dominant 7 Chord Keyboard Pad
17. F# Minor7b5 Chord Keyboard Pad

A 12 Bar Blues Backing Track (justinguitar.com) by justinguitar

G Major Backing Track (justinguitar.com) by justinguitar 

How To Use

There are two approaches to using this CD. You can treat it as a serious practice tool for learning and using scales (follow the routine described below). Or you can just use it to jam and have fun with. Both are very useful and it depends on how serious you want to be about getting your technical skills down, or if you just wanna have fun :) Don't forget it should be fun - so even if you do use it as a tool - make sure you sometimes just have a jam and let it flow!

My suggested scale routine for serious development on all tracks is as follows:
1. Play Position 1 of the correct scale over the sequence and get used to it's sound. Make sure there are NO MISTAKES. Don't move on to step 2 until you can get the scale perfect.
2. Play the scale up and down changing direction at random, half way through, a few notes in, change again. Mix it up as much as you can.
3. Start to improvise. Make up little melodies. Remember to breath. Leave some spaces in your playing. It gives you time to think and will make you play better!
4. When you have the scale down perfectly and can improvise a reasonable solo you can learn Position 2 of the scale. Then continue by doing steps 1 to 3 with Position 2.
5. Once you have Position 1 and Position 2 down you should start to learn to combine the two positions before learning Position 3, in the same way you learned the previous positions.
6. Continue adding the new positions until the entire fingerboard is covered.
7. A good advanced exercise is then to move onto playing single string solos. Be very strict and only use notes from a particular string. Do it on every string.

 

Tracks 1 to 4

Are for developing your scale and improvising skills. You can use them as backing while you practice getting the scales down (you will also benefit from hearing the scale in context a lot...) and also for improvising and lick development. You can use them to work on phrasing (leaving silences) and any number of melodic patterns.

Track 1
Designed for practicing your G major scales. Get used to the sound of the major scale over a realistic pop song chord sequence. Pretend it's your solo and off you go! Use your ear to hear your way around :) Work on creating your melodies, developing melodic ideas, using space (silence) to give your solos structure and improve your phrasing.

Track 2
Designed for practicing your D major scale with a slightly country feel, easy diatonic sequences mean lots of fun learning your scales. The progressions are structured like a normal song, in verses and choruses - so you get the real song experience :) Only move into the key of D once you can play comfortably in the key of G.

Track 3
Use this one to jam the blues! You can use it for: learning your A Minor Pentatonic, A Blues Scale, A Dorian Mode (G Major Parent Major Scale), for your first blues solos, developing your 5 position playing, working on your licks, playin changes and just jammin for fun!

Track 4
This blues in C has more changes than a normal blues, bit more like a jazz blues. It's just jammed, with the rhythm guitar playing some fancy kinda chords, you can play your minor pentatonic over it and you will sound cool :) and if you know your stuff and want to rip it over and 'make the changes' you can do that too!

 

Tracks 5 to 13

Are for getting the sound of the modes into your ears. If you are not sure what they are you may need to do a little research before you start to use them well - but you might prefer to just jam along using the suggested Major Scale (actually it is C major for most of them) and just get your ears used to the sounds they make. For more info on modes please check out my 'Introducing Modes' DVD.

Track 5
Jam in C Ionian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Ionian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode. Then start to use it to make proper solos. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 6
Jam in D Dorian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Dorian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode (and avoiding the 4th). Then start to use it to make proper solos. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 7
Jam in E Phrygian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Phrygian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode and help you avoid 'sitting' on the hard notes (the b6 and the b9). Then start to use it to make proper solos. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 8
Jam in F Lydian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Lydian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode, really play with the #11 - it is the funky sound of the Lydian mode. Use it to make proper solos. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 9
Jam in G Mixolydian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Mixolydian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode. This is a really super useful mode so lots of time with this one :). You can mix in a little G minor pentatonic with it too if you wanna blues it up a little... Use it to make proper solos, funk it up, blues it up. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 10
Jam in A Aeolian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Aeolian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode and help you avoid the b6 where you need to. Then start to use it to make proper solos. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 11
Jam in B Locrian (C Major). Get used to the sound of the Locrian mode. Work on developing your ear so that it will guide you to the strong chord tones within the mode - and in this case just create a vibe. It can be hard to use this one but stick at it and you will get some cool sounds going on. Breath. Mix up positions. Explore. Experiment.

Track 12
This is a great track for learning to 'make the changes'. Here you have 2 bars of A7 followed by two bars of D7. You can use this for changing modes: over the A7 play A Mixolydian (PMS - D Major), and over the D7 play D Mixolydian (PMS - G Major). This will really help you get into the idea of changing modes. Remember this is pretty basic in the grand scheme of things but may seem next to impossible when you start if you are not used to the idea :) Also really good for changing arpeggios, just changing between A7 arp and D7 arp. Really useful technique to add a little spice to your blues playing. Advanced players might try using the Lydian Dominant mode.

Track 13
Same kinda deal as above but this time moving from A Dorian (PMS - G Major) to C Dorian (PMS - Bb Major). 4 bars on each one. This kinda thing is lots of fun, makes you think and then lets you open up to new sounds, so you can think less and feel more :)

Tracks 14 to 17

Should be used as a drone in the background for scale and arpeggio practice. Only the first has a sample - they all sound the same, just different chords...

Track 14
Two minutes of a G Major chord. Put your metronome on and then practice your Major Scale, Lydian mode or Mixolydian mode, or and type of major arpeggio and this 'drone' chord will help keep them in context and train your ears!

Track 15
Two minutes of a A minor chord. Put your metronome on and then practice your minor scales: Aeolian mode, Dorian mode, Phrygian mode, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor and any type of minor arpeggio. This 'drone' chord will help keep them in context and train your ears!

Track 16
Two minutes of a D7 (Dominant ) chord. Put your metronome on and then practice your Mixolydian mode or dominant arpeggio and this 'drone' chord will help keep them in context and train your ears! Advanced players might also try the Lydian b7 scale (Lydian Dominant).

Track 17
Two minutes of a F#minor7b5 chord. Put your metronome on and then practice your Locrian mode, or a min7b5 arpeggio and this 'drone' chord will help keep it in context and train your ears!

*NOTE: PMS = Parent Major Scale


Credits

All content written and owned by Justin Sandercoe and ©2007-2008. All instruments played and programmed by Justin. Real guitar, real bass, keyboard sounds from Logic Audio. Drums loops from 'Backbeat' by Spectrasonics. Recorded using Maton Messiah Acoustic, Fender Strat into Fender Prosonic Amp, Fender Jazz Bass direct into Focusrite preamp. Effects added after recording using Logic Audio plug-ins and TC Electronic G-System.

Terms and Conditions

Basically, if you don't like it, send it back in 14 days in perfect condition and I'll refund your money. If you've damaged it, that's not cool. If it's damaged in transit, send it back and I'll send you a new one and refund your postage. I have to put up an 'official' terms and conditions - but I want you guys to be happy, so please contact me with any problems and I will do my best to help. Thanks. Official terms and conditions can be found here.


Lesson ID: PR-022