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E Minor Ballad

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A slow groove in the key of E Minor, essentially based around a one-note pedal bass line, but outlining the chords of E Minor, C and A5 in the heavier section. You can solo over this track using the scales of E Minor Pentatonic, E Blues and E Minor (or E Aeolian).

Blues Shuffle in G

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A medium tempo, 12 bar blues shuffle with a Chicago feel. We use this backing track in Blues Guitar – Vol 1 and Electric Slide Guitar.

Slow Blues in B

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A slow, 12 bar blues in the key of B. Think Red House, Texas Flood, Five Long Years and The Sky is Crying.

 

Smooth Groove in Dm (Soloing With Arpeggios)

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A smooth jazzy funky kind of track from the “Soloing With Arpeggios” module. Its short but has some nice changes in it!

G Major Ballad

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A slow ballad in the key of G Major, featuring the chords of G, C, D and E minor. You can solo over this track using the scales of G Major (or G Ionian) and G Major Pentatonic.

A Rock Vamp

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A simple rock backing track featuring the power chords of A5, G5 & C5. You can solo over this track using the follwing scales: A minor Pentatonic, A Blues, A Dorian & A Aeolian (or A Natural Minor). You can also experiment with the use of A Major Pentatonic, but this may clash with the minor tonality of the C5 Power chord, so trust your ears if you happen to play anything that clashes.

E Rock Vamp

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A rock backing track in the key of E. The chords featured are E5, A5, D5 and G5, so it’s possible to mix major and minor scales in most cases. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: E Minor Pentatonic, E Blues, E Major Pentatonic, E Dorian & E Mixolydian, although you should trust your ears if you happen to play anything that clashes.

12 Bar Blues In A

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A 12 bar blues in the key of A, with that classic, lazy groove that lies somewhere between a shuffle and a slow blues.

12 Bar Blues In E

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A 12 bar blues in the key of E, with that classic, lazy groove that lies somewhere between a shuffle and a slow blues.

C Maj Ionian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A fast, Country-inspired vamp based around the chord of C Major. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: C Major (Or C Ionian) and C Major Pentatonic.

C Maj7 Ionian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A dark and moody track which very much leans on the maj7 of the C major scale.

Dm7 Dorian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A funky, uptempo vamp based around the chord of D Minor 7, with a Dorian feel. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: D Dorian, D Minor Pentatonic and D Blues.

Em7 Phrygian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A dark, yet groove-heavy vamp based around the chord of E Minor 7, with a definite Phyrigian feel. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: E Phrygian and E Minor Pentatonic.

F Maj7 Lydian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A dark and moody vamp based around the chord of F Major 7, with a definite Lydian feel. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: F Lydian and F Major Pentatonic.

G7 Mixolydian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A mid-tempo, funk shuffle based around the chord of G7, with a definite Mixolydian feel. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: G Mixolydian and G Major Pentatonic.

Am Aeolian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A moody, driving vamp based around the chord of A Minor 7. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: A Aeolian (or A Natural Minor), A Minor Pentatonic and the A Blues Scale.

B Locrian Vamp

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From our Modes module: A dark, haunting vamp with a Locrian feel based around the chord of Bm7 flat 5 or B half diminished. The scales you can use to solo over this track include: B Locrian.

ZZ Top Style Track in A

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A track in the style of the legendary ZZ Top, a demo of which can be found on our YouTube channel. It starts in the key of A and changes to the key of B. Get those pinch harmonics working!!

Uptempo A Minor Blues

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A 12-bar blues in the key of A minor, borrowed heavily from ZZ Top’s version of “I Thank You”, mixed with a touch of Otis Rush. Guitar: Necessary. Beard: Optional! – Please note: after the count-in, there’s a 4 bar intro vamp before the 12 bar sequence begins.

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