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01 F Cofibreyk's Bounce mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 08 secs/5.71mb
Jazz jam track: A 12 bar with a swing feel in A (78 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: The chords in this are F9-F6, Bb7, C7.
Mixolydian scales off the chords is a good place to start here.

02 G Acoustic Gee Jazz mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 27 secs/6.14mb
Jazz jam track: Light jazz feel in G (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: acoustic guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords used are: (GMa7, Ami7/9), (Bmi7, Ami7/9) and
then (CMa7, D7, Ami7, D7). Again, chord/scale relationships.

03 F sharp Jazz Hack On The Loose mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 13 secs/4.44mb
Jazz jam track: Up tempo swing jazz in F# (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Keep the solo to a pace that will allow you
to play clean notes and lines.

04 B Trippin Jazz Lounge mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 25 secs/4.72mb
Jazz jam track: Laid back jazz funk in B (90 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords are BMaj7 and E/E9.
Arppegiate the chords and go from there.

05 E Jazzercise mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 09 secs/7.11mb
Jazz jam track: Laid back straight ahead jam in D (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords are EMaj7/9, F#mi7, G#mi7, AMaj7, B7.
This is a I, ii, iii, IV, V progression. Play the modes over each chord.

06 A Downtown Traffic mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 04 secs/5.59mb
Jazz jam track: Up tempo jazz feel in A (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Progression is made up of: A7, D7 and E7 chords.
Suggestion(s): Start out with the A Blues scale over the entire progression but then try a D Mixolydian scale over the D7 chord and an E Mixolydian scale over the E7 chord.

Music Theory - The Mixolydian Scale

The Mixolydian scale is a scale that uses the Root, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Major 4th, Major 5th, Major 6th and b7th notes when comparing it to the Major scale.

If we name the 7 notes of any Major scale by numbering them 1 through to 7
Major: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, compared to the Major scale the Mixolydian scale has a lowered, or flat 7th. Mixolydian: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7.

If we take the A Major scale we get: A Major: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A
taking the flat 7th of the A Major scale gives us the A Mixolydian scale:
A Mixolydian: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A

Anytime you want to play a Mixolydian scale you can work it back from the Major scale
simply be flattening the 7th of the Major scale (using the same Root note).

It's that easy - just flatten the 7th of the Major scale (or Ionian mode) and you've got the Mixolydian scale. It's not rocket science to work out the modes or to play them. It's more a case of being bothered to spend a few minutes here and there to think about some basic music theory and then apply it to whatever music you are currently playing with.

Let's work out the D Mixolydian mode.
If we take the D Major scale we get:
D Major: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
taking the flat 7th of the D Major scale gives us the D Mixolydian scale:
D Mixolydian: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D

Now I want you to work out the E Mixolydian mode.
If we take the E Major scale we get:
E Major: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E
taking the flat 7th of the E Major scale gives us the E Mixolydian scale:
D Mixolydian: you write it out and play it on your axe. You don't need me for this one!

Hot Tip! When you are reading about music theory, don't just read, talk and think about it, pick up your instrument and play it. So for the above scales - play the Major scales and then flatten the 7th and play the Mixolydian scale. See it on your fretboard, listen to the music and observe the different sounds.

08 C Jim's 251 mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 23 secs/7.40mb
Jazz jam track: Laid back walk in C (108 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Progression: IIm7 - V7 - IMaj7 progression using the chords: Dm7 - G7 - CMaj7 - CMaj7.
Suggestion(s): Time to use the modes. We are in the key of C so use the modes built off the notes from the C scale. For the IIm7 chord use the D Dorian mode. For the V7 chord use the G Mixolydian mode and for the IMaj7 chord use the C Ionion mode (ie the C Major scale).

More Guitar Jam Tracks

Below are the links to jam tracks in 7 different styles of music along with music theory, scales and more along the way.

Play Guitar Blues 01 Play Guitar Rock 01 Play Guitar Jazz 01
Play Guitar Blues 02 Play Guitar Rock 02 Play Guitar Reggae 01
Play Guitar Blues 03 Play Guitar Metal 01 Play Guitar Odd Meters
Play Guitar Blues 04 Play Guitar Funk 01 Play Guitar Modes
Play Guitar Blues 05 Play Guitar Funk 02  
Play Guitar Country 01    
All the backing tracks above on one page without the music theory:
83 Jam Tracks for Guitar    

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