Aeolian Mode Groove Backing Track (F#m)

This track continues the series of jam tracks with modes deriving from the A Major Scale....

This one is for the 'relative minor' of A Major - F# Minor (Aeolian Mode)

It comes from the album Groovin' Through The Modes, vol. 5

Download with free scale maps HERE

Chord progression:

II:    F#m     I      F#m7    D/F#    :II

Scale suggestions:

F# Aeolian Mode: F# G# A B C# D E (F#)

F# Minor Pentatonic and the minor blues scale obviously both work a treat as well :)

F# Minor Pentatonic: F# A B C# E (F#)

F# Minor Blues Scale: F# A B C C# E (F#)

Also - try playing around with B Minor Pentatonic and C# Minor Pentatonic!

More Minor (Aeolian Mode) jam tracks HERE

And how about trying out some Harmonic Minor jam tracks :)

Enjoy \m/

E Mixolydian Groove Backing Track

This groove backing track is for jamming on E Mixolydian Mode!

It comes from the modal practice album Groovin' Through The Modes, vol. 5

Download with free scale maps HERE

Itunes HERE

Chord progression: II:    E    I    D/E    :II

E Mixolydian Mode: E F# G# A B C# D (E)

Mixolydian Mode is basically like a major scale, with a flattened 7th step:

Major Scale: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Mixolydian Mode: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7

Notice how you can play around with a bluesy sounding minor 3rd (G)... that sorta vibe fits naturally into the Mixolydian universe :)

Also - try playing around with B Minor Pentatonic, C# Minor Pentatonic and F# Minor Pentatonic!

More Mixolydian Mode jam tracks HERE

A few Mixolydian licks HERE


2-5-1 in A Minor - Medium Swing Jazz Practice Backing Track

Here's a fun, swinging jazz practice backing track for improvising on the classic minor 2-5-1 progression - in the key of A Minor.

Chord progression:

II:   Bmin7b5   I   E7    I   Amin7   I   Amin7   :II

On the track, you will hear extensions of these chords - as is common in jazz of course :)

Scale suggestions:

A minor scale - A B C D E F G (A)

(Bmin7b5 chords and Amin7 chords)

A harmonic minor scale - A B C D E F G# (A)

(E7 chords)

Basic arpeggios:

Bmin7b5 arpeggio = B D F A  

E7 arpeggio = E G# B D  

Am7 arpeggio = A C E G  

Next up, try out some more advanced colours on the dominant chord (E7) by treating it as an altered chord and using the altered scale:

E altered scale - E F G Ab Bb C D (E)

The altered scale is the mode which starts on the 7th step of the melodic minor scale, so in other words - the notes of E altered scale are the same as those of F melodic minor scale :)

Here's a minor 2-5-1 jazz guitar lick you can try out :)

And here's lots more free 2-5-1 jam tracks