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Bb Thang

mp3: Bb Thang Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Bb Thang Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Bb Thang Bass Jam Track
wma: Bb Thang Bass Jam Track

mp3: Bb Thang Drums Jam Track
wma: Bb Thang Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 19 secs/6.1mb. 120 beats per minute/bpm

Rock jam track: Bb Thang is a rock track in the key of Bb with a driving pulse.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: Bb Major.

Suggestions: Learn to jam using the Bb Major scale over this track.

Bb Thang Chords and Progression

On this jam track the rhythm guitar is playing a Bb Major using a barre chord shape with the Root note on the 6th (low E) string. In the first 3 minutes of the tune I'm playing with my index finger on the 6th string and not barring the 6th frets of the 1st and 2nd strings. As the tune moves along I fret the entire 6th fret with my index finger so the whole of the 6th fret is barred.

Bb Major

E|--x--
B|--x--
G|--5--
D|--8--
A|--8--
E|--6--

Bb Major Barre Chord

E|--6--
B|--6--
G|--5--
D|--8--
A|--8--
E|--6--

Bb Thang Scale Suggestions

1. Bb Major Scale - 5th Position - Two Octaves

The Bb Major scale sounds good over this progression. As you play through each of the jam tracks in each key that consist of, or at least start on, a Major chord you'll notice that the Major scale with the Root note the same as the Root note of the chord that is played are the same.

Playing the Major scale over the I Major chord is the obvious place to start.

E|-------------------------------5-6-
B|--------------------------6-8------
G|-------------------5-7-8----------
D|------------5-7-8-----------------
A|-----5-6-8------------------------
E|-6-8-------------------------------

2. Bb Major Scale - 12th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the guitar tab for the Bb Major scale in 12th position. This is a good part of the guitar neck to be playing lead guitar on.

E|-----------------------------------------13-15-17-18-
B|------------------------------13-15-16---------------
G|-------------------12-14-15--------------------------
D|--------12-13-15-------------------------------------
A|-13-15------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------

3. Bb Major Scale on the G String

Play the notes of the Bb Major scale on the G string and then you can use notes from pattern 2 once you are in 12th position.

The more patterns and positions you learn the more options you'll find you have for creating new sounds.

E|---------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------
G|-3-5-7-8-10-12-14-15-14-12-------------------
D|--------------------------------15-13-12--------
A|-------------------------------------------15-13-
E|---------------------------------------------------

Bb Thang Bass Tab

The bass guitar line for Bb Thang is the element that gives the tune it's driving pulse. You want to play straight eighth notes on the E string slightly muting each note before the next one is played. Don't let the notes ring out to the next note - stop them just before you play the next one with finger you are about to play the following note.

Let your index fret the Bb on the E string the whole time and practice doing all the muting with your picking hand (which will be your right hand for most bass players).

G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-4-5-6-

Bb Thang Drum Chart

Play a driving rock drum beat with this backing track.

Web page with drum instruction: Bb Thang Drum Chart

Download: Bb Thang Drum Chart

Bb Thang Drum Instruction

Jam on!

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