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01 A Medium Shuffle No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins /6.9mb
Blues jam track: straight ahead medium shuffle in A (108 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Lay down a solid groove and add some fills at the turn around.

02 D Medium Fast Shuffle No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 18 secs/5.94mb
Blues jam track: medium fast shuffle in D (126 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: This is based on the Allman Brothers version of Statesboro Blues.
Have a listen to the late, great Berry Oakley's playing on that if you want to learn
some blues bass playing from an absolute blues master.

03 C Straight Ahead Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 02 secs/5.57mb
Blues jam track: straight ahead mid tempo blues C (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Play along with the rhythm guitar and aim to play it in the pocket.

04 Eb Medium Texas Thang No Bass (E if you tune down 1/2 a step) mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 41 secs/5.10mb
Blues jam track: straight ahead blues in Eb (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: Dig hard into the notes and pull out some big fat texas tone.

05 Eb Voodoo Vamp No Bass (E if you tune down 1/2 a step) mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 51 secs/8.09mb
Blues jam track: Vamp on an Eb7 chord (86 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: Chop it down with the edge of your hands!

06 Ab Midtown Shuffle No Bass (A if you tune down 1/2 a step) mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 06 secs/5.64mb
Blues jam track: medium shuffle in Ab (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: A few chromatic runs leading in and out of the chords wouldn't go astray on this one.

07 G6/9 I IV V Progression No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 08 secs/5.64mb
Blues jam track: a I-IV-V progression using Sixth and Ninth Chords in G (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar drums
Suggestions: Use the 6th of the scale and study up on Duck Dunn.

08 C Slow Walk Down Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 31 secs/7.63mb
Blues jam track: slow blues progression in C (108 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Walk each chord from the Root down to the 5th (I, IV, V chords).

09 E Vamp in the key of Chill No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 17 secs/5.92mb
Blues jam track: A vamp in E (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: The chord extensions used in this are E9-E6 and E-E7-E6.
Explore the space!

10 F Straight Ahead Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 32 secs/6.26mb
Blues jam track: Straight ahead blues progression in F (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Play with the riff.
Listen to Albert King's version of Killing Floor.

11 Bb Rocket Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 55 secs/8.17mb
Blues jam track: Straight ahead blues progression in Bb (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Start with 8th notes and a find the groove.

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01 A Medium Shuffle No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins /6.9mb
Blues jam track: straight ahead medium shuffle in A (108 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Lay down a solid groove and add some fills at the turn around.

02 D Medium Fast Shuffle No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 18 secs/5.94mb
Blues jam track: medium fast shuffle in D (126 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: This is based on the Allman Brothers version of Statesboro Blues.
Have a listen to the late, great Berry Oakley's playing on that if you want to learn
some blues bass playing from an absolute blues master.

B.B. King - Blues Boys Tune

03 C Straight Ahead Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 02 secs/5.57mb
Blues jam track: straight ahead mid tempo blues C (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Play along with the rhythm guitar and aim to play it in the pocket.

04 Eb Medium Texas Thang No Bass (E if you tune down 1/2 a step) mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 41 secs/5.10mb
Blues jam track: straight ahead blues in Eb (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: Dig hard into the notes and pull out some big fat texas tone.

05 Eb Voodoo Vamp No Bass (E if you tune down 1/2 a step) mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 51 secs/8.09mb
Blues jam track: Vamp on an Eb7 chord (86 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: Chop it down with the edge of your hands!

06 Ab Midtown Shuffle No Bass (A if you tune down 1/2 a step) mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 06 secs/5.64mb
Blues jam track: medium shuffle in Ab (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: A few chromatic runs leading in and out of the chords wouldn't go astray on this one.

07 G6/9 I IV V Progression No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 08 secs/5.64mb
Blues jam track: a I-IV-V progression using Sixth and Ninth Chords in G (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar drums
Suggestions: Use the 6th of the scale and study up on Duck Dunn.

08 C Slow Walk Down Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 31 secs/7.63mb
Blues jam track: slow blues progression in C (108 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Walk each chord from the Root down to the 5th (I, IV, V chords).

09 E Vamp in the key of Chill No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 17 secs/5.92mb
Blues jam track: A vamp in E (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: The chord extensions used in this are E9-E6 and E-E7-E6.
Explore the space!

10 F Straight Ahead Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 32 secs/6.26mb
Blues jam track: Straight ahead blues progression in F (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Play with the riff.
Listen to Albert King's version of Killing Floor.

11 Bb Rocket Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 55 secs/8.17mb
Blues jam track: Straight ahead blues progression in Bb (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Start with 8th notes and a find the groove.

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01 A Cool Jazz Blues Shuffle No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 15 secs/5.87mb
Blues jam track: Blues shuffle with a laid back jazz feel in A (106 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Chords are A-A7-A6, D9-D6, E9-E6.
Let your fingers do some walkin'.

02 A Cream at the Crossroads No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 01 sec/6.93mb
Blues jam track: Rock blues in A (140 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Listen to The Cream's version of Crossroads
Jack Bruce's bass on this is amazing. Great use of the neck

03 B Slow Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 10 mins 49 secs/14.9mb
Blues jam track: Slow blues in B (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Use the bare minimum.

04 G Roll & Tumble Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 04 secs/5.61mb
Blues jam track: Blues with a riff in G.(100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Play with the guitar riff and take it from there.

05 A Her Sister Will Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 56 secs/6.82mb
Blues jam track: Slow blues in A.(60 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Traditional A blues.
Listen to Jimi Hendrix's Red House for a starting point.

06 E Acoustic Harmony Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 37 secs/5.00mb
Blues jam track: Harmonizing the chords for a blues progression in E (112 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: acoustic guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Start with a blues shuffle.

07 E Acoustic Barrelhouse Shuffle No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 29 secs/7.58mb
Blues jam track: Blues shuffle in E (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: acoustic guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): lay down a solid groove that is
right in the pocket with the drums.

08 A Shufflin Along No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 11 secs/5.78mb
Blues jam track: Mid tempo shuffle in A (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Get a nice bounce happening - create the groove.

09 G Stormy Allman Brothers No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 6 mins 50 secs/9.44mb
Blues jam track: Slow blues in G (58 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and drums
Chords used are: G7, C7/9, G#7-G7, C7, G7, Ami7, Bmi7, Bbmi7, Bmi7, C7, G7, C7, G7, C7-C#7- D7. Sometimes I'm playing the C7 sometimes the C9 on the IV chord.
Suggestion(s): Arpeggiate and walk into the chords.
This is based on The Allman Brothers version of Stormy Monday Blues. I highly recommend you buy the Allman's album Fillmore East. This album is my biggest musical influence for so many reasons - Berry Oakley being one of them.

10 D Lay it Down Straight No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 01 secs/6.93mb
Blues jam track: Laid back straight ahead jam in D (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords are D, G & A. ie a I, IV, V progression.
Lay down a tight groove, be strict with the tempo.

11 A Straight Up Straight Down No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 6 mins 13 secs/8.57mb
Blues jam track: Straight tempo rock in A (90 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Put your left hand in 4th position (index finger on the 4th fret).
The walk from the 5th fret A root up to the Octave on the 2nd string 7th fret and back down.

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01 F# Chiller Chill Chill mp3 wma
Time/size: 7 mins 16 secs/10mb
Blues jam track: Blues vamp in F# (82 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestions: Centered around an F#7 chord using the Root, 5th and 7th of the chord.
Use an F#, the 5th (C#) and the b7 (the E) and get some funk happening with the guitar riff.
Have a listen to some R.L. Burnside for similar blues vamps.

02 E Shake That Thang No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 19 secs/5.93mb
Blues jam track: Mid tempo shuffle progression in E (130 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar & drums
Progression: standard blues 12 bar: E7 x 4 bars, A7 x 2 bars, E7 x 2 bars, B7 x 1 bar, A7 x 1 bar, E7 x 1 bar, B7 x 1 bar.
Suggestion(s): Play a Root to Octave to b7 to 5th shuffle groove over each chord in the progression and work in some fills using the notes of the E Blues scale. So you could play the 1st bar as a straight riff using the notes above and then work in some fills as a kind of answer in the 2nd bar. Work our some phrasing using that 2 bar grouping.

Music Theory - The Blues Scales

Any blues scale is the Root, flat 3rd, 4th, flat 5th, 5th and flat 7th of the Major scale with the same Root note. So to work out the notes of the E Blues scale you take those 6 notes from the E Major scale.

The E Major scale is: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#. We can number the notes of any Major scale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. (where 1 is the Root note, in this case E)

The Root of the E Major scale is E. So E is the first note of the E Blues scale.
The 3rd of the E Major scale is G#, thus the flat 3rd (or b3rd) of the E Major scale is G. So G is the second note of the E blues scale.
The 4th of the E Major scale is A. So A is the third note of the E blues scale.
The 5th of the E Major scale is B, thus the b5th of the E Major scale is Bb. So Bb is the fourth note of the E blues scale.
The 5th of the E Major scale is B. So B is the fifth note of the E blues scale.
The 7th of the E Major scale is D#, thus the b7th of the E Major scale is D. So D is the sixth and final note of the E blues scale.

And that's how you can work out the notes of any Blues scale. ie:
1. Take the Major Scale for the Key you want to work out the Blues scale (in the example above, E).
2. Then work out the six notes of the Blues scale which are the Root, b3rd, 4th, b5th, 5th and b7th of the Major scale.

So if you are going to jam with a blues progression in E, you work out the notes for the E blues scale. All of those six notes will sound good over the 3 chords of the E Blues Progression. If you are going to jam with a D blues progression (like with the next jam track), then you work out the notes for the D blues scale.

One of the great things about playing the bass though is that you don't actually need to work out the Blues scale for each key. No matter what key you are in the pattern(s) of the notes of the Blues scale on the neck is the same. So you can get away with learning the Blues scale pattern(s) in one key and then just moving the pattern(s) up & down the neck to play in any other key. I'll put more info on this in the Music Theory section soon.

If you played piano - you'd have to learn the Blues scale in 12 different keys, each with a different pattern. (You'd also need a large van and some very strong friends)! On bass, you can get away with just learning the one pattern for all 12 keys (and owning a small car or even just a bike, well depending on how big your bass rig is)!

It's one of the great things about playing the bass/guitar - the blues scale is a great sounding scale that you can get great sounds out of. Regardless of if you are Tommy Shannon or if you are just beginning to learn to improvise. But it can also be a bit of a trap - a lot of guitar and bass players become 'pattern' players. ie they play the same licks no matter what Key they are playing in because they just rely on knowing the patterns on the bass neck and don't think about the actual notes they are playing. You can get your fingers and your ear in a rutt if you just rely on the patterns.

If you want to get the most out of playing, you really want to pay attention to both knowing the patterns on the bass AND the notes you are playing. But most importantly, don't forget that music is about actual sounds. It's about feel, groove and soul. Notes, scales, patterns etc are just how I can explain music to you - you need to use that information to make it into something that goes beyond words.

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03 D Burnt Steak Blues No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 6 mins 56 secs/9.53mb
Blues jam track:Laid back shuffle in D (86 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar & drums.

Progression: standard blues 12 bar: D7 x 4 bars, G7 x 2 bars, D7 x 2 bars, A7 x 1 bar, G7 x 1 bar D7 x 2 beats G7 x 2 beats, D7 x 2 beats, A7 x 2 beats.
Notice the variation on the chords of the last 2 bars compared to track 02 above? There are several variations of the standard blues progression.

Suggestions: Start out with a Root to Major 3rd, 5th to M3rd shuffle on each chord.
So on the D chord you'll play D to F# to A to F#. Then walk down or up to the next chord in the progression. The best way to learn how to walk on the bass is to listen. To walk down from the D to the G start on the D and simply move down step by step to the G chord. You can step down in whole or half steps - let your ear decide what sounds best to you and work with that.

If you are not used to walking down from one note/chord to a target chord, do it all on one string. That will help you visualize the difference in moving down a whole or half (tone or semi-tone) Vary the notes you use to walk down to or up to each chord. Get out of your comfort zone. Play some 'wrong' notes - often 'wrong' notes end up sounding right. Challenge both your mind your fingers and your ear.

04 E Stevie In The Crossfire No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 20 secs/7.33mb
Blues jam track: Straight ahead groove E (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar & drums.

Progression: this is a one riff track using the Root, 3rd, 5th and b7th notes of the E7 chord.
I have borrowed this riff from Stevie Ray Vaughan's song 'Crossfire' from Stevie's last studio album 'In Step'. Although the riff also reminds me of the song 'Pretty Woman' by Roy Orbison. You just need to add a Major 2nd to find that riff.

Suggestion(s): Get a copy of 'In Step' by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, go and find the biggest stereo system you can, turn the volume up to 10 and put the entire album on repeat. Like Jimi Hendrix, SRV played with his guitar tuned down 1/2 a step, so he played Crossfire in Eb. I recorded this riff in E, so start by playing along with the guitar riff. If you go to jam along with SRV and Double Trouble (and I suggest that you do) tune your bass down 1/2 a step.

Tommy Shannon is one of the greatest blues players ever to walk the earth. You really should spend some time listening to his bass lines. 'In Step' is a great album to listen to his playing. He plays with a great groove and his note choice is absolute first class.

05 Db The Train Just Kept Goin No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 18 secs/7.29mb
Blues jam track: Blues in Db (140 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): This is a standard blues progression in Db. Start just with a walking bass line using the Root, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th and walk into each chord as the chords change in the progression.

There aren't very many blues songs in Db. The great thing about playing in different keys is that you become more familiar with your the layout of the neck. Also, each different position has it's own special sweet spot that helps to give you fresh ideas and new licks that you can then use in the keys you usually play in. Variety is one of the keys to becoming a good musician.

06 Ab Electric Mud No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 6 mins 33 secs/9mb
Blues jam track: Blues vamp in Ab (92 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Centered around an Ab7 chord. The great thing about playing bass on a vamp like this is that you can really explore and improvise using different notes of a scale. Start with a Mixolydian scale, which is a major scale with a flat 7 and get funky.

07 A Nothin But A Jam Again No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 6 mins 33 secs/9.01mb
Blues jam track: 6/8 blues riff in A (60 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): This is simply a repeated riff in 12/8 time in the key of A. The bass line I played over this track makes up the riff. You can here the bass line on the play guitar blues 04 page.

The riff I'm playing is based on the A Mixolydian scale below:
G|----------------------------4--6--7---------------
D|------------------4--5--7-------------------------
A|--------4--5--7-----------------------------------
E|--5--7---------------------------------------------

The riff is as follows:
G|--------------------------------
D|--------7--5------5--7--5------
A|---------------7------------7---
E|--5--5--------------------------

The guitar is playing an A Major chord - so you can vary the riff using the notes from the A Mixolydian scale, see what you can come up with. Put a bit of funk into it.

Jam on!

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