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Blues in Eb

mp3: Blues in Eb Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Blues in Eb Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Blues in Eb Bass Jam Track
wma: Blues in Eb Bass Jam Track

mp3: Blues in Eb Drums Jam Track
wma: Blues in Eb Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 40 secs/6.6mb. 96 beats per minute/bpm

Slow blues jam track: A 12 bar slow blues progression in the key of Eb.

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

Progression: Eb7, Ab7, Eb7, Bb7, Ab7, Eb7, B Major.

Suggestions: The Eb Blues Scale is a good place to start jamming over this progression. Also try playing Mixolydian Mode over each chord.

Blues in Eb Chords and Progression

The chords used over the 12 bar progression include 2 chord shapes for the Dominant 7th chords and 1 Major chord.

The Eb7 and Ab7 chords used over the first 8 bars of the tune have their Root note on the 5th (A) string.

The Bb7 and Ab7 chords played in the 9th and 10th bars have their Root note on the 6th (low E) string.

The chord B Major, with its Root note on the 6th string, is played during the 12th bar turnaround.

Eb7

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

Ab7

E|--x--
B|--9--
G|--11--
D|--10--
A|--11--
E|--x--

Bb7

E|--x--
B|--9--
G|--7--
D|--x--
A|--8--
E|--6--

Ab7

E|--x--
B|--7--
G|--5--
D|--x--
A|--6--
E|--4--

B Major

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

Blues in Eb Scale Suggestions

1. Eb Blues Scale - 11th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the guitar tab for the Eb Blues scale in 11th position. The Root note is on the 6th string and the scale is played two Octaves up to the 11th fret of the 1st (high E) string.

E|--------------------------------------------11-
B|-------------------------------------11-14----
G|--------------------------11-13-14-----------
D|-------------------11-13----------------------
A|--------11-12-13-----------------------------
E|-11-14----------------------------------------

2. Eb Mixolydian Mode - 10th Position - Two Octaves

Try playing Eb Mixolydian mode over the E7 chords.

If we number the notes of the Eb Major scale you get the scale degrees:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

If we number the notes of the Eb Mixolydian Mode, relative to the Eb Major scale you get:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7.

Comparing the scale degrees of both scales you can see that the only note different in playing the Mixolydian mode to the Major scale is the 7th degree of the scale which is flattened in the Mixolydian mode.

E|----------------------------------------------------11-
B|-----------------------------------------11-13-14----
G|------------------------------10-12-13---------------
D|-------------------10-11-13--------------------------
A|--------10-11-13-------------------------------------
E|-11-13------------------------------------------------

3. Ab Mixolydian Mode - 3rd Position - Two Octaves

Use the same scale shape in pattern 2 that you used for playing Eb Mixolydian mode to play Ab Mixolydian scale in 3rd position.

E|---------------------------------4-
B|--------------------------4-6-7---
G|-------------------3-5-6----------
D|------------3-4-6-----------------
A|-----3-4-6------------------------
E|-4-5-------------------------------

4. Bb Mixolydian Mode - 5th Position - Two Octaves

Again, use the same scale shape from pattern 2 and 3 to play Bb Mixolydian mode in 5th position.

As you can see from patterns 2, 3, and 4, we are playing 3 different modes using the same scale shape.

This is one of the great elements of playing guitar. You can move chord and scale shapes up and down the neck. When you learn one chord or scale shape you can apply it to all 12 keys.

E|---------------------------------6-
B|--------------------------6-8-9---
G|-------------------5-7-8----------
D|------------5-6-8-----------------
A|-----5-6-8------------------------
E|-6-7-------------------------------

Blues in Eb Bass Tab

The bass guitar part for Blues in Eb start with the bass playing the Root and 5th degrees of the Eb Major scale over the Eb7 chord and includes a walking bass part that walks from the 6th, b7th and 7th degrees of the scale back up to the Root note Eb.

To move to the Ab7 chord the bass walks down from the Root note to the b7th, 6th and 5th before it reaches the 4th which becomes the Root note of the Ab7.

There is another walking bass part to get to the Bb7 chord which walks from the 3rd degree of the Eb Major scale to the 4th to the b5th before playing the 5th degree which becomes the Root note Bb of the Bb7 chord.

As you can see from the bass line, to add walking bass to your part you can walk down or up from the Root note of the chord you were playing to the new Root note of the chord that you are about to play.

Walk up or down either one semi-tone (1 fret) or a tone (2 frets) at the most to give the bass line that walking sound.

If you practice moving to or from chords with this in mind, you'll start to hear what works and quickly start to develop your own bass parts. Don't get caught up in the theory of what you are doing, just move your fingers and listen with your ears.

If it sounds good, play it!

G|------------------------------------------------------------------
D|------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-6-6-6-6----6-6-3-3-4-4-5-5--6-6-6-6-6----6-6-4-4-3-3-----
E|-----------6---------------------------------6---------------6-6-

G|-------------------------------------------------------------
D|-------6-----------------------------------------------------
A|-----6--------3-3-4-4-5-5---6-6-6-6----6-6---------------
E|-4-4-----4-4---------------------------6------3-3-4-4-5-5-

G|---------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----8-8------------------------------------------------------
A|---8-----8--------3-3-4-4-5-5-6-6-6-6-6---------------4-5-
E|-6----------6-4-4--------------------------6-6-6-6-6-6------

Blues in Eb Drum Chart

Play a nice laid back steady drum beat.

Web page with drum instruction: Blues in Eb Drum Chart

Download: Blues in Eb Drum Chart

Blues in Eb Drum Instruction

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