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Blues Play Along

mp3: Blues Play Along Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Blues Play Along Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Blues Play Along Bass Jam Track
wma: Blues Play Along Bass Jam Track

mp3: Blues Play Along Drums Jam Track
wma: Blues Play Along Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 40 secs/6.8mb. 120 beats per minute/bpm

12 bar blues jam track: This is a 12 bar blues progression in the key of F.

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

Progression: F7, Bb7, F7, C7, Bb7, F7, C7.

Suggestions: Play the F Blues Scale in 1st, 8th and 13th position to get familiar using the blues scale all over the guitar neck.

Blues Play Along Chords and Progression

The same chord shape is being used for each of the 3 7th chords, F7, Bb7 and C7 over the 1st 11 bars of the 12 bar progression so you can just slide the chord shape up and down the guitar neck as you go to play each chord.

In the 12th bar of the progression the V (five) chord, C7, is played using a different chord shape with its Root note on the 5th (A) string instead of the 6th (low E) string used previously. I played it this way both to give it a different sound to the other C7 chord and also to let my fingers move so they wouldn't get tired just playing the 1 chord shape for the entire jam track.

F7

E|--x--
B|--4--
G|--2--
D|--x--
A|--3--
E|--1--

Bb7

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

C7

E|--x--
B|--11--
G|--9--
D|--x--
A|--10--
E|--8--

C7

E|--x--
B|--1--
G|--3--
D|--2--
A|--3--
E|--x--

Blues Play Along Scale Suggestions

1. F Blues Scale - 1st Position - Two Octaves

The F Blues scale in 1st position uses the same note degrees used in the blues scale from any key:

1, b3, 4, b5, 5, 7.

Where b3 is the flat 3rd, b5 is the flat 5th and b7th is the flat 7th notes relative to if we number the 7 notes of the F Major Scale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Our Root note F appears at the 1st fret of the 6th (low E) string, one Octave higher at the 3rd fret of the D string and another Octave higher at the 1st fret of the 1st (high E) string.

E|-----------------------------1-4-1-
B|------------------------1-4--------
G|-----------------1-3-4-------------
D|------------1-3--------------------
A|-----1-2-3-------------------------
E|-1-4-------------------------------

2. F Blues Scale - 8th Position - Two Octaves

The F Blues scale in 8th position has its Root note on the 8th fret of the 5th string, the 10th fret of the 4th string and at the 13th fret of the 1st string.

E|----------------------------------11-13-
B|---------------------9-11-12-13--------
G|---------------8-10---------------------
D|-------8-9-10---------------------------
A|-8-11-----------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------

3. F Blues Scale - 13th Position - Two Octaves

If we shift up to the Root note at the 13th fret of the 1st string so that we are in 13th position you get the following pattern.

Note that each note is one Octave higher than its corresponding note showin in pattern 1. We are playing the exact same pattern as we did with pattern 1 except we are playing the blues scale pattern one Octave higher.

E|--------------------------------------------13-16-13-
B|-------------------------------------13-16-----------
G|--------------------------13-15-16-------------------
D|-------------------13-15-----------------------------
A|--------13-14-15-------------------------------------
E|-13-16------------------------------------------------

Blues Play Along Bass Tab

The bass guitar in Blues Play Along focuses on the Root note of each chord. There are one or two lead-in notes that are played one semi-tone (one fret) below the Root note of the chord about to be played but really it's all on the Root notes on this track.

You can spice it up and create your own blues bass line using the 5th and b7th (flat 7th) degrees of the scale from each chord you are playing over.

Relative to the Root note on the bass guitar neck, the b7th degree of the scale is found 2 strings higher on the same fret number that you play the Root note on. For the F chord, the F Root note is played at the 1st fret of the E string so the b7th of this chord is 2 strings higher which is the D string and played on the 1st fret (the same fret number as the F is played).

The 5th is found 1 string higher and 2 frets higher than the Root note of the chord that you are jamming over. For the F chord you move 1 string higher to the A string and 2 frets higher from the 1st fret to the 3rd fret.

See what bass guitar riffs you can come up with using the Root, 5th and b7th note of each chord.

G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------0-
E|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1---1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1---

G|-----------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------
A|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1---------------------------------
E|---------------------------0---1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-

G|------------------------------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------------
A|-3-3-3-3-1-1-1-1-1-1-1----------3-3-3-3-3-3-3---
E|---------------------------0-1-1-1-----------------0-

Blues Play Along Drum Chart

Straight ahead, driving blues drum beat.

Web page with drum instruction: Blues Play Along Drum Chart

Download: Blues Play Along Drum Chart

Blues Play Along Drum Instruction

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