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Casso's Three Steps

mp3: Casso's Three Steps Jam Track for Guitar and all Lead Instruments
wma: Casso's Three Steps Jam Track for Guitar and all Lead Instruments

mp3: Casso's Three Steps Bass Jam Track
wma: Casso's Three Steps Bass Jam Track

mp3: Casso's Three Steps Drums Jam Track
wma: Casso's Three Steps Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 21 secs/5.97MB. 120 beats per minute/bpm

Casso's Three Steps jam track: Laid back Southern Rock in the key of D.

Backing track instruments: Fender Strat, Hammond SK-1 Organ, Fretless Fender Bass and Drums.

Progression: D, A, 4 bar progression.

Suggestions: Play the D Major Pentatonic Scale over the D chord and the A Major Pentatonic over the A chord. Then start adding some notes within the two pentatonic scales.

Casso's Three Steps Chords and Progression

The rhythm guitar sets down the laid back feel of the tune while the bass adds a bit of soul and grooves with the drums.

1. The D chord that plays for the first 2 bars of the progression is a standard D chord played using only 3 strings: The Root note D which is on the open D (4th) string. The 5th note of the D Major scale which is played on the 2nd fret of the G (3rd) string. The Root note D played an Octave higher on the 3rd fret of the B (2nd) string.

E|---x----------------------
B|---3----------------------
G|---2----------------------
D|---0----------------------
A|---x--------------------------
E|---x--------------------------

2. The A chord that plays over the last 2 bars of the 4 bar progression is a standard A chord played using only 4 strings: The Root note A which is played on the open A (5th) string. The 5th note of the A Major scale, E, which is played on the 2nd fret of the D string. The Root note A played one Octave higher on the 2nd fret of the G (3rd) string. And finally the 3rd note of the A Major scale, C#, which is played on the 2nd fret of the B (2nd) string.

E|---x----------------------
B|---2----------------------
G|---2----------------------
D|---2----------------------
A|---0--------------------------
E|---x--------------------------

It's important that when you are playing the two chords above that you mute the strings you aren't playing. If you mute strings you don't want to play it won't matter if you accidentally play them with your pick or fingers on your right hand as they won't sound because you've muted them with parts of your fingers using your left hand.

It takes quite a bit of practice to work out how to mute the strings you don't want to sound when playing chords and notes. It's worth working on it though, eventually it will come naturally to you and you'll do it without thinking about it.

Casso's Three Steps Scale Suggestions

1. D Major Pentatonic Scale over the D chord.

Play the D Major Pentatonic scale over the entire progression. A pentatonic scale is a 5 note scale that uses the Root note, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th degrees from the Root notes Major Scale. .

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

2. A Major Pentatonic Scale over the A Chord

Play the D Major Pentatonic scale shown above over the first 2 bars when the D chord is playing and then play the A Major Pentatonic scale over the A chord.

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

When you are moving between playing the D and A Major Pentatonic scales above, notice that 3 of the 5 notes appear in both the D Major Pentatonic Scale and the A Major Pentatonic Scale.

Casso's Three Steps Bass Tab

This is a cool bass line that adds a lot of groove to the rhythm guitar part.

1. The bass line over the D chord in the first 2 bars:

G|-------------------------------
D|--0----------0-0--------------
A|----2-0-0-2------2-0-2-0-2--
E|--------------------------------

2. The bass line over the A chord in the last 2 bars:

G|--------------------------------
D|--------------------------------
A|--0----------0-0---------------
E|----2-0-0-2------2-0-2-0-2---

Notice that the bass line is the same pattern over both of the chords that is played on different strings.

Casso's Three Steps Drums

The drum beat to Casso's Three Steps is a laid back, straight ahead rock beat in 4/4.

Get creative around the kit: play a solid grove for 4 bars and then solo for 4 bars and see what you can come up with.

Jam on!

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