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01 D7 Funky Vamp mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 28 secs/4.79mb
Funk jam track: vamp on a D7 chord (80 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: Get into the Rhythm of the song, play with the bass, use triads from a D7 chord. As well as the usual blues scale try playing it with a Mixolydian Scale.

02 B Funk in L.A. mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 53 secs/5.36mb
Funk jam track: A 6 and a 1/2 bar Funk progression in B (84 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): The chords in this are B5, D5 and E7.
You really need to use a scale for each chord here.

03 E Funk-E mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 44 secs/5.15mb
Funk jam track: Uptown Blues in E.(94 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): This progression is E7#9, A7, B7.
The E7#9 is the 'Hendrix chord' that Jimi used on Foxey Lady and Purple Haze.
Learn how to play that chord in E and let Jimi take over.

04 E Smell That Funk mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 57 secs/6.84mb
Funk jam track: A funky riff in E (90 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Play along with the riff and start to break out.

05 E Steve Jordan Is Cool mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 15 secs/7.24mb
Funk jam track: Funky groove in E (88 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Chord used is E7.
An E blues scale is a good place to start on this. Get funky.

06 Bb Funk Zeppelin mp3 wma
Time/size: 7 mins 20 secs/10mb
Funk jam track: Funk Rock groove type thang in Bb (80 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Progression is made up of: Bb7, Eb7, F7 - using a standard blues progression
Suggestion(s): Play a Bb blues scale over the whole song
Space out your phrasing and play to complement the syncopation of the rhythm section.

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07 D Funkadelic mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 38 secs/7.74mb
Funk jam track: Funk Jazz feel in D (78 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Progression is made up of: DMaj7 to GMaj7
Note: there are full chord slides from DbMaj7 to the DMaj7 and GbMaj7 to the GMaj7
Suggestion(s): Play a D Major Scale (Ionian mode) over the DMaj7 and a G Lydian Scale over the GMaj7. Space out your phrasing and play to complement the syncopation of the rhythm section.

Music Theory - The Lydian Scale

The Lydian scale is a scale that uses the Root, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Raised (or Sharp) 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th and 7th notes when comparing it to the Major scale.

If we name the 7 notes of any Major scale by numbering them 1 through to 7
Major Scale: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 compared to the Major scale the Lydian scale has a raised,
or sharp 4th. Lydian Scale: 1, 2, 3, #4, 5, 6, 7

If we take the G Major scale we get: G Major: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
taking the sharp 4th of the G Major scale gives us the
G Lydian scale: G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G.

Anytime you want to play a Lydian scale you can work it back from the Major scale
simply be sharpening the 4th of the Major scale (using the same Root note).

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08 E Funky Hotdogs mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 09 secs/7.09mb
Funk jam track:Funken it up in C (114 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments:electric guitar, bass and drums
Progression: I, iii, IV over the 1st 4 bars and then it goes to the V, IV and plays the iii-IV part again. The chords are simple power chords: E5, G#5, A5 and B5.
Suggestions: Play the E minor pentatonic scale over the E5-G#5-A5 chords in the first 4 bars of the progression and then use a B Major pentatonic scales over the B5 chord and A Major pentatonic scale over the A chord.

Here is 1 octave of the E minor pentatonic scale in 7th position (ie index finger on the 7th fret):
E|--------------------------
B|--------------------------
G|-----------------7--9--
D|----------7--9---------
A|--7--10-------------------
E|--------------------------

Here is 1 octave of the B Major pentatonic scale in 6th position:
E|--------------------------
B|--------------------------
G|--------------------------
D|------------------6--10--
A|---------6--10-----------
E|--7--9--------------------

Here is 1 octave of the A Major pentatonic scale in 4th position:
E|--------------------------
B|--------------------------
G|--------------------------
D|----------------4--8-----
A|---------4--8------------
E|--5--7--------------------

I've put up the same pattern for both the A and B Major pentatonic scales. You can use this pattern anytime you are playing over a Major chord for starters. If the progression sounds Major then use this pattern just for the key the song is in to begin with. So if you are in the key of G Major then try using the G Major pentatonic scale over the whole song. The G Major pentatonic scale is the above pattern with the first note on G at the 3rd fret.

The theory I put up on this site is for beginner to intermediate players - if you want more advanced theory you should find a good teacher in your area and get stuck into the good stuff. Even if you can only afford to get 1 or a few lessons, you will always learn something off a good teacher. If you can't get to a good teacher then try and jam with other musicians, look up things on the net and read the same information from different websites. The more views you take in the more chance you have of working things out for yourself. Music theory is not right or wrong - it's just theory - you ear is a much better indication of what music is right or wrong. Take everything with a grain of salt - including this.

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