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mp3: Jam in A Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Jam in A Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Jam in A Bass Jam Track
wma: Jam in A Bass Jam Track

mp3: Jam in A Drums Jam Track
wma: Jam in A Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 24 secs/6.2mb. 80 beats per minute/bpm

Funked up rock jam track: Jam in A is a vamp in the key of A.

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

Progression: A Major.

Suggestions: This is a great track to practice the A Major scale over until you are blue in the face.

Jam in A Chords and Progression

This guitar vamp uses the A Major chord in 5th position. I'm playing it with my thumb over the neck because Jimi Hendrix told me to play it that way.

A Major

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

Jam in A Scale Suggestions

1. A Major Scale - 4th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the guitar tab for the A Major scale in 4th position. Fourth Position just means that your index finger is situated at the 4th fret of the guitar. You mightn't be playing any notes on the 4th fret, it's just that's where your index finger is sitting.

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

2. A Major Scale - 3rd Position - Two Octaves

With this scale pattern we are utilizing all of the open strings available with the A Major scale. You can get some pretty cool sounds when you stay down low on the neck.

These are the same notes as we are playing in patter 1 above, just in a different position. It's good to move positions around as it will help you come up with different guitar licks just having your fingers in different places. If you use the same guitar pattern for every key you are in (which you can do) you'll find that your fingers start playing by muscle memory and things will start to sound all a bit too familiar.

Variety is the spice of life.

E|---------------------------0-2-4-5-
B|--------------------0-2-3----------
G|---------------1-2-----------------
D|--------0-2-4----------------------
A|-0-2-4-----------------------------
E|------------------------------------

3. A Major Scale - 9th Position - Two Octaves

This is a good position to get your fingers out of their comfort zone. Your little finger starts on the Root note on the 5th (A) string at the 12th fret.

E|------------------------------------------14-16-17-
B|---------------------9-10-12-14-15-17------------
G|---------------9-11---------------------------------
D|-----9-11-12---------------------------------------
A|-12-------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------

4. A Major Scale - 15th Position - Two Octaves

Pattern 4 takes the 2nd Octave from pattern 3 above and varies the notes a little bit. Then you move it up the neck to the 2nd note of the A scale, B, located at the 19th fret.

If you go any higher than this you will probably start attracting neighborhood cats. Jazz cats!

E|------------9-10-12-14-16-17-19-17-16----------------------
B|-(9)-10-12--------------------------------19-17---------------
G|--------------------------------------------------19-18-16-----
D|-------------------------------------------------------------19-
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------

Jam in A Bass Tab

Jam in A has a funky bass line that will make you want to move to Detroit and walk the steps of The Funk Brothers. The notes come from the A Mixolydian mode which complements the A Major chord that the guitar is playing.

The first 3 bars of the 4 bar progression you play the Root to Octave and 3rd, 4th and 5th notes of the A Mixolydian mode. In the 4th bar play the Octave down to the flat 7th (b7) to the 6th and end on the 5th note, E, of the A Mixolydian mode.

The only note you're note playing from the A Mixolydian mode is the note B, the 2nd degree of the scale. You should add that note into the bass line to create your own bass pattern.

Just promise me one thing - do our brothers and sisters from Detroit proud and keep if funky!

G|-----------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------
A|---7-7-----------7-7----------7-7----------7---7-5-4----
E|-0------4-5-7-0------4-5-7-0-----4-5-7-0---0--------7-

Jam in A Drum Chart

Rock it up with some funky syncopation.

Web page with drum instruction: Jam in A Drum Chart

Download: Jam in A Drum Chart

Jam in A Drum Instruction

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