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Time/size: 4 mins 30 secs/6.3mb. 78.8 beats per minute/bpm

Blues jam track: 12 bar blues shuffle chord progression in the key of D.

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

Progression: D7, G7, D7, A7, G7, D7, A7, G7-Ab7-A7.

Suggestions: Play the D Blues Scale up and down the guitar neck.

Jam Tracks Shuffle Chords and Progression

The chords played for this tune use all the same chord shape with the Root note of each chord being played on the 5th (A) string. This is a common chord shape for playing Dominant 7th chords.

The chord tones of each chord consist of:

The Root note on the 5th string.
The Major 3rd on the 4th (D) string.
The Dominant 7th (or b7th = flat 7th) on the 3rd (G) string.
And the Root note Octave on the 2nd (B) string.

Numbered, the chord tones are: 1-3-b7-8 (where 8 is the Root note or 1 an Octave higher).

It's a very nice chord voicing as well as being a comfortable chord shape to play when vamping on a chord over a reasonable amount of time.

D7

E|--x--
B|--3--
G|--5--
D|--4--
A|--5--
E|--x--

G7

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

A7

E|--x--
B|--10--
G|--12--
D|--11--
A|--12--
E|--x--

Ab7

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

Jam Tracks Shuffle Scale Suggestions

1. D Blues Scale - 3rd Position and Up - Two Octaves Plus

The first 3 notes shown in the guitar tab are the 4th, b5th (flat 5th) and 5th of the D Blues scale on the 6th (low E) string. Then the b7th (flat 7th) is on the 3rd fret of the 5th (A) string.

The Root note of the D Blues scale is the note D located at the 5th fret of the 5th string.

The scale pattern then moves up the neck, ending in 8th position on the 1st (high E) string.

You get good coverage of the guitar neck using this blues scale pattern.

E|--------------------------------------8-10-
B|---------------------------6-8-9-10-------
G|----------------------5-7------------------
D|-------------3-5-6-7----------------------
A|--------3-5--------------------------------
E|-3-4-5-------------------------------------

2. D Blues Scale - 2nd String

Here's the D Blues scale played only on the 2nd (B) string. Starting on the Root note and moving right up to the b5th at the 21st fret before returning to the Root Octave located at the 15th fret.

It's good to play guitar solos using notes on just one string as it gets your fingers out of playing scale patterns. Plus each string has a unique sound which you sometimes don't realize until you just sit on the one string and really listen to the sound of the notes that come from those notes.

Always remember - the more you experiment and move around the guitar neck, the more opportunities you'll create for your guitar solos.

E|-------------------------------------------
B|-3-6-8-9-10-13-15-18-20-21-20-18-15-
G|-------------------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------

Jam Tracks Shuffle Bass Tab

The bass guitar part to Jam Tracks Shuffle focuses on playing in strict time with the drummer and rhythm guitar player.

The bass starts off with playing the Root note of each chord on the beat and then adds a triplet feel groove using the Root, b7th (flat 7th) and 5th of each chord that you're playing over.

A lead-in note is used before each chord change. This done by playing one tone (2 frets) above or below the Root note of the chord you are about to play. You can use this idea for leading into a chord you you can play a tone, then a semi-tone (1 fret) to create a small walking bass part up to the Root.

Another idea for the bass part is to move the Root note of the I (one) chord that you are playing from the 5th fret of the A string up to the 10th fret of the E string. Then you can either move back down the neck to the 3rd and 5th frets for the IV (four) and V (five) chords on the E string or you could stay up around the 10th fret and play from the 10th fret of the A string for the IV chord and 12 fret of the A string for the V chord.

It's a good idea to try both these positions and get comfortable with moving around the guitar neck.

Moving around the bass guitar neck will give you different note options under your fingers.

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

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

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

Jam Tracks Shuffle Drum Chart

Lay down a nice tight shuffle rhythm.

Web page with drum instruction: Jam Tracks Shuffle Drum Chart

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Jam Tracks Shuffle Drum Instruction

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