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01 F Cofibreyk's Bounce No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 08 secs/5.71mb
Jazz jam track: A 12 bar with a swing feel in A (78 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestions: The chords in this are F9-F6, Bb7, C7.
Walk it - play half and quarter note walks.

02 G Acoustic Gee Jazz No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 28 secs/6.16mb
Jazz jam track: Light jazz feel in G (120 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: acoustic guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords used are: (GMa7, Ami7/9), (Bmi7, Ami7/9) &
then (CMa7, D7, Ami7, D7). Again, use chord tones for the bass line.

03 F# Jazz Hack On The Loose No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 12 secs/4.43mb
Jazz jam track: Up tempo swing jazz in F# (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Take your bass for a brisk walk.

04 B Trippin Jazz Lounge No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 27 secs/4.76mb
Jazz jam track: Laid back jazz funk in B (90 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords are BMaj7 and E/E9.
Arppegiate the chords and go from there.

05 E Jazzercise No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 09 secs/7.11mb
Jazz jam track: Laid back straight ahead jam in D (100 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Chords are EMaj7/9, F#mi7, G#mi7, AMaj7, B7.
This is a I, ii, iii, IV, V progression. Play the chord tones and get melodic.

06 A Downtown Traffic No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 04 secs/5.59mb
Jazz jam track: Up tempo jazz feel in A (110 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression is made up of: A7, D7 and E7 chords.
Suggestion(s): Play a walking bass line with 8th notes using the A Mixolydian scale over A7 chord, a D Mixolydian scale over the D7 chord and an E Mixolydian scale over the E7 chord.

Music Theory - The Mixolydian Scale

The Mixolydian scale is a scale that uses the Root, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Major 4th, Major 5th, Major 6th and b7th 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: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, compared to the Major scale the Mixolydian scale has a lowered, or flat 7th. Mixolydian: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7.

If we take the A Major scale we get: A Major: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A
taking the flat 7th of the A Major scale gives us the A Mixolydian scale:
A Mixolydian: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A

Anytime you want to play a Mixolydian scale you can work it back from the Major scale
simply be flattening the 7th of the Major scale (using the same Root note).

It's that easy - just flatten the 7th of the Major scale (or Ionian mode) and you've got the Mixolydian scale. It's not rocket science to work out the modes or to play them. It's more a case of being bothered to spend a few minutes here and there to think about some basic music theory and then apply it to whatever music you are currently playing with.

Let's work out the D Mixolydian mode.
If we take the D Major scale we get:
D Major: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
taking the flat 7th of the D Major scale gives us the D Mixolydian scale:
D Mixolydian: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D

Now I want you to work out the E Mixolydian mode.
If we take the E Major scale we get:
E Major: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E
taking the flat 7th of the E Major scale gives us the E Mixolydian scale:
D Mixolydian: you write it out and play it on your axe. You don't need me for this one!

Hot Tip! When you are reading about music theory, don't just read, talk and think about it, pick up your instrument and play it. So for the above scales - play the Major scales and then flatten the 7th and play the Mixolydian scale. See it on your fretboard, listen to the music and observe the different sounds.

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08 C Jim's 251 No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 23 secs/7.39mb
Jazz jam track: Laid back walk in C (108 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression: IIm7 - V7 - IMaj7 progression using the chords: Dm7 - G7 - CMaj7 - CMaj7.
Suggestion(s): Time to use the modes. We are in the key of C so use the modes built off the notes from the C scale. For the IIm7 chord use the D Dorian mode. For the V7 chord use the G Mixolydian mode and for the IMaj7 chord use the C Ionion mode (ie the C Major scale).

This is the bass idea I started with when I put the bass down:

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

As the tune goes on I work in variations using that idea. I'm really just thinking about the Root notes to begin with and throwing in the 5th as well and also leading into the next chord chromatically. That's how I started playing it. Then I moved onto playing chord tones for each of the chord. Start with the Root and the 5th for the D, G and C and then add in the 3rds. So the minor 3rd for the D and the Major 3rd for the G and C chords. When I was comfortably with that I put in the 7ths as well. I try not to arpeggiate the chords directly - if you just play the Root to 3rd to 5th to 7th then you start sounding like too much of an exercise - there is a bit of that in there with my playing but I get out of that when I can to make it sound more musical. Just use elements of the chord tones and then try and fit the other notes of the scale into it as well. Some of it will work, some of it won't. Some of it won't work today and then sound ok tomorrow as your ear adjusts to the sounds. That's the beauty of music, growth.

Jam on!

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