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JC Guitars Tambourine Day
Time/size: 4 mins 34 secs/6.4mb. 110 beats per minute/bpm
Motown backing track: A simple little groove with a busy bass and a tambourine.
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass, drums and tambourine.
Progression: There are three chords and the truth being used in the JC Guitars Tambourine Day backing track. They are: Db Major, Gb Major and Gb Major.
The progression is: Db, Gb, Ab.
Chords: As you can see from the guitar tab I've put below, I'm leading into each of the three chords by starting one fret below the intended chord and sliding it up to the chord I am going to play.
Suggestions: Start off by playing around with a Db Major pentatonic scale over the Db Major chord and Gb Major pentatonic over the Gb Major chord. Similarly with the Ab Major pentatonic and Ab Major chord.
When moving from each of these three scales, think about the notes that tie them together and see if you can lead into each chord with the notes from the chord you are moving from.
For example, when moving from the Db Major to the Gb Major, notice that if you play the 3rd note of the Db Major pentatonic scale, which is the note F, it's one fret below the note Gb which becomes the Root of the Gb Major pentatonic scale. If you move from the note F to the Gb just before the Gb Major chord it will help your solo flow smoothly with the chord structure.
Bass Players: You should try branching out a bit with this and get a little busy as the guitar allows you to play around behind the chords. Make sure you are aware of the drums and the solid back beat that's being played.
The bass tab for the parts I'm playing is below. Use this as a guide and experiment with similar patterns, rhythms and notes. Funk it up a bit. If you aren't sure what I mean by that go listen to some 60s Motown era playing with James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt on bass.
Bass line over the Db chord
Bass line over the Gb chord
Bass line over the Ab, Gb and turn around chords...
Drummers: You want to lay down a really tight beat that emphasizes the rhythm with the back beat.
Story behind the name: I haven't used much tambourine before (i.e. any) and have wanted to for a long time. I'm right into the Motown sound and I want to learn how to use the tambourine to give a little bit extra to the back beat and groove.
This track was aptly named JC Guitars Tambourine Day because I bought a tambourine off eBay from JC Guitars at Lake in the Hills Illinois. So thanks to Justin and Chris from JC Guitars. If you can't get to their store at Lake in the Hills you can check out the JC Guitars website as they usually have some pretty cool stuff on there to look at. The Stars Guitars page is pretty cool.
Anyway I've got a long way to go with the tambourine but you have to start somewhere with everything. I'll get a few more tambourines, see what sounds the best and hopefully come up with some cool Motown grooves along the way.
Thank God for Tambourines!