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Salmon in Spring

   

mp3: Salmon in Spring Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Salmon in Spring Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Salmon in Spring Bass Jam Track
wma: Salmon in Spring Bass Jam Track

mp3: Salmon in Spring Drums Jam Track
wma: Salmon in Spring Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 19 secs/6.1mb. 70 beats per minute/bpm

Rock reggae jam track: Salmon in Spring is a rock progression in the key of Eb with a touch of reggae feel added to it..

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

Progression: Eb, Ab, Eb, Bb, Ab, Eb, Bb Major.

Suggestions: Play the Eb Major Pentatonic scale over the entire progression. When you are comfortable with that play the Eb Major scale over the Eb Major chords, Ab Lydian over the Ab Major chords and Bb Mixolydian over the Bb Major chords.

Salmon in Spring Chords and Progression

The chord shapes shown below are what is being played on the jam track. You could play just the shape used on the Eb Major chord by moving the entire shape up to 11th position (with you index finger on the 11th fret) for the Ab Major chord and up to 13th position for the Bb Major chord.

Try playing the rhythm guitar part using both variations and also try the Eb Major chord using the shape from the Ab and Bb Major chords in the guitar tab below.

Eb Major

E|--x--
B|--8--
G|--8--
D|--8--
A|--6--
E|--x--

Ab Major

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

Bb Major

E|--x--
B|--6--
G|--7--
D|--8--
A|--8--
E|--6--

Salmon in Spring Scale Suggestions

1. Eb Major Pentatonic Scale - 5th and 8th Positions - Two Octaves

The Eb Major Pentatonic scale sounds nice and melodic over all 3 chords in the progression.

The Eb Major chord is the I ('one') chord in the progression as the chords Root note is Eb and is the 1st degree (i.e. the Root note) of the Eb Major scale. The Ab chord is the IV ('four') chord in the progression as the chords Root note is Ab, which is the 4th degree of the Eb Major scale. The Bb chord is the V ('five') chord in the progression as the chords Root note Bb is the 5th degree of the Eb Major scale.

You can play the Major Pentatonic scale over any I-IV-V progression. A I-IV-V progression is any chord progression that is made up of the I, IV and V chord, in no particular order. Although the first chord will always be the I.

So if you have a progression that uses the chords C, F and G play the C Major Pentatonic scale over the progression. For a song that uses the chords E, A and B play the E Major Pentatonic scale over the progression and so on.

E|-------------------------8-11-
B|-------------------8-11-------
G|-----------5-8-10------------
D|------5-8---------------------
A|-6-8--------------------------
E|-------------------------------

2. Eb Major Scale - 5th and 8th Positions - Two Octaves

If we add the 4th and 7th degrees of the Eb Major scale to the Eb Pentatonic scale shown in pattern 1, we get the Eb Major scale. Play this scale over the Eb Major chord.

E|--------------------------------8-10-11-
B|------------------------8-9-11----------
G|-------------5-7-8-10-------------------
D|------5-6-8-----------------------------
A|-6-8-------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------------

3. Ab Lydian Mode - 5th Position - One Octave and 5 Notes (Root, 2nd, 3rd, #4th and 5th)

The Ab Lydian mode can be used to play over the IV chord.

E|------------------------8-10-11-10-8-------
B|-------------6-8-9-11-----------------11-9-
G|------5-7-8---------------------------------
D|-6-8-----------------------------------------
A|---------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------

2. Bb Mixolydian - 7th Position - One Octave

The Bb Mixolydian mode can be used to play over the V chord.

E|------------------------
B|---------------8-9-11-
G|-------7-8-10---------
D|-8-10-----------------
A|-----------------------
E|-----------------------

Salmon in Spring Bass Tab

The bass guitar line starts off by playing the Root note Eb and moving back and fourth to the 5th note of the Eb Major scale, Bb, located on the E string below the Eb. It adds a small walking bass part from the 6th note of the Eb scale and walks up fret by fret (one semi-tone at a time) back to the Root note Eb.

When the progression moves to the Ab chord (the IV chord) the bass walks down from the Eb to the Ab and walks back up to get back to the Eb.

When the V chord approaches the bass walks from the Major 3rd of the Eb scale up to the 5th (the Bb) then play the Ab and again walks up to the Eb and then moves to the V chord, the Bb, to finish the progression and bring it back around to Eb Major.

It's a little bit funky. You could lessen the funk feel by playing straight 8th notes for the rhythm and walk the bass line from the Root of each chord down (or up) to the Root note of the chord you are moving to.

When creating walking bass lines never skip more than 1 fret. You want to either walk up chromatically playing semi-tones (one fret at a time) or move at the most one tone (two frets) with the aim to land on the Root note of the chord you are moving to. This will be on the first beat of the bar.

Generally you start walking the bass line on the 3rd and 4th beats that proceed the 1st beat of the bar you are walking the bass to.

Walking bass sounds a lot more complicated to talk about it than it is to play it. Just play Root notes for each chord in any progression you are playing and then move from one Root note to the next using the notes in between and let your ears tell you what's good and what isn't. If you do this, pretty soon you'll be playing good walking bass lines in no time.

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-6----6----6-6---6---6-6-3-3-4-4-5-5-6----6----6-6---6-6---6-6-4-3---
E|----6----6------6---6----------------------6----6------6-----6----------6-

G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|---------------------------------------------------8-----------------------------------------
A|---6-----3-3-4-5-6---6---6-6------------------8---8--------3-3-4-4-5-5-6-6-6--------5-
E|-4---4-4------------6---6------3-3-4-4-5-5-6--------6-4-4----------------------6-6-6----

Salmon in Spring Drum Chart

Play a rock drum beat with a touch of reggae feel in the groove.

Web page with drum instruction: Salmon in Spring Drum Chart

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