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Slow B Jam

   

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Time/size: 4 mins 20 secs/6.1mb. 66 beats per minute/bpm

Slow rock jam track: Jam in B Major.

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

Progression: B Major.

Suggestions: The B Major scale fits perfectly over the B Major chord.

Slow B Jam Chords and Progression

This is a common chord shape that everyone should know. The Root note is played on the 2nd fret of the 5th (A) string using your index finger. The 5th note of the chord is played on the 4th fret of the 4th (D) string. The Octave is played on the 4th fret of the 3rd (G) string. The Major 3rd is played on the 4th fret of the 2nd (B) string.

Use either your ring finger or little finger to play all three notes on the 4th fret. You are barring the notes with this finger - thus the chord is called a barre chord.

This is an extremely popular chord shape to play as it's a moveable chord shape. You can move the shape up and down the guitar neck - whatever note your index finger is playing the chord's Root note. So if you move the shape up 3 frets so that your index finger is on the 5th fret and you are barring the 7th fret, your index finger is playing the note D - so the chord is a D Major chord.

Being able to play this chord shape means that you can play all 12 Major chords with their Root note on the 5th string.

That's enough information to build a career on as a songwriter!

B Major

E|--x--
B|--4--
G|--4--
D|--4--
A|--2--
E|--x--

Slow B Jam Scale Suggestions

1. B Major Scale - 6th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the guitar tab for the B Major scale in 6th position, playing two full Octaves of the scale.

E|-------------------------------6-7-
B|--------------------------7-9------
G|-------------------6-8-9----------
D|------------6-8-9-----------------
A|-----6-7-9------------------------
E|-7-9-------------------------------

2. B Major Scale - 6th Position - Guitar Lick

Play these notes from the above scale (I've added the Major 2nd on the 9th fret of the 1st string as bonus). Make up your own rhythms using just these notes and create something meaningful with feel and soul. Let the notes sustain.

The note on the 7th fret of the B string is the 5th note of the B Major scale, F#. The other notes are the 4th on the 9th fret of the G string, the Major 7th on the 6th fret of the E string, the Root note B and the Major 2nd, C#, on the 9th fret, also on the 1st string.

E|------------------------6-9-7-
B|-7-7-7---7-7-7---7-9--------
G|--------9-------9-------------
D|-------------------------------
A|-------------------------------
E|-------------------------------

3. B Major Scale - 6th Position - Guitar Lick

Play these notes and try and make it sound like you are floating in space!

E|-------------------
B|-------------------
G|---6-9------------
D|-9-----8-9--------
A|------------6-9---
E|-----------------7-

4. B Major Pentatonic Scale - 6th Position

If playing in space doesn't appeal to you, strip the notes back to the B Major Pentatonic scale. This is a five note scale that contains two notes less than the B Major scale.

All five notes sound very melodic over the B Major chord.

E|-------------------------7-
B|--------------------7-9---
G|---------------6-8--------
D|----------6-9-------------
A|-----6-9------------------
E|-7-9----------------------

Slow B Jam Bass Tab

The bass guitar is playing the Root note and the 5th note. You want to get a bit more adventurous than that. Use the notes from the B Major scale shown in the guitar tab above to create some melodic bass lines.

G|-----------------------------------------------------------
D|------------------------------------------------5-----5-5-
A|-2-2---2-2---2-2----2-2---2-2---2-2----2-2---2-2------
E|------2-----2------2------2-----2------2-----------------

Slow B Jam Drum Chart

Play behind the beat.

Web page with drum instruction: Slow B Jam Drum Chart

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Slow B Jam Drum Instruction

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