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Space Cadet

   

mp3: Space Cadet Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Space Cadet Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Space Cadet Bass Jam Track
wma: Space Cadet Bass Jam Track

mp3: Space Cadet Drums Jam Track
wma: Space Cadet Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 27 secs/6.3mb. 90 beats per minute/bpm

Rock jam track: An 8 bar progression with a country swagger in the key of Bb.

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

Progression: Bb, F, Eb, F.

Suggestions: Bb Major, F Mixolydian and Eb Lydian.

Space Cadet Chords and Progression

The 3 chords in Space Cadet are the 3 Major chords from the key of Bb: Bb Major (the I chord), F Major (the V chord) and Eb Major (the IV chord).

They all have their Root notes on the 5th (A) string and use the same chord shape which makes the chord a 'moveable' chord.

Bb Major

E|--x--
B|--3--
G|--3--
D|--3--
A|--1--
E|--x--

F Major

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

Eb Major

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

Chord Progression

There are 2 lead-in notes that are played before the Bb Major and F Major chords. These lead-in notes are shown in the guitar tab below before those 2 chords.

E|------------------
B|-----3--------10-
G|-----3--------10-
D|-----3--------10-
A|-----1----1---8--
E|-1-3--------0----

Space Cadet Scale Suggestions

1. Bb Major - 5th Position - Two Octaves

The Bb Major scale in 5th position (index finger located at the 5th fret) is shown below. You can play the notes from this scale over the entire jam track or just over the Bb Major chord which is played over the first 4 bars of the progression.

E|-------------------------------5-6-
B|--------------------------6-8------
G|-------------------5-7-8----------
D|------------5-7-8-----------------
A|-----5-6-8------------------------
E|-6-8-------------------------------

2. F Mixolydian Mode - 7th Position - Two Octaves

Play the F Mixolydian mode over the V chord, the F Major chord, which is played in the 5th, 6th and 8th bars of the progression. Remember to come up with guitar licks and not just play the scale patterns up and down. You want to make your solos musical.

Another idea you can try is the play the Mixolydian mode over the entire progression. When you do this your ear may lead your fingers towards the 4th degree of the Mixolydian scale when you are coming back to the 1st bar of the progression. This is because the 4th degree of the Lydian scale is Bb, the Root note of the Bb Major chord.

E|--------------------------------------10-11-13-
B|---------------------------10-11-13------------
G|---------------7-8-10-12-----------------------
D|-------7-8-10----------------------------------
A|-8-10-------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------

3. Eb Lydian Mode - 5th Position - Two Octaves

The Eb Lydian mode can be used over the Eb Major chord that is played in the 7th bar of the progression. You can also try using the Lydian scale over the entire progression as we suggested for the Mixolydian scale in pattern 2 above.

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

With all patterns above, move the entire pattern for each scale up the neck 12 frets. You will still be playing the same notes by name however each note will be One Octave higher. Learn to play each pattern lower and higher on the neck and move between the two positions to create a more dynamic guitar solo.

Space Cadet Bass Tab

The bass line uses the Root note, 5th and 6th over the Eb Major chord before it walks up from the Major 3rd, located on the 5th fret of the A string, to the 5th degree of the Bb Major scale which is the Root note F of the F Major chord.

Over the F Major chord you are playing the Root to the 5th and then walking down one semi-tone (one fret) to the Eb Root note of the Eb Major chord playing the 5th of the Eb Major chord on the E string as well as the Major 7th at the 5th fret in the A string before returning to the Root note of the F Major chord.

To bring the whole progression back to the Bb the bass plays the 5th note F and 6th G on the 1st and 3rd frets of the E string.

Create your own bass guitar lines by using ideas from the bass line played on the guitar jam track or try other methods such as varying the rhythm that the bass guitar is playing. For example you could create a bass line that plays 8th notes ('1-an, 2-an, 3-an, 4-an') over the entire progression. You can also introduce other notes from the Bb Major scale to your bass line.

The tune is fairly laid back but you want to keep solid time on the bass. Good time is an important part of building a solid bass line.

G|------------------------------------------------
D|--------3----------------------3---------------
A|-1-1-1---1-1---1------1-1-1----1-1---1-5-6-
E|---------------1---1-3----------------1--------

G|-------------------------------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------------
A|-8---8-8---8-8----8-7-6---6-6-5-6-8-8-8-8-8------
E|----8-----8------8--------6----------------------1-3-

Space Cadet Drum Chart

Play a smooth rock drum beat with lots of space.

Web page with drum instruction: Space Cadet Drum Chart

Download: Space Cadet Drum Chart

Space Cadet Drum Instruction

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