Blues jam tracks

Jam tracks created in the funk genre.
Suggested scales to play over the blues jam tracks are Pentatonic Blues, Minor Pentatonic and Major Pentatonic (see suggested scales with fingerboard diagram a click away). It is possible to combine these as well.


Jam Track in A


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Blues (image below show two octaves)
A Blues scale diagram
Instruments: Bass, drums, organ and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: A - D - E


Jam Track in A


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (95 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Pentatonic, A Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums, organ, tambourine and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: A - E - D


Jam Track in C Major


Normal tempo (60 BPM):
Fast tempo (95 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C Blues
Instruments: Bass, piano, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: C, F, G.


Jam Track in G


Normal tempo (130 BPM):
Slow tempo (95 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: G Pentatonic Major
Instruments: Bass, horns, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: G7, C7, D7


Jam Track in A


Normal tempo (100 BPM):
Slow tempo (65 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Blues
Instruments: Bass and drums
Chords included in the jam track: N/A


Jam Track in A minor


Normal tempo (100 BPM):
Fast tempo (120 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Blues, Am Pentatonic
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: Am - Dm - F - E


Jam Track in C Minor


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C Blues
Instruments: Bass, harmonica, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: Cm - Fm - Ab - G


Jam Track in D


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: D Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: D - G - A - Dm7 - C#dim - E - Am7


Jam Track in D


Normal tempo (117 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: D Blues
Instruments: Bass, sax, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: D - G - A - C - Dm7 - C#dim - E - Am7


Jam Track in E Minor


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: E Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: Em - Am - B7 - C7 - E7


Jam Track in G Major


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: G Blues
Instruments: Bass and drums
Chords included in the jam track: N/A


Jam Track in C Major


Normal tempo (100 BPM):
Fast tempo (130 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C Major Pentatonic
Instruments: Bass, piano, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: C, F, G, Am


Jam Track in Eb Major


Normal tempo (65 BPM):
Fast tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: Eb Pentatonic
Instruments: Bass, organ, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: Eb, Bb, Ab, Adim, C, F, Fm, Cm, Gm, B


Jam Track in C Major


Normal tempo (90 BPM):
Fast tempo (120 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C Blues
Instruments: Bass, piano, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: C7 - F7 - G7


Jam Track in C Major


Normal tempo (75 BPM):
Fast tempo (105 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C Pentatonic, C Blues
Instruments: Bass, piano, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: C7 - F7 - G7 - E7 - Am - Dm


Jam Track in A Major


Normal tempo (140 BPM):
Slow tempo (110 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Pentatonic, Am Pentatonic
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: A - D - B5 - E


Jam Track in E Major


Normal tempo (60 BPM):
Fast tempo (95 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: Em Pentatonic, E Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: E - A - B


Jam Track in F Major


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: F Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: F - Bb - G - C


Jam Track in F Major


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: F Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: F - C - Am - G - Bb - Dm


Jam Track in A


Normal tempo (165 BPM):
Slow tempo (130 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Pentatonic, A Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: F#m - Bm - C# - A - D - E


Jam Track in A


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (80 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Pentatonic, A Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums, organ, harmonica and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: A - D - E


Jam Track in E


Normal tempo (85 BPM):
Fast tempo (105 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: E Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums, and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: E7, A7, B7


Jam Track in C#m


Normal tempo (120 BPM):
Slow tempo (90 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C#m Pentatonic, C# Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums, rhythm guitar and harmonica
Chords included in the jam track: C#m - F#m - G#7 - A7 - C#7


Jam Track in A


Normal tempo (90 BPM):
Slow tempo (60 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums, rhythm guitar and sax
Chords included in the jam track: A7- D7 - D#dim - E7 - F#m - D - Bm - E


Jam Track in G Minor


Normal tempo (65 BPM):
Slow tempo (55 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: Gm Pentatonic, G Minor
Instruments: Bass, drums, harmonica and rhythm guitar
Chords included in the jam track: Gm, Cm, Eb7, D7


Jam Track in A Major


Normal tempo (100 BPM):
Slow tempo (80 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: A Blues
Instruments: Bass, drums
Chords included in the jam track: A7 - D7 - E7


Normal tempo (130 BPM):
Slow tempo (100 BPM):

Suggested scales to play over the jam track: C Blues
Instruments: Drums
Chords included in the jam track: N/A

About using jam tracks

Backing tracks, or jam tracks, and lead guitar blues is a fantastic combination. This is one easy and very satisfying method to play blues without tons of experience. The jam tracks are music arrangements with various instruments but without a soloist guitar. You can be the soloist guitar by using the suggested scales. You must not limit yourself to the suggested scales, but if you don't know how to take upon the solos and lead playing, the scale can help you out. The approach is to use one of several scales and simply play along with the jam track. The rest is about creativity and the ability to create melodies and rhythm. These abilities will improve as you continue to play scales together with backing tracks.

The suggested scale are considered the main alternatives, but there are more choices that you can use to develop the richness of your playing. You can, for example, play certain scales over certain chords, which will give you more possibilities. One alternative scale for blues is the Mixolydian mode. The Mixolydian mode is not idealism for using over the whole track, but for over a specific chord. And here is one important area in lead playing: you are rewarded if you learn to hear the chord changes, which is necessary for shifting among scales during a jam track. It is absolutely normal, if you can't hear the chord changes. This is an area that takes time to develop. Try to listen carefully to the track while you playing and not only play random notes from the scale. In the end, you will start to hear when the chords are changing and in the next phase also which chords.