Easy JamTracks for Guitar Solo Practice

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The main reason why scales are all too often forgotten by the practicing guitarist is generally due to the fact that the guitarist never works through JamTrack progressions for applying each scale...

Once learned, scales need to be applied (as soon as possible), under a few related chords. This helps to solidify their use musically in a realistic musical situation. 

The best way to record a JamTrack is through creating simple looped recordings. If you are unfamiliar with what a JamTrack is, (or how to create one), then this lesson should be quite helpful to you. 

JamTracks are most often a short group of chord changes played on a loop, (4, 8, 12, or 16 bars in length). They can be recorded through home recording software, programed through the use of a loop pedal, or created in DAW software such as, "FL-Studio." 

This lesson will run through some of the basic ways that a JamTrack can be created in either major or minor keys.

PART ONE: Our lesson begins by introducing the general music theory behind creating progressions based within a key signature. Our first jam (example one) operates over a common I-IV-V progression within the key of "D Major." The JamTrack uses small 3-note triads built from the 4th to 2nd strings to establish the harmony.

Example two switches over to the minor tonality with a track in the key of "D Minor," that once again applies the harmony of the I-IV-V. This time, the harmony functions in a slightly different manner using a drone off of the open 4th string "D." The triads are constructed between the 3rd to 1st strings.

PART TWO: Example three expands upon the basic (I-IV-V harmony) chord progression by stretching out to the use of other diatonic chord types. The chord progression for the ex.3 JamTrack applies a harmony of I-V-VI-III to a progression in "E Major."

Example four changes tonality with an "E Minor" progression. The harmony is unique in how it has been extended to include an "add2" extension. This "add2" extension highlights each of the chords in a very different way. The impact of this sound is dramatic and will cause the melodies and improvisations associated to the JamTrack to change as well.

The JamTracks shown in this lesson plan showcase how any selection of chord changes from a key center can be composed in a way that highlights certain attributes. Even common I-IV-V chord changes can be used in ways that produce very interesting results. After developing the various chord changes shown in this lesson try creating some of your own JamTracks using similar ideas. Enjoy the lesson!

Easy JamTracks for Guitar Solo Practice

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