Rock Improvising - Key of E Minor"> Rock Improvising - Key of E Minor

So you've learnt your scales, you have good rhythm and you're been playing a few licks here and there. Now it's time to put the theory into practice. This improvisation MP3 uses the G Major & E Minor & E Minor Pentatonic scales with a definite Rock feel to it. So get your fingers warmed up and see what you can do with this backing track.

Audio

Track Name: TrashRacer

Chord Progression

| C5 G5 | D5 G5 E5 | C5  G5  | D5   B5   |
| C5 G5 | D5 G5 E5 | C5      | G(no5)    |
| A5    | A5       |

| G5    | D5 C5 E5 | G5      | D(no5) C5 |
| G5    | D5 C5 E5 | G5      | D(no5)    |
| E5    | E5       |

Learn your 5th chords here...

Scales

Use the E Minor Pentatonic Scale...

R = Lowest Root Note
r = root note (other)

---|-r-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-o-|---|-r-|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-R-|---|---|-o-|---

R --> starts on the 12th fret or Open (E Minor Pentatonic)

...or the G Major Scale

---|-o-|-r-|---|---|---
---|---|-o-|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-r-|---
---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---
---|---|-R-|---|-o-|---

R --> starts on the 3rd fret (G Major)

...or the E Minor Scale (Relative Minor)

---|---|---|-r-|---|-o-|-o-|---|---
---|---|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-r-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-R-|---|-o-|---|---|---

R --> starts on the 12th fret (E Minor)

Scale: E Minor Scale

1 - [T] - 2 - <S> - 3 - [T] - 4 - [T] - 5 - <S> - 6 - [T] - 7 - [T] - 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E F# G A B C D E

Scale: G Major Scale

1 - [T] - 2 - [T] - 3 - <S> - 4 - [T] - 5 - [T] - 6 - [T] - 7 - <S> - 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
G A B C D E F# G

Chord Key Relation (Common chords used in this key)

Degree
Formula
Chords
Chord
Formula *
Chord
Notes *
Progression
Chords
Chord
Formula **
Chord
Notes **
1st Major
G Major
1-3-5
G-B-D
G5 & G(no5)
1-5 & 1-3
G-D & G-B
2nd Minor
A Minor
1-3b-5
A-C-E
A5
1-5
A-E
3rd Minor
B Minor
1-3b-5
B-D-F#
B5
1-5
B-F#
4th Major
C Major
1-3-5
C-E-G
C5
1-5
C-E
5th Major
D Major
1-3-5
D-F#-A
D5 & D(no5)
1-5 & 1-3
D-A & D-F#
6th Minor
E Minor
1-3b-5
E-G-B
E5
1-5
E-B
7th Diminished
F# Diminished
1-3b-5b
F#-A-C
 
 
 
8th Octave
G Major
1-3-5
G-B-D
 
 
 

Above Table Glossary

Degree Formula - This is a formula that work out the chords used in any key
Chords - These are the common chords used in the key of D Major
Chord Formula * - This is the formula that creates chords, 1-3-5 representing the 1st, 3rd & 5th notes of any 8 note Major Scale
Chord Notes * - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula
Progression Chords - These are the chords used in the song
Chord Formula ** - This is the formula that creates the chords in the previous column
Chord Notes ** - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula

Jazz Improvising - Key of D"> Jazz Improvising - Key of D

So you've learnt your scales, you have good rhythm and you're been playing a few licks here and there. Now it's time to put the theory into practice. This improvisation MP3 uses the D Major & B Minor scales with a definite Jazz flavour to it. So get your George Benson fingers ready and see what you can do with this backing track.

Audio

Track Name: Bensoonal

Chord Progression

|D Maj7 |Bm7   |Em7    |A7    |
|D Maj7 |Bm7   |Em7    |A7    |

|F#m7   |Bm7   |F#m7   |Bm7   |
|F#m7   |Bm7   |C      |G/B   |
|A      |A7    |

Scales

Use the D Major Pentatonic Scale...

R = Lowest Root Note
r = root note (other)

---|-o-|---|---|-r-|---
---|-o-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-r-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-o-|---|---|-R-|---

R --> starts on the 10th fret (D Major Pentatonic)

...or the D Major Scale

---|-o-|-r-|---|---|---
---|---|-o-|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-r-|---
---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---
---|---|-R-|---|-o-|---

R --> starts on the 10th fret (D Major)

...or the B Minor Scale (Relative Minor)

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---|---|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-r-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-R-|---|-o-|---|---|---

R --> starts on the 7th fret (B Minor)

Scale: D Major

1 - [T] - 2 - [T] - 3 - <S> - 4 - [T] - 5 - [T] - 6 - [T] - 7 - <S> - 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
G A B C# D E F# G

Scale: B Minor

1 - [T] - 2 - <S> - 3 - [T] - 4 - [T] - 5 - <S> - 6 - [T] - 7 - [T] - 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
B C# D E F# G A B

Chord Key Relation (Common chords used in this key)

Degree
Formula
Chords
Chord
Formula *
Chord
Notes *
Progression
Chords
Chord
Formula **
Chord
Notes **
1st Major
D Major
1-3-5
D-F#-G
D Maj7
1-3-5-7
D-F#-G-C#
2nd Minor
E Minor
1-3b-5
E-G-B
Em7
1-3b-5-7b
E-G-B-D
3rd Minor
F# Minor
1-3b-5
F#-A-C#
F#m7
1-3b-5-7b
F#-A-C#-E
4th Major
G Major
1-3-5
G-B-D
--
--
--
5th Major
A Major
1-3-5
A-C#-E
A7
1-3-5-7b
A-C#-E-G
6th Minor
B Minor
1-3b-5
B-D-F#
Bm7
1-3b-5-7b
B-D-F#-A
7th Diminished
C# Diminished
1-3b-5b
C#-E-G
--
--
--
8th Octave
D Major
1-3-5
D-F#-G
D Maj7
1-3-5-7
D-F#-G-C#
--
--
--
--
C Major
1-3-5
C-E-G

Above Table Glossary

Degree Formula - This is a formula that work out the chords used in any key
Chords - These are the common chords used in the key of D Major
Chord Formula * - This is the formula that creates chords, 1-3-5 representing the 1st, 3rd & 5th notes of any 8 note Major Scale
Chord Notes * - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula
Progression Chords - These are the chords used in the song
Chord Formula ** - This is the formula that creates the chords in the previous column
Chord Notes ** - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula

 

So you've learnt your scales, you have good rhythm and you're been playing a few licks here and there. Now it's time to put the theory into practice. This improvisation MP3 uses the D Major & B Minor scales with a definite Jazz flavour to it. So get your George Benson fingers ready and see what you can do with this backing track.

Easy Listening Improvising - Key of G"> Easy Listening Improvising - Key of G

So you've learnt your scales, you have good rhythm and you're been playing a few licks here and there. Now it's time to put the theory into practice. This improvisation MP3 uses the G Major & E Minor scales with a definite Laid Back Easy Listening feel to it. So get your fingers ready and see what you can do with this backing track.

Audio

 Track Title: 70's America

Chords Used

  • am7
  • d_sus2
  • g_major
  • d_f_sharp_bass_1
  • d_f_sharp_bass_2
  • em
  • c_major
  • g_sus2_b_bass
  • am
  • d_major
  • bm7
  • am

Chord Progression

Intro
| Am7    | Dsus2 | Am7   | Dsus2 |

Progression 1
| Am7    | Dsus2 | Am7   | Dsus2 |
| Am7    | Dsus2 | Am7   | Dsus2 |
| G D/F# | Em    | C G/B | Am    |
| G D/F# | Em    | C G/B | D     |

Repeat Progression 1

Variation
| Bm7    | C     | G     | D     |
| Bm7    | C     | G     | D     |
| Am     | C     | Em    | D     |
| Am     | C     | G     | D     |
| D      |

End
| Am7 | Dsus2 | Am7 | Dsus2 |
| Am7 | Dsus2 | Am7 | Dsus2 |

Scales

Use the E Minor Pentatonic Scale...

R = Lowest Root Note
r = root note (other)

---|-r-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-o-|---|-r-|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|-R-|---|---|-o-|---

R --> starts on the 12th fret or Open (E Minor Pentatonic)

...or the G Major Scale

---|-o-|-r-|---|---|---
---|---|-o-|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-r-|---
---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---
---|---|-R-|---|-o-|---

R --> starts on the 3rd fret (G Major)

...or the E Minor Scale (Relative Minor)

---|---|---|-r-|---|-o-|-o-|---|---
---|---|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|---
---|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-r-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|---
---|-o-|---|-R-|---|-o-|---|---|---

R --> starts on the 12th fret (E Minor)

Scale: G Major Scale

1 - [T] - 2 - [T] - 3 - <S> - 4 - [T] - 5 - [T] - 6 - [T] - 7 - <S> - 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
G A B C D E F# G

Scale: E Minor Scale

1 - [T] - 2 - <S> - 3 - [T] - 4 - [T] - 5 - <S> - 6 - [T] - 7 - [T] - 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E F# G A B C D E

Chord Key Relation (Common chords used in this key)


Degree
Formula
Chords
Chord
Formula *
Chord
Notes *
Progression
Chords
Chord
Formula **
Chord
Notes **
1st Major
G Major
1-3-5
G-B-D
G
1-3-5
G-B-D
2nd Minor
A Minor
1-3b-5
A-C-E
Am7
1-3-57b
A-C-E-G
3rd Minor
B Minor
1-3b-5
B-D-F#
Bm7
1-3-5-7b
B-D-F#-A
4th Major
C Major
1-3-5
C-E-G
C
1-3-5
C-E-G
5th Major
D Major
1-3-5
D-F#-A
Dsus2
1-4-5
D-E-A
6th Minor
E Minor
1-3b-5
E-G-B
Em
1-3b-5
E-G-B
7th Diminished
F# Diminished
1-3b-5b
F#-A-C
D/F#
3-1-3-5
F#-D-F#-A
8th Octave
G Major
1-3-5
G-B-D
 
 
 

Above Table Glossary

Degree Formula - This is a formula that work out the chords used in any key
Chords - These are the common chords used in the key of D Major
Chord Formula * - This is the formula that creates chords, 1-3-5 representing the 1st, 3rd & 5th notes of any 8 note Major Scale
Chord Notes * - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula
Progression Chords - These are the chords used in the song
Chord Formula ** - This is the formula that creates the chords in the previous column
Chord Notes ** - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula

Blues Improvising"> Blues Improvising

 Audio Full Backing Track

Chord Progression

| A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E7 | D7 | A7 | E7 |

Use the E Blues Scale...

R = Lowest Root Note
r = root note (other)

---|-r-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|---|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---
---|-o-|---|-r-|---|---
---|-o-|-o-|-o-|---|---
---|-R-|---|---|-o-|---

R --> starts on the 12th fret or Open (E Minor Pentatonic)

Scale: A Major Scale

1 - [T] - 2 - [T] - 3 - <S> - 4 - [T] - 5 - [T] - 6 - [T] - 7 - <S> - 8

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
A
B
C#
D
E
F#
G#
A

Chord Key Relation (Common chords used in this key)

Degree
Formula
Chords
Chord
Formula *
Chord
Notes *
Progression
Chords
Chord
Formula **
Chord
Notes **
1st Major
A
1-3-5
A-C#-E A7 1-3-5-7b A-C#-E-G
2nd Minor
Bm
1-3b-5
B-D-F#      
3rd Minor
C#m
1-3b-5
C#-E-G#      
4th Major
D
1-3-5
D-F#-A D7 1-3-5-7b D-F#-A-C
5th Major
E
1-3-5
E-G#-B E7 1-3-5-7b E-G#-B-D
6th Minor
F#m
1-3b-5
F-A-C#      
7th Diminished
G#dim
1-3b-5b
G#-B-D      
8th Octave
A
1-3-5
A-C#-E      

Degree Formula - This is a formula that work out the chords used in any key
Chords - These are the common chords used in the key of D Major
Chord Formula * - This is the formula that creates chords, 1-3-5 representing the 1st, 3rd & 5th notes of any 8 note Major Scale
Chord Notes * - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula
Progression Chords - These are the chords used in the song
Chord Formula ** - This is the formula that creates the chords in the previous column
Chord Notes ** - These are the notes created from the previous column, Chord Formula

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