E Minor 2-5-1 practice

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  1. MeriTone Music

    MeriTone Music SS.org Regular

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    Jan 3, 2012
    Hi guys,

    just thought I'd share this medium swing jazz practice backing track, made for improvising on the classic minor 2-5-1 progression!

    It's in the guitar-friendly key of E minor :metal:

    There's also more free 2-5-1 jazz practice jam tracks HERE :)

    Chord progression:

    II: F#min7b5 I B7 I Emin7 I Emin7 :II

    Scale suggestions:

    E minor scale - E F# G A B C D (E)

    (F#min7b5 chords and Emin7 chords)

    E harmonic minor scale - E F# G A B C D# (E)

    (B7 chords)

    Basic arpeggios:

    F#min7b5 arpeggio = F# A C E

    B7 arpeggio = B D# F# A

    Em7 arpeggio = E G B D

    Next up, try out some more advanced colours on the dominant chord (B7) by treating it as an altered chord and using the altered scale:

    B altered scale - B C D Eb F G A (B)

    The altered scale is the mode which starts on the 7th step of the melodic minor scale, so in other words - the notes of B altered scale are the same as those of C melodic minor scale :)

    Enjoy :shred:
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