Easy way into jazz

Discussion in 'Jazz, Acoustic, Classical & Fingerstyle' started by MeriTone Music, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. MeriTone Music

    MeriTone Music SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys

    Just thought I'd share this easy-going jazz play-along - it's a medium swing jazz practice backing track made for improvising on the essential and classic minor 2-5-1 progression - in the key of A Minor.

    If you are just starting out in jazz, learning to navigate a 2-5-1 progression is a great start.... and playing in a minor key may also be more natural to most, rather than playing in major.. so.... give it a shot!




    Chord progression:

    II: Bmin7b5 I E7 I Amin7 I Amin7 :II


    On the track, you will hear extensions of these chords - as is common in jazz of course :)



    Scale suggestions:


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


    (Bmin7b5 chords and Amin7 chords)


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


    (E7 chords)




    Basic arpeggios:




    Bmin7b5 arpeggio = B D F A


    E7 arpeggio = E G# B D


    Am7 arpeggio = A C E G



    Here's a minor 2-5-1 guitar lick you can try out


    And there's lots more free 2-5-1 jam tracks HERE

    Enjoy :hbang:
     
  2. JmCastor

    JmCastor SS.org Regular

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    THANKS!! i've been brushing upon my jazz as of late and am having trouble navigating around jazz chords with nice creative leads. I took Jazz band in high school so i know some basics but one of the things i hated most about that class was that it was all performance based, with no emphasis on WHY things work. So thanks again, and i will most definitely be using this
     
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    Man I love your jam tracks so much, plus your music. Keep it up man!
     
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    brilliant! Have fun :shred:
     
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    Thanks man, that's awesome :hbang:
     
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    Nicely done!
     

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