Country – Practice improvising using the C major scale over this typical three-chord (C, F, and G) country progression.
12-bar Blues in A – This is a 12 bar blues shuffle in the key of A. Practice
your A minor pentatonic or A blues scale with this one.
12-bar Blues in G – Here’s a great-sounding professional recording to jam with. Use G minor pentatonic or G blues scale.
I Am The Highway Chorus – The chorus progression in this Audioslave song is a great launch pad for soloing over complex chord changes. Try using the C major scale for the first seven chords, and then use a note or notes from the E major arpeggio over the E chord, which doesn’t belong to the C major chord family.
Here’s the chord progression: / C – – – / G – – – / Dm – – – / Am – – – / C – – – / G – – – / Dm – – – / E – – – /
Here’s how this one goes: / A5 – – – / G5 – – – / F5 – – – / – – – G5 /
You Asked Me To – This is a rhythm track (guitar and bass) to accompany the guitar solo in Alison Krauss’ cover of Waylon Jennings’ “You Asked Me To.”
Jam Workshop Recordings
“Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
Main Strum Breakdown– The easiest way to play the song
Verse and Chorus Using Main Strum – With me caterwauling in the background. How Neil gets away with singing out of his range, I don’t know.
Main Riff Breakdown
“2 Kool 2 Be 4 Gotten” by Lucinda Williams
Strum Breakdown – How to strum the main progression
Main Riff – The electric guitar riff that introduces the song
Main Riff Jam Track – A long loop of the main progression, so that you can practice the main riff.
Solo – No drums or rhythm guitar, just the guitar solo played solo, so that you can hear it better.
Solo – No rhythm guitar
“Before You Accuse Me” by Bo Diddley
Full Progression – I call out the chord changes as I play.
Slow Jam Track – A long loop of the 12-bar progresssion, played at 80 bpm (beats per minute). Good for practicing your improvising!
Fast Jam Track – Same thing, played at 120 bpm.
“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
(Johnny Cash recorded “Folsom Prison Blues” w/Capo 2, but these audio files were recorded with no capo.)
Blues Workshop Recordings
Ventura Highway Vocal Harmony Practice Tracks
These are tracks for practicing the three vocal parts in the chorus of America’s “Ventura Highway”. I recorded them at two speeds: 80bpm and the original 130bpm.
- M = Melody
- H = High harmony
- L = Low harmony
Ventura Highway Harmonies Guitar Pro File – For those of you with Guitar Pro, here are the three vocal parts in tablature and standard notation.