1. This first track is a nice one to play the A minor Pentatonic Scales over. It has a Latin "Jazzy" type feel to it. The chords are Ami7, Bmi7 and E7. When the percussion breaks occur, Prepare a different guitar tone or just change the style a bit.
2. This A9 Blues track is another one you can play the A minor Pentatonic Scale over. Also try the A blues scale (which adds a b5 sound). Also, as is done a lot with the blues, try bending the b3 up either part way or all the way to the Ma3. I'll explain more about this and many other things you can do in future video lessons.
3. Here is an E9 based I - IV - V progression. Try E minor Pentatonic for starters. Begin using E minor pentatonic scale Form 1 (in the 12th position). You might try going to E Ma pentatonic also. For that, take the Emi pentatonic down 3 frets and "plug in" the G octave shape for E tone centers. This uses the same notes and fingering as a C# minor pentatonic Form 1 (9th position) - but don't think of it as that - think of it as E Major Pentatonic Form 5.
4. This is another I - IV - V progression in E but in a Rockabilly style. Try keeping it Major at times, but Emi Pentatonic can work too. Try EMa, AMa, BMa or B7 simple argeggio licks. You can also make use of quick repetitive pull off licks to the 1st string using chord tones. You can keep the open E going on the B chord also. (I'll have a video lesson on some of this soon.) Try adding some quick "slap-back" delay (like 90ms).
5. This is a nice funky Ami progression. Almost anything goes staying in the minor pentatonic. This is a good one to use some of the superimposing pentatonics. For instance, use A minor form 1 and then try using E minor form 3. They sound good mixed together and are easy to play in the 5th position and you'll be able to see what's happening fairly easy. If you are just starting out though, just wail on A minor pientatonic in whatever forms you would like.
6. This is similar to number 5 except that I added another section that goes from C to D to C to B to Bb. This works good using the Major pentatonics for those chord's names. Also try the Mixolydian Modes for the same chord names. If you are not up to following that yet, just stick to number 5.
This is an interesting and fun progression to play to. It is based on
the chord progression from the song "Collide" by Howie Day. It turned
out to be great to try soloing over this. Use a CAPO at the 4th fret and
start with the minor pentatonic form 1 in an open position. Finger it
from the 6th to 1st string as 0-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-3 0-3. This really
serves as a B Major Pentatonic against these chords so try it leaving
off the 6th string open note and start on the 6th string 3rd fret (in relation to the capo). Use
the open B (3rd string) as a "home base" at least some of the time. I'll
soon add some examples of licks to use with this and a video on the
"Guitar Techniques" page.
8. This is a great Jam Track to practice for gaining speed playing pentatonic scales using alternate picking. It also introduces movement to the scales using a Chromatic Progression. The rhythm is in 6/8 time. The progression is 4 measures each of Ami, Bbmi, Bmi, Cmi, Dbmi and then a 2 measure D diminished turnaround. For starters, you can jam using the minor pentatonic scale of each minor chord or the Dorian mode of each minor chord. Watch for a video lesson about this Jam Track soon.
9. This is a basic I IV V Blues Progression in the key of G.
|: I IV I I IV IV I I V IV I V :|
It is based on 9th chords. G Major and G minor Pentatonics work well. Try changing to one or the other on the chord changes.
10. Paul White's Reggae Vamp.
This is a I vi IV V Chord Progression in the key of D.
11. Jam #2 in A. This is a re-recorded version of a cool Digitech Jamman Solo loop (#2 on the device). In A using the progression |: I IV I V IV I V :| (I = A9, IV = D9, V = E9)
It works well using both A minor Pentatonic or A Major Pentatonic.