Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Best Slow Blues Backing Track In C

Plug in and chill out with this laid back jam track in D Major. We'll give you some ideas of what scales to use to get some tasty licks!

The Chords: Playing in Key

This track is based around the key of D Major, but some of the chords come out of key in places - try to be aware of that when it happens! If can sound great to highlight the note in the chord that isn't in key. For example, try to highlight the b7 when the chord changes to D7 (the note is C) or the b5 when the chord changes to Gdim7 (the note is Db). Here is the full chord progression:

| D | D7 | G/Gdim7 | D |

| D | D7 | A | A7 |

| D | D7 | G/Gdim7 | D |

| Bm7 | A | G | D |

Scales: D Major Pentatonic

As usual, a really good bet is the D Major Pentatonic scale. This scale will work well over most of the chords in the progression. A really good habit to get into is to play the notes over each chord and see how they sound! Here's the D Major Pentatonic scale in all positions:

Scales:D Mixolydian Pentatonic

If you'd like to try something a bit different give this a go! It's build from the following scale formula:

Root 3rd 4th 5th b7th

This will work really well over the D and D7 chord and should feel quite familiar as it's only one note away from the usual pentatonic shape 1. Here's the shape:

    Keep Learning: Theory Lab

    Many thanks for watching this video and visiting the website. If you're enjoying playing over this track but feel like you don't have an understanding of why the notes work over the chords, or what we mean by a scale forumla we have a Theory Lab course that is 100% free and ready for you to use, including interactive tab! See the course here: Theory Lab.

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You've now completed Jam Tracks: Blues With Rhythm & Blues and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.

Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.