Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Modern Soul Backing Track in G Dorian

Jam along to the chilled out track in E Minor. With plenty of time on each chord to try your scales and arpeggios this should get you playing some catchy licks!

Scales: E Minor Pentatonic & Blues

This track is a nice pace and spends enough time on each chord to allow you to think about how the notes you're playing fit over the chords underneath. All the chords in this song are in the key of E Minor, meaning that a great place to start is E Minor Pentatonic. Here are the shapes in all postions:

If you'd like to stick with the pentatonic shapes but want to add a little bit of extra spice try adding in the flat 5th from the blues scale. This note is out of key so will add a lot of tension - just remember to resolve it by moving to a chord tone! Here's the E Minor blues scale in all positions:

Top Tip: Break Out Of The Box

If you feel like you always go back to Shape 1 try to force yourself to play in any of the other shapes, and try not to use Shape 1 at all. It will feel very strange at first, but you might just come up with some brand new licks!

Scales: E Minor Full Scale

All of the chords in this track are from the harmonised E Minor scale, which means the E Minor full scale will work over the top, but really make sure you're listening to how each note sounds over the underlying chords. A good habit to get into is to hear how one note has a different sound or feel over different chords. Here's the E Minor Scale in all positions:

Chords: The Progression

Here is the chord progression for this track. Remember all the chords come from the key of E Minor:

| Em7 | C | Am7 | Em7 |

If you're ready to move away from scales and really want to highlight the chords you can play apreggios over each chord. Here are some options for you for the three chords in the song. Try them out and try to work them out in more positions!:

    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's meant by harmonised scales 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.

All done?


You've now completed Jam Tracks: Pure Groove 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.