Challenge Your Chops – Moody Ballad Jam Track

Check out this Moody Ballad Jam Track from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the free tabs for the scales that you can use to solo over this fun backing track.

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Moody Ballad Part-1

This Moody Ballad Backing Track consists of two parts. Part one, similar to a verse, is a nice slow melodic chord progression consisting of; Emadd9 and G/C. Being that it is centered around E minor playing in A Aeolian (E Natural Minor) and all of its positions works really well; you can also use E minor pentatonic.

Part Two

Part two of this Moody Ballad Backing Track is similar to a bridge and consists of; Asus2, Csus2/F and G5. Since the tonal focus is in Am using the A Aeolian mode and all of its positions works really well for this section of the track and you can also use A minor pentatonic over this section as well.

Spicing Up The Pentatonic Scale

Playing the Mixolydian Mode starting on D overlaps the E Minor Pentatonic Scale and is a great way to add some extra flavor the Minor Pentatonic Scale. The relative major to E minor is G major. The G major scale can also be used to solo over this track and is the third degree of E Aeolian.

About The Scales

The Pentatonic Scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave. They can be found all over the world and are the main scale used in the Blues genre.

The Aeolian Mode also called “natural minor scale” or “relative minor scale is the sixth mode of the Seven Major Modes. The Aeolian mode can be formed by using the same notes as the major scale, but starting and ending with the 6th degree of the major scale.

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