Tag: key of Am

Atmospheric Groove Jam Track (Am, 76 BPM)

Atmospheric groove in A minor (76 bpm). A dynamic guitar backing track in A minor, with a dreamy, ambient, and bright A-section and a darker B-section. So a slow tempo, but definitely not a ballad. Download the chords & tabs here:

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Blues Lick Lesson #08 (A minor pentatonic)

I’m proud to present to you my 8th blues lick guitar lesson. In this video, I’ll teach you how to play a slow but powerful blues-rock phrase in the key of A minor. Recommended playing level: intermediate.

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Concepts present in this blues lick lesson
  • alternate picking and legato (hammer-on, pull-off)
  • mixing metrics (playing duplets and quadruplets)
  • A minor pentatonic, pentatonic scale
  • blues bends, expressive blues bends
  • targeting notes like the 9th
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*The guitar used is a Gibson Les Paul (with a Seymour Duncan JB4 pickup and a Duesenberg p90) into an ENGL Screamer 50 Amp, captured with the universal audio Ox. No Pedals Used 🙂

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Dreamy Guitar Solo (Blues, Americana) in Am

Funny how music serves as a counterweight. When my life’s busy, I write smooth, slow-burn solos like this one. A Blues Americana guitar solo in A minor, influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. Enjoy!

About This Solo

I wrote this minor blues track to express a recurring feeling I experience in Autumn, a feeling of quiet gloom, best felt when talking a walk into the colorful woods this time of the year.

The solo is heavily influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. A clean, spacious guitar sound with emphasis on right hand dynamics, the A minor pentatonic and the odd blue note (Eb).I love these slow-burning blues-country-roots licks that you’ll find in Mark Knopfler’s more recent work.

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Expanding on this playing style, I play a few unusual double stops with major second intervals. These are somewhat uncommon on guitar and carry a soft and glassy dissonance that supports the mood here. You’ll notice I create these by letting adjacent strings to ‘ring’ out.

Harmonic Minor Lick
A harmonic minor

Finally, I bring out the colors of the harmonic minor scale in bar 13 (the ‘lazy’ pickup). I like the somber tone of this scale. Venturing into this sound often brings me to diminished triads (look for them in the outro!). The inspiration for these harmonic minor guitar licks comes from listening to gypsy swing artists like Django Reinhardt and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies).

I hope you enjoy this solo. It feels like something new for this channel. Sometimes making these videos can be really hard work. But for this video, it felt more like surfing on a creative ‘flow’, less strenuous and without (over)thinking too much. Although there must be a bit of suffering in creating art, it’s better when it’s not too much 😉 Let’s see where this mindset brings me in the future. 

Backing Track
If you’re interested, you can purchase a high quality version (WAV CD Master) of this jam track in my Sellfy Store here:
Gear Used
  • Suhr Modern Pro HH
  • Victory V40
  • pedals; Tc Electronic The Spark (booster) – heavily recommended!  I like it so much I have 2 😉
  • Eventide H9 (spring reverb) in the FX Loop
  • captured with Universal Audio Ox
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80s TV-theme style guitar solo

Enjoy this 80s-TV-Themed Guitar Solo, featuring synths, palm trees, all the wrong colors and some fun guitar licks!  Solo played on my Suhr Modern Pro HH.

About This Solo

I was born in the 80s, so that might explain my fascination for 80s music (that and playing too much GTA Vice City back in the day). This 80s guitar solo is played over a retro-themed rock backing track in the key of A minor. The track opens with a classic Moog-synth pattern (Arturia Mini V), that inspired me to play long notes, and gradually build up a more melodic solo with some classic 80s guitar spice. The solo is mostly A minor & A minor pentatonic

Backing Track

Epic 80s backing track here or you can purchase the track (high quality wav-version) here: 

Featured Lick
Septuplets
Septuplets

To paraphrase Bob Ross, this guitar lick was a ‘happy accident’ during improv. This legato lick has 2 septuplets patterns (beats 1 & 2), before sinking into the groove of the song again. 

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