Blues In A - Jam Backing Track
To help you practice playing lead guitar it's nice to have a piece of music to play over which has the leads removed. That way you can play over the track and add your own leads.
Here we're going to provide you with a blues jam track in the key of A. So playing leads sticking to the A blues scale will keep your leads in key and they will sound like they fit the jam track.
If you want to dive right in, here is the Jam Track:
Blues in A backing
Download 'Blues in A' mp3 file - (Right-click on link and select 'save-as..')
The track follows a standard 12 bar blues pattern, which is a I-IV-V. Or a 1, 4 and 5. In the key of A, that works out to be an A, D and E. We play an A for four bars, then a D for two bars, back to A for two bars, E for one bar, D for one bar, A for one bar and then we finish on E for the final twelfth bar. This repeats for the whole jam track.
You'll hear we use dominant 7th chords often instead of standard major chords, this is a staple of blues and jazz.
If you need a little inspiration, here is a short example of the kind of leads you could play:
Blues in A with lead
Let's take a look at the tab for our example. The top tap is the rhythm guitar and the bottom tab is the lead: