Q. What Next?

I’m considering putting together another collection of jam tracks, and if you’ve got ideas, I’d love to hear them!

So here are my three questions for you:

  1. What key(s) do you prefer to jam in?
  2. What song(s) is your favorite that you just wish you had a jam track version of to play over? The more details the better, ie specific versions, title+band, or even a Youtube link would be great.
  3. If you’d like to see some tracks in another genre other than blues, which one would that be?

I will take your suggestions to heart, and see what I can do.

Please leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Pete
    5 years ago

    Thanks for asking. Well I like the key of A and most any blues stuff works for me. I copied all the tracks on my iPod and took them on my 2 week vacation to Florida and had a blast with them (shipped my Strat and my GENX3 on the plane and had a great time jamming with the tracks). Am trying to teach my nephew a few things as well so the tracks came in handy. The ONLY suggestion that I would have is to have some ‘longer tracks’ and perhaps some slower, sexier tracks along the lines of “Lily Was Here” by David Stewart and Candy Dulfer.


  2. mike
    5 years ago

    1.) the keys of g, c, f, and bflat. 2.) no preference 3.) jazz and latin


  3. Steve Johnson
    5 years ago

    Hi Jonathan..always interested in your emails when they come in! I am 54 years old, and came of age in the mid-seventies (tail end of the baby boom) I’m just going to name a few tracks that I love from that era..I think they’re very melodic and they mean a lot to me too..

    1. Bad Time (Grand Funk) 2. It never Rains in Southern California (artist unknown to me) 3. Listen to What the Man Says (Paul McCartney & Wings 4. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg the Temptations 5. Cruel To Be Kind (Nick Lowe

    Even if you don’t know these tunes Jonathan, look them up on Youtube..I think they’ll definitely grow on you!
    Cheers, Steve Johnson


  4. Garry Hamilton
    5 years ago

    Changing keys in a song? How do you do That? Do the chords in the previous key stay the same?


  5. FenGib
    5 years ago

    1. G,D,A,B,E,
    2. Robin Trower Bridge Of Sighs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0d1HilfLxA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tLsFsGxLmE
    or other songs Robin Trower.,Peter Frampton
    3. Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock


  6. dina rimack
    5 years ago

    Key of g
    Red House Hendrix
    Spider and the Fly Rolling Stones
    Silver and Gold Keith Richards just heard Sitting on top of the world Mississippi Sheiks sounds similar

    CowboySong Thin Lizzy
    Red River learnt in beginners guitar class Mel Bay book
    Spanish Romanza beginner guitar class Henry Robinette


  7. Brent
    5 years ago

    Hi Jonathan, I like that changing keys in the middle of a song question. Also, I saw the 5 minor pentatonic scales in A on another DVD program. I am working on connecting them, but they still sound like scales. How do you string them together to sound good? Also, if they change keys in the middle of a solo and I am in position 3 in A, I feel like I have to go back to position 1 to make the change to a different key, because that is “home base.” How can I change keys from higher positions and not have to stop and figure out what to do next? Thanks for your help, Brent


    • jboettcher
      5 years ago

      Hi Brent, it sounds a bit like you’re confusing ‘keys’ with ‘scale positions’ as normally you wouldn’t be changing keys this much during a song. I’d recommend checking out my course on Guitar Scale Patterns if you haven’t already; it is all about how to connect the patterns all across the fretboard.


  8. Ron
    5 years ago

    My Favorite key’s for blyes are A, G,B, & C. Another genre I would like to see background tracks for is Flaminco & Spanish style.


  9. John Tarulli
    5 years ago

    A, B and E. Any song from Led Zepplin 1 or 2 album. Any blues or classic rock.


  10. Ken Hatra
    5 years ago

    The genre I like is country so I would like some jam tracks in new country and old country. I usually play in e or a. Keep up the great work I really enjoy your help.


  11. Larry
    5 years ago

    I would like to have backing tracks with vocals included to play along with.
    The keys to play along with could vary, which would encourage and challenge beginner players like myself.
    Songs like BB King, The Thrill Is Gone, any SRV songs, and some Gary Moore songs.
    Some country tracks would be great like any Alan Jackson songs

    Hope to see some new “good” jam tracks that don’t sound like they came out of a can.
    Thanks Jonathan


  12. LLoyd
    5 years ago

    I enjoy the slow blues style. E & A


  13. luis
    5 years ago

    hi jonathan, i like A minor, and how about a jam track for neil young’s “hurricane” i love that song all 8mins. of it, more of 70’s rock would b nice… cheers. p.s. here’s an idea how about a dvd with say 10 songs, where you break them down ( intro ,verse, chorus, outro. chord sequence and what scale to use for the solo) and show us how to play them, as close to the original as possible. cheers.


  14. mad merlin
    5 years ago

    I like to jam in every key and all styles. To me it’s all rock !!! it could be blues rock; rock rock; folk rock; punk rock; heavy rock; country rock, it doesn’t matter. I’d like to jamb to Tumbling Dice by the Stones; Move it on Over by George Thorogood; James Dean by the Eagles; The Band; Sting; Uriah Heep; Moody Blues, just to name a few !!!!

    I like the idea of drums; bass; and rythm guitar as a backing track. Basic and workable !!!!


  15. RON GRIFFITH
    5 years ago

    I gotta tell ya Jonathan,I don’t know how to start with these jam tracks.Will you give some examples?country maybe?Thanks,Ron.


  16. Albert Kanosky
    5 years ago

    1. Any of the tracks in minor, esp. Am – I have the pentatonic scale down, but your jam
    track has pushed me to learn the A major scale up and down the fret board- thank you!
    On disk two- #1,3,8,and 9
    2. Any J. Hendrix classics
    3. classic rock


  17. Ritchie
    5 years ago

    I’d like to have many slow ballades, slow fusion sounds in high quality!


  18. Paul martin
    4 years ago

    I like the keys of A E C G blues are my thing and I love anything by Peter Green, John Lee Hooker, Allman Brothers by the way I am really enjoying the jam tracks thanks hope to see more


  19. R M Signor
    4 years ago

    The Blues; A or E or G are faves but play them all; no particular song


  20. Eduardo
    4 years ago

    I would like more backtracks in BB King style, especially like the Thrill is Gone.
    A an D my choice of key.


  21. Dean Taylor
    3 years ago

    Hi Jonathan,

    I prefer the keys of E, A, and G as some other do in the comments. Everything seems to come from the Blues base and you do a great job of covering that. For added diversity, how about just a little journey into some jazz. That would be a great next step. I also agree with the Santana request, but would prefer Smooth in addition to Black Magic Woman.

    Thanks for everything you do for us!


  22. John Ellis
    3 years ago

    1. Am and Em for improvising on the Native flute; E and G for blues on the guitar.
    2. No specific songs – mainly would like blues tracks (e.g., 8-bar and 12-bar). Styles like Eric Bibb, Keb’ Mo’, Josh White, etc.
    3. Blues are where I’m trying to grow these days, but maybe some folk styles, maybe 12-string.


  23. Dave
    2 years ago

    Been playing in E, A, C, and G minor the most. Thanks to you and your guitar scale patterns I’m finding it easier to play in almost any key.

    Been working on Stevie Ray’s Mary had a little lamb, great 12 bar song that uses mainly the same riffs that you and Colin teach. Drum and bass tracks in the 5 common keys and few standard blues styles with 12 and 8 bar forms would be great for working on combining rhythm/fills/lead like SRV or Gary Clark Jr.


  24. David Gilbert
    1 year ago

    I like mine i would suggest a dvd of the progression itself some are really cool

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