What Would You Like To Play 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!

Leave a Reply 26 comments

roadking16@comcast.net - July 5, 2012 Reply

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.

michealdillman@yahoo.com - July 5, 2012 Reply

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

Stephen Johnson - July 5, 2012 Reply

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

ghamgarry@yahoo.com - July 5, 2012 Reply

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

jsjimshannon@gmail.com - July 5, 2012 Reply

1. G,D,A,B,E,
2. Robin Trower Bridge Of Sighs
or other songs Robin Trower.,Peter Frampton
3. Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock

drimack@yahoo.com - July 5, 2012 Reply

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

Michael B Niland - July 5, 2012 Reply

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@shaw.ca - July 9, 2012 Reply

    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.

decron03@hotmail.com - July 5, 2012 Reply

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.

John Tarulli - July 6, 2012 Reply

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

kenhatra@windstream.net - July 6, 2012 Reply

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.

lawithrowconsulting@hotmail.com - July 6, 2012 Reply

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

LLoyd - July 6, 2012 Reply

I enjoy the slow blues style. E & A

oeyapue@yahoo.com - August 2, 2012 Reply

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.

    Jonathan Boettcher - May 1, 2017 Reply

    The issues with “as close to the original as possible” is that copyright laws are, ahem, rather restrictive these days. This is the main reason why our tracks are done “in the style of” a particular song… usually tempo is pretty close, the key may be a little different, and the progression might be 95% there. That said… some of the really old blues tunes pre-date copyright restrictions, and so there could be opportunities there. If I recall correctly, Texas Flood is one such tune.

aedenn@y7mail.com - August 20, 2012 Reply

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 !!!!

ronbelair@comcast.net - August 25, 2012 Reply

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.

alkanosky@att.net - November 14, 2012 Reply

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

Ritchie - December 13, 2012 Reply

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

pauly5461@yahoo.co.uk - June 12, 2013 Reply

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

rmsignor@comcast.net - November 15, 2013 Reply

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

eschwery@ig.com.br - November 18, 2013 Reply

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

deantaylor@rbtacres.com - October 4, 2014 Reply

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!

john@turtlemoundflutes.com - December 3, 2014 Reply

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.

dhyla@me.com - April 8, 2015 Reply

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.

dgilbert9049@gmail.com - March 17, 2016 Reply

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

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