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D minor jazz swing backing tracks | Jamtracks | Play-alongs | 92, 150 & 200 BPM

A backing track (also know as jam track or play-along) is an audio recorded (or midi) musical accompaniment witch allows a musician to play along with by practicing licks, scales, exercises or improvisations. 

You will find below three different jazz, swing backing tracks in D minor with piano, bass and drum sounds in MP3 format (320 kpbs).

They are divided into three different tempos : 92 BPM (slow swing), 150 BPM (medium swing)  & 200 BPM (upswing).

25 minor jazz guitar licks E-book pdfThese backing tracks are associated with the "25 minor jazz guitar licks" printable eBook pdf.

You can listen one of them in this youtube video.

Which scales or modes  can i choose to play and improvise over these Dm7 jazz backing tracks ?

There's a lot of possibilities.

For a beginner jazz guitarist the easiest way to improvise over a D minor chord is to play pentatonic scales :

  • D minor pentatonic scale (D-F-G-A-C)
  • A minor pentatonic scale (A-C-D-E-G). Playing the A minor pentatonic scale over a D minor seventh chord brings an interesting color because of the ninth (E).
  • E minor pentatonic scale (E-G-A-B-D). When you play the E minor pentatonic scale over a Dm7 chord, it creates tensions : E is the ninth of Dm7 and B is the sixth.

The three minor modes of the major scale  (dorian, phrygian, and aeolian) are also an obvious choice to play over a minor (seventh) chord. The choice of the scale depends on the harmonic setting and the function of the chord you are playing. Example over the Dm7 chord.

Including arpeggios :

  • Dm arpeggio (D-F-A)
  • Dm7 arpeggio (D-F-A-C)
  • Dm9 arpeggio (D-F-A-C-E)
  • Dm11 arpeggio (D-F-A-C-E-G)
  • Dm13 arpeggio (D-F-A-C-E-G)
  • FM7 arpeggio (F-A-C-E). F is the minor third of Dm7, A is the fifth, C is the minor seventh, E is the ninth. 
  • Em7 arpeggio ( E-G-B-D). E is the ninth of Dm7, G is the eleventh, B the sixth.
  • Bm7b5 arpeggio (B-D-F-A) . This arpeggio contains the same notes as the Dm arpeggio, except B which is the sixth of Dm7.
  • G7 arpeggio (G-B-D-F) . Playing a dominant seventh arpeggio over a D minor seventh chord is also a good choice. G is the eleventh of Dm7 and B the sixth (also the thirteenth). You can optionally add some extensions to this dominant arpeggio (9th, 11th, 13th).

And even harmonic or melodic minor licks :

  • D melodic minor scale (D-E-F-G-A-B-C#)
  • D harmonic minor scale (D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C#)

You have to choose the right scale, mode or arpeggio depending on the harmonic context.

Do not hesitate to propose some new ideas to play over this backing track using the comment form below.

Here is a Dm7 jazz guitar lick with tabs to play over.

Backing track preview | 150 BPM

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Dm7 jazz backing track - MP3 320 kbps - 92 BPM (slow swing) - Lenght 5:13

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Dm7 jazz swing backing track 92 BPM

Dm7 jazz backing track - MP3 320 kbps - 150 BPM (medium swing) - Length 6:08

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Dm7 jazz swing backing track 150 Bpm

Dm7 jazz backing track - MP3 320 kbps - 200 BPM (upswing) - Length 4:56

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Dm7 jazz swing backing track 200 Bpm

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