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Wes Montgomery Type Blues Licks

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 170
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Wes Montgomery was a pioneer of modern jazz guitar, and his style was rooted in the blues. He had a real economy of style, but could burn with the best of them when the situation called for it. Also known for his use of octaves, I'm not even going to try to re-create his incredible right hand thumb that he used instead of a pick. In this lesson, we'll explore a few lines over a G blues. The examples in pages 1-3 show how Wes typically played over the first 4-8 measures where the harmony was essentially a G7. Pages 4-6 show examples over the last few bars of the form where the turnaround occurs.

In this example, there's a nice use of double stops, hammering from the Bb to the B each time to give us a solid G feel.
Wes Montgomery Type Blues Licks
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