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Wes Montgomery was an american guitar jazz player, considered as one of the greatest jazz guitarist of all time. He has influenced and influence again a lot of jazz guitarists. His playing is characterized by the use of his thumb instead of a pick with incredible dexterity. His guitar solos are gold mines for jazz guitar students.
He often approached his guitar solos by following the same chords progression in three ways and in the same order:
- In single note lines using arpeggios, scales and modes.
- By playing octaves.
- By playing block chords.
Wes Montgomery played almost exclusively on a Gibson L-5 CES plugged most of the time into Fender amps (super reverb, twin reverb, deluxe). He also played on Gibson L-7, Gibson L-4, Es-175, ES-125D.
You will find in this free jazz guitar lesson 10 easy dominant 7th jazz guitar licks with tabs transcribed from "West coast blues". They are all in the key of Bb and time signature is 3/4.
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Wes Montgomery was an american guitar jazz player, considered as one of the greatest jazz guitarist of all time.
In this jazz guitar lesson we will see how Wes Montgomery played a guitar lick using notes from the G phrygian mode (minor type scale) over a Bb dominant seventh chord. This lick is a short part of the "West coast blues" guitar solo improvisation . Once you have learned this jazz line it's important to play it in different keys and to make it evolve by adding notes and fret-hand techniques.
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