10 Dominant Wes Montgomery Jazz Guitar lines | Lesson With Tabs & Analysis
This lesson is about 10 dominant 7th jazz guitar licks played by the great Wes Montgomery in "West coast blues".
Lick # 1
This lick is built with notes of the Bb mixoblues scale. The mixolydian blues scale, also known as "mixo blues scale", is constructed with notes of the blues scale and the Mixolydian scale. It is the Mixolydian mode including a minor third and a flat fifth (blue note). It is used to over dominant 7th chords (7, 9,#9, 7sus4, 13, 7b5, 7#11, 13th).
Lick # 2
It is simply the G Phrygian mode (G-Ab-Bb-C-D-Eb-F). This mode has the same notes as the Bb Mixolydian scale. You can also think it as the mixolydian mode starting with the sixth (G).
Lick # 3
Bb dominant bebop scale ending with a descending C diminished triad (Gb-Eb-C).
Lick # 4
This one starts with a Ab major triad (Ab-C -Eb).
Lick # 5
This line use notes from the Bb mixolydian scale. (Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab). Please note the presence of a minor third (Db) before playing the major third (D).
Lick # 6
Bb Mixolydian mode (Bb-C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab) with a passing tone (E) between F and Eb.
Lick # 7
Bb major triad (Bb, D and F).
Lick # 8
Bb dominant scale (Mixolydian mode) again. Starting with the sixth (G) ending with the fifth (F).
Lick # 9
Wes Montgomery was a master of octaves playing. This technique consists in playing two notes (octaves) at the same time.
Lick # 10
Bb Mixolydian scale.
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Last edited: 24/05/2018