of Jazz - Be-Bop Guitarists
Montgomery (1925 - `68) was actually a
late bloomer as a musician, picking up the
guitar at the age of nineteen. His
unique warm sound is often attributed to his
use of the thumb instead of the pick.
This happened out of a necessity to keep
things quiet while he practiced in his home.
During the latter stages of his career, Wes
became the most recorded jazz guitarist of his
Today's lick shows Wes' creativity over a
common III-VI-II-V-I progression.
The entire lick is based on 8th note
triplets over standard 4/4 time. Wes
also made a couple harmonic substitutions;
over the II-7 he outlined a bVImaj7
chord and over the V he outlined a bII7
chord. Both are examples of tri-tone
substitutions, which will be discussed, in
a future live lesson. As you learn this
lick, pay attention to the fingering on the virtual
fretboard in order to make a smooth
execution of the line.
Learn this lick and then practice to