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Watermelon Man – Guitar Chords, Chord Melody, and Solo

  When learning jazz guitar, the blues is an essential topic that any guitarist should tackle. But, how do you move beyond the standard 12-bar form? One of the tunes that gets called at jam sessions and is blues related (but not 12-bar), is Watermelon Man. Watermelon Man, a song written by Herbie Hancock who was […]

ii V I Chord Solo Lines From the Greats

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  ii V I chord solo and comping lines can be accomplished through virtually an unlimited number of approaches on the guitar. What is it about one player’s chord approach that makes them sound different from others, and how does one go about developing their own style in the world of chords and comping? Asking these kinds […]

Wes Montgomery Chord Solo – Jazz Blues

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  Listening to Wes Montgomery play jazz can be both a liberating and intimidating experience. For a guitarist still learning the ropes of chord soloing, trying to play like Wes is daunting from the get go. As far as chord soloing goes, Wes is known for his incredible speed, rhythm, and musical sensibility. Using familiar […]

Wes Montgomery ii V I Licks – Short Phrases

  When studying jazz guitar, one of the toughest progressions to begin outlining in your solos is the short ii V I progression. With three chords in two bars, this chord progression goes by quickly, providing a challenge for all levels of guitarists. When learning how to play over these fast-moving chord changes, one of […]

Top 10 Best Jazz Guitar Solos ( + 10 Licks)

  In a recent forum post, we asked our readers to name their favorite jazz guitar solo. And, as you might imagine, we got a varied response to that tough question. As readers struggled to pick just one solo that they would rank as their all-time favorite, a short-list of tracks began to emerge that would […]

Wes Montgomery Mini Licks

  Learning jazz guitar vocabulary often means studying lines and phrases, breaking them down and understanding the building blocks of each line so that you can create your own improvised lines and phrases. As well as studying longer lines, and breaking them down on your own, you can also study mini licks, lines that are […]

Wes Montgomery Chord Study – Yesterdays

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  Though known more for his improvisations, with his three tiered approach especially (single notes-octaves-chords), Wes Montgomery was also a master comper with a wide range of chord concepts under his fingers, in his ears, and inside his comping phrases. In this chord study, written over the tune Yesterdays, you will learn a number of […]

Wes Montgomery Blues Solo

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  In this lesson you will learn to play a jazz guitar solo in the style of Wes Montgomery. The solo is over a jazz blues in F and is full of classic Wes licks and ideas that you can apply to your own playing.   Here’s the video:       And here is […]

3 Wes Montgomery Chord Licks For Jazz Guitar

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  There are three main aspects of Wes Montgomery’s playing style that most players dig into when working out Wes’ sound in their studies, single notes, octaves and chords. In this lesson you will learn how to play 3 Wes Montgomery chord licks, learn the theory behind these licks, and then apply them to a […]

Wes Montgomery Octave Solo Study

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  One aspect of Wes Montgomery’s playing style that many people want to bring into their own playing, but often find difficult or don’t know where to start, is octave soloing. To help you climb over this hump in the practice room, introduce you to Wes’ octave soloing style, and bring these ideas into your […]

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