How to Play Octave Notes in the Style of Wes Montgomery

How to Play Octave Notes in the Style of Wes Montgomery -- Jazz Guitar Lesson

How to Play Octave Notes in the Style of Wes Montgomery - Jazz Guitar Lesson

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Hi. I’m John McClennan and I’m here
with, bringing you
this video blog. What I’m going to show
you today is a real nice way of outlining
a minor chord in octaves, a la Wes Montgomery.

Again, with Wes Montgomery, he played with
his thumb. So as I go through this I put my
pick in between my fingers and I just brush
the strings with my thumb. That’s where he got
that real warm sound. So the chord that this
is being played over is a D minor 7 and I’m going
to start out on the 9th fret and remember
to make an octave here, you have to — I’m going
to use my first finger and my pinkie and it’s going
to be the 9th fret and the 12th fret on the 3rd string
and the 1st string. Be sure to click the link below
for the tab for this. But here we go.

So there’s starting right on the 9th of the chord E and
then we jump down to the 7th, to the 5th and these
are the names of the chord tones. And then I’m going
to slide from the 3rd to the 2nd. So it’s like getting
that same note down the octave, some nice color to the chord.

Then I go to the root and then the 7th, back to the root.
A lot of times Wes would play on the ands, like one-and…
So that gives you that cool rhythm as well and just
a nice way to outline a minor chord. So you can
practice that coming off D minor. If I go down a
half step then I’m on D. D flat minor 7. So you’re
going to want to work it out in as many keys as you can.
But here it is one more time, slowly. Again. You come
in on the and of one. One-and, two.

And then this chord that I play at the beginning is
just a nice Wes voicing, too. So I’ve got the 5th fret,
3rd fret, 3rd fret, 5th fret, 5th fret and then the 3rd
fret on top. So lots of barring going on with my first finger,
but a real rich voicing. I love that chord.

All right, well, click the link below for the tab and
we’ll catch you in the next video. Thanks for watching.

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