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Wes Montgomery Licks

Wes Montgomery entered the scene after the reign of guitarists Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. His unique style served as an influence to George Benson, Pat Martino, and many others. Wes was not very knowledgable of music theory, yet his distinct techniques such as using his thumb instead of a pick, octave sequences, and superimposing triads made him a great player.

1) This lick can be played over the IV chord (Bb7) of an F blues.
  • The first measure of this lick quotes Wes from his solo in Billies's Bounce. At 30 seconds into the song, you will hear the lick.
  • The second measure comes from the F blues scale.
  • Click here to Listen to this lick.

wes montgomery jazz guitar lick

2) Starts off with a descending A minor arpeggio, and then continues in A Dorian.

  • This lick can be played over an A minor 7th chord.

Wes Montgomery Guitar Lick


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