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Wes Montgomery - The Guitar Styles Of Wes Montgomery - DVD
Adrian Ingram's detailed examination of Wes Montgomery's unique style is a tour-de-force in the art of jazz guitar! Besides covering the more famous aspects of Montgomery's style, such as thumb and octave techniques, important yet rarely discussed chord substitution devices and single note soloing concepts unique to Wes are also explained and taught in elaborate detail using the following Wes songs: "Road Song, Cariba, and Impressions". Rare film footage of Wes together with performances by Adrian of classic Montgomery tunes like "4 and 6" and "West Coast Blues" further illustrate and reinforce the unique ideas and concepts covered in this exciting masterclass DVD!
(85 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95

Legends of Jazz Guitar - Vol 1 - DVD
Featuring Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel. Performances include: "Twisted Blues, Yesterdays, Jingles" -Wes Montgomery, "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me, Original Blues in G" -Joe Pass, Medley -"It Might as Well Be Spring/What They Used To Be, A Slow Burn, Sweet Georgia Brown" -Herb Ellis, "Basie's Blues, The Shadow of Your Smile" -Barney Kessel.
(85 min) Biographical booklet included................................Price - $24.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "Twisted Blues"

Adrian Ingram - Wes Montgomery - Book
Wes Montgomery was unquestionably the most significant jazz guitarist to emerge during the 1960s! By the '70s and '80s he had, like Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt before him, become a major influence on other guitar players. Elements of his style are discernible in many of today's finest players. Although many musicians acknowledge Wes as one of the finest guitar players of the 20th century, there has been until now a lack of detailed biographical and analytical material. This definitive work is a must for all guitarists and jazz lovers alike!
(140 pages)................................................................................Price - $36.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "Windy"

Wes Montgomery - The Best Of Wes Montgomery - Book and CD
A step-by-step breakdown of  jazz legend Wes Montgomery's guitar styles and techniques! Learn some of  the best single note improvised solos and chord melody solos ever recorded by Wes taught note for note by Wolf Marshall. Each piece - some are single note improvised solos while others are chord melody solos - also includes harmonic analysis and performance notes! Songs include: "Missile Blues, Yesterdays, West Coast Blues, Cariba, I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face, Besame Mucho, Fried Pies, Mi Cosa, Four On Six, Misty, Sundown, O.G.D".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $24.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face"

Wes Montgomery - Essential Jazz Lines - Book and Online Audio
Taught by Corey Christianson. This book presents some of the soloing techniques that Wes used and also presents many melodic ideas (lines) similar to the way he played over the chord progressions in many jazz standards. Because the major and minor ii-V-I progressions are the most widely used chord progressions in jazz standards, the lines in this text will work over these progressions. The accompanying CD contains many play-along tracks (vamps of one chord and vamps around the circle of fourths) that the guitarist should use to practice the material in one key and then master it in all twelve keys. By learning the techniques used by Wes Montgomery, guitarists will add to their own improvising arsenal.
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $19.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "Road Song"

Wes Montgomery - Guitar Anthology - Book
Book contains 20 spot-on note for note transcriptions from this jazz guitar genius's numerous recordings. Songs include: "Airegin • Come Rain or Come Shine • D Natural Blues • The Days Of Wine and Roses • Four on Six • Freddie Freeloader • Full House • I'm Just a Lucky So and So • If You Could See Me Now • Impressions • In Your Own Sweet Way • Jingles • Movin' Along (Sid's Twelve) • Satin Doll • The Shadow of Your Smile • The Trick Bag • Twisted Blues • Unit 7 • Wes' Tune • Windy".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $24.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "The Days Of Wine & Roses"

Wes Montgomery - The Wes Montgomery Guitar Folio - Book
Newly expanded fourth edition now includes 30 legendary guitar solos transcribed by Steve Khan. No Wes fan should be without this book! Titles include: "Angel Eyes * Besame Mucho * Bud's Beaux Arts * Canadian Sunset * Cariba * Con Alma * D Natural Blues * Days of Wine and Roses * Ecaroh * Four on Six * Freddie Freeloader * Fried Pies * I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face * Midnight Mood * Movin' Along (Sid's Twleve) * Movin Wes * Mr. Walker (Renie) * OGD/Road Song * Pretty Blue * Round Midnight * Snowfall * Sundown * Tear It Down * The Thumb * The Trick Bag * Twisted Blues * Up and At It * Unit Seven * West Coast Blues * While We're Young".
Standard Notation...................................................................Price - $24.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "While We're Young"

Wes Montgomery - Guitar Play Along - Book and Online Audio
The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the audio to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. Now including Playback+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys and pan left or right. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. Includes 7 songs: "Bumpin' on Sunset • A Day in the Life • Days of Wine and Roses • Four on Six • Road Song • Tequila • West Coast Blues".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $19.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "A Day In The Life"

Wes Montgomery - Jazz Play Along: Vol 137 - Book and CD
For use with all Bb, Eb, Bass Clef and C instruments, the Jazz Play-Along Series is the ultimate learning tool for all jazz musicians. With musician-friendly lead sheets, melody cues, and other split-track choices on the included CD, these first-of-a-kind packages help you master improvisation while playing some of the greatest tunes of all time. For Study, each tune includes a split track with: Melody cue with proper style and inflection • Professional rhythm tracks • Choruses for soloing • Removable bass part • Removable piano part. For Performance, each tune also has: An additional full stereo accompaniment track (no melody) • Additional choruses for soloing. Includes 10 songs: "D Natural Blues • Four on Six • Fried Pies • Road Song • Sundown • Switchin' • Tequila • Twisted Blues • West Coast Blues • Windy".
Standard Notation...................................................................Price - $16.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "West Coast Blues"

Wes Montgomery - Jazz Play Along: Vol 62 - Book and CD
Book features 11 groovin' jazz masterpieces from the legendary Wes Montgomery and accompanied by a swingin' rhythm section in the style of his popular band. Wes' natural and effortless style is evident in each one of these soulful standards. Great fun for all musicians and wonderful additions to your song list for any gig. Rhythm Section: Hal Galper (piano); John Goldsby (bass); Barry Ries (drums). Titles include: "Cariba * Four on Six * Road Song * Jingles * West Coast Blues * Leila * Angel * D Natural Blues * Doujia * Full House * Far Wes".
Standard Notation...................................................................Price - $15.95
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 Wes Montgomery Plays "Angel Eyes"

Wes Montgomery - Live In '65 - DVD
These beautifully filmed programs from the spring of 1965 feature Wes in intimate studio settings, leading three different lineups through some of his best-known tunes. This rare footage - complete with rehearsals, between-song banter and close-up camera angles - illuminates Wes's extraordinary musical vocabulary and unconventional picking technique. An in-depth song-by-song analysis by legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny makes this DVD a guitar lover's dream. Songs include: "I Love Blues, Nica's Dream, Love Affair, The End Of a Love Affair, Impressions, Twisted Blues, Here's That Rainy Day, Jingles, The Boy Next Door, Four On Six, Full House, West Coast Blues".
(60 min).....................................................................................Price - $19.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "Here's That Rainy Day"

Jazz Guitar Lines Of The Greats - Book
Includes 675 transcribed licks and phrases from five of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time: Tal Farlow, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Jimmy Raney! The phrases are separated into five sections; major lines, minor lines, major ii/V7/I lines, minor ii/V7/I lines, and dominant 7 lines. These "textbook" jazz phrases are perfect for all instruments---not just guitar. Spiral bound for easy opening and page-turning. Over 100 pages of incredible jazz guitar licks!
Standard notation.................................................................Price - $19.95
 Wes Montgomery Plays "Misty"

Tom Wolfe - 50 Hard Bop Blues Guitar Licks You Must Know! - DVD
In this collection, Tom Wolfe presents an extremely versatile vocabulary that not only celebrates Wes Montgomery's contributions but also captures the stylings of the blues and jazz guitarists that he influenced. Not only will Tom expand your vocabulary, he will also reveal all of the underlying harmonic approaches and techniques being applied: Major and minor blues scales, pentatonic applications, applications for both the flatted and major 3rd, triplet ornamentations, articulation, use of ghost notes, alternate fingerings, encapsulation, bending, chromatic passing tones, ii-V lines, 6th intervals, octaves (of course!), hemiola (the 3 against 4 feeling in a 4/4 time signature), tension and resolution, color tones, pedal points, side-stepping, diminished voicings, rhythmic intensity, syncopation, chordal soloing techniques and so much more! All of the licks are presented over a rhythm track so that you can hear and practice them in a musical context. Each performance is then followed by a detailed breakdown of the line along with the techniques and harmonic approach being employed to perform it. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you get all of the rhythm tracks to practice the lines with by yourself. Guitar Lab’s innovative learning systems employ a hands-on approach where students “play” their way through the curriculum using learning tools such as PIP video, practice rhythm tracks, and interactive tab and notation, which allows the student to play along with the tab and notation, at any tempo, without change in Pitch!
(189 min)...................................................................................Price - $24.95 

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Wes Montgomery - Melodic Jazz Guitar Giant!
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     Wes Montgomery was born John Leslie Montgomery in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 6, 1923. Although he never obtained official music training, all through his youth he participated in music and was encouraged by his older brother Monk - who later on grew to become famous for pioneering the development of the Fender electric bass guitar. In 1935 Monk bought him his initial instrument, a thirteen dollar 4-string tenor guitar on which Wes developed some essential technique. Wes formally got his first 6-string guitar relatively late in life, at age 19. At first motivated by the work of Charlie Christian, he taught himself by diligently copying Christian's solos from recordings note-for-note. By the time he showed up at his 20th birthday, Wes was gigging routinely at regional jazz clubs playing Charlie Christian guitar solos!

     Wes Montgomery's initial career break came when he landed a job with Lionel Hampton's jazz big band in 1948. Unrelenting touring and grueling road work made up his life for the following two years and by way of the experience he was introduced to musicians like Charlie Mingus, Fats Navarro and Milt Bruckner and grew to become a skilled jazz guitar player. A devoted family man, Wes stopped the extensive touring in 1950 and stayed in Indianapolis delighting in erratic club gigs combined with non-musical day jobs.

     Montgomery's preliminary recording session was with "The Master Sounds" - showcasing his brothers Buddy and Monk on vibraphone and bass respectively - on December 30th 1957 for the Pacific Jazz recording label. The tracks were launched as the record album "The Montgomery Brothers and Five Others". Two other recordings were made by "The Master Sounds" - "Kissmet" in 1958 and "The Montgomery Land Quintet" in 1959. None of these releases brought Wes Montgomery the widespread acknowledgment that his extraordinary jazz guitar talent should have.

     Wes Montgomery was the leading force behind the 2nd exceptional epic of modern jazz guitar music! If we think about the very first as beginning with the early experiments of jazz guitarist Charlie Christian at the end of the 1930s and early 1940s, then the next revolution belongs to Wes Montgomery. Much like the the music renaissance caused by Christian's solo flights, Montgomery had a similarly dazzling effective effect on his contemporaries.

     Almost all developed guitar players went scooting back to the woodshed to include his patented octave playing and block chording into their tunes and to emulate his warm fleshy tone, blues based conception, and extremely swinging rhythmic feel. Jazz guitar music alone has become defined by his presence as either pre-Montgomery or post-Montgomery in idea and level of performance. Essentially each jazz guitar player to turn up after Wes Montgomery has borne the mark of his influence - Joe Pass, George Benson, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Emily Remler, Larry Coryell, Larry Carlton, and Lee Ritenour to name just a few.

     Jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery released his first jazz guitar record as a leader for Riverside Records, thanks largely to the enthusiastic suggestion of saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. The reinterpreted classics "Round Midnight" and "Yesterdays" continue to be impressive and definitive Wes Montgomery jazz guitar music cuts to this day! Things eventually broke wide open for Wes in 1960 with his next Riverside record release, "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery".

     Regarded by many guitarists to be his most outstanding jazz guitar record, it showcased luminaries Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. Of the many excellent cuts on the record, Wes' originals "West Coast Blues" and "Four On Six" are impressive titles and have become bonified jazz standards! As a result of the recording, Montgomery began to get long overdue music critic honors and awards. That year he won the prominent "Downbeat Critics New Star Award", a 2nd place in the Metronome Reader's Poll, and was voted "Most Promising Jazz Instrumentalist" in Billboard Magazine!

     Landmark recordings to follow consisted of: "Boss Guitar", "Full House", "Movin' Along", "So much Guitar", and "Fusion". Wes signed with Verve Records in 1964 and went into a new phase of his jazz guitar music career. During the Verve Record Company years (1964 - 1966), and subsequently with A & M Record Company (1966 - 1968) Wes produced records, with the help of Creed Taylor, which acquired higher commercial success with a pop audience - something of an anomaly in the jazz music world!

     In that regard, Montgomery was the first cross-over jazz musician - leading the way for the likes of George Benson, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and the now "smooth jazz" genre. His work, commonly slammed by jazz music purists, was rewarded with a Grammy Award in 1967 for a cool version of "Goin' Out of My Head". Throughout these several years, Wes also continued producing straight ahead jazz guitar music records like "Smokin' At The Half Note" and his now famous duo recording sessions with organist Jimmy Smith - and high quality individual cuts like "Sun Down".

     From the very beginning, Wes Montgomery appeared to hear things in a different way on the guitar! One glance at any online video performance of Wes Montgomery is more than telling and continues to amaze guitar performers even today! Wes rested his picking hand with the fingers spread out on the face of the guitar and the pickguard edge a little behind the neck pickup. Wes employed down strokes primarily, however he could carry out long complex solo lines with alternating down-up strokes when desired.

     Wes Montgomery's melodic conception has actually been referred to as "horn like" - small wonder as he drew visible motivation from artists such as Charlie Parker who played alto sax, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins who played tenor sax and Miles Davis who played trumpet in addition to conventional jazz guitar players such as Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. The fingering of his single note guitar lines from simple harmonic statements to earthy blues lines and scorching bebop passages has constantly been a source of consternation amongst jazz guitar purists!

     Like numerous blues and rock guitarists, Wes rarely used his "pinky" or 4th finger of his left hand for single note lines, regardless of their complexity or physical demands. Furthermore, his technique was incredibly linear. He generally attached a variety of positions laterally up and down the guitar fingerboard in one line and regularly shifted on a solitary string. As a result, he appeared to stay away from the routine position boundaries of guitaristic "box playing". Consequently, most of his guitar phrases overlapped and dovetailed each other in the way of chord inversions organized horizontally on the guitar fingerboard.

     Wes Montgomery was a real guitar innovator and a true jazz pioneer! In his quest for sonic growth, he developed a trademark parallel octave technique, which is perhaps his most recognizable musical characteristic - specifically to the mainstream public. An octave in this circumstance is an interval 8 steps apart, fingered as a dyad and articulated like a 2 note chord. His specialized playing technique with octaves on the guitar remains unmatched to this day, as just a short listen to practically any of his recordings will confirm. The articulation for octaves was a variation of Montgomery's above talked about "thumb attack". When playing octaves he did not place his fingers on the top of his guitar, but evenly touched the pick guard and the body of the guitar.

     Among the most interesting attributes of the guitar playing style of Wes Montgomery was his jazz chord playing! He had a natural gift for chord melody solos and was able to seamlessly incorporate improvised block chording into his solo playing - as in "Cariba", "Sundown", "Missile Blues" and various others. His harmonic conception was "piano thinking" applied to the guitar and at the time appeared rather difficult - especially when thinking of the ease and smoothness with which he performed his chord passages even at break neck speeds! Wes simply heard it that way and once again, redefined the rules!

     Wes was just as adept at balancing and playing a melody (the head of a song) with his block chord method, regularly developing uncommon and very beautiful voicings to the harmonic structure of the tune! Instances in point are the ear catching concepts heard in the Broadway standard "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" and his original composition "Mi Cosa". He played his chord passages with a thumb strumming style similar in articulation to his octave playing.

     Wes Montgomery was a true master of melodic creation - having the facility, emotional material, style, and creativity to change any piece into an ear capturing musical experience. As an improviser Wes was specifically interested in motif development, however in a natural and instinctive method. He was the consummate story teller - leading an enthralled audience in chorus after chorus of emotional playing - exposing a motif here, developing it later on, presenting a blues move, then seasoning it with bebop modernism and chromatic tension release.

     Wes' motifs and signature lines ran the gamut from easy blues ideas to complex bebop lines. Just like John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, Montgomery was always mindful of precisely where he was in the harmonic scheme of a composition. He frequently altered structures, melodic and harmonic intricacy, and changes of register. Lastly, regardless of the pace Wes Montgomery kept lyricism, fluidity, and beauty - and over all else, "soul" in all of his improvising!

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