The Genius Simplicity of Wes Montgomery

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One aspect of the playing of Wes Montgomery that we never talk about is in my opinion the real reason he was the amazing jazz improviser that he was!!

This video is really about something else: How to connect your solo and have a longer story or musical idea in your playing using Wes as an example, because he was extremely good at this.

When I transcribed or learned this solo I was not really analyzing his playing and I didn't write down the phrases. I just played along with the record and tried to get close to his phrasing. That was very helpful for a lot of things with timing and phrasing and is probably what I would suggest you do when working on transcriptions.

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