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Wes Montgomery’s Magic Box

Most guitarists recognize the E minor pentatonic scale – and with good reason. After all, it is the world’s most popular launching pad for rock solos and blues leads in the key of E. More advanced players know that the same notes also spell the G major pentatonic scale — G being the relative major of E minor. But if you take this scale and “fill in the blanks” with passing tones you’ll open up a world of melodic possibility. And without ever stepping out of this twelfth position “box,” you’ll have access to some of the most swingin’ guitar lines ever — namely, those played by the great Wes Montgomery.

Audio guitar lesson:
http://truefire.com/guitabulary/lessons/wesbox.mp3

Tab, notation and Power Tab files available here.