Besides being phenom guitar players in their respective styles, what do Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Howe, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Larry Coryell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, and Steve Lukather all have in common? They all credit Wes Montgomery as one of their biggest influences. Truth is that EVERYBODY, regardless of their preferred style, has been influenced by Wes in one significant way or another. Tom Wolfe takes you directly to the source of this inspiration with this collection of 50 Hard Bop Blues Licks You MUST Know.
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Wes Montgomery is most widely known for the music he made during the 60‘s and for his signature approach for improvisations, which usually began with single note passages, then an octave solo section, finally culminating with a highly-charged chordal solo. Wes’ seminal approach changed the landscape for ALL guitarists for ALL time. In this collection, Tom presents an extremely versatile vocabulary that not only celebrates Wes’ 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.
Grab your guitar and buckle up for this guided whirlwind tour back to the source of Hard Bop Blues!
About Your Instructor
Tom Wolfe has been performing for over 30 years - playing in 'garage bands,' school bands, and in church. He first began performing professionally at the age of 17.
Shortly after, Wolfe was accepted into the Jazz Studies Program at Capital University. There he studied guitar with Stan Smith and Tom Carroll. Soon after his enrollment in the program, his teachers began to recommend him for gigs when they were unavailable to play. In a very short time, Wolfe had begun to perform with artists such as Bob Hope, Englebert Humperdink, Chita Rivera, Jerry Van Dyke, Rosemary Clooney and touring shows such as Grease, Annie, etc.
Wolfe attended the Eastman School of Music for his graduate studies. There he had the opportunity to work with Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins and Gene Bertoncini. Challenged by their intense love of the music and the competitive drive of his classmates, Wolfe quickly realized the potential for growth and learning in this program.
While at Eastman, Wolfe studied jazz arranging and composition with Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins and guitar with Gene Bertoncini. He also had the opportunity to perform and work with many jazz greats: Manny Albam, Rufus Ried, Lew Soloff, John LaBarbera, etc. These opportunities set the framework for Wolfe's future as a performer and educator.
Having completed his studies at the Eastman School of Music, Wolfe moved back Columbus, Ohio and taught part-time for Otterbein College and Kenyon College and later moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to serve on the faculty at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). In 1994, Wolfe took a position at the University of Alabama School of Music as director of the Jazz Studies Program.
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