Watch the Roly Roly online guitar lesson by Ray Nijenhuis from 50 Western Swing Licks You MUST Know
The late, great jazz guitar player Wes Montgomery is famous for his use of octaves. They became his signature, trademark sound in the sixties. Fifteen to twenty years earlier, western swing guitarist Jimmy Wyble recorded a couple of flashy solos that climaxed with the use of octaves. Unlike Wes, who played both the root and the octave simultaneously, Jimmy separated the notes. During a recording session in 1944 bandleader Bob asked Jimmy to start down low and walk up that neck like he had heard Jimmy do during their concerts. Wyble started his run of octaves with a non-chord tone. He then moved up the neck chromatically, reaching the climax with the root.