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Benny Garcia is yet another great swing guitarist come through Bob Wills’ band. Benny got his start playing with Tex Williams and His Western Caravan and then moved onto Hank Penny’s band. It wasn't long till Bob Wills scooped him up. He played and recorded with Bob for a short time before joining up with Patsy Cline.
Benny had a wonderful way of targeting chord extensions. Some players focus on the root, 3rd, and 5th of a chord. Benny had a smooth way of bring attention to the 7th, 9th, and 11th by using other chord shapes. In this lick from Hank Penny's "Jersey Bounce", Benny is using an Am7 chord to play over F. This brings out the 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th. On the G7, he uses the B half diminished get the 3rd, 5th, b7th, and 9th.