Watch the Octaves ala Wes online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Jazz Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Lesson Source: Tom Wolfe's 50 Hard Bop Blues Licks
Anyone who has spent time listening to the vast library of Wes Montgomery, has heard him solo using octaves. This first lick is one we've learned earlier in the lessons and can easily be adapted to octaves. The easiest way to play the octave is to span three strings. The top note on the first string of the grouping of three and the bottom on the bottom string of the grouping of three. The middle note is muffled or deadened with the fingers. This type of finger makes it easy to grab the octaves without big stretches.