(So I'm next to musically illiterate, but I've been enjoying the world of jazz for a few years now. Consequently I have read some music theory, and been exposed to the normal discussions in liner notes and commentaries. But I'm still both curious and clueless about many aspects of music.)
I'm trying to understand Wes's use of "octaves" and "block chords"... What made them so difficult? What should I be listening for to tell the difference? I know what an octave is, but what was he doing with them that was special? Is using these techniques still considered outstanding, or have they become part of normal jazz-guitar playing?
Thanks for any help.
Wes was a supreme melodist, one of the best in ALL of Jazz. Sense of time and swing was impeccable. Supple, effortless lines, always surprising. Very "hip" ideas and never far away from the blues, of which he was an undisputed master. Some may prefer the histrionics of Benson, or the cerebral relentlessness or Martino or Pass, but Montgomery frequently heads Jazz polls for favorite guitarist. The Charlie Parker of guitar.....
The main thing I learnt in music school is that theory doesn't help you understand music so much as music helps you understand theory.
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