VARIATION8 II minor - Vs & ‘Wyble’ double-stop chords
EJimmy Wyble was a guitarist equally at home with both country and jazz styles. He pioneered a method of comping that involved switching between different fragments of a single chord shape to create the impression of moving harmony. He’s a major influence on current heavyweights such as Lage Lund, Howard Alden and Sid Jacobs, so his style is worthy of our attention here. In this simplified variation we’re approaching our jazz blues with the bebop IIm V method we initially looked at in variation #4, although here we’re breaking each chord down into two- note double-stops on nonadjacent strings (fourth and second, and third and first). In bar 94 we spot a ‘ tritone’ IIm V substitution move (Ebm9 Ab13), a IIm V sequence three tones away from the regular IIm V in the home key (Am7 D7) that you might usually expect to find lurking around this area of a 12- bar sequence.