VARIATION9 An­gu­lar, Clus­ter & ‘Wes’ Voic­ings

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Big Band, Jazz & Swing -

EThere are three main de­vices em­ployed in our fi­nal 12-bar cho­rus. We kick off with a se­lec­tion of slightly more dis­so­nant and, dare I say, mod­ern sound­ing voic­ings con­tain­ing #4s ga­lore and plenty of semi­tone ac­tion that’ll send con­ser­va­tive com­pers run­ning for the hills. We move onto a short sec­tion of Wes Mont­gomery en­dorsed di­min­ished 7th to Am6/D9 ac­tion in bars 106-106 be­fore round­ing pro­ceed­ings up nicely with a cheeky con­trary mo­tion idea in bars 107-108, straight from the Kirk Fletcher (Fab­u­lous Thun­der­birds)school of jazzy-bluesy rhythm gui­tar. Nice!

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