Example 5 Wes Montgomery style double octaves
So far we have constructed our arrangements in the conventional time signature of 3/4. Let’s try a completely different approach for this example. Changing the time signature to 4/4 will allow us to access the full gamut of 4/4 grooves and I’ve chosen a funky drum pattern as the foundation. As the melody is created from notes of one mode (A Dorian) the harmony can be simplified. This arrangement uses a repeating riff that outlines the tonality of A minor 7. The chords G and C are played over the riff to give us the chords G/A and C/A. This riff acts as an anchor point and the harmony can be implied by the melody and also with these slash chords. The melody has been rhythmically re-imagined to fit into 4/4. To add some interest for the ear, it has also been arranged using double octaves. Guitar players like Wes Montgomery often played melodies in octaves and double octaves and this approach helps the melody to stand out. The use of approach notes and finger slides are also an important factor here. The same fingering is used for the double octave and the notes can be plucked or strummed with the thumb.