Example8 Alternate thumb strokes and dim7-m6th connection
This example begins at the end, specifically the turnaround section of a minor blues sequence in A minor. Instead of the usual bluesy V-IV move, here we see the more typically jazz IIm-V-I. High brass-like chord voicings are punctuated with yet more octaves, played this time with a fast alternate brushing thumb technique. The following chord-melody blues figure connects ascending Am6 (A-C-E-F#) voicings with diminished 7ths, implying various inversions
E7b9 of (E-G#-B-D-F) to create a rapid V7-Im progression through the various inversions. Don’t worry: it’s easier to play than it sounds and once you’ve got this under your fingers you have one of the cornerstone moves of classic Wes chord-melody down.