Announcement: Releases “How to Play Octave Notes in the Style of Wes Montgomery - Jazz Guitar Lesson”

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In this two part rhythm guitar lesson video, now available on, Jon MacLennan teaches how to play octave notes in the style of Wes Montgomery.

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What I want to show you today is a real nice way of outlining a minor chord in octaves, ala Wes Montgomery

“What I want to show you today is a real nice way of outlining a minor chord in octaves, ala Wes Montgomery,” says MacLennan. “Wes played with his thumb and just brushed the strings with his thumb, that’s where he got his real warm sound.” The chord that this lick is being played over is a Dm7 (D minor seven) and Jon plays the 9th, 7th, 5th and does a slide from the 3rd to the 2nd and then to the root and then another slide from the 7th back to the root. Jon demonstrates it as follows: for the ninth; 9th fret of the 3rd string with first finger, simultaneously muting the 2nd string with first finger and 12th fret of the first string with 4th finger. For the remaining positions Jon uses the same formula with the first finger starting on the associated notes. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy guitar lesson at

Wes Montgomery was an American guitarist from Indianapolis Indiana. Wes was known for his unusual technique of not using a guitar pick, but rather using his thumb. Over the course of his career Wes played on 34 albums and is considered one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century. Wes died of a heart attack in June of 1968.

Jon MacLennan
Los Angeles based guitarist Jon MacLennan began his career at the age of 16 and is one of the busiest upcoming session guitarist, artist, composer, producer, and professional educator in LA. Jon has done session work for Julian Lennon, Steven Tyler, and British pop star Jamie Cullum. He has appeared on Disney Channel's “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and on the sound track to the movie “Marley and Me 2 – The Puppy Years.” MacLennan earned a bachelor’s in ethnomusicology and jazz guitar studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and has been mentored by Carl Verheyen, Wolf Marshall, Kenny Burrell, Anthony Wilson, Tamir Hendelmen, Jimmy Wyble and Ron Anthony which has made him a highly sought after guitar instructor today.

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