Wes Montgomery transcription

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I’m really pleased to share this review by the veteran transcriber Wolf Marshall. (I first read Wolf’s transcriptions back in the 80’s when he was the featured transcriber for the most popular guitar magazines of the time.) Thank you both to Wolf and to Vintage Guitar for this lovely review!

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I’m very happy to announce that the book is featured in November’s issue of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine — the 15th anniversary issue.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Just Jazz Guitar, it’s a terrific magazine with great interviews, lessons and reviews. I highly recommend it.

They excerpted part of the book, and I wrote some new text to accompany the excerpt. To see the cover and table of contents, click here or visit justjazzguitar.com and click on “current issue.”

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We’ve now added some pages of the book to the website. On the “Details” page of the website, you can now find a sample of the analysis, head and solo to Wes’ original tune Jingles.

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We’re going to be adding a sample page or two of the Wes Montgomery book to this website. What part of the book would you like to see here? Any particular tunes — Jingles, Full House, Twisted Blues, West Coast Blues?

I’d definitely like the sample to show the tabulature (TAB), since many people email to verify the book includes TAB as well as standard notation.

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Jazz guitarists and Wes fans from around the globe continue to find this site. We now have shipped books to Japan, Denmark, South Korea, Canada, England and Spain.

It’s a real pleasure to connect with these musicians and fans. Please keep the emails coming.

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I’ll be appearing this Sunday evening at the Chicago Jazz Fest to play a bit and talk about Wes and the book. Look me for me at the Chicago Jazz Magazine booth from 5:15-6 PM, Sunday Sept 6, 2009.

Come say hello, hear some tunes and check out the book in person!

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I’ve been getting great feedback about the book’s interview with pianist Harold Mabern. So I thought I’d begin publishing excerpts form the interview on the site.

Harold and I were discussing Wes’ process for showing the band new tunes and arrangements:

Tim Fitzgerald: No lead sheets, obviously.
Harold Mabern: There weren’t any sheets. He couldn’t write any sheets. The sheet was what he played.

TF: Did Wes ever talk about not being able to read music?
HM: No, never came up. He just played his guitar and practiced all day. Or most of the day.

TF: He did practice a lot?
HM: Oh yeah, He practiced a lot. Yeah, man. He’d be in his room… He used to practice a lot.

TF: Do you know what he worked on?
HM: Just some things. Sometimes it would be a tune, then other times it would be some of the things with the octaves and stuff like that. Different things on different days. Whatever he felt he needed, he wanted to work on.

TF: Have you heard that quote where Wes says something like, “I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat?”
HM: Well, I think I heard that quote too, yeah. But no, he practiced. He had a sense of humor too, you know? But he was always practicing. I know for a fact he was always practicing. I’d go out and come by his room and hear him, and I wouldn’t disturb him. He put a lot of time on the instrument.

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I’m happy to report that word of the book is spreading to Europe and Asia. We’ve had recent orders now from Denmark, Japan and South Korea as well as Canada.

What a pleasure is to connect with musicians and Wes fans from around the globe. It’s great to hear from you — please keep the emails coming!

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I’m lucky enough to have a feature in this month’s DownBeat magazine! They asked me to do a Master Class based on the transcriptions in the book.

Don’t worry, TAB fans! Though there wasn’t enough space in DownBeat to include TAB, all the solos and examples in the book include TAB.

Please feel free to let me know what you think of the article, either here, through email or through Facebook (find me at Facebook.com/timfitzgeraldmusic)

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Thanks to all who have been writing with warm comments about the book. Please feel free to keep them coming — I’m collecting quotes and blurbs to add to this site in the near future!

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I’m happy to announce the book has finally arrived and the first books are being shipped today!

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