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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Ashley Mark Publishing Company; 2 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872639682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872639680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.R.L. on October 24, 2012
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~ This book is a valuable addition to the impressive number of transcription and instructional books covering the guitar style of Wes Montgomery. The transcripts by Fred Sokolow cover every single-note line, octave run, and chordal melody played by Wes on the original recordings, including his accompanying support during solos by other artists. The transcripts are presented in standard notation (but NO TAB notation) with chord name indications. No chord diagrams are given, but it can be assumed that anyone advanced enough to take on these transcripts either knows the chord structures or has access to literature that shows the chord diagrams. One of the other reviewers quibbled with the naming of some of the chords, but I did not find that to be a major deficiency. There is no accompanying CD but the author does provide a detailed listing of CDs that contain the original recordings from which the transcriptions were drawn. If you have an extensive Wes Montgomery CD collection, one can easily construct a CD in the order of the transcriptions.
~ The book includes a valuable 7-page introduction discussing Montgomery's style in single-note lines, octave runs, and chord structures (with chord diagrams) to help you learn more about the Montgomery style.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamar D. Jenkins on August 2, 2005
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I liked the bio of Wes Montgomery by Adrian Ingram. I have been listening to Wes since the age of 13, (1965), and he is definitely one of the reasons I've played guitar for the past 40+ years. Ingram's take on Wes fills in many spaces about his life and career. The format of the book is kind of mix and match... but it still delivers on quantity of info. The pictures are few and the quality sometimes lacking, but for sheer bang for your buck this book is a Wes lovefest! I already knew a lot about the music of Montgomery, Ingram shares info about his origins that you don't find in most sources. The discography, instrument/amp info, insider stuff on the recording sessions all give this book a unique view of Wes. I recommend this to anyone who wants tolearn more about the man and his music. I don't think the definitive book about him has been written yet. How about a bio-pic ala Ray?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spencer V Scorcelletti on May 23, 2011
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There's simply not a lot of info out there about Wes. The book does a better job than any I've found at giving information about Wes's upbringing, his life, and especially his rig. I would say only get this book if you're a die-hard Wes fan. Otherwise, you'd be better off with a coffee table book or something with big pictures and the same information that you can find on Wikipedia.
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By Jack Gray on January 7, 2015
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I am playing like Wes because of this book.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By j funcke on June 22, 2000
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Okay, mr. Ingram loves Wes and his music, that much is clear. And it is good to know how this guitar giant lived his (much to) short live. I like the kind way Ingram describes the period of Wes's life when he sold his soul to commerce. At least that is the way the 'real' jazz connoisseurs think of it. Ingram's story puts this perod in a different perspective. What I don't like is the flimsy looks of this book: poor type, poor print and very poor illustrations. Pitty, this could have been a good book.
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