Forms of Wes Montgomery’s Music and Improvisation Concepts in Something Like Bags

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Kritsada - Wongkhamchan
Pornpan Kaenampornpan
Pittayawat Pantasri


This article aims to analyze forms of Wes Montgomery’s music and to study his improvisation concepts in these which are  Something Like Bags

The article results show that Theme and Variation form was used in a songs. There were various techniques which were employed in creating and developing themes which were repetition, transposition, alternating with the motif, motif extension by using sequence, transformation of motif and creation of contrast motif.  A songs was tonal music.

Wes Montgomery varied his melody by improvising. He called each variation “Chorus” (one chorus means one variation). The first section was improvised with single notes. The second section was improvised using an Octave. The third section was played using chords solo and block chords. Improvising concept by Chord tone, Passing Tone, Neighbor Tone, Tension Chord, Superimposed, Triadic Superimpose, Tritone, Arpeggio, Octave, Guide Tone soloing, Modal Interchange, Major Scale, Melodic Minor Scale, Blues Scale, Mode. Wes Montgomery show that harmony and chord progression by Diatonic Passing Chords, Secondary Dominant Chords, Substitution, Chord Melody, Extention Chord, Substitution Chord, Extended Dominant, Drop 2 & Drop 2-4.


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Wongkhamchan, K.-, Kaenampornpan, P., & Pantasri, P. (2020). Forms of Wes Montgomery’s Music and Improvisation Concepts in Something Like Bags. Journal of Fine and Applied Arts Khon Kaen University, 12(1), 207-222. Retrieved from
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