Montuno Guitar

A natural sense of rhythm, a good ear—these are just a couple gifts any guitarist would be blessed to have. It’s also great to be blessed with, shall we say, the gift of grab—the ability and will to snag any cool riff you see, no matter what instrument it’s played on, and translate it to your guitar.

We lifted this classic two-part montuno phrase from one of pianist Bill Bell’s latin jazz lessons, and found a way to execute both parts with the fretting hand. The photos will help you master the chord shapes, but as far as the heavy syncopation goes, well, let’s hope you have the first gift we mentioned.