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Watch the Smooth Jazz Power Chords online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Smooth Jazz Power Chords

Octaves are a staple of a jazz guitarist's vocabulary. They're a great way of fattening up a single note line without contributing to harmonic implications. This course takes octaves a step further by including an interior voice which will produce a power chord in root position or an inverted power chord. These will be applied to a major 7 arpeggio in the key of G in various layouts on the fingerboard.

We'll then extend the arpeggio to a major 9 to enhance the sonority. You'll learn how utilize the 9 as a connector between the root in the 3rd, the 6 as a connector between the 5 and 7, and the root as a connector between the 7 and the 9. Finally, we'll learn how to utilize all of this G major 7(9) information over an E bass thus generating an E minor 11 harmony.