Watch the Weekend Jazzer online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Weekend Jazzer

This course is specifically targeted at players who are relatively new to the concept of playing jazz standards. Knowing what and what not to play is critical especially when working with a keyboard player.

Guide tones are the thirds and sevenths of any major 7, minor 7, or dominant 7 chord. Since these are the tones that define the quality of the chord, they are one of the most useful tools for a guitarist whether playing solo, or playing in any group context.

You will receive 16 lessons all of which will deal with a typical bossa nova jam track. You'll be taken step by step through this progression in four bar phrases which will then be assembled into the sections of the tune. After you have learned how to play the entire tune with guide tones, you will then learn how to add the 5, 9, and 6. This will give you many options for extending the harmony which can be applied to any progression.