Jazz Guitar with Matt

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Matt Brown

In this lesson set, Matt will teach you everything you need to know to fluently play jazz guitar.

25 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Matt Brown explains the fundamental concepts involved in jazz guitar playing. You will learn how to accompany ("comp"), improvise, and play melodies in the jazz style. Matt also provides you with music theory concepts necessary to composing your own jazz solo arrangements.


Intro to Jazz

Check out this lesson to learn some basic jazz theory & chord voicings.

31:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Voicings & Melodies

Learn some more advanced chord voicings as well as the Charleston rhythm.

19:13 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Set II Voicings

Learn a handful of Set II voicings & round out your knowledge of the basic jazz chords.

27:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Applying Chords / Solo Ideas

Apply the chords you've learned & experiment with some solo ideas.

32:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Scales and Chords Together

Learn which scales work with which jazz chord voicings.

43:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Circle of Fifths

Matt sheds some light on the circle of fifths.

28:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Proper Practicing

Learn how to get the most out of your time when practicing.

31:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Proper Practicing Part 2

Here's the second installment of Matt's proper practicing lesson.

32:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Physicalities of Playing

Learn how to avoid carpal tunnel and other hand injuries by using proper technique.

46:19 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


All of Me

Matt Brown teaches the jazz standard "All of Me."

31:12 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Lead and Scales

Matt Brown explains how to improvise over the changes to "All of Me."

7:54 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Estudio No. 1.

Matt Brown begins talking about solo arrangements in this lesson. He teaches Carcassi's "Estudio No. 1" as an introduction to this concept.

18:10 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Reviewing the ii V I Progression

Matt Brown returns to his Jazz series with a review lesson. He applies the standard ii V I progression to the circle of fifths.

18:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Turnback Progression

In lesson 14, Matt discusses the turnback progression in the jazz style.

22:20 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Set Three Voicings

Matt brown discusses and demonstrates the set three voicings used in jazz guitar.

25:42 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Jazz Solo Arrangement

In this lesson, Matt demonstrates how to practice jazz solo arrangements by taking a look at "Here's That Rainy Day."

35:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Expanding on the 12 Bar Blues

In lesson 17, Matt reviews and expands on the jazz version of the 12 bar blues form.

23:20 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Adding Voices

In this lesson, Matt adds to your voicing repertoire while playing the Charleston rhythm.

14:22 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Key of B Flat Major

Matt Brown talks about lead options when playing a blues in B flat major.

23:35 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Key of F

Matt Brown provides instruction and examples of playing jazz heads in the key of F. Once again, all examples follow the 12 bar blues form.

18:22 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Jazz Heads in B Flat

Matt Brown takes another look at blues heads in the key of B flat. In this lesson, he covers a head by Thelonious Monk.

10:03 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Tools for Solo Arrangements

Matt Brown takes a look at a solo arrangement and provides thoughts and tools necessary to complete this type of guitar playing.

23:13 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Introduction to Bossa Nova

Matt Brown starts breaking down the rhythmic tendencies and patterns to the Brazilian Bossa Nova style of playing.

17:56 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Blue Bossa #1

In lesson 24 of his Jazz series, Matt takes a look at the melody to Blue Bossa.

9:12 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Blue Bossa #2

Matt Brown takes a look at the available chord voicings for Blue Bossa.

10:39 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty

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  • Dayton, OH
  • Playing since 1996
  • 165 lessons at JamPlay
Matt Brown began playing the guitar at the age of 11. "It was a rule in my family to learn and play an instrument for at least two years. I had been introduced to a lot of great music at the time by friends and their older siblings. I was really into bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins, so the decision to pick up the guitar came pretty easily."

Matt's musical training has always followed a very structured path. He began studying the guitar with Dayton, Ohio guitar great Danny Voris. I began learning scales, chords, and basic songs like any other guitarist. After breaking his left wrist after playing for only a year, Matt began to study music theory in great detail. I wanted to keep going with my lessons, but I obviously couldn't play at all. Danny basically gave me the equivalent of a freshman year music theory course in the span of two months. These months proved to have a huge impact on Brown's approach to the instrument.

Brown continued his music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2002. While at Capital, he also studied jazz guitar and recording techniques in great detail. "I've never had any desire to perform jazz music. Its lack of relevance to modern culture has always turned me off. However, nothing will improve your chops more than studying this music."

Matt Brown currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He teaches lessons locally as well as at Capital University's Community Music School. Matt's recent projects include writing and recording with his new, as of yet nameless band as well as the formation of a cover band called The Dirty Cunnies.
Reviews & Feedback 74/100 with 151 ratings

Nice way to learn this standard.


Chord diagrams to remain throughout lesson on a bottom screen maybe


Cool mon


Good lesson


I like the teachers approach of taking baby steps making it easier to understand a difficult style. Kudos!


I think this instructor is pretty clear in his instructions. It would be wonderful if he could provide exercises to practice/enforce the lessons taught here!

jah herbert

im a playing musician and im trying to get into the jazz so i think this is going to help me


Matt makes it easier to understand the theory.


Love the way this guy explains these things


Ok so triads and the Freddy Green and we are ready to Jazz!


Thanks Matt! These are perfect lessons for someone just starting out with Jazz. Some of the other lessons very quickly overwhelmed me.