Rock Guitar with Matt Brown

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Matt Brown

Chuck Berry among others pioneered the style of rock and roll in the 1950's. Today, rock and roll remains the most popular genre of music. Over the years the genre has progressed & spawned many sub-genres: soft rock, classic rock, punk rock, and more. Dive into this Phase 2 set of lessons to become a master of rock.

44 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 will teach you everything you need to know to play rhythm or lead guitar to your favorite rock songs. By the end of this lesson set, you will be melting faces with vicious improvised solos.


Proper Practicing

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

29:00 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Introduction to Lead

Matt Brown discusses some of the fundamentals to playing lead.

15:41 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Figuring Out Notes

Matt shows you the basics of figuring out any note on the guitar.

7:00 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty



Learn the basic minor, natural, and major scales. Quite a few techniques & ideas start with scales - they're an essential building block.

34:15 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Major Scales

In this lesson, Matt takes you through the major scales & helps you to understand how they can be used.

20:25 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Natural Minor Scales

Matt teaches the most common natural minor scale patterns.

13:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty



Learn & master the most popular types of bends.

27:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sweep Picking & Rakes

Learn sweep picking and string rakes.

18:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Solo Techniques

Learn various techniques to use when improvising / soloing.

12:51 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Tuning Down

Matt explains the most effective way to tune your guitar down.

7:18 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Barre Chords

Learn how to establish finger independence and a few tips and tricks with barre chords.

37:18 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Rock Licks

In this lesson, Matt Brown introduces a rock lick and shows how several famous players have modified it.

19:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Rock Sequences

In this lesson Matt teaches some crucial rock sequences. He also explains how these sequences can be integrated in to your playing.

34:52 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


String Skipping

Matt Brown focuses on string skipping technique. He provides several exercises designed to improve this aspect of your playing.

33:09 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty



Lesson 15 in Matt's rock series is all about intervals.

34:47 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Rock Lead Guitar

Matt Brown demonstrates lead guitar techniques using Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" as an example.

29:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Solo Using Diatonic Scales

Matt Brown explains which scales can be used when playing a solo over a diatonic progression in a major key. As an example, he teaches the solo section to Candlebox's song "Far Behind."

33:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Diatonic Natural Minor

This lesson covers the natural minor scale and diatonic natural minor progressions. Matt uses the solo section to "Stairway to Heaven" as an example.

24:55 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Right Hand Technique

In lesson 19 Matt provides instruction on developing right hand skills including string skipping.

26:38 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Non-Diatonic Progressions

In lesson 20, Matt discusses chord progressions that don't follow a diatonic tonality.

29:07 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Harmonic Minor

Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.

29:46 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Improvising Over Harmonic Minor

In lesson 22, Matt continues his discussion of the harmonic minor tonality.

14:36 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sweet Child O' Mine

In lesson 23, Matt takes a look at the solo section for the song "Sweet Child O' Mine."

19:43 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



Matt will be taking a look at the solo section from the live version of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Today".

7:29 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Back In Black Solo

Matt Brown reviews and discusses the solo section to AC/DC's hit "Back In Black".

9:34 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



In lesson 26, Matt covers the solo section from the Alice in Chains song "Brother".

9:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Matt's Rock Manifesto

Matt Brown discusses lead guitarists, what makes a good solo, and tips for your own lead playing.

41:06 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Legato Playing Exercises

Matt Brown teaches a number of exercises aimed at improving your legato playing technique.

37:16 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Right Hand Exercises

Matt Brown demonstrates a few exercises to build skill and speed in your right hand.

15:06 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


String Skipping Etude

Matt Brown teaches Heitor Villa-Lobos' 1st Etude as a lesson in string skipping.

38:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Three Octave Scales

Matt Brown demonstrates how to play three octave versions of the minor pentatonic and the major scales in all 12 keys.

16:56 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Diatonic Intervals

Matt Brown demonstrates how to play all seven of the diatonic intervals within the framework of a horizontal major scale.

23:01 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

Matt Brown discuss diatonic arpeggios as a theory lesson as well as demonstrating the technique.

9:55 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Diatonic 7ths Across the Neck

Matt Brown explains how to play the diatonic seventh chords of the major scale. Similar to lesson 32, this lesson takes a horizontal approach to the fretboard.

10:46 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Solo Ideas #1

Matt Brown teaches a progression and accompanying solo to demonstrate ideas for creating your own.

21:34 Runtime

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Solo Ideas #2

Matt Brown takes a look at another chord progression and solo.

17:29 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Legato Playing Ideas

In lesson 37 of the Rock Series, Matt Brown demonstrates and talks about legato playing ideas.

21:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Rhythm Concepts

Matt Brown switches gears in lesson 38 to start talking about rhythm concepts for rock playing.

27:44 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Compositional Techniques

Matt Brown discusses some often used techniques to build effective rock compositions.

17:27 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Creative Chord Voicings

Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.

11:59 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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Lead Approach

Matt Brown takes another look at his approach to soloing. He demonstrates ideas you can use in your own playing.

12:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Lead Approach #2

Matt Brown adds practice to his lead approach by giving you another chord progression to solo over.

7:14 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Lead Approach #3

Matt Brown has another chord progression and solo exercise to go over in this lesson on lead approach.

10:25 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


String Skipping Revisited

Matt Brown takes another look at string skipping. He breaks down some key areas of Matteo Carcassi's Allegro as an exercise.

16:29 Runtime

2.5 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 167 ratings

rock on!


I liked this lesson, gave me some soloing ideas which I greatly need.


Excellent info!


Great lesson!


I like the teacher and the lesson was very easy to understand


I love learning right away how I can make the most of my time practicing. This is a great lesson! Matt is very easy to understand as well!


I was two seconds into the video when this popped up, but the instructor looks good so far. (Mat Brown)


Matt is awesome! "Street Spirit" is hard to play but it's a perfect challenge. I'll have it in no time.


Nice tips.