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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 Dayt... (more)
Matt currently offers 129 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 126 intermediate lessons and 3 song lessons.
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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.
Learn how to get the most out of your time when practicing.
Matt Brown discusses some of the fundamentals to playing lead.
Matt shows you the basics of figuring out any note on the guitar.
Learn the basic minor, natural, and major scales. Quite a few techniques & ideas start with scales - they're an essential building block.
In this lesson, Matt takes you through the major scales & helps you to understand how they can be used.
Matt teaches the most common natural minor scale patterns.
Learn & master the most popular types of bends.
Learn sweep picking and string rakes.
Learn various techniques to use when improvising / soloing.
Matt explains the most effective way to tune your guitar down.
Learn how to establish finger independence and a few tips and tricks with barre chords.
In this lesson, Matt Brown introduces a rock lick and shows how several famous players have modified it.
In this lesson Matt teaches some crucial rock sequences. He also explains how these sequences can be integrated in to your playing.
Matt Brown focuses on string skipping technique. He provides several exercises designed to improve this aspect of your playing.
Lesson 15 in Matt's rock series is all about intervals.
Matt Brown demonstrates lead guitar techniques using Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" as an example.
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."
This lesson covers the natural minor scale and diatonic natural minor progressions. Matt uses the solo section to "Stairway to Heaven" as an example.
In lesson 19 Matt provides instruction on developing right hand skills including string skipping.
In lesson 20, Matt discusses chord progressions that don't follow a diatonic tonality.
Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.
In lesson 22, Matt continues his discussion of the harmonic minor tonality.
In lesson 23, Matt takes a look at the solo section for the song "Sweet Child O' Mine."
Matt will be taking a look at the solo section from the live version of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Today".
Matt Brown reviews and discusses the solo section to AC/DC's hit "Back In Black".
In lesson 26, Matt covers the solo section from the Alice in Chains song "Brother".
Matt Brown discusses lead guitarists, what makes a good solo, and tips for your own lead playing.
Matt Brown teaches a number of exercises aimed at improving your legato playing technique.
Matt Brown demonstrates a few exercises to build skill and speed in your right hand.
Matt Brown teaches Heitor Villa-Lobos' 1st Etude as a lesson in string skipping.
Matt Brown demonstrates how to play three octave versions of the minor pentatonic and the major scales in all 12 keys.
Matt Brown demonstrates how to play all seven of the diatonic intervals within the framework of a horizontal major scale.
Matt Brown discuss diatonic arpeggios as a theory lesson as well as demonstrating the technique.
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.
Matt Brown teaches a progression and accompanying solo to demonstrate ideas for creating your own.
Matt Brown takes a look at another chord progression and solo.
In lesson 37 of the Rock Series, Matt Brown demonstrates and talks about legato playing ideas.
Matt Brown switches gears in lesson 38 to start talking about rhythm concepts for rock playing.
Matt Brown discusses some often used techniques to build effective rock compositions.
Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.
Matt Brown takes another look at his approach to soloing. He demonstrates ideas you can use in your own playing.
Matt Brown adds practice to his lead approach by giving you another chord progression to solo over.
Matt Brown has another chord progression and solo exercise to go over in this lesson on lead approach.
Matt Brown takes another look at string skipping. He breaks down some key areas of Matteo Carcassi's Allegro as an exercise.
In this lesson set, Matt will teach you everything you need to know to fluently play jazz guitar.
Check out this lesson to learn some basic jazz theory & chord voicings.
Learn some more advanced chord voicings as well as the Charleston rhythm.
Learn a handful of Set II voicings & round out your knowledge of the basic jazz chords.
Apply the chords you've learned & experiment with some solo ideas.
Learn which scales work with which jazz chord voicings.
Matt sheds some light on the circle of fifths.
Here's the second installment of Matt's proper practicing lesson.
Learn how to avoid carpal tunnel and other hand injuries by using proper technique.
Matt Brown teaches the jazz standard "All of Me."
Matt Brown explains how to improvise over the changes to "All of Me."
Matt Brown begins talking about solo arrangements in this lesson. He teaches Carcassi's "Estudio No. 1" as an introduction to this concept.
Matt Brown returns to his Jazz series with a review lesson. He applies the standard ii V I progression to the circle of fifths.
In lesson 14, Matt discusses the turnback progression in the jazz style.
Matt brown discusses and demonstrates the set three voicings used in jazz guitar.
In this lesson, Matt demonstrates how to practice jazz solo arrangements by taking a look at "Here's That Rainy Day."
In lesson 17, Matt reviews and expands on the jazz version of the 12 bar blues form.
In this lesson, Matt adds to your voicing repertoire while playing the Charleston rhythm.
Matt Brown talks about lead options when playing a blues in B flat major.
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.
Matt Brown takes another look at blues heads in the key of B flat. In this lesson, he covers a head by Thelonious Monk.
Matt Brown takes a look at a solo arrangement and provides thoughts and tools necessary to complete this type of guitar playing.
Matt Brown starts breaking down the rhythmic tendencies and patterns to the Brazilian Bossa Nova style of playing.
In lesson 24 of his Jazz series, Matt takes a look at the melody to Blue Bossa.
Matt Brown takes a look at the available chord voicings for Blue Bossa.
Matt brings all of his years of education right to you with this fantastic series on how to read music. You will start with the very basics and work up to some very advanced concepts.
This introductory lesson will walk you through the basics of reading music and reading rhythm.
Learn how to identify notes, the key signature, and the staff. Implement your reading skills by playing a few simple tunes.
Learn the basics of notation and time signatures. Practice these concepts with a few timing exercises.
Now that you've learned a bit about 4/4 time, it's on to 3/4 time.
Now that you know the basics of reading music, it's time to put that knowledge to work with some exercises.
Get some more practice reading music and rhythms during your rock fest rendition of "On Top of Old Smokey".
Matt Brown reviews the G major scale and teaches "He's Got the Whole World".
Matt Brown explains how to read music in the key of F major. He uses the song "Amazing Grace" as an example.
Matt Brown teaches the song "Shoo, Fly" as another excellent rhythm and reading example. This song is in the key of G.
Matt Brown returns with the 10th installment in his Reading and Rhythm series. In this lesson, Matt discusses key signatures.
In this lesson Matt Brown covers the first minor key song in this series, "Aura Lee".
In this lesson, Matt introduces the A Dorian mode. He applies it to the song "Scarborough Fair".
In lesson 13, Matt Brown discusses and demonstrates second position.
Lesson 14 is all about rhythm. Matt Brown discusses its importance and provides several exercises.
Matt Brown reviews "On Top of Old Smokey". This time around, the melody is played in second position.
For lesson 14, Matt Brown reviews "Angels We Have Heard On High". The melody is now played in second position.
Matt Brown reviews the song "Shoo, Fly" in second position.
This lesson covers right hand rhythm technique. Matt introduces syncopated strumming patterns.
Matt teaches the melody to "Down by the Riverside". This tune is used as preparation for learning accompaniment techniques.
Matt uses the song "Down by the Riverside" to teach accompaniment techniques for rhythm backing.
Matt teaches the classic tune "Fur Elise" in a two part series. For Part 1, Matt demonstrates the melody section.
In lesson 22, Matt teaches the accompaniment sections to Beethoven's "Fur Elise".
Lesson 23 starts a 2 part series on the classic tune "The Entertainer".
Lesson 24 completes the two part series on "The Entertainer". You will learn the accompaniment in this lesson.
Matt starts another 2 part lesson, this time on the tune "Sea to Sea" by William G. Leavitt.
Lesson 26 completes Matt's 2 part series on "Sea to Sea".
Matt introduces the B flat major scale and teaches the song "Stars and Stripes Forever".
Matt completes his two part series on "Stars and Stripes Forever" by teaching the accompaniment.
Matt Brown teaches the D Major scale in both first and second positions.
Matt Brown demonstrates "Danny Boy" in both first and second positions.
Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to the "Danny Boy" melody.
Matt teaches the Christmas classic "Silent Night."
Matt teaches the accompaniment to the "Silent Night" melody.
Matt Brown teaches "Funiculi Funicula" as an exercise in reading and playing in 6/8 time.
Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Funiculi Funicula".
In lesson 36, Matt provides exercises to help you strum triplet patterns.
In lesson 37, Matt Brown demonstrates how to strum sixteenth note rhythms.
Matt Brown demonstrates the melody and tips for playing the Russian folk tune "Song of the Volga Boatmen".
In lesson 39, Matt teaches the accompaniment to "Song of the Volga Boatmen".
Matt Brown teaches and demonstrates "Dance of the Ukraine."
Matt demonstrates the accompaniment to the "Dance of the Ukraine" melody.
Matt Brown teaches an etude for classical guitar by Ferdinando Carulli.
Matt Brown teaches the melody section to "Morning" by Edvard Grieg.
Matt teaches the accompaniment for Edvard Grieg's "Morning."
Matt Brown teaches Bach's classic Minuet.
In lesson 46, Matt Brown covers the accompaniment section to Bach's Minuet.
Matt Brown teaches Bach's "Little Prelude in C."
Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Little Prelude in C" by Bach.
Matt Brown teaches the 2nd guitar part to Muzio Clementi's famous "Sonatina."
Matt Brown teaches Invention #1 composed by J.S. Bach.
Matt takes a look at playing in third position. This lesson will set up future reading lessons that require the third position.
Matt Brown has you working through Jean Philippe Rameau's Minuet for third position playing in lesson 52. He provides a play along and accompaniment to help your sight reading and playing.
Matt Brown provides instruction and exercise to facilitate ear training.
Matt Brown introduces his new series on ear training. He covers basic chord qualities for the first training session.
Matt Brown offers up a lesson on how intervals are notated and their spacial relationships on the neck of the guitar.
In lesson three of his ear training series, Matt Brown explains how to identify melodic intervals by ear.
In lesson four, Matt Brown demonstrates listening techniques for identifying harmonically stacked intervals.
Matt Brown discusses and demonstrates how to identify common chord progressions by ear.
Matt will be frequently adding great new video lessons teaching you today's hottest songs.
Matt takes you start to finish with this popular Kurt Cobain number.
Matt Brown breaks down Motorhead's energetic tune "Ace of Spades."
Matt Brown takes an in-depth look at the classic Flaming Lips song "She Don't Use Jelly."
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