Matt teaches the melody to "Down by the Riverside" This tune is used as preparation for learning accompaniment techniques.
Taught by Matt Brown in Reading Music and Rhythm seriesLength: 15:02Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
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.Length: 15:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Learn how to identify notes, the key signature, and the staff. Implement your reading skills by playing a few simple tunes.Length: 43:32 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Learn the basics of notation and time signatures. Practice these concepts with a few timing exercises.Length: 22:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now that you've learned a bit about 4/4 time, it's on to 3/4 time.Length: 22:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that you know the basics of reading music, it's time to put that knowledge to work with some exercises.Length: 25:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Get some more practice reading music and rhythms during your rock fest rendition of "On Top of Old Smokey".Length: 15:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown reviews the G major scale and teaches "He's Got the Whole World".Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown explains how to read music in the key of F major. He uses the song "Amazing Grace" as an example.Length: 15:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the song "Shoo, Fly" as another excellent rhythm and reading example. This song is in the key of G.Length: 14:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown returns with the 10th installment in his Reading and Rhythm series. In this lesson, Matt discusses key signatures.Length: 14:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson Matt Brown covers the first minor key song in this series, "Aura Lee."Length: 12:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Matt introduces the A Dorian mode. He applies it to the song "Scarborough Fair."Length: 16:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 13, Matt Brown discusses and demonstrates second position.Length: 29:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14 is all about rhythm. Matt Brown discusses its importance and provides several exercises.Length: 20:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown reviews "On Top of Old Smokey." This time around, the melody is played in second position.Length: 7:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
For lesson 14, Matt Brown reviews "Angels We Have Heard On High." The melody is now played in second position.Length: 12:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown reviews the song "Shoo, Fly" in second position.Length: 8:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
This lesson covers right hand rhythm technique. Matt introduces syncopated strumming patterns.Length: 25:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt teaches the melody to "Down by the Riverside" This tune is used as preparation for learning accompaniment techniques.Length: 15:02 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt uses the song "Down by the Riverside" to teach accompaniment techniques for rhythm backing.Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt teaches the classic tune "Fur Elise" in a two part series. For Part 1, Matt demonstrates the melody section.Length: 24:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 22, Matt teaches the accompaniment sections to Beethoven's "Fur Elise."Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 23 starts a 2 part series on the classic tune "The Entertainer."Length: 16:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24 completes the two part series on "The Entertainer." You will learn the accompaniment in this lesson.Length: 14:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt starts another 2 part lesson, this time on the tune "Sea to Sea" by William G. Leavitt.Length: 20:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26 completes Matt's 2 part series on "Sea to Sea."Length: 10:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt introduces the B flat major scale and teaches the song Stars and Stripes Forever.Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt completes his two part series on "Stars and Stripes Forever" by teaching the accompaniment.Length: 7:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the D Major scale in both first and second positions.Length: 17:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates "Danny Boy" in both first and second positions.Length: 16:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to the "Danny Boy" melody.Length: 12:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt teaches the Christmas classic "Silent Night."Length: 18:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt teaches the accompaniment to the "Silent Night" melody.Length: 4:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches "Funiculi Funicula" as an exercise in reading and playing in 6/8 time.Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Funiculi Funicula."Length: 16:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In lesson 36, Matt provides exercises to help you strum triplet patterns.Length: 23:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 37, Matt Brown will demonstrate how to strum sixteenth note rhythms.Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates the melody and tips for playing the Russian folk tune "Song of the Volga Boatmen.Length: 11:33 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
In lesson 39, Matt teaches the accompaniment to "Song of the Volga Boatmen."Length: 8:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches and demonstrates "Dance of the Ukraine."Length: 15:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt demonstrates the accompaniment to the "Dance of the Ukraine" melody.Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches an etude for classical guitar by Ferdinando Carulli.Length: 21:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the melody section to "Morning" by Edvard Grieg.Length: 18:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt teaches the accompaniment for Edvard Grieg's "Morning."Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches Bach's classic Minuet.Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 46, Matt Brown covers the accompaniment section to Bach's Minuet.Length: 5:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches Bach's "Little Prelude in C."Length: 16:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Little Prelude in C" by Bach.Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the 2nd guitar part to Muzio Clementi's famous "Sonatina."Length: 23:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches Invention #1 composed by J.S. Bach.Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt takes a look at playing in third position. This lesson will set up future reading lessons that require the third position.Length: 7:16 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
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.Length: 15:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
About Matt Brown
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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 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.
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