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." (More)

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Rock

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.

Lesson 1

Proper Practicing

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

Length: 29:00
Lesson 2

Introduction to Lead

Matt Brown discusses some of the fundamentals to playing lead.

Length: 15:41
Lesson 3

Figuring Out Notes

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

Length: 7:00
Lesson 4

Scales

Learn the basic minor, natural, and major scales. Quite a few techniques & ideas start...

Length: 34:15
Lesson 5

Major Scales

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

Length: 20:25
Lesson 6

Natural Minor Scales

Matt teaches the most common natural minor scale patterns.

Length: 13:24
Lesson 7

Bending

Learn & master the most popular types of bends.

Length: 27:48
Lesson 8

Sweep Picking & Rakes

Learn sweep picking and string rakes.

Length: 18:36
Lesson 9

Solo Techniques

Learn various techniques to use when improvising / soloing.

Length: 12:51
Lesson 10

Tuning Down

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

Length: 7:18
Lesson 11

Barre Chords

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

Length: 37:18
Lesson 12

Rock Licks

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

Length: 19:30
Lesson 13

Rock Sequences

In this lesson Matt teaches some crucial rock sequences. He also explains how these sequences...

Length: 34:52
Lesson 14

String Skipping

Matt Brown focuses on string skipping technique. He provides several exercises designed...

Length: 33:09
Lesson 15

Intervals

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

Length: 34:47
Lesson 16

Rock Lead Guitar

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

Length: 29:24
Lesson 17

Solo Using Diatonic...

Matt Brown explains which scales can be used when playing a solo over a diatonic progression...

Length: 33:02
Lesson 18

Diatonic Natural Minor

This lesson covers the natural minor scale and diatonic natural minor progressions. Matt...

Length: 24:55
Lesson 19

Right Hand Technique

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

Length: 26:38
Lesson 20

Non-Diatonic Progressions

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

Length: 29:07
Lesson 21

Harmonic Minor

Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.

Length: 29:46
Lesson 22

Improvising Over Harmonic...

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

Length: 14:36
Lesson 23

Sweet Child O' Mine

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

Length: 19:43
Lesson 24

Today

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

Length: 7:29
Lesson 25

Back In Black Solo

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

Length: 9:34
Lesson 26

Brother

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

Length: 9:42
Lesson 27

Matt's Rock Manifesto

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

Length: 41:06
Lesson 28

Legato Playing Exercises

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

Length: 37:16
Lesson 29

Right Hand Exercises

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

Length: 15:06
Lesson 30

String Skipping Etude

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

Length: 38:47
Lesson 31

Three Octave Scales

Matt Brown demonstrates how to play three octave versions of the minor pentatonic and...

Length: 16:56
Lesson 32

Diatonic Intervals

Matt Brown demonstrates how to play all seven of the diatonic intervals within the framework...

Length: 23:01
Lesson 33

Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

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

Length: 9:55
Lesson 34

Diatonic 7ths Across...

Matt Brown explains how to play the diatonic seventh chords of the major scale. Similar...

Length: 10:46
Lesson 35

Solo Ideas #1

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

Length: 21:34
Lesson 36

Solo Ideas #2

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

Length: 17:29
Lesson 37

Legato Playing Ideas

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

Length: 21:24
Lesson 38

Rhythm Concepts

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

Length: 27:44
Lesson 39

Compositional Techniques

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

Length: 17:27
Lesson 40

Creative Chord Voicings

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

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Lesson 41

Lead Approach

Matt Brown takes another look at his approach to soloing. He demonstrates ideas you can...

Length: 12:10
Lesson 42

Lead Approach #2

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

Length: 7:14
Lesson 43

Lead Approach #3

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

Length: 10:25
Lesson 44

String Skipping Revisited

Matt Brown takes another look at string skipping. He breaks down some key areas of Matteo...

Length: 16:29
Jazz

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

Lesson 1

Intro to Jazz

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

Length: 31:36
Lesson 2

Voicings & Melodies

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

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Lesson 3

Set II Voicings

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

Length: 27:08
Lesson 4

Applying Chords / Solo...

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

Length: 32:47
Lesson 5

Scales and Chords Together

Learn which scales work with which jazz chord voicings.

Length: 43:00
Lesson 6

Circle of Fifths

Matt sheds some light on the circle of fifths.

Length: 28:00
Lesson 7

Proper Practicing

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

Length: 31:00
Lesson 8

Proper Practicing Part...

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

Length: 32:00
Lesson 9

Physicalities of Playing

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

Length: 46:19
Lesson 10

All of Me

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

Length: 31:12
Lesson 11

Lead and Scales

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

Length: 7:54
Lesson 12

Estudio No. 1.

Matt Brown begins talking about solo arrangements in this lesson. He teaches Carcassi's...

Length: 18:10
Lesson 13

Reviewing the ii V I...

Matt Brown returns to his Jazz series with a review lesson. He applies the standard ii...

Length: 18:10
Lesson 14

Turnback Progression

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

Length: 22:20
Lesson 15

Set Three Voicings

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

Length: 25:42
Lesson 16

Jazz Solo Arrangement

In this lesson, Matt demonstrates how to practice jazz solo arrangements by taking a look...

Length: 35:10
Lesson 17

Expanding on the 12...

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

Length: 23:20
Lesson 18

Adding Voices

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

Length: 14:22
Lesson 19

Key of B Flat Major

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

Length: 23:35
Lesson 20

Key of F

Matt Brown provides instruction and examples of playing jazz heads in the key of F. Once...

Length: 18:22
Lesson 21

Jazz Heads in B Flat

Matt Brown takes another look at blues heads in the key of B flat. In this lesson, he...

Length: 10:03
Lesson 22

Tools for Solo Arrangements

Matt Brown takes a look at a solo arrangement and provides thoughts and tools necessary...

Length: 23:13
Lesson 23

Introduction to Bossa...

Matt Brown starts breaking down the rhythmic tendencies and patterns to the Brazilian...

Length: 17:56
Lesson 24

Blue Bossa #1

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

Length: 9:12
Lesson 25

Blue Bossa #2

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

Length: 10:39
Reading Music and Rhythms

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.

Lesson 1

Intro to Reading Music

This introductory lesson will walk you through the basics of reading music and reading...

Length: 15:07
Lesson 2

Reading Music

Learn how to identify notes, the key signature, and the staff. Implement your reading...

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Lesson 3

Rhythm and Time Signatures

Learn the basics of notation and time signatures. Practice these concepts with a few timing...

Length: 22:01
Lesson 4

3/4 Time Signatures

Now that you've learned a bit about 4/4 time, it's on to 3/4 time.

Length: 22:20
Lesson 5

Reading Music Practice

Now that you know the basics of reading music, it's time to put that knowledge to work...

Length: 25:43
Lesson 6

On Top of Old Smokey

Get some more practice reading music and rhythms during your rock fest rendition of "On...

Length: 15:54
Lesson 7

He's Got the Whole World

Matt Brown reviews the G major scale and teaches "He's Got the Whole World".

Length: 13:18
Lesson 8

Amazing Grace

Matt Brown explains how to read music in the key of F major. He uses the song "Amazing...

Length: 15:22
Lesson 9

Shoo, Fly

Matt Brown teaches the song "Shoo, Fly" as another excellent rhythm and reading example....

Length: 14:46
Lesson 10

Scales and Key Signatures

Matt Brown returns with the 10th installment in his Reading and Rhythm series. In this...

Length: 14:09
Lesson 11

Minor Key and Aura Lee

In this lesson Matt Brown covers the first minor key song in this series, "Aura Lee".

Length: 12:11
Lesson 12

Scarborough Fair

In this lesson, Matt introduces the A Dorian mode. He applies it to the song "Scarborough...

Length: 16:29
Lesson 13

Second Position

In lesson 13, Matt Brown discusses and demonstrates second position.

Length: 29:52
Lesson 14

Rhythm

Lesson 14 is all about rhythm. Matt Brown discusses its importance and provides several...

Length: 20:17
Lesson 15

On Top of Old Smokey...

Matt Brown reviews "On Top of Old Smokey". This time around, the melody is played in...

Length: 7:56
Lesson 16

Reviewing Angels We...

For lesson 14, Matt Brown reviews "Angels We Have Heard On High". The melody is now played...

Length: 12:02
Lesson 17

Shoo, Fly Review

Matt Brown reviews the song "Shoo, Fly" in second position.

Length: 8:56
Lesson 18

Rhythm Strumming

This lesson covers right hand rhythm technique. Matt introduces syncopated strumming patterns.

Length: 25:38
Lesson 19

Down by the Riverside

Matt teaches the melody to "Down by the Riverside". This tune is used as preparation for...

Length: 15:02
Lesson 20

Accompaniment

Matt uses the song "Down by the Riverside" to teach accompaniment techniques for rhythm...

Length: 12:31
Lesson 21

Fur Elise Pt. 1

Matt teaches the classic tune "Fur Elise" in a two part series. For Part 1, Matt demonstrates...

Length: 24:03
Lesson 22

Fur Elise Pt. 2

In lesson 22, Matt teaches the accompaniment sections to Beethoven's "Fur Elise".

Length: 13:12
Lesson 23

The Entertainer Pt....

Lesson 23 starts a 2 part series on the classic tune "The Entertainer".

Length: 16:30
Lesson 24

The Entertainer Pt....

Lesson 24 completes the two part series on "The Entertainer". You will learn the accompaniment...

Length: 14:06
Lesson 25

Sea to Sea Pt. 1

Matt starts another 2 part lesson, this time on the tune "Sea to Sea" by William G. Leavitt.

Length: 20:36
Lesson 26

Sea to Sea Pt. 2

Lesson 26 completes Matt's 2 part series on "Sea to Sea".

Length: 10:17
Lesson 27

Stars and Stripes Forever...

Matt introduces the B flat major scale and teaches the song "Stars and Stripes Forever".

Length: 21:31
Lesson 28

Stars and Stripes Forever...

Matt completes his two part series on "Stars and Stripes Forever" by teaching the accompaniment.

Length: 7:39
Lesson 29

D Major in First and...

Matt Brown teaches the D Major scale in both first and second positions.

Length: 17:55
Lesson 30

Danny Boy Pt. 1

Matt Brown demonstrates "Danny Boy" in both first and second positions.

Length: 16:28
Lesson 31

Danny Boy Pt. 2

Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to the "Danny Boy" melody.

Length: 12:03
Lesson 32

Silent Night Pt. 1

Matt teaches the Christmas classic "Silent Night."

Length: 18:17
Lesson 33

Silent Night Pt. 2

Matt teaches the accompaniment to the "Silent Night" melody.

Length: 4:55
Lesson 34

Funiculi Funicula Pt....

Matt Brown teaches "Funiculi Funicula" as an exercise in reading and playing in 6/8 time.

Length: 14:39
Lesson 35

Funiculi Funicula Pt....

Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Funiculi Funicula".

Length: 16:40
Lesson 36

Strumming Triplets

In lesson 36, Matt provides exercises to help you strum triplet patterns.

Length: 23:30
Lesson 37

Strumming Sixteenth...

In lesson 37, Matt Brown demonstrates how to strum sixteenth note rhythms.

Length: 17:28
Lesson 38

Song of the Volga Boatmen

Matt Brown demonstrates the melody and tips for playing the Russian folk tune "Song of...

Length: 11:33
Lesson 39

Song of the Volga Boatmen...

In lesson 39, Matt teaches the accompaniment to "Song of the Volga Boatmen".

Length: 8:35
Lesson 40

Dance of the Ukraine

Matt Brown teaches and demonstrates "Dance of the Ukraine."

Length: 15:37
Lesson 41

Dance of the Ukraine...

Matt demonstrates the accompaniment to the "Dance of the Ukraine" melody.

Length: 13:36
Lesson 42

Etude by Ferdinando...

Matt Brown teaches an etude for classical guitar by Ferdinando Carulli.

Length: 21:20
Lesson 43

Morning Pt. 1

Matt Brown teaches the melody section to "Morning" by Edvard Grieg.

Length: 18:44
Lesson 44

Morning Pt. 2

Matt teaches the accompaniment for Edvard Grieg's "Morning."

Length: 8:08
Lesson 45

Bach's Minuet Pt. 1

Matt Brown teaches Bach's classic Minuet.

Length: 14:55
Lesson 46

Bach's Minuet Pt. 2

In lesson 46, Matt Brown covers the accompaniment section to Bach's Minuet.

Length: 5:53
Lesson 47

Little Prelude in C...

Matt Brown teaches Bach's "Little Prelude in C."

Length: 16:23
Lesson 48

Little Prelude in C...

Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Little Prelude in C" by Bach.

Length: 7:49
Lesson 49

Clementi's Sonatina

Matt Brown teaches the 2nd guitar part to Muzio Clementi's famous "Sonatina."

Length: 23:46
Lesson 50

Bach's Invention #1

Matt Brown teaches Invention #1 composed by J.S. Bach.

Length: 21:42
Lesson 51

Third Position

Matt takes a look at playing in third position. This lesson will set up future reading...

Length: 7:16
Lesson 52

Third Position Practice

Matt Brown has you working through Jean Philippe Rameau's Minuet for third position playing...

Length: 15:11
Ear Training

Matt Brown provides instruction and exercise to facilitate ear training.

Lesson 1

Chord Qualities

Matt Brown introduces his new series on ear training. He covers basic chord qualities...

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Lesson 2

Introduction to Intervals

Matt Brown offers up a lesson on how intervals are notated and their spacial relationships...

Length: 48:58
Lesson 3

Hearing Intervals

In lesson three of his ear training series, Matt Brown explains how to identify melodic...

Length: 52:34
Lesson 4

Harmonic Intervals

In lesson four, Matt Brown demonstrates listening techniques for identifying harmonically...

Length: 33:46
Lesson 5

Progressions

Matt Brown discusses and demonstrates how to identify common chord progressions by ear.

Length: 30:09