Matt takes you through his own daily practice regiment in order to help you budget your practice time.
Taught by Matt Brown in Jazz Guitar with Matt seriesLength: 31:00Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
In a typical week, Matt Brown practices five hours each day. He usually takes a break from all forms of work on Sunday to catch up on sleep and watch football. The five hours he spends practicing each day is broken up into four different areas. Matt spends two hours practicing electric guitar. These two hours are broken down into an hour of jazz practice and an hour practicing rock and roll. Then, he spends two hours practicing classical guitar. The final hour of the day is devoted to singing practice.Creating Your Own Practice Schedule
If you practice for several hours each day, it is very important to break up this time into smaller sections. For example, practice for an hour to start with. Then, take a break and move on to a different task. When you return to the guitar, you will hopefully have a clear head and perspective. Most people can only focus on a single topic for about an hour and a half before their attention begins to dwindle. Once your attention and focus disappears, you begin to practice bad habits. This is to be avoided at all costs. Take note of how long it typically takes before you space out and loose focus on what you are doing.
Jazz practice can be broken up into 7 basic categories: technique, comping (accompaniment), learning tunes, improvisation, solo arrangements, sight reading/general reading skills, and listening. Matt primarily discusses technique in this lesson. He addresses the remaining categories in the second installment of this two-part lesson.Technique
You always want to start your first practice session of the day by addressing specific technical issues. Practicing technique is the most effective way to warm up your hands. Practicing technique gets your fingers reacquainted with the guitar each day. It also prepares you for the music you are going to practice later in your session.
Technique includes exercises such as scales, modes, finger exercises, etc. At this point in the jazz lesson series, Matt has demonstrated a number of different scales and modes. He has discussed the major and minor scales. You have also learned the Mixolydian, Dorian, and Lydian modes as well as some more advanced scales such as the Lydian Dominant scale and the Bebop Dominant scale. Each day, select a few of these scales to practice in all 12 keys. Make sure you practice every pattern you know for each scale. For example, there are seven modes of the major scale. Select one mode each day, and practice it in all twelve keys.Playing Musically
Note: Check out Brad Henecke’s Phase 2 Classic Rock lessons for detailed information regarding the seven modes of the major scale. Matt will reference these lessons often in the course of this series.
Watch at 6:45 to see how Matt practices the Ionian mode (major scale) in all 12 keys. Notice how he alternates finger patterns when he changes keys.
Note: Check out Lesson 5 of Matt Brown’s Phase 2 Rock series for all five major scale patterns.
Regardless of whether you are playing a piece or working on technique, your highest priority is to play musically. This includes playing with rhythmic clarity as well as emotional intensity and energy. In the grand scheme of things, speed is a relatively low priority. Speed should only be used as a means to a musical end.Chapter 3: (17:31) Rhythmic Variations In this scene, Matt demonstrates 18 rhythmic variations that can be applied to any scale pattern. Practice all 18 variations with a different scale each day. ALWAYS practice these variations with a metronome! Keep the metronome at the same tempo throughout all 18 variations. Rhythm is the single most important aspect of any musical performance. It’s what makes people dance, bob their heads, or start a mosh pit. If you don’t have good rhythm, you are essentially worthless as a musician.
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.Length: 31:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn some more advanced chord voicings as well as the Charleston rhythm.Length: 19:13 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
Learn a handful of Set II voicings & round out your knowledge of the basic jazz chords.Length: 27:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Apply the chords you've learned & experiment with some solo ideas.Length: 32:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn which scales work with which jazz chord voicings.Length: 43:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Matt sheds some light on the circle of fifths.Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn how to get the most out of your time when practicing.Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Here's the second installment of Matt's proper practicing lesson.Length: 32:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn how to avoid carpal tunnel and other hand injuries by using proper technique.Length: 46:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches the jazz standard "All of Me."Length: 31:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown explains how to improvise over the changes to "All of Me."Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown begins talking about solo arrangements in this lesson. He teaches Carcassi's "Estudio No. 1" as an introduction to this concept.Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown returns to his Jazz series with a review lesson. He applies the standard ii V I progression to the circle of fifths.Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 14, Matt discusses the turnback progression in the jazz style.Length: 22:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt brown discusses and demonstrates the set three voicings used in jazz guitar.Length: 25:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Matt demonstrates how to practice jazz solo arrangements by taking a look at "Here's That Rainy Day."Length: 35:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 17, Matt reviews and expands on the jazz version of the 12 bar blues form.Length: 23:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Matt adds to your voicing repertoire while playing the Charleston rhythm.Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown talks about lead options when playing a blues in B flat major.Length: 23:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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.Length: 18:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes another look at blues heads in the key of B flat. In this lesson, he covers a head by Thelonious Monk.Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes a look at a solo arrangement and provides thoughts and tools necessary to complete this type of guitar playing.Length: 23:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown starts breaking down the rhythmic tendencies and patterns to the Brazilian Bossa Nova style of playing.Length: 17:56 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
In lesson 24 of his Jazz series, Matt takes a look at the melody to Blue Bossa.Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes a look at the available chord voicings for Blue Bossa.Length: 10:39 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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