Matt Brown discusses lead guitarists, what makes a good solo, and tips for your own lead playing.
Taught by Matt Brown in Rock Guitar with Matt Brown seriesLength: 41:06Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
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.Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown discusses some of the fundamentals to playing lead.Length: 15:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt shows you the basics of figuring out any note on the guitar.Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn the basic minor, natural, and major scales. Quite a few techniques & ideas start with scales - they're an essential building block.Length: 34:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Matt takes you through the major scales & helps you to understand how they can be used.Length: 20:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Matt teaches the most common natural minor scale patterns.Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn & master the most popular types of bends.Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Learn sweep picking and string rakes.Length: 18:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn various techniques to use when improvising / soloing.Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Matt explains the most effective way to tune your guitar down.Length: 7:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn how to establish finger independence and a few tips and tricks with barre chords.Length: 37:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Matt Brown introduces a rock lick and shows how several famous players have modified it.Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Matt teaches some crucial rock sequences. He also explains how these sequences can be integrated in to your playing.Length: 34:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown focuses on string skipping technique. He provides several exercises designed to improve this aspect of your playing.Length: 33:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15 in Matt's rock series is all about intervals.Length: 34:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates lead guitar techniques using Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" as an example.Length: 29:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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."Length: 33:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
This lesson covers the natural minor scale and diatonic natural minor progressions. Matt uses the solo section to "Stairway to Heaven" as an example.Length: 24:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 19 Matt provides instruction on developing right hand skills including string skipping.Length: 26:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 20, Matt discusses chord progressions that don't follow a diatonic tonality.Length: 29:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.Length: 29:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 22, Matt continues his discussion of the harmonic minor tonality.Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 23, Matt takes a look at the solo section for the song "Sweet Child O' Mine."Length: 19:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt will be taking a look at the solo section from the live version of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Today".Length: 7:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown reviews and discusses the solo section to AC/DC's hit "Back In Black".Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 26, Matt covers the solo section from the Alice in Chains song "Brother".Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown discusses lead guitarists, what makes a good solo, and tips for your own lead playing.Length: 41:06 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches a number of exercises aimed at improving your legato playing technique.Length: 37:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates a few exercises to build skill and speed in your right hand.Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches Heitor Villa-Lobos' 1st Etude as a lesson in string skipping.Length: 38:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates how to play three octave versions of the minor pentatonic and the major scales in all 12 keys.Length: 16:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown demonstrates how to play all seven of the diatonic intervals within the framework of a horizontal major scale.Length: 23:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown discuss diatonic arpeggios as a theory lesson as well as demonstrating the technique.Length: 9:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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.Length: 10:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown teaches a progression and accompanying solo to demonstrate ideas for creating your own.Length: 21:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes a look at another chord progression and solo.Length: 17:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In lesson 37 of the Rock Series, Matt Brown demonstrates and talks about legato playing ideas.Length: 21:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Matt Brown switches gears in lesson 38 to start talking about rhythm concepts for rock playing.Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown discusses some often used techniques to build effective rock compositions.Length: 17:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.Length: 11:59 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Matt Brown takes another look at his approach to soloing. He demonstrates ideas you can use in your own playing.Length: 12:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown adds practice to his lead approach by giving you another chord progression to solo over.Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown has another chord progression and solo exercise to go over in this lesson on lead approach.Length: 10:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Matt Brown takes another look at string skipping. He breaks down some key areas of Matteo Carcassi's Allegro as an exercise.Length: 16:29 Difficulty: 2.5 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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