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Matt Brown

Scales

Learn the basic minor, natural, and major scales. Quite a few techniques & ideas start with scales - they're an essential building block.

Taught by Matt Brown in Rock Guitar with Matt Brown seriesLength: 34:15Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (9:19) Introduction Why are scales so important to learn? Scales are the fundamental building blocks of all music.

Basic Major Scale Fingerings
Matt demonstrates the two most common major scale fingerings devised by the great classical guitarist Andres Segovia. The first and most common pattern stays in 7th position. The second pattern begins in 2nd position then shifts up to the fifth position. When improvising, you will very seldom stay in the same position for the entire solo. This pattern gives you practice shifting up the neck to access higher notes.

These patterns can be transposed to any key across the neck. Start with your second finger on the root note and you are good to go! Be sure to practice these scale fingerings in all 12 major keys! Start with C and work your way around the Circle of Fifths.
Note: Click the "Supplemental Content" tab for diagrams of these scales as well as a Circle of Fifths diagram.
Chapter 2: (6:22) Natural Minor Scales Matt demonstrates the most common Natural Minor scale fingerings in the key of A minor. Once again, Segovia devised these patterns. The first stays pattern remains in 5th position throughout. However, the B note on the D string can be played on the 4th fret of the G string. This will cause a position shift. The second pattern is a pattern with a position shift. It is demonstrated in the key of E minor. Be sure to practice these scales in all 12 minor keys. Use the inner circle of the Circle of Fifths to practice minor keys.

Note: Click the "Supplemental Content" tab for diagrams of these scales.
Chapter 3: (9:34) Minor Pentatonic Scales This scale is derived from the Natural Minor Scale. It consists of 5 notes, hence the name "pentatonic". These notes are the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th scale degrees from the Natural Minor Scale. In the key of A minor, these notes are A, C, D, E, and G. These notes are chosen because they are most consonant against a diatonic progression. B and F are notes that are generally used to create tension. As a result, they are omitted from the pentatonic scale.

In this scene, Matt demonstrates the 5 vertical pentatonic patterns or "boxes". The fifth position box is the most common, and consequently should be mastered first.

Note: Click the "Supplemental Content" tab for diagrams of the five minor pentatonic boxes.
Chapter 4: (1:31) Major Pentatonic Scales The finger patterns for the Major Pentatonic Scale are the same as the Minor Pentatonic. This scale also contains the same notes (C,D,E,G,A,C). In this case however, start and end the scale on the tonic note C. Reordering the notes as such will give the scale a major sound.

Note: Click the "Supplemental Content" tab for diagrams of the five major pentatonic boxes.
Chapter 5: (7:25) Practical Applications Scales help develop three basic skill sets essential to any musician.

1. Practicing scales enhances technical ability. Playing scales is an excellent way to monitor your hand posture (both right and left). Through repetitious practice of scales, speed can very gradually be increased. How do you think players such as Kirk Hammett or Dimebag Darrell can play such fast lines? They spent several years of diligent practice working on their scales.

2. Practicing scales is the best practice for being able to perform melodic content musically. When playing scales, they must be interpreted as a series of resolutions passing from one note to another. If you do not practice your scales musically, your solos and melodies will not sound musical. You may be playing all the correct notes, but it still doesn't sound like anything.

3. Playing scales increases your knowledge of the fretboard. In order to improvise effectively in a given tonality, you must be able to play the scale horizontally and vertically across the entire neck. In the course of a solo, you don't have time to sit and figure out where the next pentatonic box is. This must all be memorized through practice in advance. In order to play any written repertoire such as a classical piece or a jazz chord solo, one must know all the scale patterns that the piece contains. Knowing scales is also the biggest help in writing songs. Without a total knowledge of all the different scales and sounds available, how do you expect to write music that doesn't all sound the same?


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gvt4089gvt4089 replied on May 18th, 2017

sorry I think matt need help trying to get his point across. he does know the guitar

slononforceslononforce replied on August 25th, 2016

Matt, am I mixed up or did you make an error when teaching the A minor pentatonic scale in the 2nd position? you said start with the A on the 6th string 5th fret then B on the 5th string 2nd fret. Didn't you mean to say C 5th string 3rd fret?

phil5980phil5980 replied on April 13th, 2016

Rel minor is the 6th of the major, C = A.

euroa24euroa24 replied on July 17th, 2015

hey matt when you mentioned the Circle of Fifths I have a question about when you said When you move to the right from C it would be F and that's 4ths. When I check out the diagram its to the left. is there a reason for this or just left is right right is left

jons4acesjons4aces replied on June 29th, 2015

I agree with jaybones ... would like to see scales played at a very slow pace to better follow along and increase speed at slower intervals. Its all good though!

jaybonesjaybones replied on June 3rd, 2015

This guy is good for himself, but hard to see his fingers moving. Very frustrating to follow. Bye.

toddovermoentoddovermoen replied on January 2nd, 2015

I should point out that your trick for learning the relative minor if one does not have a circle of fifths to look at; or, has it memorized is very helpful for figuring out that relative minor!

toddovermoentoddovermoen replied on January 2nd, 2015

Excellent lesson, Matt. Thank you for the lesson. I always wondered what key guitarists were jamming in when they left the major scale. It was the relative minor! And it sounds so cool with a song in the key of G! Keep up the great work!

mattd01mattd01 replied on October 27th, 2014

hey i been playing guitar for awhile and never had any lessons. I really wanna start playing lead guitar. where is a good spot to start on here ?

d_tokid_toki replied on June 8th, 2014

Hi, maybe this is a stupid question but is there a reason to call it box 1, box 2, etc...? I mean, is there a rationale in the numbering?

mattbrownmattbrown replied on June 9th, 2014

Hi! The numbers that people often give the box patterns or shapes are completely arbitrary. What one person might refer to as "box 1," might be what someone else refers to as "box 5". So no, there isn't really a set numbering for the five shapes. The CAGED system is a different story. This system relates chords, scales, and arpeggios based on their visual shapes. So, there is a set pattern to the CAGED system. I imagine you can search for "CAGED" on the homepage and find a lot of great lessons on this topic.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 9th, 2014

Good question! I'm sure Matt will get on here and explain but I wanted to chime in just in case it takes him a few days to see this. The Boxes are just finger patterns on the fretboard. If you look at our scale library here http://members.jamplay.com/teaching-tools/scale-library/view/minor-pentatonic-scale#A and click "patterns" it may make more sense to you!

willtomwilltom replied on March 21st, 2014

Matt in scene 5 you played around with the am minor pent you started out at the 5th fret playing the scale and then you started sliding up and down the neck. My question is can you move the scale anywhere on the neck as long as you end up back in the first position?

tomhighwoodtomhighwood replied on February 15th, 2014

please see comment Feb. 11, 2014 Thanks, Tom

tomhighwoodtomhighwood replied on February 9th, 2014

Really enjoyed the lesson. Cycle of 4ths. You stopped on A flat, I could not find A flat on the scales tool on the main page. What am I missing?

mattbrownmattbrown replied on February 10th, 2014

Glad you enjoyed it! Hmm, the key of Ab major should definitely be in the scale library in the "teaching tools" section. Maybe there's something wrong with the scale library. I'll have to look into that...

mattbrownmattbrown replied on February 10th, 2014

Ah...I think I know what the problem may be...In terms of major keys, Ab major is always referred to as Ab major - never G# major. In terms of minor keys however, the key of G# minor is always used and never Ab minor...This just has to do with notating music and what is easiest to read/notate in standard notation.

tomhighwoodtomhighwood replied on February 11th, 2014

I am so sorry, I am still confused. If I understand what you are telling me, shouldn't I still be able to find the A flat major scale in the scale library under Ionic mode?

midlifemidlife replied on April 23rd, 2013

Matt, I have all 5 box patterns of the minor pentatonic well memorized, but the way I learned the patterns was to start with the first note on the low E, play up the scale then play back down. In your lesson you always start and end on the root note. It took me a minute to figure out we were playing the same patterns, just starting on a different note. Is it important to start and end on the root note? Is it typical to start and end on the root note when soloing?

midlifemidlife replied on April 23rd, 2013

Ok, went back an rewatched your lesson on minor pentatonic and answered my own questions! Sorry about that.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on April 24th, 2013

Hey! No problem! Typically when I practice a scale, I'll begin and end on the root note, but not always. I think it's important to practice both ways. Starting and ending with the root note is important to get the overall sound of the scale in your ears. When playing a solo, you're usually starting with a note that is within the chord you're playing over...not always though. For example, if the first chord in the solo section is Am, most of the time you'll want to start on a strong note within that chord (A,C,E). The same concept applies to ending the solo - end with a note that works well with the chord at the end of the solo. Keep in mind that this chord might begin a new section of the song. It sounds like you're on the right track.

tjpostmatjpostma replied on December 19th, 2012

Great Lesson Matt. Very helpful. There is something very intriguing about the Circle of Fifths. It seems to really help mastering the fretboard. Great basis for practicing scales.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on December 19th, 2012

Thanks! Yeah, it is very helpful for practicing scales, progressions, etc. It's also helpful for outlining V to I (dominant to tonic) chord relationships.

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 15th, 2012

Thanks Matt! Very helpful!!!

mattbrownmattbrown replied on June 18th, 2012

You're very welcome! Thanks for checking out my lessons!

jondavisjondavis replied on April 22nd, 2012

As I like to play along, I'd like the instructors to have a 1234 count before playing the scale so I can come in at the same time. Just a thought.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on April 23rd, 2012

Yeah...that's a great suggestion!...This lesson is about 5 years old at this point...I think we tried to incorporate more 'play alongs' in later lessons that we did...especially with the Reading Music and Rhythm series.

rbradyrbrady replied on August 15th, 2011

Hi, Matt: what do you think is the best way to learn all of the scale shape-patterns for using them over the length of the neck? For example, I will practice improving in a key using all positions, but if I am to jump from one end of the neck to the other, my ability allows me to really only jump to a root because that is how I have defined the patterns. Do you think it is most effective to know the notes of each scale (and the notes of the fretboard), or to create a really good mental image of the scale patterns as they connect to each other so that I can sort of place that image on the fretboard while I play? Thanks!

mattbrownmattbrown replied on August 22nd, 2011

Hey! When you're first learning a scale, the first step that most people go through is learning where to put your fingers. This is just one step out of many towards actually being able to use the scale for a practical purpose. In the course of a solo or melody, you always want to play off of the important chord tones that are being played. So, to be an effective player, you have to an awareness of how the notes you're playing relate to what the rhythm section is doing. My advice at this point is to organize your improv practice. Try improvising using just a single string at a time. Pick a backing track and improvise using only the first string. Then, repeat the process with the other strings. Also, limit yourself to using just a single vertical position as well. When going through this process, make sure you are using your ears to dictate what you play. Don't just hack through notes that are in the scale and "work." Make sure the ideas that you play make musical sense. Hope this helps! Keep the questions coming!

mritalian55mritalian55 replied on February 1st, 2010

Good job Matt, I want to ask one question that I am a little confuse about. When looking at the minor scale why do is meant by This mode is built from the sixth scale degree of the parent Major Scale, and is commonly known as the Natural Minor Scale.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on February 4th, 2010

Basically, if you look at a major scale, C major for instance, you get the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and C. The "relative" natural minor scale begins on the sixth note of the major scale and contains the same group of notes. The sixth note of the C major scale is A. So, the relative natural minor scale in relation to C major is A natural minor. This scale is spelled A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A. Notice how A natural minor and C major contain the same group of pitches.

raoelraoel replied on May 12th, 2010

So the root note is A?

mattbrownmattbrown replied on May 17th, 2010

Yep...The root note is A. Seems like you understand what is going on here.

martymaymartymay replied on October 29th, 2009

I like your lessons but I still dont understand this: when you start a solo with a minor scale, how can you add a major scale phrase in the middle of the solo? I mean how do you know where to start? Because if I start with an A minor key, I cant keep phrasing in A major, it doesnt sound good (Im not sure Im clear here, just let me know if not)

joefroehlejoefroehle replied on August 24th, 2009

I get where this lesson is going but then you go on to just tear up the scales in some solo stuff...that would be nice...some intermediate steps or solo tips I would love...any suggestions?

mattbrownmattbrown replied on September 11th, 2009

I get more into that type of information later in the series with the lessons on specific lead techniques and lessons about playing over specific tonalities. I'm also about to film some new lessons that cover that type of information.

gwilkin9gwilkin9 replied on August 20th, 2009

I guess its the old cliche...practice your scales and you will get better...turns out to be true. Good lesson. Understand the concept of the circle of fifths and how it works. Not having so much fun with the practical application, going to check out the Jazz lesson reccommended..

zpcohenzpcohen replied on April 21st, 2009

Good lesson, but could you further explain what you mean by "playing the scales musically" and hearing the resolutions. I'm not sure what you mean by this.

larrythao1994larrythao1994 replied on December 2nd, 2008

are there patterns to scales? or do we have to memorize them?

x29ax29a replied on June 28th, 2008

Why is this rated Skill: 3.0 of 5. Seems to be more like the essential basics :)

mattbrownmattbrown replied on September 26th, 2008

I agree. I would have rated this lesson a 1 on the difficulty level.

ricky54326ricky54326 replied on March 26th, 2008

I'm still a little confused about the Circle. How would you go from, say, C to F? Just move up a string and play the same scale?

mattbrownmattbrown replied on September 26th, 2008

Check out my Phase 2 Jazz series. I did a full lesson about the circle of fifths.

bresedkbresedk replied on July 31st, 2008

Silver36, if you do a search on the internet it is easy to find a circle of fifths chart, that should help you out with the scales.

hazeldinehazeldine replied on June 16th, 2008

nice lesson, although you got the 3rd Am Pentatonic wrong when you did it the first time through :P when practicing these scales, i would suggest ALWAYS to do it with a metronome at around 60 ( depending on your current ability ) plus if your not doing so already, try doing these lessons in conjunction with Matts lessons on Reading Music, especialy with some of his rythum exercises, and it will help keep your scales practice from getting boring ( which helps very quickly... ) as for the scale boxes, just steal them from i think its Brads lessons, as he uses scales boxes, so there already on the site : )

kajkagenkajkagen replied on March 23rd, 2008

nice lesson. Some scale diagrams would be a big help

mbeurymbeury replied on March 13th, 2008

how fast should i be able to play each scale before i move on to the next one? i dont want to try to move on and end up in a huge mess

snakedogmansnakedogman replied on February 13th, 2008

I agree that addition of scale diagrams would be very welcome for this lesson!

bvalbval replied on February 8th, 2008

Its way easier to learn scales visually with a diagram vs reading through the tab. I've seen them in other lessons, I would like to see them here and in the suplemental content. Thanks!

mdejessemdejesse replied on January 1st, 2008

A lot to cover, need to see scales, since your fingers ares so close to strings, I can't tell what fret you are hitting.

huxtablejoneshuxtablejones replied on December 7th, 2007

those scales diagrams would be great

cbw2003cbw2003 replied on December 6th, 2007

What is the difference between "major" and "minor" scales? What makes a scale "minor"?

cbw2003cbw2003 replied on December 6th, 2007

In the Supplemental Content section, I see the Circle of Fifths Diagram but do not see diagrams of any of the scales. Have these been posted yet?

kevinacekevinace replied on August 27th, 2007

Just wanted to let you know that the circle of fifths is now in the supplemental content of this lesson.

kevinacekevinace replied on August 24th, 2007

We will add this to the supplemental content section ASAP. I apologize for the inconvenience.

silver36silver36 replied on August 24th, 2007

great lesson, where can i find the circle of fifths chart?

Rock Guitar with Matt Brown

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Introduction to Lead

Matt Brown discusses some of the fundamentals to playing lead.

Length: 15:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Figuring Out Notes

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

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Scales

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
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Major Scales

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Length: 20:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Natural Minor Scales

Matt teaches the most common natural minor scale patterns.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Solo Techniques

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Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Barre Chords

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Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 34:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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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

Intervals

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

Length: 34:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Rock Lead Guitar

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

Length: 29:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Solo Using Diatonic Scales

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
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Diatonic Natural Minor

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
Lesson 19

Right Hand Technique

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

Length: 26:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Non-Diatonic Progressions

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

Length: 29:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Harmonic Minor

Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.

Length: 29:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Improvising Over Harmonic Minor

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

Length: 14:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Today

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
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 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Brother

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

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Matt's Rock Manifesto

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
Lesson 28

Legato Playing Exercises

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

Length: 37:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Right Hand Exercises

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

Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

String Skipping Etude

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

Length: 38:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

Three Octave Scales

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
Lesson 32

Diatonic Intervals

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
Lesson 33

Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

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

Length: 9:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 34

Diatonic 7ths Across the Neck

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
Lesson 35

Solo Ideas #1

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

Length: 21:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Solo Ideas #2

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

Length: 17:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 37

Legato Playing Ideas

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

Length: 21:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 38

Rhythm Concepts

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

Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 39

Compositional Techniques

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

Length: 17:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Creative Chord Voicings

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

Length: 11:59 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Lesson 41

Lead Approach

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
Lesson 42

Lead Approach #2

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
Lesson 43

Lead Approach #3

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
Lesson 44

String Skipping Revisited

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 View Full Biography 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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Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal pulls out all the stops in his blistering artist series. Dive into the intense,...

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Larry Cook Larry Cook

In this lesson, Larry discusses and demonstrates how to tune your bass. He explains why tuning is critical and discusses...

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John DeServio John DeServio

JD teaches the pentatonic and blues scales and explains where and when you can apply them.

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