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Matt Brown

Rhythm and Time Signatures

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

Taught by Matt Brown in Reading Music and Rhythm seriesLength: 22:01Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (03:04) Lesson Overview & Rhythm This lesson marks the beginning of several lessons within this series that focus solely on rhythm. In the current lesson as well as many lessons to follow, Matt will present several exercises designed to help your rhythmic and counting abilities. This lesson starts with the absolute basics. The exercises presented here feature very simple rhythms in 4/4 time. Eventually, as the series progresses, these exercises will become much more difficult. For example, Eastern rhythm concepts, polyrhythms, and music written by the band Meshuggah will be discussed in future lessons.

Remember, solid rhythm begins with a firm understanding of the basics. If you do not understand a certain rhythmic concept presented in these lessons, make sure you email Matt directly on the JamPlay site. Do not proceed to the next rhythm lesson until you clear up any confusion.
Chapter 2: (05:25) Basics of Notation and Time Signatures Clef Signs

Every piece of music begins with a clef symbol and key signature. Guitarists almost always play in treble or "G" clef. The loop of the treble clef symbol indicates where the note G is located on the staff. On a few rare occasions, you may see a 7-string or baritone guitar part written in bass clef.

Time Signatures

The clef and key signature are followed by the time signature. Almost all time signatures consist of two numbers. Most often there is one top number and one bottom number written in ration or fraction form. Occasionally you may see a few numbers on top. For example, you may see something like this: 3+2+3 all over 8. This specifies how groups of notes should be divided within the measure. Advanced time signatures such as this will be discussed in later lessons.

Top Number

The top number in a time signature indicates how many beats are in a measure.

Bottom Number

The bottom number indicates which note is counted as the beat. Memorize the following examples listed below.

2 on bottom = Half note gets the beat.

Common signatures: 2/2, 3/2.

4 on bottom = Quarter note gets the beat

Common signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 6/4, 5/4, 7/4.

8 on bottom = Eighth note gets the beat

Common signatures: 6/8, 12/8, 8/8, 7/8, 9/8, 3/8, 15/8.

16 on bottom = Sixteenth note gets the beat.

It is fairly rare for a sixteenth note or smaller value to be counted as the primary unit of the beat.

Introduction to Counting Syllables

When counting out a rhythm, specific counting syllables are applied to make things more manageable for the musician reading them.

A. Numerals

The note value that receives the beat is counted /written as a numeral. For example, in 4/4 time the quarter note receives the beat. As a result, the first beat is designated with the number "1." For a measure consisting of four quarter notes, you would count, "1, 2, 3, 4."

B. The "+" Sign

A "+" sign is used to denote eighth notes that occur on the upbeats. For example, look at rhythm exercise no. 4 in the "Supplemental Content" section. This exercise is comprised solely of eighth notes. Numerals can be applied to the notes that occur on downbeats (the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th eighth notes in the measure). A "+" symbol can be used to label the remaining eighth notes that occur on weak beats. This measure should be counted, "1+2+3+4+."
Chapter 3: (12:32) Notes and Timing Exercises Scales

All examples in this scene are applied to a C major scale in open position. Before you begin these exercises, you must learn, and memorize this scale. Watch Jim Deeming's 13th phase 1 lesson for a review of how to play this scale. Also open up the "Supplemental Content" tab for tablature corresponding to the C major scale. Other scales will be applied to rhythm exercises in future lessons.


For exercises containing note values no smaller than a quarter no note, use strict downstrokes for every note. Eighth notes occurring on weak beats are picked with an upstroke.

Practice Directions

1. ALWAYS practice these exercises with a metronome. Do not play them without one!

2. Strive for accuracy, and rhythmic clarity at all times. Speed is not important at this phase in your development.

3. Play each rhythmic example on the same note in the scale for a full measure. Then, move to the next note in the scale and repeat the same exercise. Remember to ascend as well as descend the scale.

Exercise 1

This exercise consists solely of whole notes. Although this exercise is quite easy, Do not neglect it! It will give you a solid internal feel for the metronome which will carry through the rest of the exercises.

Count "1, (2), (3), (4)" for each measure. Notes in parenthesis are counted, however no note is struck on these beats.

Exercise 2

This exercise consists of two half notes. Count "1, (2), 3, (4)" for each measure.

Exercise 3

This exercise consists solely of quarter notes. Count "1, 2, 3, 4" for each measure.

Exercise 4

This exercise consists solely of eighth notes. Count "1+2+3+4+" for each measure.

Exercise 5

This exercise consists of six eighth notes followed by a quarter note.

Count "1+2+3+4" for each measure.

Exercise 6

This one is a little bit tricky! Watch and listen to Matt several times. This exercise consists of five eighth notes, one quarter, then one eighth note. Count "1+2+3+(4)+" for each measure.

Exercise 7

This exercise consists of four eighth notes, one quarter, then two eighth notes. Count "1+2+3 4+" for each measure.

Exercise 8

This exercise features a tie. A tie adds the rhythmic value of the second note to the first note. The second note is not picked. For example, an eighth note tied to another eighth note receives the value of a quarter note. Watch and listen to Matt closely as he plays through this example. Count "1+2+(3)+4+" for each measure.

Exercise 9

You may find this one a little difficult as well. If so, spend more time practicing it. Count "1+(2)+3+4+" for each measure.

Make sure you can play all of these exercises before proceeding to the next lesson. Email if you have questions.

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ashutoshtiwariashutoshtiwari replied

hi Matt , thanks for sharing your knowledge. i can understand you are busy and you have lot of things to do but i want your help wrt - In this lession - video no.3 ''note and timing exercise'' i cant relate the exercise you are telling and the one which is mention in the pdf file of ''rhythm exercise'' . Specially the ex. no 5 , 6 ,7 mention in pdf file. And i think pdf file is wrong for that Ex. ie no 5,6,7. So please take a look to the video and pdf file and help me out. Waiting for your reply.

james.nichollsjames.nicholls replied

Hey ashutoshtiwari! I just wanted to let you know that you will need to post any questions directed to the teacher in the "Ask a Teacher" section that is located to the right of the "Comments" button. You will have better luck receiving an answer to your question that way. :-)

ashutoshtiwariashutoshtiwari replied

thanks james :)

jjod4jjod4 replied

the guy is a little weird, don't you think?

lehmanlehman replied

i have a question.....so when there is a ty of 2 notes do you strike the second note as well as the first note ?

ty15951ty15951 replied

My God... I never want to hear " X note gets the beat again"! Hahaha. I thought I would post my thoughts on this in case it helps anyone else!? When I am looking at the time signatures I find it easiest to think of them as a mathematical fraction. That is: 4/4 = 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 (four 1/4 notes per measure) 3/4 = 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 (three 1/4 notes per measure) 2/4 = 1/4 + 1/4 (two 1/4 notes per measure) 2/2 = 1/2 + 1/2 (two 1/2 notes per measure) 6/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 (six 1/8 notes per measure) I like to think of it this way because I find it WAAAY easier to say to myself " 4/4... oh that means four 1/4 notes per measure". And then when you are talking about all these notes: whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note and sixteenth note... well, I became confused again. A very musical co-worker commented that the different descriptions of the notes are there to show us how the notes relate to one another in time. That is: 1 whole note = 1/2 + 1/2 (two half notes) 1 whole note = 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 (four quarter notes) 1 quarter note = 1/8 + 1/8 (two eighth notes) Essentially, a sixteenth note is played one-half as long (in time) as an eighth note, and an eighth note is played one-half as long as a quarter note, and a quarter note is played one-half as long as a half-note, and a half-note is played one-half as long as a whole note. Basically... if I think of it in mathematical terms... and I hope that my thoughts are correct here :)... it all starts to make a bit more sense. This musical co-worker of mine also helped me to understand tempo as more of a feeling the music gets from how fast it is being played. How the notes relate to one-another remains the same regardless of how fast/slow the piece is played. Just some thoughts... I know it has been a while since anyone has commented on here. BUT, I hope this helped somewhat. From one beginner to another. xoxo Ty

fretmanfretman replied

In example 6, I am counting, 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. Do I still need to include the "and" after the 4 even though there is not a note associated with this "and"? For example, in example 4, there is a note associated with each beat, 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

In example 6 there is a note that occurs on the "and" of 4, so I definitely would count it. A note is NOT struck right on 4. Instead, the remainder of the quarter note carries over from the "and" of 3.

jimbeam48jimbeam48 replied

you need a black board to show how this works bro lol would be much easier to under stand im just startin to learn how to read music lol can play but can t read music lol thk you

mattbrownmattbrown replied

haha! Yeah...we realized that as soon as we posted this lesson live on the site...Oh well...you live, you learn. This lesson is 5 yrs. old at this point.

xiaobozhuxiaobozhu replied

2 on bottom = Half note gets the beat. 4 on bottom = Quarter note gets the beat. i'm not sure what they mean, can you explain to me?

mattbrownmattbrown replied

In 4/4, the quarter note is counted as the beat. So, if you're looking at measures of nothing but quarter notes in 4/4 time, you count "1, 2, 3, 4." If you see a number other than a "4" in the bottom of a time signature, a rhythmic value other than a quarter note is counted as the beat. In 2/2 for example, the half note is counted as the beat, and there are only 2 beats in each measure. So, if you see measures of 2/2 with nothing but half notes, you count "1, 2" for each measure...Basically, it's almost like the half note now functions like the quarter note used to in 4/4...The same concepts apply to signatures like 6/8, 12/8, etc...In these signatures, the eighth note receives the the beat. So, if you see a measures of nothing but eighth notes in 6/8, count "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." You don't count "1 and 2 and 3 and etc.," because the eighth note now receives one whole beat instead of just half a beat. Hope this helps!

alnrhondaalnrhonda replied

I really like the way you explain how to count each different note. I did, however, get lost on which exercise you were talking about. It took watching the lesson over and over to finally get it. Could you possibly mention the exercise you're covering as you talk about it? It would really help speed things up and make it easier for you perhaps.

xiaobozhuxiaobozhu replied

i watch the lesson for a couple times too

alnrhondaalnrhonda replied

I really like the way you explain how to count each different note. I did, however, get lost on which exercise you were talking about. It took watching the lesson over and over to finally get it. Could you possibly mention the exercise you're covering as you talk about it? It would really help speed things up and make it easier for you perhaps.

charlie636charlie636 replied

Matt, I have been on Jam Play now for6 months 7? not sure. I wish I had found this: reading music section on day one. I can read music and used to play the trumpet, but my rythem was poor. I never learned it correctly. This is great and I'll finish the entire section before moving on. Thanks.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Charlie - glad you're finding these lessons helpful! Hopefully these lessons will build up your fundamental skills like playing in time, playing with other people, etc. I think that reading notes is just the surface of what I'm trying to cover here.

jasonconfusedjasonconfused replied

God knows why when counting 8th notes every time I say "and" I feel like I need to play the string open. :/

hilaryhilary replied

Matt, it would be easier to understand your explanation of "ties" if you would include examples in your supplemental content, and then demonstrate these in your video. I'm finding even these basic lessons difficult as my mind has trouble wrapping itself around time signatures besides 4/4 and 3/4 time where a half note always gets 2 beats, a half note always gets 4 beats, etc. Or maybe it's just my age showing: :)

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Hey Hilary! Thanks for the feedback...I agree with ya. I'll keep that in mind for future lessons.

jarls1jarls1 replied

Scene 2 would be a good place to add some pictures of a whole note, quarter note, eighth and sixteenth notes. In 4/4 time, every quarter note gets one beat and there are 4 beats in a measure. In 3/4 time, every quarter note gets one beat and there are 3 beats in a measure... etc.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Thanks for the advice! I'll keep that in mind for the future.

ms turryms turry replied

I had to stop here to let the info sink in...but I'm determined to keep plugging. This intro stuff is always the hardest to get through.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Yeah...That's definitely not a bad idea. Make sure that you understand this lesson before moving on. I also highly recommend that you check out Jim Deeming's Phase 2 Music Reading lessons as well. Also, the Progressive Guitar Method Book 1 with the CD and DVD. If you ever have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask. I usually check my comments once a week. Good luck!!!

tictactoetictactoe replied

I'm a little confused about the time signatures. On your supplemental content, 3/2 time signature was represented with 3 half notes. You used 3 half notes because of the top number which is 3 and you used half notes because of the bottom number which is 2. I was wondering if i could use 6 quarter notes instead of 3 half notes to represent 3/2 in a staff . If that is correct then it means that i could also use 3 eight notes, 1 quarter note and 1 sixteenth note to represent 11/16. I know that 4/4 can also be represented with different notes like 2 eight notes and 1 half note and I was wondering if you could do the same with different time signatures.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

You're right! In 3/2 time, you could use any variety of rhythms as long as the sum of those rhythms adds up to a total of 3 half notes. The same concept also applies to other time signatures.

larryswopelarryswope replied

It would be really helpful if there were a visual representation as to the notes and how they appear in a scale when yo start talking about the beats, ties, add-on, etc.. It is not clear to he as to how you detail the beats with the ties with the timing because in some cases, they all sound the same

mattbrownmattbrown replied

That's a really good point. I'll try to incorporate more visually oriented material in future lessons. Thanks for the suggestion!

18imca18imca replied

nother nice guitar

buckeru101buckeru101 replied

I think if you counted while your playing would help tons especially on the tie notes section.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Thanks for the comments and suggestions, guys! I'll definitely start counting the rhythm out loud when I play. I think that will really help a lot of people.

hoovsterhoovster replied

The lessons are wordy but good... I think that showing by example more than explanation would work better for me...

valsun12valsun12 replied

This is great preliminary material for someone just getting her hands on the guitar and understanding the bond between reading and playing!! Thanks MATT

ronin808ronin808 replied

Matt, I just started out on your reading lessons(i'm glad you guys did these). While talking to a friend of my father-in law( who happens to be a music teacher,go figure, He had strongly suggested I start reading music. Your lessons are just what the Dr. ordered. Thanks and I look forward to putting the tablature down and reading music. Rock on and keep em comin!!!

pnestegardpnestegard replied

This is a great section. It is a nice review for some of us older players. I was in band during high school. This a nice review of some basics. By reviewing some of the basics, it has helped me to read music instead of try and wing it for lack of a better term. I look forward to learning more in this lesson set. Keep up the good work.

rblgeniusrblgenius replied

This is a great section. Sight reading is one of the most important things a guitarist can learn if they want to be successful.......... I'm delving into music theory over the summer since I will be taking AP music theory at my high school next year. I learned a little bit of sight reading with my music teacher but I want to take it to the next level

mattbrownmattbrown replied

supp. content will be posted in the next few days. thanks!

Reading Music and Rhythm

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.

Intro to Reading MusicLesson 1

Intro to Reading Music

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

Length: 15:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Reading MusicLesson 2

Reading Music

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
Rhythm and Time SignaturesLesson 3

Rhythm and Time Signatures

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

Length: 22:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
3/4 Time SignaturesLesson 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 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Reading Music PracticeLesson 5

Reading Music Practice

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
On Top of Old SmokeyLesson 6

On Top of Old Smokey

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
He's Got the Whole WorldLesson 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 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Amazing GraceLesson 8

Amazing Grace

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
Shoo, FlyLesson 9

Shoo, Fly

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
Scales and Key SignaturesLesson 10

Scales and Key Signatures

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
Minor Key and Aura LeeLesson 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 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Scarborough FairLesson 12

Scarborough Fair

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
Second PositionLesson 13

Second Position

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

Length: 29:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
RhythmLesson 14


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

Length: 20:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
On Top of Old Smokey ReviewLesson 15

On Top of Old Smokey Review

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
Reviewing Angels We Have Heard On High Lesson 16

Reviewing Angels We Have Heard On High

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
Shoo, Fly ReviewLesson 17

Shoo, Fly Review

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

Length: 8:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rhythm StrummingLesson 18

Rhythm Strumming

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

Length: 25:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Down by the RiversideLesson 19

Down by the Riverside

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
AccompanimentLesson 20


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

Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Fur Elise Pt. 1Lesson 21

Fur Elise Pt. 1

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
Fur Elise Pt. 2Lesson 22

Fur Elise Pt. 2

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

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Entertainer Pt. 1Lesson 23

The Entertainer Pt. 1

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

Length: 16:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Entertainer Pt. 2Lesson 24

The Entertainer Pt. 2

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
Sea to Sea Pt. 1Lesson 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 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Sea to Sea Pt. 2Lesson 26

Sea to Sea Pt. 2

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

Length: 10:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Stars and Stripes Forever Pt. 1Lesson 27

Stars and Stripes Forever Pt. 1

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

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Stars and Stripes Forever Pt. 2Lesson 28

Stars and Stripes Forever Pt. 2

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

Length: 7:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
D Major in First and Second PositionLesson 29

D Major in First and Second Position

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

Length: 17:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Danny Boy Pt. 1Lesson 30

Danny Boy Pt. 1

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

Length: 16:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Danny Boy Pt. 2Lesson 31

Danny Boy Pt. 2

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

Length: 12:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Silent Night Pt. 1Lesson 32

Silent Night Pt. 1

Matt teaches the Christmas classic "Silent Night."

Length: 18:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Silent Night Pt. 2Lesson 33

Silent Night Pt. 2

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

Length: 4:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Funiculi Funicula Pt. 1Lesson 34

Funiculi Funicula Pt. 1

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

Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Funiculi Funicula Pt. 2Lesson 35

Funiculi Funicula Pt. 2

Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Funiculi Funicula".

Length: 16:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Strumming TripletsLesson 36

Strumming Triplets

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

Length: 23:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Strumming Sixteenth Note RhythmsLesson 37

Strumming Sixteenth Note Rhythms

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

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Song of the Volga BoatmenLesson 38

Song of the Volga Boatmen

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
Song of the Volga Boatmen Pt. 2Lesson 39

Song of the Volga Boatmen Pt. 2

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

Length: 8:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Dance of the UkraineLesson 40

Dance of the Ukraine

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

Length: 15:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Dance of the Ukraine Pt. 2Lesson 41

Dance of the Ukraine Pt. 2

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

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Etude by Ferdinando CarulliLesson 42

Etude by Ferdinando Carulli

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

Length: 21:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Morning Pt. 1Lesson 43

Morning Pt. 1

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

Length: 18:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Morning Pt. 2Lesson 44

Morning Pt. 2

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

Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bach's Minuet Pt. 1Lesson 45

Bach's Minuet Pt. 1

Matt Brown teaches Bach's classic Minuet.

Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Bach's Minuet Pt. 2Lesson 46

Bach's Minuet Pt. 2

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

Length: 5:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Little Prelude in C Pt. 1Lesson 47

Little Prelude in C Pt. 1

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

Length: 16:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Little Prelude in C Pt. 2Lesson 48

Little Prelude in C Pt. 2

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

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Clementi's SonatinaLesson 49

Clementi's Sonatina

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

Length: 23:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bach's Invention #1Lesson 50

Bach's Invention #1

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

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Third PositionLesson 51

Third Position

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
Third Position PracticeLesson 52

Third Position Practice

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
Matt Brown

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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Rich Nibbe takes a look at how you can apply the pentatonic scale in the style of John Mayer into your playing.

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David Isaacs David Isaacs

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with...

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Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag." This song provides beginning and intermediate guitarists...

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Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it...

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Mark Nelson introduces "'Ulupalakua," a song he will be using to teach different skills and techniques. In this lesson, he...

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Tom Appleman Tom Appleman

Tom Appleman takes a look at a blues in E with a focus on the Chicago blues style. The bass line for Chicago blues is very...

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Nick Greathouse Nick Greathouse

Nick starts his series with Alternate Picking part 1. Improve your timing, speed, and execution with this important lesson.

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David Ellefson David Ellefson

David Ellefson, co-founding member of Megadeth, explains his overall approach to teaching and learning bass in this introductory...

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Prashant Aswani Prashant Aswani

Do you want to play more musical sounding solos? Do you want to play solos with more emotion behind them? Maybe you're the...

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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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Emil takes you through some techniques that he uses frequently in his style of playing. Topics include neck bending, percussive...

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Evan Brewer Evan Brewer

Evan Brewer explains everything you need to know in order to get going with your bass guitar. Topics include the parts of...

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Braun Khan Braun Khan

In this lesson, Braun teaches the chord types that are commonly used in jazz harmony. Learn how to build the chords and their...

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DJ Phillips DJ Phillips

Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".

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