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Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Matt is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

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 Dayt... (more)

Matt currently offers 129 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 126 intermediate lessons and 3 song lessons.

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Rock

Rock Guitar with Matt Brown

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.

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Proper Practicing

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

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Introduction to Lead

Matt Brown discusses some of the fundamentals to playing lead.

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Figuring Out Notes

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

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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.

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Major Scales

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

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Natural Minor Scales

Matt teaches the most common natural minor scale patterns.

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Bending

Learn & master the most popular types of bends.

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Sweep Picking & Rakes

Learn sweep picking and string rakes.

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Solo Techniques

Learn various techniques to use when improvising / soloing.

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Tuning Down

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

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Barre Chords

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

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Rock Licks

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

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Rock Sequences

In this lesson Matt teaches some crucial rock sequences. He also explains how these sequences can be integrated in to your playing.

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String Skipping

Matt Brown focuses on string skipping technique. He provides several exercises designed to improve this aspect of your playing.

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Intervals

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

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Rock Lead Guitar

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

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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."

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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.

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Right Hand Technique

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

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Non-Diatonic Progressions

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

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Harmonic Minor

Matt begins to discuss and demonstrate the harmonic minor scale.

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Improvising Over Harmonic Minor

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

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Sweet Child O' Mine

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

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Today

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

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Back In Black Solo

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

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Brother

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

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Matt's Rock Manifesto

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

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Legato Playing Exercises

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

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Right Hand Exercises

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

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String Skipping Etude

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

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Three Octave Scales

Matt Brown demonstrates how to play three octave versions of the minor pentatonic and the major scales in all 12 keys.

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Diatonic Intervals

Matt Brown demonstrates how to play all seven of the diatonic intervals within the framework of a horizontal major scale.

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Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

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

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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.

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Solo Ideas #1

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

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Solo Ideas #2

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

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Legato Playing Ideas

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

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Rhythm Concepts

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

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Compositional Techniques

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

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Creative Chord Voicings

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

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Lead Approach

Matt Brown takes another look at his approach to soloing. He demonstrates ideas you can use in your own playing.

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Lead Approach #2

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

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Lead Approach #3

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

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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.

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Jazz

Jazz Guitar with Matt

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

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Intro to Jazz

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

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Voicings & Melodies

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

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Set II Voicings

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

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Applying Chords / Solo Ideas

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

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Scales and Chords Together

Learn which scales work with which jazz chord voicings.

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Circle of Fifths

Matt sheds some light on the circle of fifths.

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Proper Practicing

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

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Proper Practicing Part 2

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

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Physicalities of Playing

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

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All of Me

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

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Lead and Scales

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

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Estudio No. 1.

Matt Brown begins talking about solo arrangements in this lesson. He teaches Carcassi's "Estudio No. 1" as an introduction to this concept.

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Reviewing the ii V I Progression

Matt Brown returns to his Jazz series with a review lesson. He applies the standard ii V I progression to the circle of fifths.

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Turnback Progression

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

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Set Three Voicings

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

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Jazz Solo Arrangement

In this lesson, Matt demonstrates how to practice jazz solo arrangements by taking a look at "Here's That Rainy Day."

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Expanding on the 12 Bar Blues

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

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Adding Voices

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

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Key of B Flat Major

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

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Key of F

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.

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Jazz Heads in B Flat

Matt Brown takes another look at blues heads in the key of B flat. In this lesson, he covers a head by Thelonious Monk.

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Tools for Solo Arrangements

Matt Brown takes a look at a solo arrangement and provides thoughts and tools necessary to complete this type of guitar playing.

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Introduction to Bossa Nova

Matt Brown starts breaking down the rhythmic tendencies and patterns to the Brazilian Bossa Nova style of playing.

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Blue Bossa #1

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

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Blue Bossa #2

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

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Reading Music and Rhythms

Reading Music and Rhythm

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.

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Intro to Reading Music

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

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Reading Music

Learn how to identify notes, the key signature, and the staff. Implement your reading skills by playing a few simple tunes.

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Rhythm and Time Signatures

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

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3/4 Time Signatures

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

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Reading Music Practice

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

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On Top of Old Smokey

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

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He's Got the Whole World

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

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Amazing Grace

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

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Shoo, Fly

Matt Brown teaches the song "Shoo, Fly" as another excellent rhythm and reading example. This song is in the key of G.

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Scales and Key Signatures

Matt Brown returns with the 10th installment in his Reading and Rhythm series. In this lesson, Matt discusses key signatures.

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Minor Key and Aura Lee

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

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Scarborough Fair

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

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Second Position

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

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Rhythm

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

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On Top of Old Smokey Review

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

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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.

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Shoo, Fly Review

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

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Rhythm Strumming

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

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Down by the Riverside

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

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Accompaniment

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

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Fur Elise Pt. 1

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

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Fur Elise Pt. 2

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

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The Entertainer Pt. 1

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

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The Entertainer Pt. 2

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

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Sea to Sea Pt. 1

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

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Sea to Sea Pt. 2

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

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Stars and Stripes Forever Pt. 1

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

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Stars and Stripes Forever Pt. 2

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

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D Major in First and Second Position

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

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Danny Boy Pt. 1

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

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Danny Boy Pt. 2

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

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Silent Night Pt. 1

Matt teaches the Christmas classic "Silent Night."

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Silent Night Pt. 2

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

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Funiculi Funicula Pt. 1

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

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Funiculi Funicula Pt. 2

Matt Brown teaches the accompaniment to "Funiculi Funicula".

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Strumming Triplets

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

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Strumming Sixteenth Note Rhythms

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

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Song of the Volga Boatmen

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

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Song of the Volga Boatmen Pt. 2

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

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Dance of the Ukraine

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

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Dance of the Ukraine Pt. 2

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

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Etude by Ferdinando Carulli

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

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Morning Pt. 1

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

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Morning Pt. 2

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

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Bach's Minuet Pt. 1

Matt Brown teaches Bach's classic Minuet.

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Bach's Minuet Pt. 2

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

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Little Prelude in C Pt. 1

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

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Little Prelude in C Pt. 2

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

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Clementi's Sonatina

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

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Bach's Invention #1

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

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Third Position

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

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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.

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Ear Training

Ear Training with Matt Brown

Matt Brown provides instruction and exercise to facilitate ear training.

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Chord Qualities

Matt Brown introduces his new series on ear training. He covers basic chord qualities for the first training session.

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Introduction to Intervals

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

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Hearing Intervals

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

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Harmonic Intervals

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

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Progressions

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

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