Beginner's Guide to Jazz Guitar

A Step-By-Step Course to Solo and Comp in an Authentic Jazz Style.

Course Curriculum

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Who is This Courses For?

This course is designed for guitarists looking to play authentic jazz guitar and who haven’t had success in the past or are starting from scratch.

It’s for guitarist’s who:

  • Want to learn jazz guitar but it seems impossible.
  • Have tried other courses and weren’t happy with your progress.
  • Are stuck in a rut with your jazz guitar studies.
  • Want to explore a new musical genre in your playing.
  • Want to play and not be overwhelmed with theory.
  • Are ready to learn jazz guitar and have fun at the same time!

I’ve been playing and teaching jazz guitar for over 25 years and have watched thousands of my beginner students successfully learn to play jazz guitar.

I want to share with you everything I’ve learned about how to best learn jazz guitar as a beginner with authenticity and confidence.


Back in the day, when I was just a young sprout, I heard an album that changed the course of my entire life, the album Kind of Blue by Miles Davis.

I had already been improvising in a rock and blues context, but when I heard Miles and the gang playing, I thought, “that is exactly what I want to sound like!”

Problem was I had no idea how these great players created all those hip lines and cool piano chords I was hearing on the record.

So, I decided to dedicate every spare minute to learning how to play jazz guitar.

I was obsessed, I learned from every book and magazine I could get my hands on, I recorded jazz off of the radio to listen to and transcribe, I took private lessons.

I went all in.

And, while I did learn a lot about how to play jazz guitar, I wasted a lot of time in the practice room along the way.

I spent months exploring techniques and concepts, only to find they weren’t that helpful for me, or even worse, I discovered a short cut after putting all that time in.

In the end I was able to sort through tons of material, keep the good stuff, leave the rest, and develop an approach to learning jazz guitar that worked, 100%.

I then made it my life’s goal to work with as many other guitarists as I possibly could so that they too could benefit from those golden nuggets I discovered in my own studies.

I’ve taught this material to thousands of private students and everyone has been able to learn how to play jazz guitar to their best potential.

From the rock guitar virtuosos who wanted to expand their playing, to classical guitarists wanted to improvise, and everyone in between, these exercises allowed them to play jazz guitar.

Even the people who came to me, having tried to learn jazz before and felt that jazz was “impossible to learn,” even those people learned to play jazz guitar.

Now, we all can’t be Wes Montgomery. There’s a lot of DNA, early exposure, and lifelong dedication that goes into becoming a professional jazz guitarist.


You can all become the best jazz guitarist you can be and enjoy every minute in the practice room.

And that’s all we can ask for as guitarists.

The first steps in your journey to playing jazz guitar are in this course, come get started.


What You Learn

  • ii V I soloing and comping concepts.
  • Essential jazz chord shapes.
  • Approach chords.
  • Jazz picking patterns
  • Major Scale patterns.
  • Jazz soloing lines and phrases.
  • And much more!

What You Get

  • Video Lessons
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • PDFs with musical examples and practice guidelines.
  • Backing tracks to jam online and offline.
  • Ability to ask questions and get quick, helpful answers.
  • And much more!


  • Become confident with ii-V-I soloing.
  • Learn to nail II-V-I chords.
  • Multiple camera angles for easy study.
  • Slow down videos to learn exact hand movements.
  • And much more!

Why Enroll

  • Make all your lines sound like jazz.
  • Comp chords like a jazz veteran.
  • Learn how to play the cool notes outside scales.
  • Mix chords and scales like a pianist.
  • And much more!

"Matt, you have the most informative site for guitar players I've ever found. I think you're the best teacher I've found on the Net and I've found a bunch."

- Merlin

"May the jazz guitar god bless you. This is the best ever beginner jazz guitar course and it's free. I've learned so much in a matter of minutes. Bravo."

- Garland

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

Can I download the files for each course?

You can download all PDFs, audio examples, and backing tracks to practice offline. The videos are only viewed on the page.

What if I have a question about the courses or about music?

You can post all questions related to the course in the comments section of any section. I aim to answer all questions within 24 hours of posting. Also, you can use the instant messenger on the bottom right of page to ask questions or you can email me at [email protected].

Do I have to play jazz to use these courses?

No, not at all. Some of the material is presented over jazz chords and songs and you can apply this material to any genre. If you enjoy soloing in different styles, such as blues, rock, funk, fusion, soul, metal, etc., then this material can be used in your playing.

What if I don’t know where to start with my playing or which course to start with?

No worries, use our success paths and follow the step-by-step guides to learning what you want to work on – getting started, jazz guitar, blues guitar, guitar technique, lead guitar, rhythm guitar and much more!

What if I want access to multiple courses or MWG eBooks?

This is why we have the Guitar Mastery Membership which includes ALL previous and future courses as well as every single eBook Matt has ever produced. For added bonus the 1st month is only $1 for limited-time.