Jazz Blues Study Guide

Essential jazz blues primer for guitar. Proven system for learning jazz blues soloing, chords, and more.

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“I love listening to jazz blues, but when it’s my turn to jam, it sounds like I'm playing exercises instead of real music. It’s so frustrating!”

The biggest problem players face when learning blues jazz (that keeps your wheels spinning and not experiencing results) is:

Being overwhelmed by the amount of material online to study, and when you finally pick something to learn, your solos/chords never sound “authentic.”

Sound familiar? Learning jazz blues can be a frustrating experience, especially if you don’t have an organized, proven learning method to guide you.

Have you had any of these common jazz blues learning experiences?

You’re ready to learn jazz blues, but when you search online you find thousands of articles, written by people you’ve never heard of, and you have no idea where to start. So you don’t, you play something you already know instead.

You’ve finally chosen a jazz blues exercise to work on, you learn it, you apply it to your playing, but then have no idea how it fits into a bigger picture. You learned 1 item but have no clue where to go next or how that concept fits into jazz blues as a whole.

You luck out, find a cool jazz blues lesson, learn a few scales and chords, but when it comes time to play you sound like exercises, like your lines are being read from a book rather than improvised. You hate how you sound and give up on jazz blues.

Over the past 25 years, I've played over 2500 gigs, taught over 8000 private lessons, and given workshops all over the world to guitarists of all levels.

I’ve found that many online courses and teachers overcomplicate jazz blues, making it seem difficult to learn with frustrating exercises that lead you nowhere.

This is absolutely not the case with the Jazz Blues Study Guide.

In this course, I walk you step-by-step through proven methods guaranteed to teach you jazz blues comping, soloing, vocabulary, and more.

With Jazz Blues, you benefit from my 25+ years of teaching and performing experience, so you know exactly what to practice for immediate results.


3 Ways This Course Expands Your Playing:

1. Play Authentic Jazz Blues Chords - Stop searching for the “right” jazz blues chords and start sounding like a jazz cat with these essential 2, 3, and 4-note chord shapes. Every shape comes from the playing of Lenny Breau, Jim Hall, Ed Bickert, Joe Pass, and more. No more guessing just loads of awesome sounding jazz blues chords.

2. Solo with Confidence Over Jazz Blues - Not only do you learn the exact scales, arpeggios, chromatic ornaments, and lines that great players use over jazz blues, you work each concept over multiple exercises and backing tracks. This builds your confidence as you build your skill set, combining to skyrocket your jazz blues soloing and comping chops quickly.

3. Learn to Speak the Jazz Blues Language - You know those moments when you’re listening to a great player like Joe Pass or George Benson plays a line so sweet you stop in your tracks and go, “What was that?! That was amazing, I have to learn that!” Those are the lines that you’ll play after studying this material. Jazz Blues gives you the exactly ornaments, chromatic notes, subs, and more that great players use to turn heads with jazz blues.

"I only wish I had started studying with Matt’s classes earlier…"

"I’m in my second year studying Matt’s classes, and during this time he’s really helped me grow as a guitarist. He gives me different challenges, tips that are amazingly useful, and he knows how to encourage me and keep me hungry to learn more. I only wish I had started studying with Matt’s classes earlier, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time lost in the practice room."

- David

Here's A Sneak Peek

The first chapter introduces you to the course content, how to use the material, and how to get the most out of this course in your studies. Everything you need to start this course off on the right foot is in this introduction.

How many bars are in a jazz blues? What chord do you play in bar 8? What are the Gospel changes for jazz blues? Answers to these and all your form/progression questions are in this chapter.

The two most important notes of any chord, and the smallest chord shapes you can use to outline progression, guide tones are essential chords for any jazz guitarist to learn. If you only learn one set of jazz blues chords, guide tones are it.

How do you play 13th chords? What is the best shape to use for the E7b9 chord in bar 8 of a G jazz blues? How do you turn any 7th chord into a cool sounding 9th? Learn these concepts and much more with these jazz blues extended chord shapes.

Guitarists only have so many fingers and strings to play chords, but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice chord colors and quality when comping jazz blues. Rootless chords allow you to play colorful, authentic jazz blues chords without having to grow a new finger or do hand yoga to reach them.

Whether you play in a duo or bassless combo, or you just want to learn chord changes inside and out, basslines give you a full jazz blues workout. Basslines teach you how to connect each chord smoothly and how to use proper voice leading with this progression. Essential learning for jazz guitarists.

Master arpeggio shapes all the way up to the 13th of each chord as you study essential jazz blues arpeggios in this section. Use the jazz vocabulary supplement to instantly turn these arpeggios into cool sounding bebop lines in your solos.

This material teaches you how to bring that Charlie Christian major blues sound and Kenny Burrell minor blues sound to your solos instantly over any jazz blues. Go beyond your box patterns with this essential blues scale material.

Want to know the exact modes needed to solo over the I7, IV7, VI7b9, and iim7 chords in a jazz blues? Well this chapter has all that info and much more. Add in the jazz vocabulary supplement and instantly turn these essential modes into awesome sounding jazz lines and solos.

Want to learn authentic Wes Montgomery jazz blues lines and phrases? Well, this study has everything you need to inject a healthy dose of Wes into your jazz blues solos.

Learn exact chords from Joe Pass as you expand your jazz blues comping vocabulary with this study. Learn how Joe navigated jazz blues comping with these authentic chords and lines that you can steal and add to your own jazz blues vocabulary.

A trick I stole from Miles Davis, major to minor soloing allows you to create call and response phrases and develop ideas in your jazz blues solos with ease. Learn how changing one note between chords increases the interest level of any jazz blues solo you play in this chapter.

Learn how to add a tritone sub into bar 4 of the jazz blues progression using soloing and jazz comping concepts. Master this must-know blues sub as you expand your jazz blues harmonic vocabulary and have fun with these exercises.

Play jazz blues like a pianist as you learn how to mix guide tones and single note soloing lines in a typical piano style. Play solo guitar, duos, and trios with confidence as you imitate a piano with this fun and essential jazz blues workout.

Use Lydian dominant to add a 7#11 sound to any dominant chord as you level up your jazz vocabulary and apply a must-know bebop sound to your jazz blues solos. Lydian dominant brings tension and release to your jazz blues lines in a compact, easy to play scale shape.

One of my all-time favorite jazz blues soloing sounds, the bebop scale allows you to use organized chromaticism in your soloing lines and phrases. By adding a passing note to Mixolydian you jazz up your 7th-chord lines instantly with this essential jazz scale.

In this chapter you’re given an audio recording of a jazz blues solo that you have to learn by ear. After you transcribe the solo you can check your work with the answer in the PDF. Have fun expanding your blues soloing and ear training chops in this chapter.

The final chapter sums up the material in the course, shows you the best way to move forward and how to review this material in your studies. With lifetime access to this course, this is the best info on how to use this course going forward.


How to Get the Most from this Course:

1. Follow the curriculum order - Start with the introduction, learn how the course works, then jump in and practice the chapters in order. All lessons are presented in sequential order to make practicing fun and easy.

2. Practice at your own pace - As you finish any section, click “complete and continue” to mark your progress. Then, play at your own pace. You have lifetime access to this course, so there’s no rush at all. Take your time and work at the best pace to fit your schedule.

3. Coaching from Matt - As you work through this course, post questions in the comment boxes below any exercise or in the chat bubble in the bottom right of any screen if you get stuck. I’m happy to answer your questions and give constructive, positive feedback. You can also post an unlisted YouTube video in the comments for feedback on your playing.


Who is this Course For?

This course is for guitarists looking to learn jazz blues with a proven system of study that expands your soloing and chord skills over this essential progression.

It's for guitarists who:

  • Struggle to memorize scales and arpeggios in different keys.
  • Love listening to guitar solos but hit a huge wall when you try and solo.
  • Want to learn a quick and easy method to play scales and arpeggios.
  • Don’t want to spend years learning scale and arpeggio fingerings before you’re ready to improvise, start soloing right away.

I’ve been playing and teaching jazz blues for over 25 years. During that time, I’ve learned from older players, teachers, albums, transcriptions, and more.

I want to share with you everything I’ve learned about how to play authentic jazz blues guitar while creating hours of fun in the practice room.


Who is this Course NOT For?

As your Jazz Blues guide, my job is to keep this course positive, encouraging, and welcoming for EVERY guitarist who joins. That’s why this course isn’t for you if…

  • You’re looking for a “Guitar God quick” fix. There’s no such thing as an overnight guitarist. This program is about building a long-term relationship with the guitar that leads with enjoyment and real growth – not hype or impossible promises.

  • You’re not a team player. This isn’t American Idol for guitar, it’s not a competition. The MWG Community is a safe environment for new and experienced guitarists to support and learn from each other. This is for team players who encourage growth in their fellow guitarists – not trolls who heckle their peers.

  • You’re a negative Nelly. If you like to complain, tear down, or argue with other guitarists just for the sake of it, this program isn’t for you. We’re about encouragement, welcoming new players, and positive, constructive feedback. No negative energy or comments allowed in this program.

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What You Get

  • Lifetime Access to Jazz Blues Course ($20 Value)
  • Matt’s Proven Practice Strategy to reach your guitar goals. ($200 Value)
  • Feedback and Coaching from Matt 7 days a week. ($500 Value)



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    When you purchase the Jazz Blues Study Guide, you not only get the full multimedia course, you also get my best-selling Blues Arpeggios, Easy Soloing, and Easy Comping eBooks.

    This bonus offer is only valid until Friday, April 17th, 2020 at midnight L.A. Time.

    After that time, these eBooks won't come with any course purchase.

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    The Total Value of This Course and Bonuses Is Over $720

    If you have the desire to learn jazz blues, then you can reach your guitar goals with my Jazz Blues Study Guide.

    And, I don’t want you to have to spend a fortune to find jazz blues happiness in the practice room.

    I’ve made the Jazz Blues Study Guide affordable for anyone who wants to ditch the frustration of learning jazz blues on your own.

    You won’t pay $780, $480, $180 or even $80 like some other overpriced courses you see online…

    You’re about to gain immediate access to a proven jazz blues learning method that levels up your playing today.

    And, all you pay for this premium step-by-step course and coaching is $20!

    This small investment in yourself is the same amount as you paying for 10 minutes of a private guitar lesson.

    Instead of a few minutes in a lesson, you get access to a full, organized, and fun jazz blues course, plus the 3 mega bonus eBooks.

    In return for this massive discount, I’d really appreciate your honest and constructive feedback so I can keep making my courses more successful for you and everyone in the MWG community.

    Other than that, all I ask for is your full commitment and positive attitude so you can get the most out of this Jazz Blues Study Guide and reach your musical goals.


    How This Course Transforms Your Playing

    1. Gets You Jam Session Ready with Jazz Blues - This study guide takes you from day 1 of your jazz blues study all the way up to preparing you to sit in on a jam session if you choose. Stop losing the form, skating over the changes, and sounding like exercises when you play. Start enjoying every minute in the practice room with the Jazz Blues Study Guide.

    2. Learn Must Know Jazz Blues Vocabulary from the Greats - One of the biggest problems you face with jazz blues is learning chords, scales, and arpeggios, which always sound “correct” and never “cool” in your playing. This course teaches you how to turn any chord, scale, or arpeggios into a hip-sounding jazz blues phrase over any chord in the progression.

    3. Play Jazz Blues Over the ENTIRE Fretboard - Not only do you learn authentic jazz blues concepts with this course, you learn how to play this material across the entire fretboard. Never be stuck in one position or have to jump around the fretboard ever again with these fun and essential workouts.


    What You Get with Jazz Blues - Quick List

    Whew, that was a lot to take in! Here’s a quick recap of what you get when you enroll in the Jazz Blues Study Guide.

  • Lifetime Access to Jazz Blues Course ($20 Value)
  • Matt’s Proven Practice Strategy to reach your guitar goals. ($200 Value)
  • Feedback and Coaching from Matt 7 days a week. ($500 Value)
  • And more!

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    Course Curriculum

      Chapter 2 - Blues Form and Variations
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      Chapter 6 - Basslines
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      Chapter 10 - Wes Style Solo
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      Chapter 11 - Joe Pass Style Chord Study
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      Chapter 12 - Major to Minor Soloing
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      Chapter 13 - Tritone Sub Bar 4
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      Chapter 14 - Guide Tones With Soloing
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      Chapter 15 - Lydian Dominant
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      Chapter 16 - Bebop Scale Soloing
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      Chapter 17 - Transcription Exercise
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      Chapter 18 - Outroduction
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      What's Next?
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    When does this course start and finish?

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

    What if I am unhappy with the course?

    If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact Matt by email [email protected] in the first 30 days of your purchase and you will receive a full refund.

    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].

    What if I don’t know where to go next after finishing this course

    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!


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