Guitar, Life, Whatever Podcast

Guitar, Life, Whatever, explores how musicians relate to the modern world with in-depth conversations between jazz guitarist Matt Warnock and videographer Zaskia Villa. Special guests will stop by from time to time.


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Thomas Haupt - Episode 58

Guitarist and future medical doctor Thomas Haupt joins Matt to talk about jamming with Kathleen, his mom and PJG member. As well, they discuss practicing, their early days of guitar, and health challenges that caused Thomas to have a change of career. Check out this engaging conversation.

Steph and Zaskia Take Over - Episode 57

It's a Steph and Zaskia takeover in this special episode of Guitar, Live, Whatever!

Patrick LeBoutillier - Episode 56

PJG and MWG All Access member Patrick LeBoutillier joins Matt to talk about his guitar journey, how he fits practicing into a busy life, and tells us his story of being at one of rock history's most storied concerts. Very fun conversation.

Tony Richards - Episode 55

In this special episode Matt is joined by Chicago jazz guitarist Tony Richards to discuss the release of his new album, Solo Journey. Friends for almost 15 years, Matt and Tony talk guitar, jazz, solo guitar arranging, the recording process, and fun times in the Chicago summer. Can't miss conversation.

Michele Weir - Episode 54

Vocalist, author, entrepreneur, and educator Michele Weir joins Matt for a fun conversation about teaching online, what she looks for in a guitarist as a singer, and how 2020 changed everything for musicians. Check out Michele's online teaching at the Music Habit Website.

Rod Abernethy - Episode 53

In today's episode Matt welcomes guitarist, composer, and educator Rod Abernethy. Rod has been a driving force in the North Carolina music scene since the 70’s, when he was in the popular rock band Arrogance. He has recorded albums for major labels including Warner Bros, MCA, and Elektra Records. He's also an award-winning composer for television, video games, and film, as well as a visual artist, and a professor at UNC’s School of the Arts.

Roddy Ellias - Episode 52

In this episode, Matt welcomes his former guitar teacher Roddy Ellias to discuss improvisation, ear training, and that time he threw Matt's Real Book out the Window. They also talk about the greatest jazz guitarist you've never heard of...until today.

Rick Landers - Episode 51

In this episode Matt talks to his former partner in crime at Guitar International Magazine, Rick Landers. Rick has stories upon stories upon stores after decades interviewing the biggest names in the music industry. Great conversation.

Frank Deresti - Episode 50

In this special episode of GLW, Steph talks to her guitar teacher Frank Deresti. Frank was a year ahead of Matt in high school and has built a successful career as a performer, recording artist, and guitar educator. Enjoy this cool conversation! Keep up with all of Frank's musical output on his website, his band's site, and their IG Page.

Steph Eusebi - Episode 49

Matt is joined by MWG designer Steph Eusebi as she talks about getting into jazz, her first year playing guitar, and how she comes up with her creative designs for MWG.

Harvey Willensky - Episode 48

Matt is joined by guitarist Harvey Willensky to discuss classical vs jazz practicing, his approach to practicing both, and favorite live shows.

Music Trivia - Zaskia vs. Matt

In this episode of GLW, Zaskia challenges Matt to a winner takes all music trivia context. Zaskia's topic is her current favorite artist, and Matt's is Wes Montgomery. Tune in to see who wins this week's contest!

Steve Herberman - Episode 47

One of the top jazz guitarists anywhere, Steve Herberman joins Matt for a lively conversation about Ted Greene, practicing, gigging before and after Covid, and much more. Check out Steve's website here

Last Episode of 2020 - Episode 46

Zaskia and Matt sit down to talk about this day in music history, the importance of being around music at a young age, plans for 2021, and more. There are also 2 special announcements about MWG Scholarships coming up next year.

Bree Noble - Episode 45

Multi-talented musician and entrepreneur Bree Noble joins Matt to talk about her journey with podcasting, how the music industry has changed for women in recent years, and her thoughts on how to get started as a musician on today's scene. Check out Bree's FB Page here and the Female Indie Musician Community here.

Marc Sabatella - Episode 44

Matt is joined by Marc Sabatella for a fun and engaging conversation about jazz in Denver, Marc's work with Musescore, his work on the Real Book Vol. 2 and Vol 3, and how he chose the chord changes he did for those standards. Very cool conversation. Check out Marc's site here. And, you can find a free copy of Marc's Jazz Improvisation Primer here.

Chris Bumgardner - Episode 43

PJG member Chris Bumgardner joins Matt to talk about his first jam session experience, Charlie Parker, and finding time for guitar in 2020. Chris gives poignant advice to anyone thinking about taking the leap into your first jam session. Very cool tips.

The Best Words 1 - Music Edition

I heard a rumor today that Zaskia's been telling people that she has the best words. So, street rules, I had to challenge her to a duel of the best words musical spelling bee! The tension is palpable, you can taste it in the air in this spelling bee cutting contest based on musical terms.

Brent Vaarstra - Episode 42

In today's episode, Matt welcomes Learn Jazz Standards owner Brent Vaartstra to talk about practicing, their perfect gigs (it's not what you think), their favorite players, gigging in NY, growing up in a multi-national family, and more. Brent was a blast to hang with and you're going to love this episode. Check out Brent's Learn Jazz Live HERE

Mar Estupinan - Episode 41

Mar Estupinan is a PJG and GMM member and has been in every MWG Camp since they launched. She's a dedicated player, jazz fan, and lover of the guitar. Join Matt and Mar as they talk about learning by ear, how to learn jazz even as a beginner guitarist, Mar's setup, and more.

Fly on the Wall Practice Session 2

In this practice session I take you through my approach to learning and experimenting with a Shawn Lane 5-note pentatonic pattern. I discuss my goals for the workout, then let you listen in on my practice session, then finish up discussing my thoughts and future plans for that pattern.

Justin Sandercoe - Episode 40

In this special 40th episode, I sit down with Justin Sandercoe of Justin Guitar. We talk about practicing, Johnny Smith, what we're listening to right now, and more. Check out Justin's lessons HERE

Fly on the Wall Practice Session 1

In the first Fly on the Wall Practice Session you listen in as I talk about my warm up in today's session. I use this warm up to target a very specific part of the fretboard and two sounds in my soloing over All Blues. Come along as I let you into my practice room, make mistakes, adjust, and move forward.

Karan Khosla - Episode 39

Goa Jazz Academy owner and talented jazz guitarist Karan Khosla joins Matt to talk about the Guitar for Life/Goa Jazz Academy ensemble program. Check out this special edition of the GFL podcast and please visit https://goajazzacademy.com for more info on Karan's program.

Rich Petrucci - Episode 38

Matt and Rich discuss learning more about Pennsylvania voting laws than they ever thought possible. These two avid hockey fans also discuss their favorite teams, then get into how to find a local jazz band to jam with when you're ready.

Jack Taylor - Episode 37

UK guitarist and teacher Jack Taylor talks about how covid has changed guitar performances and education, the challenge of when to know good enough is good enough in a recording, and the power of three-note triads on the fretboard.

In Conversation with John Shi-Nash - Episode 36

Guitarist and entrepreneur John Shi-Nash joins Matt to talk about his lifelong guitar journey. How guitar fits into his busy life, his current favorite album, jamming on Summertime and Planet Caravan, and more. Play. Improve. Smile Repeat.

David Williams In Conversation - Episode 35

In this special podcast, guest guitarist David Williams joins Matt for a conversation about how guitar fits into your life, Ed Bickert, Drop 2 chords, and much more. David is a Play Jazz Guitar and Guitar Mastery Membership lifetime member, so you may recognize him from is social handle, David Eastman. Pull up a seat and enjoy Matt and David's conversation.

Zask is Back! Zaskia and Matt Catch Up on 2020 - Episode 34

Matt and Zaskia talk about playing guitar during the pandemic, the "instagramification" of modern music, and more.

How to Play Alone Together Live Workshop - Episode 33

Matt breaks down this classic jazz standard as you learn how to comp and solo over this tune with confidence and authentic jazz vocabulary..

Deep Dive - Have You Met Miss Jones - Episode 32

Matt breaks done this jazz classic as you learn how to navigate soloing and comping over Miss Jones.

How to Play Body and Soul Workshop - Episode 31

Matt breaks down one of his favorite jazz standards, Body and Soul. Learn how to comp and solo over this essential jazz ballad with this fun and engaging live workshop recording.

Essential Fingerstyle Techniques - Episode 30

Matt breaks down essential techniques and exercises for playing fingerstyle guitar and fingerpicking. Play your favorite fingerstyle songs with ease by working on these fun and creative fingerpicking workouts.

Guitar Life Whatever - Summer 2020 Edition - Episode 29

Matt and Zaskia sit down to discuss what's going on with MWG, the world, and in their own lives during the turbulent summer of 2020.

When Pro Guitarists Solo, This is What They Do - Episode 28

Matt breaks down how pro guitarists create memorable and exciting solos. Dive into essential techniques, concepts, and exercises as you expand your soloing chops on guitar.

Matty's Mindblowers! - Episode 27

Matt pulls back the curtain on his favorite tips and tricks when soloing and comping in a jazz guitar setting. Learn from Matt's 25 years of jazz gigging and teaching in this must hear podcast.

Minor Blues Chords for Guitarists - Episode 26

Dig into essential minor blues chord shapes and comping concepts with this live workshop replay. Matt dives into his favorite chords and comping workouts for minor blues as you level up your playing and have fun with these exercises.

Intro to Minor Blues - Episode 25

Learn how to analyze, solo, and comp over any minor blues song with confidence. Matt takes you deep into the minor blues realm with this live workshop replay.

Bored of Your Blues Chords? - Episode 24

Learn how to spice up your blues chords as you expand beyond barre chords and root based chords in this live workshop replay. Grab your guitar or sit back and enjoy this essential podcast episode.

Bossa Nova Guitar Essentials - Episode 23

Dive into the world of Bossa Nova guitar with this replay of a live workshop with Matt. Learn all about chords, colors, rhythms phrasing, and more from this great Brazilian music.

Bebop Bootcamp Live - Episode 22

Matt breaks down essential bebop guitar soloing concepts and skills in this live workshop replay. Learn how to create authentic bebop lines and solos with these fun and exciting workouts.

Essential Guitar Soloing Skills - Episode 21

Learn essential soloing skills and workouts with this fun workshop style podcast with Matt. If you've never improvised before, or you're stuck in a rut, this podcast episode will take your soloing skills to the next level.

Get Rid of Guitar Technique Worries for Good - Episode 20

Matt talks about his favorite technique exercises that fix any problems you have and builds a solid foundation with dexterity, coordination, stretching keeping your fingers close the fretboard at all times, and more. Take your technique to the next level with these fun guitar workouts.

How to Play Minor Blues Songs - Episode 19

Learn how to build a minor blues song, how to solo over minor blues chords, and how to comp chords over a minor blues song. Matt's digs into his 25 years of experience jamming minor blues songs to help you reach your musical goals quickly and with fun exercises.

How it All Got Started - Behind the Scenes at MWG - Episode 18

Join Matt and Zaskia in the first GLW live episode as they discuss life changes, the year in review so far, practicing guitar in today's world, and more.

Jam Session Essentials - Episode 17

In a replay of a live workshop, Matt discusses how jam sessions work. What you should play in a jam session as a guitarist. And, how to set yourself up for jam session success. Funny jam session stories, hard lessons learned, and more in this exciting podcast episode.

The Blues Side of Jazz Blues Guitar - Episode 16

Replay of the live Facebook workshop titled "The Blues Side of Jazz Blues Guitar." Learn how to bring the blues into your jazz guitar soloing and comping in the style of Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, George Benson, and more. Grab your guitar and have a blast exploring this material in your playing.

Comp & Sing in Quarantine - Starring Holly & Matt - Episode 15

Holly & Matt play duo jazz blues as they demonstrate different ways to comp behind a vocalist, both good and bad...They also talk about their experience with each approach to comping and how that effects their playing and interaction in a duo setting.

Trio Conversation - Holly Joins the Gang - Episode 14

Holly Holmes, Matt's better half, joins the conversation as she's stuck working from home right now. The trio talks about how to fit in on stage, how singers tune to guitarists, how to support a singer, and more.

Memory, Habits, and Pushups - Episode 13

Matt and Zaskia talk about memory in regards to life and music. They also dig into build habits for learning guitar based on a pushup story Zaskia read about. And the normal hilarity ensues...

Zaskia Makes a Music Video and Matt's Horror Stories - Episode 12

Zaskia talks about her experience directing, producing, and editing her first music video. Matt talks about 3 times in his life/career where he ran into a situation that caused him to rethink his future in music. The fun ensues!

Transformation in Music, Life, and Whatever - Episode 11

Zaskia and Matt talk about transformations in music and life. How challenging ourselves leads to positive change, and why Matt started Play Jazz Guitar in 2016.

Journey - From the Band to Our Musical Adventures - Episode 10

Matt and Zaskia discuss their musical journey's, the band Journey, Matt's desire to be free with his performances and Zaskia's life and music connection.

New Year New Goals for 2020 - Episode 9

Matt and Zaskia discuss setting musical goals, how goals are effective learning tools, what we're listening to and more.

Meet the Team - The Gang's in Town! - Episode 8

The gang is all in Tucson and so Matt, Zaskia, Steph, and Ben sit down to talk about guitar, creativity, how you the listener drive everything we do and more!

The Art of Guitar Building - Episode 7

Matt sits down with luthier Dan Koentopp as they discuss guitar making, life, and whatever. http://koentoppguitars.com/

Ask Matt - Q & A With Matt Warnock - Episode 6

How tall is Matt? What's Matt's favorite sports team? Is Matt a 300 year old vampire masquerading as a guitar teacher? Get these answers and much more in this week's episode of Guitar, Life, Whatever...

Learning How to Learn - Matt and Marc in Conversation - Episode 5

In this special guest episode, Matt and Marc Talk Guitar, Learning, Johnny Smith, life with the guitar as a non-career musician, and more.

Behind the Camera - Getting to Know Zaskia - Episode 4

Who is Zaskia? Matt and Zaskia talk about who she is, where she comes from, and he she fits into the MWG and GFL family. This week's topic comes from a listener question who wanted to know more about the person behind the camera. Instagram link here.

What is a Professional Musician? - Episode 3

Matt and Zaskia talk about the meaning of the word professional in the artistic world, why Matt prefers professional vs. unprofessional instead of professional vs. amateur, and more!

Failure and Learning - Episode 2

Matt and Zaskia talk about the role of failure in learning and how to use failure as a motivational experience when learning to play guitar, and in life and general.

A Life in Guitar - Episode 1

In this episode we discuss how one relates to the guitar in their first months of playing vs. their 25th year of playing. Matt and Zaskia delve into creativity, who we play for, playing with the beginner's mind, and more.