The Ultimate Guide to Rhythm Changes

Step-by-step course to build skills and confidence in your rhythm changes solos, comping, and basslines.

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“I heard this killer rhythm changes tune on a record. Then I sat down to play along but the chords were so fast I couldn’t keep up. I feel like giving up!"

The biggest problem players face when learning rhythm changes (that keeps your practicing at a standstill and not experiencing results) is:

Trying to use large scales and chords to navigate this fast-moving progression, leaving you frustrated and always behind the changes.

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

Have you had any of these common rhythm changes learning experiences?

You try to solo over any rhythm changes song only to find your normal scale and arpeggio shape are too big and bulky for the fast-moving chords.

You get to a point where you can kinda play the changes, but you sound like exercises and nothing like your favorite artists when they jam this tune.

You’re never happy when playing rhythm changes. If only you could figure out how the pros played this tune, then you’d be proud of your solos.

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 rhythm changes, making it hard to learn with boring exercises that produce zero results.

This is 100% not the case with the Rhythm Changes Study Guide.

In this course, I walk you step-by-step through my proven learning method guaranteed to teach you authentic rhythm changes vocabulary and concepts.

With the Rhythm Changes Study Guide, 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. Nail Every Chord in Your Rhythm Changes Solos - Skate over the changes no more! Master the art of outlining every chord in your solos with fun and cool-sounding exercises.

2. Play the Exact Chords that Pro Jazz Guitarists Use When Comping- Stop using the same old chords and getting the same old results. Learn the exact chord shapes jazz pros use in their rhythm changes comping.

3. Sound Like an Authentic Jazz Guitarist - Learn the exact chromatic ornaments and melodic vocabulary that Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Metheny, and more use in their solos.

"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

Learn how to use this course, why you should learn this material, and how to get the most out of your practice time with these lessons.

How many bars are in rhythm changes? What’s that funny chord in bar 6? What common variations are there for these chords? Answers to these questions and more are in this chapter.

Learn the 2 most important notes you can ever use in your comping for rhythm changes or any jazz standard.

In this chapter you learn drop 2 chords all over the fretboard with solid voice leading as you dig into comping and chord soloing in your studies.

In this chapter, you learn drop 3 chords all over the fretboard with solid voice leading as you dig into comping and chord soloing in your studies.

Drop the root like it’s hot as you free up your fingers, nail the changes, and play the exact chords players like Joe Pass and Grant Green used over rhythm changes.

The best place to get started when soloing over a rhythm changes is to use the blues scale. This chapter will have you flying over the fretboard in no time.

Add some spice to your bridge lines as you dig into the bebop scale over each chord in this section of rhythm changes.

Nail the changes every single time with these fun and essential rhythm changes arpeggio workouts.

Study the lines of one of jazz’s greatest improvisors as you level up your rhythm changes solos in this chapter.

Dig deep into essential chord vocabulary with this rhythm changes chord study.

Build your ears and test your skills as you learn a full rhythm changes solo by ear.

Make things easy on your hands and sound great with these compact and powerful soloing shapes.

Learn to use 3-note shapes to comp accurately and effectively over the A section. Never miss a change with these cool-sounding and easy to play shapes.

Walk don’t run with these killer bassline workouts. Learn to walk a bassline over rhythm changes with only 4 easy steps.

Bring a 7#11 sound to your bridge solos with these fun and exciting workouts.

Add Giant Steps to your rhythm changes solos with this in-depth look at playing Coltrane changes over the rhythm changes bridge.

Train your ears to hear the details that make up a legendary jazz performance with this listening workout.

I show you how to best review this material and how to take this material forward in your playing. The next best step in your jazz development is in this chapter.


How to Get the Most from the Rhythm Changes Study Guide:

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.


How YOU Benefit from Matt’s Teaching Method

This is how Matt's proven teaching method makes you the best guitarist you can be.


Who is this Course For?

This course is designed for guitarists looking to get their hands dirty with an essential jazz form and work on fast-moving chords in the process.

It's for guitarists who:

  • Are ready to learn a new essential jazz progression.
  • Have checked out jazz blues and are looking for the next step.
  • Played rhythm changes at a jam or gig and you need a refresher.
  • Want to take your soloing, comping, and basslines to the next level.
  • Know how to play rhythm changes but it never sounds as good as it could.
  • Need help in navigating fast chords with must-know vocabulary.

I've been playing rhythm changes since my teens and with many great players who taught me a ton of essential material for this must-know progression.

I want to share with you everything I've learned about how to play rhythm changes with authenticity and confidence.


Who is this Course NOT For?

As your rhythm changes 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 with the Rhythm Changes Study Guide - Breakdown with Price

  • Lifetime Access to Rhythm Changes Study Guide ($15 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!


    The Total Value of This Course and Bonuses Is Over $715

    If you have the desire to learn jazz guitar, then you can reach your guitar goals with the Rhythm Changes Study Guide.

    And, I don’t want you to have to spend a fortune to find jazz blues happiness in your practicing.

    I’ve made the Rhythm Changes Study Guide affordable for anyone who wants to ditch the struggle of learning jazz guitar on their own.

    You won’t pay $715, $215, $115 or even $25 like some other overpriced courses you see online…

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

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    This small investment in yourself is the same amount as you paying for 15 minutes of a private guitar lesson.

    Instead, you get a full multimedia jazz guitar course that levels up your playing and helps you quickly reach your guitar goals.

    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 Rhythm Changes Study Guide and reach your guitar goals.


    How The Rhythm Changes Study Guide Transforms Your Playing

    1. Learn to Speak the Jazz Language - Scales and arpeggios get you only so far in your jazz solos. In this course you learn the “hip” notes that jazzers use to play authentic bebop style solos over rhythm changes.

    2. Develop Creative Chord Vocabulary - Not only do you learn the exact chord shapes that pro players use with rhythm changes, you learn how jazz legends turn those chords into exciting phrases.

    3. Be 100% Confident with Your Jazz Playing - With my proven jazz guitar learning system, you learn how to solo and comp over rhythm changes with confidence right from day 1.


    What You with the Rhythm Changes Study Guide - Quick List

    Whew, that was a lot to take in! Here’s a quick recap of what you get when you enroll in Rhythm Changes.

  • Lifetime Access to Rhythm Changes Study Guide ($15 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!

  • This course is only available to GMM Members

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    Course Curriculum

      Premium Guide Chapter 2 - Triad Soloing A Section
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      Premium Guide Chapter 3 - Triad Comping A Section
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      Premium Guide Chapter 4 - Walking Basslines
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      Premium Guide Chapter 5 - Lydian Dominant Bridge
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      Premium Guide Chapter 6 - Coltrane Changes Bridge
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      Chapter 7 - Listening Assignment
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      Chapter 8 - 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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