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Jazz Standard Study Guides

Learning how to play jazz guitar is often overwhelming.


There are countless scales, chords, arpeggios, and licks to learn.


So where do you start and how do you stay organized in your practice routine with so much to learn?




The best way to learn jazz guitar is to work on tunes.


Jazz standards keep you focused in the practice room, teach you practical application of techniques, and give you tunes to jam on with other musicians.


Everything you need to jam at home, or on the bandstand, can be learned by studying jazz standards.




What’s the best way to break down and learn jazz tunes in the practice room?


The answers are found in each of these jazz standard study guides.


Each volume in this series breaks down the chords, form, keys, and teaches you how to comp the chords and solo over those progressions with confidence.


There are technical items such as scales and arpeggios, as well as musical items such as soloing and comping studies, in each of these eBooks.


Everything you need to jam on these tunes with confidence.


If you’re struggling in the practice room, or don’t know where to start when learning jazz standards, these eBooks are just what you need to kick start your playing.


Note: To avoid copyright issues, the melody is not included in these eBooks.




What You Get With Each Study Guide


  • Printable PDF eBook.
  • Mp3 Audio Examples.
  • Backing Tracks to Jam Over.
  • Comping Studies.
  • Soloing Studies.
  • Essential Licks.
  • Harmonic Analysis.
  • Scale/Arpeggio/Chord Shapes.
  • Essential Rhythms.
  • And More!



What You Learn With Each Study Guide


  • Breakdown of the Keys and Chord Progression.
  • Improvisational Vocabulary and Concepts.
  • Scale Shapes and Scale Soloing Guide.
  • Arpeggio Shapes and Exercises.
  • Soloing Studies.
  • Comping Studies.
  • And much more…




Jazz Standard Study Guides


Each guide is a stand-alone study resource that provides everything you need to understand how to comp and solo over your favorite jazz standards.


All for the low price of $9.99.


Download a sample PDF from the Corcovado Study Guide.




All of Me               Add to Cart



Autumn Leaves           Add to Cart



Blue Bossa             Add to Cart



Corcovado             Add to Cart       View Cart



In a Sentimental Mood       Add to Cart



Misty       Add to Cart



Solar         Add to Cart



Summertime        Add to Cart



Take Five         Add to Cart



There Will Never be Another You        Add to Cart


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  1. Rand Dannenberg, March 27, 2017:

    Hi – because of Matt’s tune of the month lessons, I bought the Corcovado guide so I could get everything concatenated in one place. The lesson on FB are so valuable and the guide memorializes them. I especially liked the sheet with the chords, and written under the chords, recommended scales to use over portions of the tune. It is a double whammy because you get a harmonic analysis and the scale (sophisticated yet made easy) to actually experiment with at the same time and you can just start playing or even use it as a reminder if you play out. On the next page, provided fingerings of the scales. So I printed the sheet to leave in front of me as I move through the book on the iPad. I feel I cannot find this level of instruction anywhere… you just can’t find it anywhere at this depth of knowledge and with such good materials to communicate it. Combined with the facebook lessons, this is an unheard of good deal I have never found in any other medium or with any other person.

  2. Kirk Stephenson, April 4, 2017:

    It’s remarkable to find an answer to all my questions about playing jazz in one place.
    Matt is a natural educator & has provided a ton of resources to really enable me to be everything I always wanted to be.
    The guy is answering my questions online & showing me how to improve my playing. He’s got a good way of making complicated stuff seem easier. I’ve been playing for over 40 years & this is the best online resource I’ve seen delivered by a top class educationalist. thanks buddy, buy you a beer one day!

  3. Sherry, May 6, 2017:

    I highly recommend Matt’s study guide. They are essential for jazz guitar study. When I studied jazz bass at university, we studied jazz standards in scales, arpeggios, comping styles and analysis. Matt leaves nothing out here. The guides contain everything in an easy to understand method. I’ve scrutinized every detail of Matt’s website with my jazz education from university. He’s truly a one stop shop for jazz guitar proficiency whether you’re a beginner or advanced player.

  4. James, May 10, 2017:

    I grabbed two of these last night (“All of Me” and “Summertime”) to learn some new angles for approaching two standards I already know. So far, I’ve only worked with the “All of Me” guide. It is amazing! This is the way to study standards. Everything you need (except the melody–due to copyright–which you can learn on your own to sharpen your ear) is right here in one place. The format is great, moving from simple to more complicated approaches. I especially like that the examples are in both notation/tab and fretboard diagram formats.

    These are well worth the price. I’m sure I’ll be buying more of Matt’s excellent books and guides.

  5. Frank Saunders, May 30, 2017:

    I look forward to using Matt’s stuff.he definitely has got it going on.

  6. Peter Snell, June 10, 2017:

    In studying your Summertime breakdown, you list a Dm7 chord with a fourth (G) in it. While it sounds okay (a 13th), there’s no explanation as to why it’s there? Can you explain. Thanks…BTW, love your straight-ahead breakdown of tunes.

  7. Peter Snell, June 11, 2017:

    These guides are excellent. I use them primarily to understand a tune and to find ways to improvise intelligently on them. But they work for more than guitar as well. I play saxes and flute and I find that working these tunes out on guitar (and also piano) using the guides really gets the tunes in my head and under my fingers. I’m learning to be patient and study each section in the guides carefully. The payoff is superb!

  8. Rodger Clemons, June 11, 2017:

    These are really great study guides. Well thought out, methodical, and packed with great ideas. I have all of them, and I would certainly buy more if you ever decide to produce them.

  9. Percy F, June 11, 2017:

    I already have the complete set of Study Guides. I am working on Corcovado and Summertime. They are very helpful indeed and have satisfied certain gaps I had been experiencing in my approach to improvising. They are giving me greater confidence in improvising over the changes to actual jazz standards. Highly recommended!

  10. Plium hunter, June 11, 2017:

    I have all these study guides. They are an excellent way to learn these great tunes – from chords to arpeggios to soloing. The audio samples are a great help in understanding the sound you are looking for.

  11. Wombat, June 29, 2017:

    These guides have everything you need for building a tune from the basics to something that you can feel satisfied is sounding like jazz! The audio backing tracks are long enough that even after just a little practice you can have a ton of fun improvising. The books are so generous – all the theory, scales, exercises, examples, backing tracks, chord diagrams, full explanations and suggestions for improvising on these great tunes – it’s all there and for a ridiculously low price. As a jazz novice I can see that these guides are going to make practice a joy and progress swift. Get ’em!

  12. Robert Harrison, July 3, 2017:

    I haven’t even scratched the surface of these guides and I’ve already learned a lot. I’ve been working on Autumn Leaves for a bit before the guide and in just a day or two with the guide I’ve been able to incorporate new ideas!

  13. Nimbucina, July 24, 2017:

    As far as I am concerned , Matt has the best customer service on the planet. If you have a problem, send him an email and within minutes he will get back to you. I had a file download problem and within minutes it was solved. If he can’t solve the problem, he will give you an instant refund of your purchase.

  14. Kai Ole Schultz, August 1, 2017:

    Matt’s study guides are perfect for me. They include all that I could ever need to learn these tunes – and make them sound jazzy. Matt explains harmony, chords and comping, presents a lot of tools like arpeggios, enclosures, patterns, solo studies. I got to know about a million tricks to really nail the changes, make them my own. Now all I need is practise, practise, practise.
    I bought all these wunderful study guides am am really looking forward to the next. Well done, Matt.

  15. Luke Whelan, August 1, 2017:

    The study guides that Matt Warnock produces are an invaluable tool for anyone to improve their guitar playing. Although designed to focus on a jazz application, which they do comprehensively, the study guides are not necessarily limited to a genre. I have them all and have benefitted significantly from each one.

  16. Ken Cope, August 1, 2017:

    Matt’s Study Guides are invaluable for building a solid Jazz foundation to playing with understanding rather than fumbling around in the dark. His lessons follow a clear progression of theory and practice to cement the lesson (or tune) into our repertoire. This site and the Facebook group are now my essential place to go to discover more about playing Jazz guitar (and there is so much more to learn!).

  17. Jason Nesbitt, August 1, 2017:

    These study guides are the ideal way to practice Jazz guitar. Jazz is all about standards and we should structure our practice around them. These study guides allow you to do just that. Unfortunately they can’t include the melodies for copyright reasons, so they are the perfect complement to your Real Book. One of my favorite sections is the form analysis as this is not something I would normally find elsewhere. This allows me to learn and memorize the tunes quickly and relate them to other tunes. Along with that you get comping, solos, licks, scales, arpeggios, and more. A big value at an extremely reasonable price.

    Like the others say, Matt’s customer service is nothing short of outstanding. Plus he’s just an all-around nice guy — someone I’m more than happy to give my money to.

    To get the most out of these guides I strongly recommend you join the Play Jazz Guitar facebook group where we focus on one tune per month together. Everyone is so helpful and Matt has done a great job ensuring that it’s an encouraging environment for all levels of players. I look forward to seeing you there!

  18. Hunter Copeland, August 1, 2017:

    I have used several of Matt’s guides and they have all been very helpful. Right now I’m working through the Blue Bossa guide and it is no exception. Matt has a gift for being able to lay out a specific plan with specific steps that enable the student to learn all aspects of a tune (chords, melody, solo ideas, etc.). I have found that these guides are written in such a way as to make them accessible to beginners, intermediates, and advanced players. These guides have pushed my playing further than anything else I’ve tried. Thanks Matt and please keep these guides coming!

  19. Charlie Meyer, August 1, 2017:

    Have been playing guitar for 40 years and when I play jazz it would be something that I would mimic from other artist. Matt’s study guides break everything down and analyze in away that is easy to understand. Using ideas from the guides I feel my playing is getting more original and it’s more fun than just copying licks from recordings. If I have questions or need help Matt has always been in touch. A great venue for learning jazz guitar.

  20. Matt Caldwell, August 1, 2017:

    Matt,I really want to thank you for these study guides. They are proving a godsend in helping me develop my understanding of jazz guitar.
    They are clear,precise and practical. Not only that,being able to tune into the study group and see others growing also as they follow your great study sessions are immensely inspiring for me.
    I would highly recommend your books to any and all who seek jazz enlightenment.
    Looking forward to this months Blue Bossa study. Already started on it and it is amazing.
    Thanks again,…Matt

  21. Ollie Hand, August 2, 2017:

    Matt’s study guides, as well as the rest of his resources, are so valuable in terms of development in jazz guitar. All the information he presents is so well tiered that there is something of value for everyone, and each resource seems to offer something new as I develop and look at the material again. His study guides cover a range of theoretical principles that underpin jazz compositions, but this is done in an immediately practical and practicable way with both written information and audio files. I can’t recommend these resources highly enough.

  22. Francisco, August 2, 2017:

    Organized information, easy to dig and put on the fretboard. I enjoy studying and learning tunes with the guides. The material helps me to explore and develope personal skills as a jazz guitar performer.

  23. Massey, August 6, 2017:

    These study guides, combined with Matt’s online classes, are the best ways that I’ve found to learn jazz, music theory, and these great jazz tunes. Learning jazz by learning songs is the way to go. Each guide has plenty to keep you busy and learning all month long, whether you’re a beginner or experienced. Plus they’re an outstanding value. I’ve liked all of them and learned a lot from each one.

  24. Chuck, August 6, 2017:

    Clear and concise. Just what I’ve been looking for. Matt’s always ready to answer any question. Top notch site and top notch instruction.

  25. Donald Milotte, August 7, 2017:

    These guides are great for learning or getting up to speed on various jazz concepts and methods. I have half a dozen of them. They are very readable and clear with plenty of audio samples, exercises and practice suggestions. I can highly recommend this one on the “Blue Bossa” jazz standard as well as the other study guides(“All of Me”, “Corcovado”, “In a Sentimental Mood”, etc).

  26. Pauli Kauppila, August 10, 2017:

    Having fallen in love with jazz – and jazz guitar especially – a couple years ago, I found Matt’s web material of very high quality. These study guides invaluable for my playing and guitar studies. With internet bloating fragmented pieces of information it’s absolutely wonderful to have a structured guide with good theoretical background and, on the other hand, well designed practical exercises. Highly recommended! Big thanks, Matt!

  27. Douglas Slotkoff, August 22, 2017:

    Learning a new song is often a challenge and the work to get the information takes up good practice time. Matt’s ebooks organize the information in a way that beginners or guitar teachers can use. I just learned Blue Bossa and I now have a song under my fingers but I also have material I can come back to over and over to continue to learn. Matt offers multiple studies in rhythm, chord comping and in soloing. I am so grateful to have this resource to teach me jazz guitar. Thanks Matt!

  28. Steve MacNeil, August 27, 2017:

    Matt has presented a great format for learning jazz techniques.

    I have limited time to devote to practice and limited funds to cover the cost of lessons, but even with those limitations, I have learned so much more from Play Jazz Guitar than I could have if I’d tried this on my own.

    The Study Guides are inexpensive, I work with them at my own pace. This is the most accommodating method for learning that I’ve seen, and Matt’s regularly scheduled (and frequent)live sessions are a great supplement.

    I highly recommend this program to anybody who wants to work with the seemingly intimidating complexities of jazz guitar.

  29. Andy Kerr, October 19, 2017:

    I have been learning jazz songs using Matthew’s monthly study guides since he first started publishing them in March 2017. Each study guide covers a jazz standard. To date, the songs I’ve learned from the study guides are Corcovado, In a Sentimental Mood, Autumn Leaves, There Will Never Be Another You, Blue Bossa, Solar and Take Five.

    I had previously tried different means of learning jazz including a private instructor, online videos, paid online courses, internet-based free lessons, and listening to songs and trying to learn them on my own. Even though I put many hours into trying to improve, I felt like I didn’t know where I was going. I was frustrated that I couldn’t even play a full song. It felt like I was stabbing in the dark.

    Matt’s teaching approach offered me a solid path to learning a jazz tune. His study guides are neatly packaged and logically laid out. Matt has a way of breaking down complex concepts into easy-to-understand building blocks.

    Using the guides, I’ve been able to go in depth into jazz tunes in a systematic way each month. The study guides cover a variety of material ranging from theoretical analyses of song forms, scales, modes, arpeggios, rhythmic patterns, comping studies, soloing studies and bass lines. Each exercise even has an included corresponding audio recording. I like the exercises because they are directly related to the song covered in the study guides (as opposed to decontextualized guitar workouts). Backing tracks are provided to get the feel of what it would be like to play a tune along with a band.

    I’ve always wanted to study music at school but haven’t been able to do it due to life circumstances. I’m grateful that Matt’s study guides have given me that fix at a fraction of tuition costs or private lesson rates. Looking back, it’s amazing to think that I have been slowly building a repertoire of jazz standards – something I thought was impossible to do only one year ago. I can’t recommend Matthew’s study guides enough!

  30. Jack Taylor, October 28, 2017:

    For me, I’ve always found learning Jazz Standards difficult, with a whole world of material out there it’s always hard to concise it down into something that is and easily digestible. However, Matt’s study guides do a perfect job of this. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced guitarist there’s something for everyone in the study guides.

    Personally as a guitarist who has studied for around 11 years on University programmes, I found every bit of matterial extremely useful. Each study guide provides a lifetime worth of material! And what’s even more amazing about them is how cheap they are, if you’re unsure about getting one, don’t be. Just do it.

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