About Matt Warnock Guitar

Do you want to play jazz guitar but don’t know where to start?

Tired of spending hours with online lessons only to be more confused than when you started?

Then you’re in the right place.

Matt Warnock Guitar has helped over 6 million guitarists learn how to play jazz since launching in 2011.

There are dozens of jazz guitar lessons on the site, each and every one free.

And if you fancy treating yourself, you can check out a jazz guitar book.

No matter what level you’re starting at.

From complete beginner, to seasoned professional.

There’s the perfect lesson for you at Matt Warnock Guitar.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I would give one of the prizes for the best jazz educational websites to Matt Warnock Guitar.

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About Matt Warnock

Like many guitarists, I grew up listening to classic rock and blues.

And I still love those styles of music.

But it’s the improvisation I really love, and that’s what drew me to jazz.

My love of jazz has taken me from a small town in Canada around the globe.

I was able to study at three of the top jazz programs in the world.

Starting with McGill University, then Western Michigan, and finishing with a Doctorate in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Illinois (UIUC).

It’s also allowed me to teach over 6000 jazz guitar lessons.

My students have ranged from complete beginners, all the way to Professors of Jazz at NYU, and everything in between.

Excellent resource. I love your approach to the teaching materials, totally accessible and clear. I’ve only just dipped in and I’ve already found out useful things I can use straight away. I’ll be coming back to over and over again.

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I've also taught jazz guitar, popular music, and music business at:

  • Western Illinois University
  • Western Michigan University
  • University of Illinois
  • Carleton University (Canada)
  • Concordia University (Canada)
  • The Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory
  • University of Ouro Preto (Brazil)
  • University of Sao Joao Del Rei (Brazil)
  • University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil)
  • Leeds College of Music (UK)
  • University of Chester (UK)

My love of jazz has also enabled me to play over 2000 gigs in 8 countries.

These gigs run from mostly empty coffee shops, to sold out solo concerts.

I've even shared the stage with jazz legends such as Randy Brecker, Stefon Harris, and Slide Hampton.

Some of my favorite gigs include shows at:

  • Lincoln Center
  • International Association for Jazz Education Conference
  • NuJazz Festival (Brazil)
  • Savassi Jazz Festival (Brazil)
  • International Jazz Day Festival (Nepal)

Jazz has been in my life for 20 years, and every day I’m glad I found this great music.

Because of this, I want to share this love of jazz and guitar with you.

You never know where it’ll lead you.

If you ever have a question about jazz guitar, or just want to say hi, you can reach me at my contact page.

And don't forget to download your free 84-page Beginner's Guide to Jazz Guitar.

I’ve always heard that I should be transcribing but it always felt very daunting. I’ve never transcribed a solo in my life but transcription section of your Green Dolphin Street study guide made it feel possible for the first time. Cheers! - Dane

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    Essential Jazz Guitar Soloing and Chord Concepts

    • ii V I soloing and comping concepts.
    • Essential jazz chord shapes.
    • Approach chords.
    • Jazz picking patterns
    • Major Scale patterns.
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How Matt Warnock Can Help You Play Jazz Guitar

It may sound corny, but I believe that anyone can learn how to play jazz guitar.

Why do I believe this?

Because I’ve taught thousands of guitarists just like you.

And they all got there in the end.

Now, to be Wes Montgomery, that’s DNA and a lot of experience.

So probably not.


To have fun playing standards with friends, or sitting in on a jam session.


With the huge amount of jazz guitar lessons out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the practice room.

Matt’s approach is innovative, refreshing and focussed on guitar players.

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This is where I can help.

Every lesson on my site is written in a way that any player can understand.

And, most importantly, every lesson is designed to get you playing, right away.

There’s never any theory for the sake of theory.

You started playing guitar to do just that, play guitar. 

So why should jazz be any different?

Each lesson will dissect a topic, present it in plain language, and give you actionable instructions on how to properly practice that topic.

Oh, and you’ll have fun while you learn jazz guitar.

That’s the most important part.

So, have a look around the site, and enjoy these free jazz guitar lessons.