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Rock Guitar Lessons – 5 Famous Riffs

If you’re a beginning guitar player and want to learn some simple but famous rock guitar riffs, this video series is for you.

In this 5 part series, I’ll show you 5 famous rock riffs, the scales that are used to create the riffs and how you can practice them to get your fingers moving more fluently.

Free download of the PDF with tab and standard notation of each riff. Click the button below.

Lesson 1 – Heartbreaker Riff  – Led Zeppelin

Lesson 2 – Funk 49 Riff – Joe Walsh

Lesson 3 – Iron Man Riff – Black Sabbath 

Lesson 4 – Voodoo Child Intro – Jimi Hendrix 

Lesson 5 – Know Your Enemy Riff – Rage Against the Machine

If you’re a beginning guitar player and want to learn some simple but famous rock guitar riffs, this video series is for you. In this 5 part series, I’ll show you 5 famous rock riffs, the scales that are used to create the riffs and how you can practice them to get your fingers moving… Continue reading Rock Guitar Lessons – 5 Famous Riffs

7 Reasons Why Your Practice Is Not Working


Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your playing?

Do you feel like your practice routine lacks structure? Not producing the results you’d like?

Would you like to have more time to practice but find that something always seems to come up and prevent you from putting in the time?

As a music teacher, many students have expressed these problems and challenges to me.

I love to practice and it’s a regular part of my life but for many it can seem frustrating and or ineffective.

So how do you get to the point where you love to practice and are getting the results you’d like?

In this article, I’ll share with you 7 reasons why your practice is not working and what you can do to fix it.

Guitar Chord Forms and How They Work

How do chords work on the guitar? In this guitar lesson video we’ll take a look at the most common forms of chords on the guitar and how they can be moved throughout the fret board. We’ll start by looking at a common power chord based on the E String and the A String root.… Continue reading Guitar Chord Forms and How They Work

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What’s The Deal With The Modes?

Modes of the Major Scale PDFDownload You might be curious as to what the modes are. You’ve heard other musicians talking about them. You may have found hundreds of explanations of modes around the Internet. But are you still struggling to understand what modes are and how they work? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.  I’ve… Continue reading What’s The Deal With The Modes?

Matt’s Solo Guitar Gig

Solo guitar music can be difficult to perform but I really enjoyed putting the music together for the gig I played last week.  Combining chords, melody, improvising and keeping a groove are essential elements in this endeavor.  This was a great challenge and sparked new ideas and approaches within my practice routine.  Hope you enjoy the video!… Continue reading Matt’s Solo Guitar Gig

Audio Production

“Broken Glass” is written by Ciara Cisneros, a young and talented singer-songwriter in the East Valley.  The tune began as a solo guitar and vocal performance but Ciara and I collaborated to transform the tune in to a full production recording with drums, bass, synthesizers, back up and harmonized vocal parts. Ciara performed all the guitar… Continue reading Audio Production

Why You Should Learn to Read Music

I have had a number of students tell me that they have been playing guitar, bass or drum set for a number of years but feel stuck with their playing. Usually they have some physical dexterity and competency on their instrument but aren’t sure how to take their playing to the next level. I can… Continue reading Why You Should Learn to Read Music

Pearl Jam Style Guitar Jam Track

Hey all you Pearl Jam Fans!  I created a guitar jam track in the style of my all time favorite rock band, Pearl Jam.  This one is similar to the jam they do on their tune Porch.  It’s in the key of E minor.  Crank the stereo and rock out Mike McCready style on this… Continue reading Pearl Jam Style Guitar Jam Track

Funky Bass Lessons

In the Bank is a tune by artist Mingo Fishtrap.  I had the pleasure of playing this tune with the Arizona funk/soul/R&B band Soulective.  Definitely some funky bass lines going on in this one.  Challenging tune to transcribe but well worth it.  If you’re interested in bass lessons, feel free to contact me!

Guitar Lessons Gilbert

I recently moved to my new teaching studio off of Ray and Lindsey Rd in Gilbert Arizona and am loving teaching there!  I have taught at many locations in my career through out the Valley.  From music stores to traveling to homes of students.  Having my own teaching studio is something I wish I had… Continue reading Guitar Lessons Gilbert