Jazz and Blues Lessons for Guitar, Bass and Drums

With instructor Matt Friedland

Matt at the Nash

Matt is a versatile guitarist, bassist and drummer holding a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the Arizona State University School of Music and has been teaching in the East Valley for over 12 years.

He specializes in jazz improvisation, composition, music theory and has the skills to help you become a better musician and improvisor on the guitar, bass or drum set.

Below are some clips of Matt's playing. You can also view his new album "Revelation" on iTunes.

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What will I learn by studying with Matt?

The first step is we identify your goals for guitar, bass and or drum set, what your biggest challenges are and then devise a plan that moves you in the right direction. Matt understands that each student is different and he customizes his lesson plans to suit each students musical needs.

Matt teaches systematic methods designed to help you break through the challenges and barriers many musicians face when studying jazz, allowing you to reach new levels in your playing.

Jazz and Blues Lesson Topics Include:

  • Solos using authentic jazz and bebop vernacular
  • how to walk bass lines
  • chord/scale relationships
  • voice leading and guide tones
  • developing great feel and rhythm
  • harmonic concepts in jazz
  • standard jazz repertoire
  • comping and soloing
  • musical phrasing
  • advanced coordination exercises for jazz drumming
  • ear training and transcribing
  • jazz composition
  • derivatives of jazz such as Bossa Nova, Samba, Funk and Fusion
  • how to play in a jazz combo
  • chord melody for guitar
  • Blues soloing and turnarounds

"I came to Matt specifically for Jazz Guitar lessons. He was able to tailor lessons to my playing level and goals, with a good mix of theory and actual playing time." -Jim M.

"My son has been taking electric bass lessons from Matt for a year and a half. My son had previously played piano and is comfortable with music theory and reading music. Matt has done a great job relating his previous music experience to learning electric bass. He's enjoys playing jazz and learning to improvise. He plays in the both school band and the extracurricular jazz band. Thanks to Matt's guidance and instruction, my son was awarded band student of the year for the 2015-2016 school year. I highly recommend Matt for music lessons; he's been an excellent instructor for my son. He looks forward to his lesson every week!" Richard R.

Learn to play with other musicians!

Playing with others is essential to musical development and critical if you want to become a better improvisor. Matt offers classes and workshops where he can help you learn how to play with other musicians. There's no better way to get motivated and enjoy the learning process. It's time to stop isolating yourself in your practice room and get in the game! Let Matt help you reach new levels in your playing with his unique jazz, funk, blues and rock classes.

Ready to elevate your jazz and blues playing? Take the next step!

Matt offers a free consultation at the studio where he can provide an assessment of your playing, offer suggestions and strategies to overcome your challenges and go into more detail about his lesson programs.

Simply fill out the questionnaire on the contact form and we will coordinate a meeting that works with your schedule.