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Using the Concepts You Already Know to Play Great Jazz Solos (feat. Matt Warnock)

Welcome to episode 249 where we have special guest guitarist Matt Warnock from Matt Warnock Guitar to talk jazz and all things improv. We discuss a number of topics including using the concepts you already know to start improvising, the three most powerful concepts he’s worked on to gain traction in his playing, and his philosophies on learning jazz and enjoying the process.

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You know, I don’t know about you but I have this tendency to always want to learn more and more stuff.

Like I learn one jazz improv tool or trick or concept and I just want to go on to the next one because maybe that next one has the answer that I’m looking for to start cracking the code, to start playing the jazz solos that I’ve always dreamed of. 

But sometimes, we actually can just use the tools that we already know, the scale we already know, the chord tones we already know. Whatever it happens to be for you, there are million different ways to just use the tools you already have available to you to create really awesome music

Now this is just only one of the many concepts that I talk about with my guest today, Matt Matt Warnock from Matt Warnock Guitar.

And we just had a great time talking and there’s just so many golden nuggets in this episode, including about his 3 things that he really feels has packed a big punch in his jazz playing and taking him to the next level over the years and kept him really nice and busy.

In this episode:

1. Matt’s classical training and how that helped him play jazz

2. How to use simple tools like scales you know to begin improvising well

3. How to enjoy the process of learning so you enjoy the benefits of the long game

4. Matt’s top 3 most effective things he’s practiced

Important Links

1. Matt Warnock Guitar and his courses

2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

3. Learn Jazz Live 2021 Virtual Summit

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. I really thought this was a great episode. Had to listen to certain sections several times over to get the gist of what Matt was saying about the triads. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. Hi Brent
    I have just listened to the first 20 minutes of Podcast 249- NOTHING! I respect Matt Warlock having followed his guitar stuff and your introduction sounded interesting but it was just the two of you rambling on with no info at all – just you saying, “like” several times every sentence. Jamie Holroyd does this so much better getting down to it immediately. In the first 20 minutes, there was nothing so I turned it off and continued with my practice. Viscount

  3. Great motivator this morning !!!
    Thank you Brent and Matt for sharing some real pearls.
    Today’s practice will focus on these 3 when I get to tunes I’m working on.


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