Modern Time eBook – Improve Your Jazz Guitar Rhythm

Master Jazz Guitar Rhythms With The Modern Time eBook. Click to Download Your Copy Today!

“The subject of rhythmic motivic development is often neglected in most jazz education courses. This book goes a long way towards remedying that. The material is laid out in a lucid, articulate and thorough manner, and should give the student the tools he or she needs to progress in this important area.” – Ben Monder


Jazz Guitar Rhythm eBook

There are three main elements of music: Harmony, Melody and Rhythm. These three items form the foundation of modern music, which has some combination of time/pulse, harmonic content such as chords/chord progressions and/or melody.

Now, think to yourself, what order do you place these items when you are in the practice room?

When I ask this question in workshops, no matter what country I’m in, the answer is always the same. Harmony, Melody, then Rhythm. But, is this the best way to organize our practice time and place focus on the bandstand?

After teaching jazz and other improvised music for almost 20 years, I have realized that many of the students I work with struggle with time and rhythm. Even though they understand and can apply all of the harmonic and melodic material in the correct way, their rhythmic control, interest and application is not up to par with their lines, chords and phrases.

For this reason, I have always put a strong focus on rhythmic material with my students, as well as in my own practice room as I have continued to develop as a player. And after teaching this material privately for many years, I have brought these lessons and exercises together into one book for the first time, “Modern Time: Rhythmic Fundamentals for the Improvising Musician.”

The book’s focus is to help you develop a solid understanding of how rhythms and rhythmic groupings work; how they can be manipulated and expanded as well as how to apply all of this knowledge to your own playing.

Each concept is presented in an easy to understand fashion, and is accompanied by multiple exercises that focus on developing your control of rhythmic material from both a technical and improvisational standpoint.

This book was a labor of love for me as I love to work on rhythmic material and to teach it to my private students. I hope you enjoy working through the book as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.

Have a question or comment about this eBook? Visit the Modern Time thread at the MWG Forum.


When buying the Modern Time Ebook you get:


  • Printable PDF Format
  • 84 Pages of Lessons, Exercises and Musical Examples
  • Over 100 Musical Examples in Notation an Tablature
  • Over 100 Audio Examples (Mp4 format that will play in iTunes, Windows Media Player and Quicktime)
  • Enough learning material to keep you busy in the practice room for months, if not years, on end
  • All For Less Than the Cost of 1 Private Lesson!


Click to View a Sample PDF from the Chapter on Accent Patterns


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If you’re looking to bring your jazz guitar rhythm playing to the next level and are searching for new inspiration in the practice room, check out “Modern Time: Rhythmic Fundamentals for the Improvising Musician.”

For less than the price of one private lesson you get a lifetime’s worth of practice material to explore in the woodshed.


Lesson Topics Include


  • Rhythmic Pairing
  • Rhythmic Retrograde
  • Rhythmic Mirroring
  • Rhythmic Transposition
  • Eighth-Note Accents
  • Charleston Accents
  • Brazilian Accents
  • Afro-Cuban Accents
  • 5 Exercises for Rhythmic Development With Repertoire
  • Whole Notes
  • Half Notes
  • Eighth Notes
  • Eighth-Note, Quarter-Note and Half-Note Triplets
  • Sixteenth Notes
  • Dotted Quarter-Notes in 4/4 and 3/4 Time
  • Bossa Nova and Reverse Bossa Nova
  • Samba and Reverse Samba
  • Choro
  • Baiáo
  • Son 2/3 and 3/2 Claves
  • Rumba 2/3 and 3/2 Claves
  • 6/8 Clave
  • 2/3 and 3/2 Montuno


What People Are Saying About Modern Time


“This is a terrific book by one of the best teachers I know of, on one of the most important and often overlooked elements of jazz improvisation – rhythm! Matt takes you on a well organized, progressive and creative journey right from the most fundamental rhythmic concepts through advanced rhythms and concepts that are the heart of improvised music today. An absolutely essential book to check out.” – Canadian Guitar Virtuoso Roddy Ellias


“Matt Warnock’s handsome new book presents the basic elements of rhythm, then offers systematic approaches to developing and manipulating rhythmic motives, accents, and groupings. He also touches upon underlying rhythmic grooves for a variety of latin rhythms. The book is systematic, logical, and developmental – allowing one to apply progressively more sophisticated concepts.

Matt starts with the premise that there are three main elements of music: Harmony, Melody, and Rhythm. Anybody with a heartbeat has a concept of rhythm, many people have a concept of melody and can sing or hum common tunes, but usually only trained musicians understand harmony. This fact suggested to Matt that we change the way we think about the three elements and how we organize them into our practice routines: focusing first on Rhythm, then Melody and Harmony.

Sharpening the focus on Rhythm promotes a stronger role for rhythmic development, and simultaneously allows one to place the element that reaches most people at the forefront of one’s playing. I enjoy the clarity with which Matt organizes small chunks of musical ideas into non-intimidating and attainable practice routines.” – John Stein (Associate Professor of Harmony Berklee College of Music)


“Wow, …another valuable tome of  information.  I always keep an eye on Matthew Warnock’s constant quality output.  You learn quickly because there’s just the right amount of information in each lesson which is easily retained in a short amount of time.” – Jack Grassel (Guitar One Magazine readers voted Jack one of the 10 best guitarists in America.)


“This book goes straight to the top of my practice routine.” – Nav Jhaj Reader


“‘Modern Time’ is the clearest explanation of rhythms I have come across. Unlike many other books that are just page after page of notation, each exercise in this book has a clear purpose and is thoroughly explained. Straight away useful and practical practice methods are introduced that keep the information relevant. After establishing a solid foundation in the basics the book steadily takes you along to more advanced rhythms, but never gets overwhelming. The accompanying audio tracks were also very useful to check that I was reading the notation correctly. This is an invaluable book for any musician wanting to expand their grasp of rhythms, highly recommended.’” – Jamie Holroyd (UK Based Jazz Guitarist and Teacher)

35 Responses to "Modern Time eBook – Improve Your Jazz Guitar Rhythm"

  1. Jonathan says:

    Hey Matt,

    Do you have any sample pages of the book that I can see?

    Many thanks!


    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Hey Jonathan,

      I just added a PDF that provides a sample from the chapter on accent patterns. You can find it here.


  2. Frank says:

    How appropriate is the contents of this book for a player who is an advanced beginner and struggling with basic rhythm guitar?

    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Hi Frank,
      This book would be very suited for your situation. It will help expand your rhythmic control and vocabulary and most of the exercises can be done with single-line or as chords depending on how you want to apply them to your practice routine. So I would say it is worth checking out.

      1. Frank says:

        Thanks for prompt reply! One more question: I want to improve my rhythm guitar playing from the perspective of chords, at least initally. The example pdf that you provided appears to be single-line. Are there also examples of specific chords in the various rhythmic patterns discussed in the book?

        1. Matthew Warnock says:

          Hey Frank,
          The book is mostly based on rhythms, that example was from a chapter dedicated to scale practice, but the other chapters will have rhythm notation, or chords when applicable. it’s not a chord book but a rhythm book that can be applied to chords, if you want to check out chords, you can look at these resources as well.

  3. Ronen says:

    Hi Matt

    I’ve just got it.

    Very methodological and clear book taking you step by step to better understand, read and control Rhythm. An important book to improve timing.

    What I miss, and was expecting to see, are examples for comping showing each rhythm on related standards, e.g., Bossa, Latin, Samba, Swing, Charleston …

    Thanks, Ronen

    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Thanks Ronen, glad you are enjoying the book. I didn’t write out specific comping examples because the book is not only geared towards guitarists, it’s for all instruments to use. But, you can take any of the rhythms, like I write in the book, and apply them to any tune or progression you are working on and they work in both a single-line and chord context. So you have the freedom to apply them to any tune you wish and using any voicings that you are working on.

  4. Rich says:

    Hi Matt,

    I downloaded the files second time

    I. Saved the file. First

    That worked fine

    I read the first few pages..I’m on the road to becoming a jazz player


    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Cool Rich glad it worked out, must have just been from not saving the file first, gotta love technology.

      Enjoy the book hope you dig it!

  5. Akek says:

    Thanks. As someone who practices and plays mostly on my own, time and rhythm are not among my strengths.

  6. loore says:

    i might not have read the book but one thing i know for sure is that his approach to music is really outstanding and he as a way of making things look very simple even a begineer can pick up his material and have a good idea about that topic even though the player might not get it fully at least the player can grab up to 80%. Matt is a great instructor and he as a way of answering questions quickly even though the question sounds dumb he wil stil have something to say.nice work Matt

    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Thanks man, appreciate the kind words!

  7. Sean Clancy says:

    Hi Matt – I’m going to get this book as soon as sell another software product from my site!
    Rock on,

  8. Tonet Lipana says:

    many thanks Matt!

  9. Leonid says:

    Matt, I am a beginner jazz guitarist from Moscow, Russia, and I admire your understandable and useful style of presentation. Your book on the rhythm very much helped me. I am very grateful to you for this work.

    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Thanks for checking out my site and book, glad it is helpful!

  10. Omar says:

    Hi Matt
    Is this book available as an Ibook?

    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Right now it is just available as a PDF.

  11. Joe BUENO says:

    I’m not up to playing jazz yet- just getting out of the starting blocks w chords and scales, but my sense of rhythm is poor- wld this book be for me or too advanced- if not for me, can you recommend a book that would be good for beginning to early intermediate as far as practical approaches to rhythm?

    1. Matt Warnock says:

      Hey Joe,

      This book starts at the very basics, using whole, half, quarter notes etc to solo and practice with, then builds up from there. It does have a jazz slant to it, but it is geared towards anyone who wants to improve their time and rhythm, in any genre of music.

  12. Dennis says:

    Hey Matt,

    I was wondering wether or not you provide excercises with odd note groupings like quintuplets and stuff like that in the “modern rhythm”-book? And also, are there any excercises with rhythmic discplacements? (playing a 7 note phrase with straight 8th notes etc)?

    I must still work my way through the “30 days to better jazz guitar”. It’s exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much!



    1. Matt Warnock says:

      Hey Dennis

      Thanks for checking out the 30 day book, glad it’s helpful. This book does look at a lot of rhythmic displacement, but from the perspective of taking simple, common rhythms and moving them around, playing them backwards, pairing them with other versions of themselves etc to create rhythm displacement and tension. So it’s about using simple rhythms that you might already know, but in a more complex fashion. Hope that helps!

    2. Bhakti Brophy says:

      Hi Dennis–

      You need to get your hands on Hank J Levy’s. THE TIME REVOLUTION (1973).

      Hank it’s the god father of polyrhythms, odd time sig groupings, five-over-four in groups of 2s and 3s played as 20/16…and everything else you just asked for.

      Matt–I’m sure you’ll agree.

      The book is difficult to find, but it’s a gold mine. I’ve had it since the ’80s and I still use it all the time.

      I’m wondering if you ever had the pleasure of studying with Hank, Matt?

      Cheers everyone,

      (Hard to tell from my name, but I’m female…please don’t call me “man”. ;)

  13. Jon says:

    If I buy both ebooks is there a discount? Thanks

    1. Matt Warnock says:

      Hey Jon. Not normally, but I do have promotions and offers at different times of the year with discounts on the ebooks. When I get my next ebook out, this summer, then I will into putting together different packages of the 4 ebooks at a discounted rate. Cheers.

  14. marvin says:

    Hi Matt,
    I’m Marvin from South Africa and I’m interested in buying your book “Modern Rhythm” but has never transacted online. could you explain to me how to go about buying this book?

    1. Matt Warnock says:

      Hi Marvin

      Thanks for checking out the book. If you have a Paypal account you can just click “add to cart” then checkout with Paypal from there.

      If you don’t, you can follow these steps after clicking “add to cart” to pay with a debit or credit card.

      Click “Add to Cart”
      Click “Checkout With Paypal”
      Click “Don’t Have a Paypal Account” (Then enter your information)

  15. Julián Nieto says:

    I have played diferent music styles, for a year i started with jazz, and i hace been a beautiful new experience, i ve been searching los of harmony but now i discovered ome skill i havent work… Rythm, hipe thais book majes me a verter improviser musician.

  16. Wojciech "Bemol" Moczulski says:

    Hello Matt, thank you a lot for your materials to learn and practice. You do an amazing, invaluable job. Wojtek “B” Moczulski, Poland.

  17. fessiha says:

    hello matt thank you a lot for your materials to learn and practice.

  18. Pete Z. says:

    Bought this ebook some weeks ago. Although coming from a rock-oriented background – trying to get me hands towards jazz – I find it so incredibly useful!
    Going all back and starting with whole notes @ 40 …
    It already improved my accuracy of playing quite a lot!

    Really can recommend it! (And no, I have paid for my copy …)
    Thanks (also for all of the brilliant free material) – and please carry on.

  19. dmitry says:

    How can i get the book and all mp3 exemples files after pay ? I live in ukraine…

    1. Matt Warnock says:

      Hey, when you buy the book you will receive an email with a link to download the book and all the mp3 files.

  20. markgc88 says:

    Hey, is there anyway to hear an mp3 sample from the book
    before purchasing it?

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