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My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels.
I've networked and/or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends:
1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
2.) Lynn Sorensen- Bad Company/KZOK's Spike & Impalers
3.) Queensryche guitarist Donny Evola - Queensryche/Geoff Tate/ Foghat
4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/Bad Company/Montrose
5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Queensryche
I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles.
I have had many guitar teachers myself including one true Famous Rock Star legend here in Pacific NW.
Congrats Rog. U Earned It, & inspire myself, & others everyday. You got to know the rules 1st, before you can then break the rules. This is how you develop your own unique style. And it's what separates the Pro Players from the rest of the pack.
But even if you don't want to play professionally, maybe you just want to learn a few chords, licks, songs, for yourself, or to impress friends. That's okay too!
I welcome every level and style. I always learn something from my students.
That's what music is all about. Learning & trading tips and licks from other musicians.
Bottom Line Is... I can help you learn and progress on your instrument faster...
Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Lesson Details ***
The most important thing in a lesson with me is to learn while having FUN! I am a very laid-back teacher who wants to focus on music making you smile. We will choose material and a pace of learning that will keep you excited to rehearse and return the following lesson improved!
PERSONALIZE your guitar lessons by learning techniques used by your favorite artists in "their" songs.
FEEL FREE learning in a comfortable atmosphere where you can excel successfully as a musician!
CONQUER shyness and insecurities by unleashing the dynamic performer in you!
Most All Styles/Genres/Experience Levels Taught - We go over everything systematically. Music Theory, Songwriting, Chords, Scales, Determining Key Of Songs, Performance, etc
After 3 to 6 months, you should expect to be playing some of your favorite songs and artists accurately
Be sure to check out some of my you tube demos. Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Sound Proof Pro Recording Studio, PA System, guitars, basses, amps, drums, recording gear, mics, mic stands, strobe & lights, fog machine, seating for parents.
Sorry No Disco Ball Yet.. You Can Bring Your Own If You Want Though.
I've Got Some Bell Bottoms Somewhere Around The Studio Here.
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Brand New*** Now Offering Music Lessons Online (From My Recording Studio To Your Home via Skype)
I'm really excited to add that to offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!
If I come to your home for the lesson, I bring myself, 1 instrument and 1 small amp.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
My Unique Specialty - is teaching students the rudimental basics 1st, & then how to copy your favorite artists off the CD, radio or iPod, almost note for note. Believe me, it can be done. You just have to know what to listen for..
Brand New - MEASURE your success by recording your music progress along the way. I do own a recording studio, so we can record students progress via audio or video and then post to my YouTube channel.
I have a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Cal State Northridge. I come from a background of instrumental guitar where rock, metal, classical and jazz are my specialties. I believe that music should take you on a journey and that it begins with your first lesson and your first note.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individual and are built upon the student’s needs and goals. Concepts of rhythm, theory, repertoire, technique and musicality are discussed during the lessons. Patience, encouragement and fun are stressed at all times.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in a separate music room. I provide all the accessories to get started.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide amp, music stand, Materials. Student provides the Electric/ Acoustic guitar. I have two or more steel and nylon string guitars for use.
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Metal, Classical, Jazz, Flamenco.
I fell in love with music at a very young age. Perhaps occurring while seated in the very back of my moms Datsun 510 station wagon during a mildly warm and smoggy Los Angeles afternoon. While my mom ran a quick errand, I vividly remember being consumed by a radio pop tune left on for us kids to enjoy. It was during this moment that I recall consciously thinking - "I want to do that". Whatever "that" was remained to be seen....
Despite "wanting to do that", I wasn't taken serious when my mom arrived back in the car. Arriving to a son yelling "I wanna do that", "make it louder", I wanna do that". She laughed. This while probably reflecting back on those other occasions in which I insisted on being a "firetruck". Yup, not a fireman....
Only years later after realizing that the life of a firetruck is not only fictitious but high risk, a serious listener-ship and dedication to music took root. As my curiosity grew, I was compelled to explore musics qualities and structure. It was about this time that I viewed music as a sort of esoteric universal language that had certain historic rules. Adding, rules I thought that should be learned in maybe breaking later. At least this was the logic of the time.
Indeed as a kid, I was simply blown away as to how music showcases almost endless stimulating possibilities. This in terms of structure, different genres, discordance, harmony, tamber, melody and rhythm. For it would be these very profound attributes noticed back then that sustain me today.
Notwithstanding, as a young aspiring musician, "universal" would be last words out of an poor observers mouth. This especially when describing my several attempts in playing speed metal on my sisters viola. It would be these sort of behaviors that summoned my father to buy his resourceful son a electric guitar and amp. Not forgetting to mention, a amp that picked up crystal clear radio waves.... The rest was history. A history plagued with disturbing reverberations along my parents bedroom walls and garage doors. This while placing a heavy burden on their pocket books in begging for new musical gear.
I graduated from Berklee college of music in 2002. There, I studied Jazz guitar, music composition, theory and music business. In summing up my music post graduation past: I taught at K-12 schools and academy's, performed with various ensembles, did lots of solo performing, wrote and recorded in different projects, had been employed for studio work as well as owning and operating a guitar retail/academy business.
I hope to do much more! This while sharing with you in the process. Feel free to contact me to open up the conversation further. Thank you for viewing this.
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