- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- October 1990
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying Music Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.
*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.
*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
An excellent teacher
I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.
He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.
Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
Incredible Guitar Teacher
The most inspiring, challenging, caring and charismatic guitar teacher you will ever have. He will take your playing to the next level and beyond. Matt's playing ceases to amaze and he is constantly producing pearls of guitar wisdom, along with some killer licks.
Matt has the technical knowledge and skill and knows how to get you playing right away. He is great with kids and adults.
I would highly recommend Matt Beal to anyone looking to take lessons
Easily the best music teacher I've had. He doesn't just solely focus on music and teaching what he's been taught. He makes an effort to get to know his students and teaches them based on their musical taste and preferences. Very versatile teacher/player who can teach (and play anything) from simple melodic riffs and solos to very technical and complex licks. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to get lessons. Music aside, just a genuinely good guy.
Matt is a highly skilled musician with many years of writing, performing, and teaching.
I have been taking Guitar Lessons from Matt for a couple of years now. He is very good at looking for what his students want and formulating lessons that target those wants while further developing areas of focus. In addition, Matt is passionate about music and teaching and best of all he is a fun teacher!!! It's a blast to go through a lesson and then jam with him at the end!!! Matt is HIGHLY recommended for lessons whether you are just starting on guitar or if you are like me playing for many years but wanting to take it to the next level.