Matt Knelman
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Matt Knelman

Matt K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have spent a majority of my life playing the guitar on and off the stage, in the recording studio, and everywhere else in between. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied performance and music business. I have been lucky enough to work along side Grammy winning producers, and have performed at major music festivals such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Boston Calling. I teach all styles of guitar and specialize in blues and rock styles. Whatever techniques you want to learn I can teach them.

About Matt K.

Hi there! My name is Matt and I am very excited to work with you.
I have been teaching guitar for over 10 years, and have been helping my students blossom into not only amazing guitar players, but competent musicians as well.

I studied guitar at Berklee College of Music under the tutelage of some incredible teachers whose credits include many popular artists. My credits include Quinn Sullivan (Buddy Guy), Grey Season, and more. I have toured extensively, recorded with Grammy winning producers, and played many music festivals across the country. My experience as a professional musician has given me a wealth of knowledge to pass on to my students making our lessons more interesting, well rounded, and fun!

Most importantly, I am here to help drive you, to set you in a direction to discover the beauty of guitar, and to enrich you with the gift of music. I am a fun and laid back instructor, but I also believe that if you want to meet your goals, you have to be willing to put in the work. Tell me your goals and lets get started!

Guitar styles I teach include: Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, R&B, Funk, Blues (Chicago/Texas/Brit), Jazz (Fusion, Bebop, Swing, Gypsy), Bluegrass, Metal, Flamenco, Classical (limited), Finger-Style (Piedmont, Chet, Delta, Folk, Jazz Chord Melody, Etc.), Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Indie-Rock, and Alternative.

Will provide references upon request.

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Jacob
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When I started to play guitar, I did not know very much about the guitar or how to read music. Matt taught me pretty much everything since the beginning and I enjoyed it a lot. He went over the basics with the acoustic, then we went onto the electric. He understands this instrument very well with different techniques. He is also very patient, kind, and willing to help anybody. He's really the best out there.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Jake
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I've taken guitar lessons from three different teachers and what I learned in the two years Matt has taught me definitely has improved my playing, songwriting, and musical interest like nothing else. This guy understands good songwriting and performance as well as just shredding. He's a nice guy and loves to talk music too, and he'll really work with you at any skill level and at any pace you are comfortable with.

Posted Oct 25, 2015
Ben
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When I moved to Boston one of the first shows I went to was a band called Grey Season. I was blown away by Matt's Guitar playing. When I found out he gave lessons I immediately got in contact with him. Now, 3 years later, I can say that I've learned so much from lessons with Matt. He is not only an accomplished guitar player but an inspiring teacher who has been dedicated in helping me become a better blues guitarist and all around musician.

Posted Oct 17, 2015

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Experience

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2005 - Present

Private Lessons

Provided guitar instruction to students of all skill levels and styles. In home lessons.

Touring Guitarist
Jan 2018 - Feb 2019

Quinn Sullivan Band

Toured with guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy protege Quinn Sullivan. National touring and performing.

Professional Musician
Nov 2011 - May 2016

Grey Season

Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that is, in essence, folk wrapped in rock n roll. Throughout the variety show that is a Grey Season performance, one might find most memorable the occasional 5 part harmony; blues rooted guitar solos between wholehearted lyricism, memorable melodies driven by the nostalgic plucking of bouzoukis and banjos. Grey Season is a band that calls upon a collective musical memory, while pushing forward as a band dedicated to the power of song and the hearts of a growing audience. Their debut album, Time Will Tell You Well, was released to a sold-out show on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. It was produced by Boston Music Awards Producer-of-the-Year Benny Grotto and 3-time Grammy-winner Justin Guip at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. http://www.greyseasonmusic.com/ Recent Accomplishments: Grey Season recently played notable festivals in the summer of 2015 including South By Southwest, Bonnaroo, Lowell Summer Concert Series, and Boston Calling.

Guitar Instructor
Feb 2010 - Aug 2012

Irvine Arts & Music

Provided guitar lessons to students for both acoustic and electric guitar. All musical styles and all levels of experience.

Education

Guitar Performance
Sep 2011 - May 2013

Berklee College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Best Americana Band Nomination
Nov 2015

Boston Music Awards

Best Folk Band Nomination
Nov 2015

Boston Music Awards

Winner of The 14th Annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Sonic Bids Slot
Jun 2015

Sonic Bids

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