About Matthew V.
I teach because I love it... I love seeing a student reach their goals.
I’ve been working with music students for long enough now that I am able to quickly determine what their next best action should be… the action that will enable them to grow & evolve as guitar players. I have a keen sense of ascertaining a student’s skill level, so that I can quickly get them into working on the musicianship skills that will transform their playing. My sessions are efficient: they are very effective, very quickly.
As a beginner, you can approach the learning process in a way that keeps it fun & exciting while building the techniques & vocabulary that you use every day.
The cool thing about the guitar is that all of the chords & strumming patterns that you learn from day one are the same chords & strumming patterns you’ll use as an intermediate or advanced player. You don’t have to start with super basic “baby” steps & then learn what the “real” players use later down the road. You get to immediately start with the real deal.
• Released the acclaimed Modern Jazz album of original compositions, In This Present Moment, featuring Jimmy Haslip, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Bob Sheppard, James Genus, Terri Lyne Carrington, & more • A world tour with La Quinta Estacion, winner of the 2010 Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album • Creator of The 99 Decisions Guitar Program, a comprehensive online instructional video course • Ten years as an instructor at the Grammy Foundation’s Summer Music Camp in Los Angeles, California • Teaching residencies for The Center of Creative Arts (COCA) & The Sheldon Theater in Saint Louis, Missouri • Instructor at The ex’treme Institute by Nelly music industry college in Saint Louis, Missouri • Extensive recording session work for numerous artists • Over 35 years of guitar instruction with individuals, clinics, universities & camps around the world
Fluent / Native Proficiency
The Orange County Music Awards