Award-Winning Teacher - Networked/played with members of
Heart, Bad Company & Queensryche. Learn Your Favorite Songs Quickly & Accurately.
From Chopin To Bach To Randy Rhoads (my 1st influence)
It can be done!. I'll show You How!
Classical Guitar is one of my specialties..
Hi.. 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- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers 3.) Queensryche guitarist Donny Evola - 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 ...
My Teaching Philosophy for Guitar
* The younger beginner will start with Alfred's kids guitar course.
* Learn how to read tablature and music.
* William Leavitt's Berkley guitar study.
* Learn how to play scales in the first position on your guitar.
* Build rhythm studies and cadences.
* Develop ear training and dexterity.
* Sightread chords and melodies.
* Will learn to read treble clef melodies and improvise.
* Play duets.
* Have fun playing songs.
Hello and welcome to your studio! I teach from the comfort of my home studio in the Everett/Snohomish area. My teaching style is developed specifically for each student, to give you the most out of your lesson without overwhelming you. I will help you learn to play the songs you love! My love for music is deep and I enjoy sharing what I know with my fellow students. I have seen the impact music has on families; it unites them like a beautiful song waiting to be played. Many of my students compliment my patience and say they have learned so much in so little time. Life with music is a journey but not only that it is a lifestyle. Being a good, dedicated student will bring so many wonderful moments and rewards as you take the journey with your instrument of choice. I have students ...
I have been playing guitar since I was 14 and I have not looked back since. I love music and I love helping other people discover the joys it can bring. In college I studied classical guitar and got experience playing in many different groups. I currently perform in and around the Seattle area. *** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to each individual student, to their interests and needs. I generally use the Hal Leonard Guitar method but I will use any method best suited for the goals you want to reach. Whatever method we use will be supplemented with other songs and exercises. My lessons tend to be laid back and fun but also challenging. I expect students to do their best and make an effort. *** Studio Equipment *** The lessons are taught in my studio with an amp, ...
Classical requires a lot of patience. Here we will learn how to read music, finger picking, and theory.
It’s not the stage, it’s not the glory: it’s the pure joy of playing music. We often put musicians on a pedestal: “this guy’s better than I am, I’ll never be that good.” Here’s a quote from one of the best guitarist of our time: “I dedicated all the time I had to it. The 10 hour workout was just what I put in the magazine at the time, but for me it was every waking moment.” ~ Steve Vai To Steve, it was the music that gave him great joy. Simply put, he played because he loved it. This is my goal as a teacher: to show people that music takes time, it takes determination, it takes passion, and most importantly, it’s really fun! It can be an expression of who you are. “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B.B. King “Every time you pick up ...
This is where I sort of apologize in advance for being somewhat dogmatic. In my own experience (and humble opinion), learning the classical guitar should be your first effort. The reasons are many. The main one being that the "guitar", as it's known in the contemporary west, begun its evolution from a classical birth.
What is more, the guitar was organized and structured in playing classical music. Francisco Tárrega would be the person credited for this. Indeed, Tarrega structured the guitar into a legitimate language and craft. This century old organizational craft has given birth to such notables as: Andrés Segovia, Moreno Torroba, Manuel Ponce, Luiz Bonfá, and Leo Brouwer. Certainly the list goes on....
When learning the classical guitar, as ones first introduction to learning music, it provides many key intensives.
First, it provides a written educational structure/form. A structure/form that's unknown to any style or genres of the guitar.
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. 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. 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 ...
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