Private Guitar Lessons
Private Guitar Lessons

Private Guitar Lessons

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Introduction: 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, whether they are a complete beginner, or a complete professional, 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. The sessions are always efficient... and 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Goal Clarity: No matter what your personal goals for playing are, there is always a way to get there. Goal clarity is essential to getting the most out of your efforts. Once you have a clear idea of the kind of player you want to be, it is merely a matter of reverse-engineering. Together, we create a plan & a process to realize the version of yourself that you aspire to. And that’s what I love to do… co-create a personalized curriculum with you that will accomplish precisely that result. You create your vision, and I guide you on how to get there. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Success Mindset: I think everybody understands the concept that the more time you put into the playing & practicing, the faster you will progress. It’s mostly a matter of clarifying the specific things you need to work on. However, maintaining an effective mindset during your practice makes all the difference in the world. Our sessions will include how to create & maintain a highly effective mindset that allows creativity to grow. It turns out, for most people, their belief system is the first thing they need to take a look at… what do you believe you are capable of accomplishing? My experience has shown me that starting with figuring out a person’s mindset is always crucial to making the learning take hold. And this propels them into taking the steps that result in a profound change with their playing. So many students don’t realize that they are carrying around ideas about themselves & the guitar & the process… ideas that are holding them back from realizing their vision for themselves as an artist, who is a musician, who is a guitarist. I feel the teacher & the student should work together to create a personalized curriculum that focuses on the musicianship skills necessary to play the music you love. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Getting Started: You can take one session to check it out & see if this is a good fit for you, and then take it from there. There is no obligation… you can take as many, or as few lessons, as you would like. The sessions are 75 minutes long. You can schedule sessions at any frequency… once a week, once every two weeks, once a month, twice a week, or here & there. I think of myself as a personal trainer: whether you have practiced every day or not at all, our sessions are designed to meet you wherever you’re at. This takes the pressure off and keeps our sessions fun. It depends on your agenda for the development of your playing ability. It’s important to have realistic expectations for your progress, so we’ll explore all options for your lessons & practice sessions. That way, you’ll choose an informed productive approach that fits your lifestyle. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Curriculum: • Learn the skills you need to play the music you love • Be empowered through one-on-one sessions • Increase your potential as a musician & guitarist with a personalized curriculum • All levels of instruction… from complete beginner to complete professional • Practice effectively with a holistic accelerated goal-oriented approach: - increase your motivation - utilize proven time management skills - sharpen your focus & concentration - build confidence develop an effective mindset • Learn how to absorb more material at a deeper level in a shorter amount of time • Invest your time & energy in an approach to learning which ensures measurable (definable) improvement • You can explore any & all styles of music: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Country, Metal, Hip Hop, Folk, Reggae, Classical, & more • Ages: 17 years old & up ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Background: • Over thirty-five years of experience worldwide: composer, performer, clinician, educator   • Creator of The 99 Decisions Guitar Program, a comprehensive online instructional video course for guitar that utilizes a holistic approach to teaching effective strategies for time management, setting goals, building confidence, & maintaining a positive mindset • Ten years as instructor @ the GRAMMY Foundation’s Summer Music Career Camp in Los Angeles, California, working with industry notables such as Ryan Seacrest, Nick Jonas, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ricky Minor, David Foster, and more •  Current faculty member specializing in Music Theory and Songwriting at The ex’treme Institute, in Saint Louis, Missouri • Teaching residencies at The Center of Creative Arts (COCA) & The Sheldon Theater in Saint Louis, Missouri • Toured North & South America with Latin Pop band, La Quinta Estacion, ending with winning a GRAMMY for Best Latin Pop album 2010 • Released an acclaimed Modern Jazz album of original compositions, In This Present Moment, featuring Jimmy Haslip, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Bob Sheppard, James Genus, and Terri Lyne Carrington • Extensive recording session work for numerous artists across numerous genres •  Achieved two academic degrees: - Musicians Institute (GIT), Los Angeles, California, Performance Degree - Citrus College, Azusa, California Associate of Art Degree • Endorsed by Godin Guitars, Tom Anderson Guitars, Mesa Boogie Amplification, Elixir Strings, & Levy’s Leathers
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Sheila F.
Feb 7, 2022
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Matt is exceptional. Each video in his series is focused and concise, providing the building blocks I need as a beginner to develop proper alignment and technique. His online session of 75 minutes is the right length for recapping lessons, demonstrating what I know or do not understand, and then provides encouraging and precise feedback. Matt articulates clearly and directly how to adjust or modify how I play and demonstrates the technique. He has brought his mastery and insights to all aspects of his guitar program. His teaching style is just what I need: steady, lucid, and inspired. I've learned more from him in an hour of elearning and a 75-minute session than I did in the first 6 months with another teacher.

Details: 65 years or older • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Yes, can read guitar tabs • Acoustic • Blues • Country • Folk • Jazz • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

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Nkem D.
May 24, 2021
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Awesome session! Thanks Matt, you are the best. I am confident you will help me acquire the needed skills to play guitar with fun.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Rock • Country • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Chas a.
Mar 1, 2022
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Matthew is a coach and a teacher. He listens to learn and I cant wait to work with him. He will make me a better player!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Electric • Rock • Blues • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Cassinda K.
Jan 25, 2022
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Matt is awesome, we’ve been able to work together twice, and will be working together plenty more, I’m super happy about the experience! Thanks again, Matt!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Folk • Rock • Country • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

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Steve Z.
Jun 11, 2020
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“Matthew has been an excellent teacher & mentor. Matthew digs deep from the very first phone call to find out experience levels, commitment desires, instrument & equipment being used, and many other details needed to cater the lessons to fit each person individually. The live lessons take shape from the users most recent achievements they have accomplished. The lessons are accompanied by a terrific online course, 99 Decisions, which is an excellent “go at your own pace” and “practice what you deem fit” style of teaching. Matthew will suggest what videos to practice as the user moves along the journey. I personally have learned a tremendous amount about Music, Tune, Melody, along with playing the guitar, as I was a novice just a few months ago. Who knew there was so much critical importance to just tuning a guitar and why that would be so important to my development as a Guitarist! But Matthew took the time to help me fully understand it before we moved on. Not many people have the ear, mind and especially passion for music and guitar as Matthew does!”

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Rock • Country • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The sessions run for at least 75 minutes. You can schedule lessons at any frequency you that works for you... once a week, every two weeks, once a month, here & there, etc.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I really enjoy helping the student clarify their goals for their playing​ so that they can get the most of their resources... time, finances & effort. We work together to create a personalized curriculum that focuses on the musicianship skills necessary to play the music they love.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have over 40 years experience in the music industry as a professional composer, performer, recording artist, & educator.

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