Born: March 15, 1959 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Guitarist Matt Richards has caused his share of 'reverse identity crises' when listeners attempt to explain his music in a sound byte. He effortlessly bridges musical styles with his genre-stretching solo acoustic work, his not-so-traditional straight-ahead jazz group and his uniquely focused instrumental duos. In his words: “It's always about the music.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Matt grew up in the culturally fertile crosscurrents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly energized genre. As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began relying more on the acoustic guitar. He assimilated Spanish, Latin American and various world influences while developing his unique fingerstyle approach to solo guitar....
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Lafayette Hill, PA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
I am currently affiliated with two private music schools in the suburban Philadelphia PA area accepting students from teenage to adult. I also accept a limited number of private students. Please contact me for additional details.
Drawing upon over 38 years of playing music and 20 years of teaching guitar, Matt Richards conducts both workshops and masterclasses for groups and provides personal musical instruction for individuals at all levels of musical ability. In his workshops, Matt provides insight into the mechanics of playing the guitar and the factors utilized to create music. Depending upon the audience, the focus of his workshops will vary from more generalized (how a guitar produces sound, playing styles, components of music) to player-specific (technical aspects of the guitar, playing techniques, musical components, equipment). Regardless of the audience, Matt plays both technical demonstrations and complete performances during every workshop. Matt’s masterclasses are intended for individuals with at least a moderate level of musical experience. Conducted in small groups (two to six players with their instruments), Matt focuses on specifics of technique, sound, style and music theory with each participant playing and interacting directly with Matt. Through personal musical instruction Matt has worked with a sizeable number of individuals ranging in ages from 6 to 75 years of age, from complete beginners to seasoned players. As most programs held in conjunction with concerts are limited in time to one or two days, a player with at least a moderate level of ability will benefit the most from an individual lesson. Matt provides specifics regarding playing techniques, rhythm, scales and performance suggestions for contemporary electric, jazz, classical and modern fingerstyle players. Matt is currently discussing arrangements with Godin Guitars to coordinate educational activities. Please contact Matt for additional information.