Matt Beal has been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 29 years. He was always interested in music and made his first "recording" at the age of 2 and a half. He got serious about playing the guitar when he was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
He begged his parents for a guitar, which he received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that he takes classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if he did not practice, his parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, Matt still had the guitar, and a brand-new electric guitar too. He never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where he even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time he was in high school, Matt was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying Music Theory. He credits his early development to his teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. Matt aspires to offer his students the same positive influence he received during his formative years.
After high school, Matt attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he honed his chops. From there, he played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N' Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, Matt released his solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of his all-time heroes.
Today, he continues to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes Matt prouder than jamming with his students and watching them grow as musicians.