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Demo Albums

or is it albums of demos? Either way I’ve decided to begin compiling/curating my audio archives. You can download the first one right here

Home Truths 2016

The download includes 16 songs ranging from metal guitar instrumentals, political songs, style parodies, a song about York, a love song for my wife, a song called biscuit that’s not about biscuits and lots more. There’s also chord sheet pdfs for most songs and even a few pages of guitar TAB. Enjoy.

Oh and you can still access individual songs on the Song Vault page

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Kick Ass Christmas

“Matt, listen to me. I kick ass at Silent Night”

– 9 yr old pupil.

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Thanks!

An Apple (Records product) for the (guitar) teacher.

Thanks Lauren!

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Workshops And Beer

Ah! Summertime!

I’m all broken up (in a good way). School has finished with a lovely gift from a pupil – this is what you get for teaching kids how to play Bieber/Sheeran.

And a mention in the school leavers assembly from a budding 11 year old comedian

“Why was Matt locked out of the music room?
He left his keys in the piano”

I’m not going to be sipping margaritas on the beach though. I’m going to be chugging them down I’m going to be

  • Giving private lessons
  • Demoing lots of songs
  • Prepping my new EP for release
  • Writing a book on songwriting!
  • And teaching a couple of workshops with my bud Nina Smith. See the ad below

In other news I got featured on author Dave Kusek’s blog in a songwriting roundtable

And Stephen Wordsmith’s album Tintinitus (featuring my co-write A Little Spillage) got a review on Troubadette

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News May 2016

I was honoured to have my rap track My Ride (download it here) featured on a recent episode of the NUSIC New Music Podcast (ep 127) with a whole bunch of great Nottingham artists including Mez who did a ‘real’ Nottingham rap and A Dee – who I worked with briefly when he was a member of Deeper Than Forever.

Download the episode here

I also got to throw in my 2 cents on a songwriting roundtable with heavy hitters like Gary Ewer, Ari Herstand and Kevin Thomas over at the One Minute Song website

Read the post here

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Sign Up For The Beatles Songwriting Academy Podcast Here

To get your hands on the current episode and receive all future episodes automatically you need to follow two simple steps

1) Go here to add your email address to to the Beatles Songwriting Academy mailing list
2) click the link on the confirmation email

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The 2015 String Learning Speed Championship Thing

This term I’ve been teaching all my pupils the notes on the guitar up to the 12th fret. Big congrats to anyone who managed to learn the WHOLE GUITAR. Here’s the fastest 3 peeps for the whole guitar and the fastest 3, string by string. Then we have everyone who did the whole guitar and everyone who did any string in 5 seconds and under (except for the top E because there were just toooooooooo many!).

Well done everyone (try not to forget it all over the holidays!)

WHOLE GUITAR

(NAME – SCHOOL – TIME, in minutes and seconds)

1) Empress (HF) – 0.30.0
2) Emily G (FW/PR) – 0.33.0
3) Lauren (HF/PR) – 0.35.9

TOP E STRING

1) Aysha (FW)  – 2.7
=2) Ishmael (FW), Sam E (FW) – 2.8

B STRING

1) Nathan (HF) – 2.8
2) Sam M (SCA) – 3.1
3) Zac H-I (FW) – 3.3

G STRING

=1) Nathan (HF), Oliver (HF), Sam M (SCA) – 3.0

D STRING

=1) Emily G (FW/PR), Harvey (SCA) – 3.3
3) Katy H (SCA) – 3.6

A STRING

1) Abbie-Leigh (PR) – 3.3
2) Sam M (SCA) – 3.4
3) Katy H (SCA) – 3.7

BOTTOM E STRING

1) Zac H-I (FW) – 2.8
2) Abbie-Leigh (PR) – 3.1
3) Harry (FW) – 3.2

FULL LISTS

ALL STRINGS

1 Empress HF 0.30.0
2 Emily G FW/PR 0.33.0
3 Lauren HF/PR 0.35.9
4 Destiny HF 0.37.7
5 Pav HF 0.39.3
6 Robert FW 0.52.2
7 Melissa SCA 0.53.7
8 Abbie-Leigh PR 0.57.0
9 Niall HF 0.57.5
10 Leo FW 1.00.0
11 Jess S PR 1.02.7
12 Yashas FW 1.48.8
13 Ethan FW 1.52.4

TOP E STRING

1 Aysha FW 2.7
2 Ishmael FW 2.8
2 Sam E FW 2.8
4 Ben M FW 2.9
4 Ruby FW 2.9
6 Emily G FW/PR 3.0
6 Harry FW 3.0
6 Sam M SCA 3.0
9 Conor D FW 3.1
10 Pav HF 3.2
10 Seb FW 3.2
12 Aimad RF 3.4
12 Aman FW 3.4
12 Ella FW 3.4
12 Owen FW 3.4
12 Robert FW 3.4
17 Lily FW 3.5
18 Destiny HF 3.6
18 Jai FW 3.6
18 Leo FW 3.6
18 Summer HH 3.6
22 Abbie-Leigh PR 3.7
22 Louis FW 3.7
22 Niall HF 3.7
25 Eden FW 3.8
25 Martha D FW 3.8
25 Subhaan FW 3.8
25 Tilly FW 3.8
29 Daisy FW 3.9
29 Harry FW 3.9
29 Lauren HF/PR 3.9
29 Todah FW 3.9

B STRING

1 Nathan HF 2.8
2 Sam M SCA 3.1
3 Zac H-I FW 3.3
4 Ben M FW 3.5
4 Lauren HF/PR 3.5
6 Emily G FW/PR 3.6
6 Robert FW 3.6
6 Seb FW 3.6
9 Josh T HH 4.1
9 Skylar HF 4.1
11 Katy H SCA 4.3
11 Pav HF 4.3
13 Kieran C PR 4.5
14 Abbie-Leigh PR 4.6
15 Emma C SCA 4.9

G STRING

1 Nathan HF 3.0
1 Oliver HF 3.0
1 Sam M SCA 3.0
4 Ben M FW 3.6
4 Katy H SCA 3.6
6 Robert FW 3.7
7 Emily G FW/PR 3.8
7 Empress HF 3.8
9 Emma C SCA 4.1
9 Niall HF 4.1
11 Lauren HF/PR 4.2
12 Daniel H SCA 4.3
12 Pav HF 4.3
14 Abbie-Leigh PR 4.6
14 Destiny HF 4.6
16 Josh T HH 4.7

D STRING

1 Emily G FW/PR 3.3
1 Harvey SCA 3.3
3 Katy H SCA 3.6
4 Robert FW 3.8
5 Oliver HF 3.9
6 Daniel H SCA 4.0
7 Abbie-Leigh PR 4.1
7 Empress HF 4.1
9 Josh T HH 4.2
10 Kieran C PR 4.4
10 Nathan HF 4.4
10 Pav HF 4.4
13 Lauren HF/PR 4.8
14 Leo FW 4.9

A STRING

1 Abbie-Leigh PR 3.3
2 Sam M SCA 3.4
3 Katy H SCA 3.7
4 Emily G FW/PR 4.1
5 Aman FW 4.2
6 Empress HF 4.3
6 Zac H-I FW 4.3
8 Daniel H SCA 4.5
9 Kieran C PR 4.6
9 Lauren HF/PR 4.6
9 Sadie H FW 4.6
12 Alex S FW 4.7
13 Drew FW 4.8
14 Josh T HH 5.0

BOTTOM E STRING

1 Zac H-I FW 2.8
2 Abbie-Leigh PR 3.1
3 Harry FW 3.2
4 Niall HF 3.3
5 Conor D FW 3.4
5 Sam M SCA 3.4
7 Katy H SCA 3.5
7 Todah FW 3.5
9 Emily G FW/PR 3.6
10 Pav HF 3.7
10 Sohola HF 3.7
12 Nathan HF 3.8
12 Sadie H FW 3.8
14 Daniel H SCA 3.9
15 Aman FW 4.2
15 Evie FW 4.2
15 Leo FW 4.2
18 Harvey SCA 4.7
19 Jess T HH 4.8
19 Skylar HF 4.8
19 Tyler HH 4.8
22 Josh T HH 4.9
22 Lauren HF/PR 4.9
22 Matthew SCA 4.9

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New Song: Where Did The Time Go?

Here’s a spruced up version of my FAWM collaboration with Liz Frencham – Where Did The Time Go? It’s a frenetic, fun, slightly NSFW, Jazz Odyssey. Enjoy.

Where Did The Time Go?

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MAWM Update

All the songs I wrote and recorded with pupils during March are online now – right here

Pretty cool huh?

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This Is Not The End Of The World (But You Can See It From Here)

In the face of an almost certain Tory majority, this new demo of my 2014 FAWM song seem heartbreakingly apt…

listen/download This Is Not The End Of The World here