Matt Simon

Matt Simon

Matt started playing guitar as a teenager, having drifted away from early classical excursions on the trumpet and finally admitted to himself that guitar is what he really wanted to do.

He enrolled at the Guitar Institute in London in 2001. Learning from the teachers there what it really means to be a professional player was a real eye opener, and the bar was constantly raised. He became proficient in many styles of music and has since managed to incorporate much of this into his playing. After 4 years at The Institute he embarked onto teaching, writing and performing carrier. He has written music and lyrics for various people and also for his own band, Indighost. They draw upon heavy prog influence but also draw from jazz, classical and some acoustic areas too.

Matt’s quote: ”Songwriting is something I've spent a lot of my life studying, and I believe it’s the key to success. You have to make people CARE about your music, play to them not at them. Let it flow and keep it classy!”


Matt's guitar lessons: http://marketplace.live4guitar.com/guitar-instructor/Matt_Simon
Matt's Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ghostguitars
Matt on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Indighost/7787111081
Writing Guitar Harmonies - part 4

Continuing from the previous article this one will look at using distorted guitar harmonies, firstly using riffs then for lead work.

This concludes this series of articles on guitar harmonies.

Writing Guitar Harmonies - part 3

The examples in these next two articles are all from my own work with my band Indighost. I chose to do this because since I wrote them I can give an insight into the writing process, rather than merely analyzing someone else’s work. In this article I will look at examples using clean sounds and the following one will use distorted guitars.

Writing Guitar Harmonies - part 2
The previous article focussed on the basic approach to writing harmonies, in this one we will look at some more progressive examples.
Writing Guitar Harmonies - part 1
In this article I am going to give examples of different approaches to writing guitar harmonies. I feel this is an often overlooked aspect of writing but of course you need a band with two guitarists to be able to pull it off live. This should give you some ideas on how to add new textures to your own compositions.
Lick of the week no. 17 - Prog lick
This is some examples over how to play over an odd time signature and place some arpeggios that are not the standard sweep shapes.
Lick of the week no. 36 - Country lick A7 by Hamo Salihbegovic
Lick of the week
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