MATT SMOKER – BASS & GUITAR

Matt is a guitarist (6, 7, 8 and 9 string) and electric bassist (4, 5 and 6 string) with over 33 years playing experience, originating from Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed in many groups with genres ranging from progressive metal, jazz, alternative, and rock. As a guitarist he has shared the stage with numerous national metal acts. He currently plays bass with long-standing signed Philadelphia based progressive metal artist, Season of Mourning.

He brings to Valotta his classical and jazz theory knowledge, as well as practical ways to help students implement it into the real world musical environment. Among the many concepts he covers in lessons are the following: fretboard navigation, scales/modes, chord structures (both understanding the intervals/triads and creating/fingering chords from the ground up), and left/right hand techniques. He is passionate about helping students gain a solid foundation to fulfill their musical aspirations in whatever direction they may be heading. Please welcome Matt to the Valotta team!

Matt can be personally reached at MattS.ValottaStudios@gmail.com