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Song Challenge Week 3

Lions & Tigers... The Lion Sleeps Tonight Easy Song Challenge Task: This week we continue our focus on rhythm and counting! The Lion Sleeps Tonight is a catchy tune with a fun rhythmic feeling and lots of notes on the up-beats! We'll talk in our lessons about...

Song Challenge Week 2

Amazing Grace This week's song challenge, both easy and advanced, is Amazing Grace. This song first appeared as an English Hymn with a different tune than the one we're most familiar with today. It was written by Jon Newton a former slave trader turned church clerk...

Song Challenge Week 1

Hi Everyone! This semester there will be an easy and an advanced song challenge each week. I'll explain the rules in more detail in your lesson but basically every week come to the blog to find the latest song challenge post. Advanced students are not eligible to earn...

Summer 2015 Adult Guitar Classes

Guitar Classes for Adults This summer Montavilla Guitar Studio presents: Guitar Foundations: A Practical Course for Adult Beginners. Guitar Foundations is the first in a series of adult guitar classes taught by Neil Mattson. Guitar Foundations meets once per for 6...

Guitar care basics in a few simple steps

Now that you've set up your ideal practice space (#MyPracticeSpace), let's make sure you have the right guitar care habits to keep your guitar looking and sounding great. One of my favorite things to do on a rainy afternoon—aside from strumming a favorite tune—is to...

My Practice Space

Recently I found out that a student of mine had been taking lessons with me for a number weeks and had yet to invest in a music stand for his home practice. This is not ideal—a musician needs a stand. I know what you are thinking: why hadn’t his teacher told him to...

Tyson Stubelek’s Rhythm Quest at AJAM

For the past three Sundays I have had the pleasure to participate in a rhythm clinic at Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM) hosted by rhythm master Tyson Stubelek. Tyson is an amazing person and highly knowledgeable guide for musicians of any stripe seeking to explore...

SGMA/MGS End of Summer Concert

Check out these moments from our End of Summer Concert at TaborSpace on Sept. 29, 2013 (Photos by Theresa Silveyra). Don't miss our Fall Concert on December 22 at TaborSpace! [slideshow id=1]

Montavilla Community Partnerships

MGS unveils new Montavilla Food Co-op member incentives Montavilla resident and co-op member, Neil Mattson has lived in the neighborhood since 2009. He and his partner, Tina Granzo, have been active volunteers, hosting co-op meetings at their home and donating their...


This is an excerpt from Dan Duval's SGMA website. Dan and I are collaborating on developing a curriculum for guitarists that entirely excludes the use of tablature. The TAB FREE ZONE brand was Dan's invention. The Curse of Tablature Addiction by Dan Duval As an...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Holiday Ukulele Song Circle Class

    December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Guitar Foundations Fall Class

    December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Dress Rehearsal

    December 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  4. MGS Student Showcase

    December 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. Ukulele Song Circle Winter Class

    January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Neil Mattson of Montavilla Guitar Studio is the most patient, positive, and skilled instructor! I had little previous experience, other than loving music. In just 10 weeks I have learned more than I had ever thought possible!  I am resurrecting a long neglected dream and loving every minute of it!

Mary B.

Portland, OR

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