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I went down to the Crossroads

When I was 18 years old, I first heard the opening few lines of "Love in vain" by Robert Johnson and from that moment, my life, my musical views and my ambitions where turned upside down.  I had never related to a guitar sound, the vocals and words so much as I did when I sat completely paralysed by the abilities of a man who all I knew of was to be gathered from just a black and white photograph. 
I literally laid down my guitar for the first time in 2 years (something which I would never have dreamed of doing but felt compelled to) and didn't pick it up until I had listened to the complete recordings of Robert Johnson for a ridiculous amount of times.

The power of these classic recordings formed a solid foundation for my guitar studies and to this day, remains the incentive for me endeavouring to become a better guitarist.  

The Blues gave me something I had never experienced before; a personal insight into my own life that identified with a handful of songs recorded over 2 recording sessions in 1936 and 1937.  And it is with this continued desire to delve deep into the soul of Living Blues, that has transformed me into a guitarist who feels the music before a single note is played.

I was regularly asked by many guitarists to share my knowledge of guitar and theory and it became apparent to me that there was a demand for tuition which allowed the student to quickly achieve their musical goals, be it formal study or just how to master that impossible guitar solo.  


I launched Crossroads Guitar Academy and it quickly became the choice of aspiring guitarists.  With over 6000 lessons personally taught, it would be fair to say that Crossroads was a success and hugely rewarding.

But after 7 years of dedicating myself to tutoring, another wind of change headed in my direction.  Musical Theatre had always been a genre I would never have imagined embarking upon, but the challenge of playing musical scores on a daily basis, where improvisation or skipped notes are strictly prohibited, initially appeared restrictive but immediately became a discipline that elevated my playing to another level.

Throughout the last 20 years, the studio has evolved from being a big room with racks of outboard equipment, into a portable environment where "copy and paste" saves time and money.  I love the recording studio but I have also embraced modern recording concepts and have built a project studio which fuses analog equipment with DAW's...and it works!

So whether you need a guitar part adding to your song, a guitarist adding to your band or a helping hand on how to improve your slide guitar, why not contact me and lets see how I can help you out.

Good Blues to you!


Matt Umanov's, Greenwich Village, NYC

Matt Umanov's, Greenwich Village, NYC


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