Matthew Fagan is a Melbourne based classical guitar ace. He played live to air on The Dotted Line this week and jaws dropped, he was that amazing.
Matt had just arrived back from the US but didn’t let jet lag get in the way of his performance. He played tracks off his soon to be released One Day in Nashville CD.
Matt premiered his new album in a Dotted Line exclusive. He told us that it was literally recorded in one day in a Nashville recording studio. Matt goes regularly to America where he draws his inspiration, he says that America is the “home of the guitar”.
Formally schooled and classically trained, he has played alongside flamenco greats like John Williams and Paco Pena.
Matt doesn’t restrict himself to one genre or style of playing. He draws musical styles from all over the world. He explained that styles of music can cross over and that different tunings and scales can appear in all genres. He regularly broke into spontaneous demonstrations, showing off his red hot licks. He demonstrated that Metallica- style hammer-ons originate from nylon string spanish guitar.
He spoke with passion and knowlege about the history of the guitar and the art of learning it. He even explained that arm and finger excersises are essential to the longeivity of a guitarist’s performing life.
He performed with a steel 6 string last night that was designed like a classical guitar. Matt said that he promises to return to The Dotted Line to perform with his 10 nylon string!
He is about to tour regional Victoria and will be playing in the beautiful surrounds of Monstalvat on the 6th November.