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Matthew Mills: Bio

Hailing from Southern Maryland, guitarist Matthew Mills began playing guitar at the age of fifteen after being blown away by Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Trilogy” album.  Taking guitar very seriously, Matthew began practicing as much as 6 to 8 hours a day while listening to Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Joe Stump Al Di Meola and George Bellas

Matthew's love of Neoclassical guitar led Matthew to study Baroque classical music and Jazz fusion. 
 
Matthew has Opened for national recording Artist Yngwie Malmsteen Joe Stump George Lynch and Michael Angelo Batio. Matthew has studied extensively with Berklee School of Music's Joe Stump as well as private music instruction at Towson State University
 
In 2008 Matthew was voted as one the 50 fastest guitarist of all time by the july 2008 Guitar World Magazine. Matthew also has been endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research and conducted guitar seminars the company regionally showing guitarist innovative ways of performing advanced arpeggio sequences.
 
Matthew has released four solo albums including Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar Part 2”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Spirit", and Matthew Mills “The Neoclassical Journey”.  Guest soloists on “Neoclassical Spirit” include Joe Stump and George Bellas. David Shankle (formerly of “Manowar”) also contributed guitar solos to the album and to “The Neoclassical Journey”. The album “Neoclassical Rock Guitar” was the number one top seller on the Neo-Classical Metal section of Guitar Nine Records for 2005 and the number two best Neo-Classical seller for 2006.   Mills also recorded an album with the band “Forgotten Realm” in 2009, (self-titled on Sonic Age Records), distributed through Century Media and The End Records.  The “Forgotten Realm” members are vocalist David Fefolt (formerly of “Masi”), with drums done by Rhino of the band “Manowar” and drummer Reynold Carlson (Joey Tafolla, Jag Panzer), and Brian Sanders.  Matthew also contributed guitar solos to “Pig destroyers” 2004 album release “Terrifyer”, sold worldwide through Relapse Records and also contributed solos to the band “Adversary” 2008 (Trustkill Records). Mills also contributed a song the compilation album “Shredding Across the World” on Shred Guy Records. Matthew has also released the all Acoustic album Acoustic Visions that features Matthew's Flamenco style and Jazz influence. Matthew released the album Flamenco Fusion Fire that is a mixture of samba bosa nova and Flamenco music in 2013.
 
 
Matthew Mills has Conducted guitar clinics as an Endorsed Artist for Schecter Guitars. Guitar Clinics for Sam Ash Ohio Contemporary Music Center Virginia, Island Music (Maryland) Bills Music (Maryland) Amazing Tone Music (North Carolina) Alpha Music (Virginia Beach) Sam Ash Music in Cincinnati Ohio Columbus Ohio and Cleveland Ohio 
Matthew often performs in his concerts the 24th Caprice from Nicole Paganini to show his passion for classical Violin.
 
 
One notable guitar student of Matthew is Jason Richardson of the bands “All Shall Perish” "Born of Osiris” Chelsea Grin with Born of Osiris and Chelsea Grin Jason has toured world wide. The albums he recorded with these bands were on the Billboard top 100. Jason also has obtained a guitar Endorsements through Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
 
Matthew has also performed and collaborated with the all acoustic guitar group the American Guitar Trio with the acclaimed guitarist Ney Mello. The music of the trio is a mixture of Jazz Flamenco and Classical. the group performs heavily improvised compositions that are similar to Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.