Matthew Schroeder | Beth

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by Matthew Schroeder

The acoustic fingerstyle arrangement of KISS' Beth by award winning guitarist Matthew Schroeder.
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It was Christmas of 1976, and Matt received a clock radio as a gift. Listening at night in bed, the song “Calling Dr. Love” by KISS stood out as a favorite. That song was purchased soon after on 7” vinyl, beating Aerosmith’s "Walk This Way" to become Matt’s first personal musical purchase.

Going to the public library Saturday mornings, Matt couldn’t help notice that every week, one of the other kids would be spinning KISS’ Destroyer at the listening station. When he finally got a chance to put the headphones on and drop the needle, he heard what has become the definitive KISS album. Destroyer is full of classic KISS songs including Detroit Rock City, God of Thunder, and Beth.

Like most young KISS fans who dreamed of playing guitar, he had his sights on a smoking Sunburst Les Paul or a shiny black Ibanez Iceman. The 1970 Martin D 28 on this recording is just as iconic. With this track, Matt has combined his love of acoustic fingerstyle guitar and the band KISS, producing a new arrangement of the band’s highest charting hit song, Beth.

Matt’s version of Beth was recorded in April 2012 at The Dove and Flame Studio in Minneapolis with Dan Schwartz. Tim Snow mixed and mastered the track.

Matthew Schroeder is a Milwaukee based WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winning guitarist who is equally at home on electric or acoustic guitar. Matt is one of a handful of players to graduate, with honors, from the short lived cooperative program between The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a performance degree in American Finger-Style guitar.

Matt is also one of Milwaukee’s prominent guitar educators and serves as Chair of the guitar department at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1992. Matt is the Artistic Director for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's annual Guitar Weekend Workshop as well as Interlochen College of Creative Arts' Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop. His debut solo fingerstyle CD, "Signal", was released in 2006. Matt is also a featured instructor on the Hal Leonard DVDs "Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine" and "Rock Guitar Licks Goldmine" which were released in 2011.



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