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Conversations with Matt McCoy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt McCoy.

Hi Matt, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always wanted to use the gift of encouragement God has given me to inspire others. 12 years ago I was working from home and I thought to myself, I’m not having an impact on anyone’s life. I have to do something.” I looked over in the corner of my office and saw my guitar leaned up against the wall. I instantly thought, that’s it! I know a few chords that I can teach! At that time YouTube was not very popular but I still figured it is the only place I know to start.

I posted a few tutorials on worship songs I liked to play and the feedback was more than I ever could have imagined! I still didn’t know much on the guitar but continued to teach as much as I could. while I was trying to learn more myself. It still amazes me how if you take what tools you have and ask God to use them He will. Today I try to use my energy in videos to encourage people to play music and go throughout their day with a smile on their face.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
After a couple years of teaching guitar, I found myself really burnt out. I was working a full time job and didn’t have much of a desire to do videos. Certain comments and emails I received from people really helped change my perspective and many years later I remind myself why I do what I do. This makes it easier to push through any struggles I may have.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a YouTube Music Teacher since 2008. I think the main difference in my channel and most other guitar teachers is my spirit. and attitude I don’t take myself too serious and I would never edit out a mistake in a video. I want to always be seen as real and authentic. I sing off-key, I miss chords and I struggle often with strumming but it’s those errors and “Flaws” that I think my subscribers enjoy and can relate so much to.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I think with me, I have been lucky with the rise of country music in the recent years. Artists such a Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, etc will always bring a lot of viewers to my channel. I’m fortunate to have grown up with a love of all types of country music.

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