Matt Bruno Music Home Page

Photo credit Robin Frenette

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
-Frank Zappa

Hi. I’m Matt Bruno and I play music.

I started playing music around 1995 and since have been in love with music. While I play many instruments including guitar, bass, banjo, piano, and ukulele, I primarily focus on mandolin and related instruments including acoustic mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello, electric octave 5 string mandolin, and some tenor guitar every now and then.

This site is a collection of my musical journey through life. Some of the material is original, other material is not. I play a variety of styles including Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Jamgrass, Rock, Folk, and whatever else sounds good to me at the time. In all cases, my goal is to make the music as much “mine” as I can. To put my stamp on it. I’m always up for playing music and always up to learn – and when I’m lucky I get to do both.

I typically play in a few bands at any given time in San Diego, CA where I’m located. Right now my primary projects are playing with Brown Party Liquor String Band (, Shakedown String Band (, and the Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas ( I also have solo projects which can be found on the Recordings page of this site.

I have been teaching a variety of styles of music on multiple instruments for over 20 years.  I have a bunch of free lessons available on the Lesson Information page.  If you have questions on any of the topics I’ve posted or a question on something I haven’t posted, feel free to Contact me and I’ll do my best to help.

I also teach private lessons tailored towards the student.  Generally, my teaching focuses on learning music through songs the student wants to play.  Novel ideal, I know.  I primarily teach in person at my San Diego, CA studio or via video chat (i.e. Zoom).  If you are interested in private lessons, please head to the Lessons Page for more details or message me on the Contact Page.

Thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you soon!

main page photo credit: Robin Frenette