Steve Smyth’s Metal Militia

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Steve SmythMusic City is proud to host a metal workshop with Steve Smyth, lead guitarist for local thrash legends Testament and Forbidden.  Steve has been playing and teaching professionally for over 30 years both in the Bay Area and the United Kingdom.  He received his Post Masters Teaching Qualification in the UK, and has played a part writing the coursework for several music programs in various colleges.

Steve is held in high regard in the guitar world, and has contributed to in op-ed pieces, as well as lessons and online tutoring.  He has his own signature guitar with BC Rich guitars and has toured throughout most of Europe and the US with several of his projects.

The workshop will consist of weekly two hour sessions in our fully backlines studios for a period of 8 weeks.  The sessions will consist of 30 minutes of working through 2-3 songs, and the remaining 90 minutes rehearsing as an ensemble.  At the end of the 8 weeks, each ensemble will perform their set in our very own Studio 18.  Steve will personally separate the groups based on musical interest, skill level, and instrument, ensuring the best chemistry within each ensemble. 

The course will begin June 14 and will end August 18.  The cost is $200 per person. 


If you have any further questions contact Steve @ or Joey, our instructor coordinator at

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