Nick B.

Nick B.

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5 Reviews
Las Vegas, NV

About Nick B.

Background check: Last verified 04/26/2014
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Nick teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2004
Last sign in: 4 days ago
Average response time: 11 hours

Overview

About Nick:

He is a full-time professional musician who has taught hundreds of students how to play.

Nick has also transcribed over a dozen books for the Hal Leonard Publishing Co.

He has spent time as a private guitar and bass instructor at an accredited Conservatory of Music, two music stores, three private schools, as well as in his own private studio before relocating to Las Vegas to pursue more playing opportunities!

His playing experience includes, but is not limited to: original funk/rock/fusion groups, jazz ensembles, metal bands, improv bands, and various cover/tribute bands. His performance experience has found him entertaining on large festival stages throughout the midwest, as well as intimate club and casino gigs, private parties, corporate events and weddings.

Nick has been teaching private lessons and masterclasses since 2004. He has a extensive experience teaching all styles of electric and acoustic guitar, including extended range instruments. Additionally, he teaches bass, improvisation, music theory, songwriting, and advanced techniques.

During your lessons you will work on anything from absolute basics, your favorite songs, reading notes, music theory and ear training to technique, improvisation, composition and anything in-between! And you will be learning in ways that are fun to play, sound good and can be applied immediately to your current playing!

Stop waiting! It's time to begin or extend your guitar knowledge and get you achieving that sound you're looking for!

Although an occasional book may be recommended, and any book you already have can be used, all other lesson materials will be provided (sheet music, charts, scale info, jam tracks, etc.) by your instructor!

Check out Nick's latest TakeLessons.com blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/cruise-ship-musician-jobs

Photos and Videos

This is a sample lesson showing some of my teaching style and shows you how to learn all 5 positions of the minor/major pentatonic scale!

Experience

Guitarist Jun 2014 - Present
Joey Pero Band

Guitar duties for the incredible Trumpeter, Joey Pero!

Guitarist Sep 2013 - Present
Those 80s Dudes

I play guitar in an 80s metal tribute band that performs at high end venues around Las Vegas, NV!

Private Guitar Instruction Jul 2004 - Present
Nick B. Guitar Lessons

I have been teaching independently since 2004.

I teach at students homes, my home and via Skype and other video-chatting services.

Transcription (Freelance) Apr 2009 - Oct 2012
Hal Leonard Publishing

I transcribed and engraved (wrote in music notation software) over a dozen books.

Subjects ranged from rock guitar and bass to acoustic guitar.

Guitar and Bass Instructor Dec 2010 - Jul 2012
Waukesha County Conservatory of Music

Teaching private guitar and bass to students of all ability levels!

I prepared students for serious endeavors in the musical field.

I also taught several group lessons here to children who were interested in starting on the guitar

Guitar and Bass Instructor Sep 2009 - Jul 2012
Cascio Interstate Music

Teaching private guitar and bass to students of all ability levels!

Private Guitar Instructor Sep 2010 - May 2011
Milwaukee Area Private Schools

I taught children from K-8 to play guitar in private lessons during the school day.

Bass Instructor Jul 2004 - Mar 2010
Kemtone Music

Teaching private guitar and bass to students of all ability levels!

Guitar Instructor Jul 2004 - Mar 2010
Kemtone Music

Teaching private guitar and bass to students of all ability levels!

Education

Currently Attending Jan 2014 - Present
College of Southern Nevada

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education Jul 2014
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Ricky G. May 14, 2014
Guitar
An excellent teacher and guitar player at the same time

When I first approached Nick I was a complete newbie and had no idea what I was doing on the guitar. Not knowing how to truly spend my practice time, read notes or even hold the pick correctly, Nick taught me the basics from the first lesson and eventually so much more. Ultimately, he helped realize a level of playing I couldn't have achieved on my own.

With that said, many things impressed me about Nick. First and foremost of these was his versatile and creative teaching style. He consistently adapted each lesson to fit my level, interests and problem areas. Whatever I needed to work on he made sure the lesson was spent wisely so I could get the most out of my time with him and address those issues that would improve my overall level of playing. If a technique or musical piece wasn't improved on after one or two lessons, he made sure to go back to it in subsequent lessons until he was convinced I was able to play it properly. He never settled for something being played in an average manner, but constantly pushed me to master the issue at hand. At the same time he made sure I was always being challenged with new material to continue building on my skills and in the process would not become bored.

Secondly, Nick is an outstanding guitar player who not only has amazing technique, but is well versed in his knowledge of the instrument and the many ways it can be played. He's not a one sided guitar player who only sticks to a single variety of playing, and I feel that gives him a unique ability to provide well rounded instruction to his students. When I was being taught by Nick I truly felt that I was being taught by a teacher who knew what he was talking about and could provide the best instruction possible.

Lastly, supporting his abilities on the guitar is Nick's knowledge of music theory and ability to make it both easy to understand and fun to learn . Learning about the theory behind the instrument aided my understanding of the guitar and gave me an additional layer of knowledge that I didn't think I'd ever get from a guitar lesson.

In the end Nick guided me in correcting many errors that I had ingrained into my playing from hours of incorrect self-practice and helped me vastly increase my skill level on the guitar. I can honestly say that had it not been for him I would never have gotten out of the beginner stage, nor would I have been able to learn as much as I did without his help. If you want to learn guitar or improve your skills I highly recommend getting in touch with Nick and taking lessons with him. He'll help you learn the instrument on both a macro and micro level that will improve your playing abilities and knowledge. Whether you're a beginner or advanced he'll make sure you master the proper techniques given your skill level, while still making the lessons enjoyable and introducing you to material that will test your limits.
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Chandler C. May 13, 2014
Guitar
Fantastic Teacher!

Nick is a fantastic teacher! I had him teach me guitar a while back for a few years and I've learned so much more from him other than just learning how to play! I've learned how to write music, memoriation and finger techniques to play, tips and help to play on stage, and so much more! He's a great teacher and a fun and awesome guy! I highly recommend him as your guitar teacher!
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Jennifer R. May 11, 2014
Bass Guitar
I learned a lot from Nick!

I learned so much from Nick. He is an excellent teacher, one I highly recommend.
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L C. May 7, 2014
Music Theory
Gifted teacher with amazing skill and knowledge

Our experience with Nick was outstanding. Nick gave our son multiple years of guitar lessons, as well as music theory and composition instruction. This was while our student was in a charter high school for music, and playing for hours a day. Yet, Nick's lessons were the ones he looked forward to the most. Nick treated him not only like a valued student but also as a capable musician. Guitar was not our son's first instrument, yet Nick never forgot that he needed to learn some things as a beginner and others by building on skills of an already playing musician. The individualization was the best we have seen in any music teacher. Nick was able to take him far very quickly too. And, they had a great time. The in-person lessons and Skype lessons were at an equally high level. Each lesson was personalized to our student's needs at that moment in time. Nick respected his needs in school to be working on a specific composition or learning a specific skill or even the need to be flexible with traveling. Our student has gone on to play his own music, as well as covers, at large and small venues in multiple states. He still uses the warm-ups Nick gave him to keep his speed up. Thanks Nick!
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casey S. May 7, 2014
Guitar
Great with Kids!!

My son took 2 classes taught by Nick and learned so much and really enjoyed it!! After those, we put him in private lessons with him also and he was so easy to learn from and had the perfect personality for working with children! Very patient and kind! Wish he still lived in Wisconsin!!