Chad Nellis

Chad N.

La Jolla, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I teach with a fun approach that gets you up and running on your instrument and playing songs quickly. My lessons are completely tailored to each student depending on their goals. If you want to play songs I'll teach you the quickest way to learn how to play songs. If you want to be a great all around player I'll teach you how to play lead patterns, use theory for writing, play chords and how to play and write full songs.
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Chad teaches



Chad delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2004

I'm an easy going and fun music teacher with real life experience. I build and taylor my lessons around "Your" goals not mine. Ultimately my goal is to make your experience FUN. Want to play songs? I can get you up and running within a couple weeks with simple strategies that accelerate your learning curve and bypass all the boring stuff that may only keep you further from your goal.

My experience? I've been performing and writing songs for 15 years, with 3 critically acclaimed albums and several North American Tours. I've accumulated an abundance of wisdom and skills, which I'd like to pass on to my students. Learn from a real pro who actually makes a living as a performing musician. Specialties include acoustic guitar and songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
Once again, my lessons are planned around your own goals, but I'll provide a broad description of all the stuff you can learn if you want to here:

Guitar: Learn how to play your first song or learn how to play and sing at the same time. Lessons include:
1) Learn scales and finger placement for max efficiency
2) Learn chords and finger placement for quick changes
3) Learn to play any song by learning basic chord structure and rhythm.

Songwriting: Learn the basics of songwriting with lyrics, melody and structure.
1) Learn about titles and themes
2) Learn about lyrics and how to really engage an audience with rhyming and imagery
3) Learn about structure including verses, bridges and chorus
4) Learn about melody and how to make original creative melodies
5) Learn about recording your song and picking the right tempo

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools Recording for Songwriting
Microphones = Dragonfly Blue and SM58

*** Travel Equipment ***
Martin DC10 acoustic
Fender Stratocaster

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic Guitar

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independent musician and teacher
Mar 2004 - Present
chad scott music

-Teaching guitar for 10 years to beginner and intermediate students.
-2 of my albums are now distributed on iTunes, Pandora and Spotify
-Toured across the US over a 4 year period with the band Shaka Buku
- Written over 45 songs which were recorded and published

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Jan 2000 - Jan 2014
school of hard knocks


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2001

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

chad scott - headlining at House of Blues San Diego

This is a video of Chad's song Smile for me from his last album "Set Yourself Free
Cover of last album "Set Yourself Free"

Chad strumming at Belly Up

Chad at the Belly UP san diego

You are Wonderful - from the album "Set Yourself Free"

5 Reviews

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Josh May 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Outstanding teacher!

Jennifer May 26, 2016
Guitar · In home

Chad bring such an amazing dynamic to teaching my children. He really tailors his teaching to meet the unique needs of each child. My one daughter really likes to challenge herself, she is very focused and enjoys creating her own music. He honed in on this right away and each lesson is filled with just the amount of intensity and instruction along with patience and fun to allow my daughter to explore what she likes best in her music style.

My son is the opposite. He plays electric guitar. He is not focused, but he loves the sound and working with Chad. Chad makes him feel just as accomplished as my daughter and offers him great patience and redirection. My son always looks forward to his lesson and has maintained his enthusiasm for guitar whereas other things he's tried he has quickly lost interest.

Chad is simply the best there is. Not to mention he is EXTREMELY talented and has a great singing voice :)

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Mike May 25, 2016
Guitar · In home

Great teacher, great understanding of the students needs.

Nathaniel L. Oct 21, 2015
Guitar · In home

He though my son a lot in the 1st lesson which he loved!

Randi M. Jul 30, 2014
Guitar · In home

Chad is a very patient teacher for kids. My daughter is 6 and sometimes loses focus but Chad has a great way of keeping her interested. I highly recommend Chad for guitar lessons.

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