John Nicholas

John N.

Chantilly, VA
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Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.
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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Songwriting Lessons

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having written many songs, both for demos and my album, I can teach lyric choice, vocal and guitar phrasing and common pitfalls for songwriters.

About John N.

I have been playing guitar and bass for over 35 years and traveled the world playing concerts in Clubs and Stadiums. My band ESTUS was signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, I played with the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band, formed Fat City in Woodstock NY, and played toured nationally with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Currently I play in RSB, the Rick Sickmen Band, and teach at the School of Rock in Vienna. I want to share my knowledge and extensive experience with students to 'play it forward' while having fun.

*** Lesson Details ***
From beginners to experienced players everyone has their own goals and style of learning. I will try to have my students playing songs as soon as possible, in the style (rock, blues, country) that they want, while teaching some basic music theory to build on. My studio is fully equipped with instruments, amps, recording equipment, drums and PA system.

*** Studio Equipment ***
guitars, amps, drums, 16 track recorder, soup to nuts

*** Specialties ***
Rock (all kinds), Blues, Pop, Country, ear training.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Teaches students 10 and up

Reviews (11)

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Matt Sep 9, 2017
Guitar · In studio

John is great to work with. Very laid back and has a natural feel for just what you need to learn.

Robert Jan 30, 2017
Guitar · In studio

John is extremely knowledgeable and the lessons are enjoyable.

George Jan 5, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Outstanding knowledge and relaxed supportive teaching style

Ian Oct 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio

John is very patient and I like his method of teaching songs along with theory.

Scott Jun 4, 2016
Blues Guitar · In home

John is teaching me guitar music theory. I like his relaxed and VERY patient style.

Mike S. May 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Awesome sauce! Sounds really good and I really enjoyed working with him

Prathap (Pat) Sep 5, 2015
Guitar · In home

John is a hands-on teacher with a friendly, no-nonsense approach to teaching. He first looks at your expectations and tailors the lessons accordingly. My objective was to be able to strum chord progressions to accompany my singing aspirations, and he was able to get me to learn the initial chords quickly. His aim was to get me to be able to sing basic songs that I liked quickly, so that i could sustain my interest in learning chords and strumming.

I have had a great learning experience with John so far, and am looking forward to many more lessons with him.

Prathap (Pat)

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Haitao D. Jan 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I have been learning guitar with John for past 3 months and it is a great experience. John is very knowledgeable and patient to guide me with the much more efficient path to learn play with songs. I was trying to learn from books and YouTube videos for past 1 year, but much more improvements were made after two lessons with John! I also love his teaching styles very much: trying to explain WHY things work the way it is (e.g., music theory) instead of give a lot of "recipe level" exercises you can get from a book. I would strongly recommend him as a guitar teacher to any level!

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Jim O. Sep 6, 2014
Blues Guitar · In home

I'm about to have my forth lesson with John and I must say he is an amazing musician and an amazing guitar teacher. In the last four weeks, John and I have been working on blues guitar licks. I've been playing at the same level for years. John has changed that for me immediately after our first lesson. He has made a huge difference in my playing and my approach to the guitar.

After I finish writing this review, I will be signing up for additional lessons.

Thanks John

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Cliff B. Dec 14, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Wonderful instructor

I chose John because of his extensive experience as a professional musician and recommend him highly if you are looking for a great instructor. If his patience with this 44 year old starting musician is any indication, I'm certain he's good with anyone at any age!

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rakesh M. Dec 13, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent musician

I found him to be really really good at what he knows and an excellent and patient teacher.

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