Dec 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
the lessons are great! Would keep taking them again.
Sep 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Nick was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and a solid start.
Jan 12, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
I had a week in Vegas set aside for a trade show, and wanted to also use the time to hunker down in my hotel room and work on my bass playing. I wanted to locate a teacher during that time to help me accelerate my playing over what I'd been able to figure out on my own, and I was extremely fortunate to be able to work in several lessons with Nick.
Nick's a terrific guy who's not only tremendously knowledgeable, but incredibly flexible in his teaching style and very quickly got me where I wanted to go. Thanks again, and my strongest possible recommendation!
Jan 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Nick is a great teacher. I am am an adult beginner and he has made me feel very comfortable starting from scratch.
May 14, 2014
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.
May 13, 2014
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!
May 11, 2014
I learned a lot from Nick!
I learned so much from Nick. He is an excellent teacher, one I highly recommend.
May 7, 2014
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!
May 7, 2014
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!!