Nick Burbey

Nick B.

Las Vegas, NV

About Nick B.

Background check: Last verified 11/19/2016
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Nick teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2004
Last sign in: Last week

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

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.

Guitarist

Jun 2014 - Jul 2015
Joey Pero Band

Guitar duties for the incredible Trumpeter, Joey Pero!

Guitarist

Sep 2013 - Jul 2015
Those 80s Dudes

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

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

Music Education

Jan 2013 - 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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12 Reviews on Nick B.

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Alex F. Jul 7, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My grandson really enjoyed his first lesson with Nick.
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Josette Jun 8, 2016
Guitar · Online
Nick is a fabulous instructor. As a novice player taking lessons from a pro, he is able to instruct and motivate me to improve my skills. What I like most is his ability to be flexible when teaching the lessons. (I just learned how to pay Purple Rain because I was devastated when Prince died). I shared my feelings with Nick, and he showed me the chords.
He makes my on-line classes feel as though I'm in his home. He is highly skilled and supports my vision of being in a Rock Band one day. He chuckles and ... We Rock on!! I highly recommend Nick!
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JT Jun 8, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio
Excellent teacher! Highly recommend
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Marissa A. Dec 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
the lessons are great! Would keep taking them again.
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cathy W. Sep 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Nick was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and a solid start.
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Peter B. Jan 12, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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!
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Krista W. Jan 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Nick is a great teacher. I am am an adult beginner and he has made me feel very comfortable starting from scratch.
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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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