Nils Bryant

Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA
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About

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

Teaching since:
July 2002

Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplishment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2002 - Present
Independent & Music Schools

As a guitar teacher I have 14+ years of experience, having taught at various music schools (both here and in Europe), as well as teaching privately.
My expertise is Blues, Rock, Pop and Funk/Soul, but I can teach you the basics of styles like Metal, Jazz, Classical and Latin as well.

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Live/Studio Guitarist
Jan 2002 - Present
Freelance

I have many years of live/studio playing experience, in a variety of genres, on various instruments, both here in Los Angeles as well as in Europe.

Education

Guitar Institute of Technology
Mar 2008 - Dec 2009
Musician's Institute
Guitar Lessons
Jan 2000 - Jan 2008
Popschool Amsterdam & Richard Hallebeek
Guitar Jazz & Pop
Aug 2006 - Jun 2007
Utrecht Conservatory
Drum Lessons
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
Popschool Amsterdam & Drummer's Initiative
Piano Lessons
Jan 1994 - Jan 1998
Marcel Manshanden

Languages

Dutch
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Associate of Arts Degree
Dec 2009
Musician's Institute

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12 Reviews

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Yaakov A. Jun 27, 2017
Guitar · In home

Great teacher!

Adam Apr 14, 2017
Guitar · Online

Great lessons! Providing lots of avenues to take my playing to the next level. Nils gives very clear explanations and has a great understanding of music theory and how to apply it

Jacques Feb 15, 2017
Guitar · In home

Amazing teacher!

Brian May 22, 2016
Guitar · Online

Expertly gages your experience and tailors the lesson to meet you where you're at. Tons of knowledge, excellent first lesson!

Brian P. Apr 4, 2016
Guitar · Online

Great teacher! Makes excellent use of lesson time and I was able to immediately apply things I learned.

Lalo Lambert Mar 7, 2016
Guitar · In home

In the beginning, it was great, I loved it, but I moved in Paris recently for family reasons and guess what, They told me I need to pay for 1 month! It's not Nils's fault but Takelesson's

Darren G. Jan 20, 2016
Guitar · In home

He's top notch. Nils has a really positive attitude and is very patient.

Reid Crawford Dec 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

He was on point and thorough

Irene P. Sep 27, 2015
Guitar · In home

As an adult learner who's never even held a guitar until now, I put in a lot of time and effort into finding the right guitar instructor. I wanted someone extremely patient and empathetic to the struggles of a novice, in addition to being an expert musician himself. I found all that and more in Nils B. Don't hesitate to set up a lesson!

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Danielle S. Nov 1, 2014
Guitar · In home

I'm a singer/songwriter that wanted to play guitar to help make it easier to write songs. It's only been 5 lessons & Nils has already taught me so much & I can feel my potential growing with each lesson. If you want a teacher who cares & teaches you right I highly recommend Nils!

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Tatyana F. Jul 12, 2014
Guitar · In home

My daughter love her lessons with Nils. And I can see already some progress

Rick N. May 25, 2014
Blues Guitar · Online

Lessons with Nils have been a great experience. I've taken lessons on and off for several years and finally found an instructor that plays the music I want to learn.

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