Nils Bryant
Los Angeles, CA
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Nils Bryant

Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

About Nils B.

Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with even a few minutes of consistent daily practice anyone can learn music.
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 a personalized course of action, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording/video of each lesson as needed.
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, 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.

I am currently teaching primarily via Skype/FaceTime/Zoom due to the pandemic, but social distanced lessons are an option as well, either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Mount Washington/Highland Park area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Chelsea J.
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Very rare to find someone who can really teach. This instructor really knows. Highly recommend!

Posted Oct 6, 2020
Dillon L.
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I started with Nils after self teaching through YouTube, and would consider myself about an intermediate. I hit a point in my playing where I no longer had a good idea of how to get where I wanted to go. Nils has been really helpful in giving me direction towards my goals and exploring new guitar concepts through songs. He has a wide knowledge and has encouraged me to learn multiple styles, as well as improvisation which I used to shy away from. It’s really been invaluable to have someone like Nils as a guide in your guitar journey

Posted Jun 22, 2020
Anirban M.
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Nils has been working with our son for a little over the past month, and we are very happy in finding such a talented teacher. Our son has some music background, having taken some guitar instruction in the past, so Nils was pretty quick to pick up on where he is musically and right off the bat work how to adjust to his needs. His lessons are a good mix of theory and application, and we can see how they (the lessons) are progressing in terms of complexity and reach. While we, the parents, are very happy to let them work out the lessons themselves, Nils has taken great care in keeping us in the loop, and we certainly appreciate that as parents. Certainly looking forward to how these guys progress!

Posted Jun 14, 2020
Daniel
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Nils is a great teacher. He has really advanced my music theory knowledge.

Posted May 28, 2020
Jesse
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Nils is a great teacher! Has helped me a lot with both guitar and better understanding music theory. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Sarah O.
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Nils was wonderful! He took the time to understand and teach to my abilities and made me feel like a competent, confident guitarist right away. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Peter G.
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Nils has been an excellent teacher for my 9-year-old son. He is very patient and encouraging and keeps my son engaged during the lesson. My son was very excited to learn a familiar riff after only one lesson and has been motivated to keep practicing. I highly recommend Nils as a teacher!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Veronika
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Amazing teacher...there is not much to add...highly recommended

Posted Mar 11, 2020
Julie G.
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Posted Mar 5, 2020
Veronika
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Posted Jan 29, 2020
Lily B.
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Nills is a patient, encouraging, knowledgeable & fun teacher. My daughter is very excited to work with him. Thank you!!

Posted Jan 17, 2020
Drew
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Nils opened my mind to the musical potential I've always dreamed of. He is incredibly kind and was always positive no matter how much, or how little(!), practicing I did in between lessons. I feel so grateful to have finally found my music sensei!!

Posted Jan 3, 2020
Lauren Marie
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I am beyond grateful for finding Nils. Not only is he is so kind and encouraging [with amazing energy], but he has also opened up parts of my brain that have previously fought to stay closed. The way he explains things really makes more sense to me than ever before, and with his help, I'm confident that my skills with increase tremendously -- as they already have begun to--- . I highly suggest taking lessons with Nils!

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Michael Flanders
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As an older beginner, I was a bit reluctant to try to learn to play guitar. However, working with Nils has allowed me to progress further and faster than I could have imagined. Nils has a way of making each lesson interesting, enjoyable, and very productive.

Posted Nov 8, 2019
Tadeh Alvandi
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Nils has been amazing to work with. Having used books and some other self teaching methods in the past, I felt stuck and after 1 lesson with Nils I immediately was able to get to the next step. One huge difference from other instructors is that Nils encourages me to learn with music that I like which makes a huge difference when practicing. Nils is extremely knowledgeable and patient, I can't thank him enough for his help and expertise.

Posted Sep 8, 2019
Chris P.
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Nils is great to work with. He understood where I wanted to focus, and provided great direction. Very nice guy, too.

Posted Jul 26, 2019
Adrian
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Excellent teacher!

Posted Jun 26, 2019
Ron R.
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I am a beginner of acoustic guitar...
Nils is an awesome instructor and have been learning and improving a lot. I plan to do in person and Skype lessons when I travel.

Posted May 13, 2019
SARAH
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As a new guitar player, Nils has been able to help me progress with confidence and ability that I didn't know was possible this quickly! Having in-home lessons and a really flexible schedule has been really helpful to me. I would recommend Nils to anyone at any level of ability, he's really easy to get along with, an extremely accomplished teacher, and a genuinely good guy! Thank you!

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Daniel
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Nils is very knowledgeable and can help you with growing as a guitar player. He can help you have a better understanding of theory and how to apply it, knows a lot about gear, and has a wide array of skills so he can teach many different songs and concepts.

Posted Feb 15, 2019
Eric
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Nils is a great teacher. he’s very knowledgeable and has helped me improve a lot. he’s also super attentive to my playing habits both good and bad and crafts exercises to work on my weak areas and take my skills to the next level. anyone can show you how to play a song, but very few are as deft as Nils at teaching you guitar.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Tyler
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Nils is a very professional and great teacher, after only one lesson I felt a huge improvement and had a template to grow as an artist.

I would highly recommend his teaching to anyone looking to become a better guitar player!

Posted May 25, 2018
Jessica
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Nils is an excellent teacher. After many years of trying to master certain songs he was able to hone in on the instruction that I needed. He helped me make progress and enjoy myself along the way.

Posted Feb 5, 2018
Adam
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I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!

Posted Nov 1, 2017
Christi
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My son absolutely loves Nils. Nils has been his guitar teacher for a few years now and has been very patient and accommodating especially since my son has Autism which can sometimes make traditional instruction a challenge. However, Nils is able to recognize his strengths and treats him just like a regular "cool dude" and I have since seen my son be more confident with his guitar playing. Nils has helped my son become a better " Rock Star" every week.

Posted Oct 19, 2017
Yaakov A.
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Great teacher!

Posted Jun 27, 2017
Adam
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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

Posted Apr 14, 2017
Jacques
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Amazing teacher!

Posted Feb 15, 2017
Brian
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Expertly gages your experience and tailors the lesson to meet you where you're at. Tons of knowledge, excellent first lesson!

Posted May 22, 2016
Brian P.
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Great teacher! Makes excellent use of lesson time and I was able to immediately apply things I learned.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Lalo Lambert
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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

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Darren G.
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He's top notch. Nils has a really positive attitude and is very patient.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Reid Crawford
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He was on point and thorough

Posted Dec 12, 2015
Irene P.
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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!

Posted Sep 27, 2015
Danielle S.
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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!

Posted Nov 1, 2014
Tatyana F.
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My daughter love her lessons with Nils. And I can see already some progress

Posted Jul 12, 2014
Rick N.
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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.

Posted May 25, 2014

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2002 - Present

Independent & Music Schools

During my 18 years of teaching music I have taught hundreds of students, privately and at various music schools (both here and in Europe). My expertise is Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk/Soul, Metal and Jazz but I can teach you the basics of Classical and Latin as well.

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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