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Nils B.
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Learn the guitar from an expert guitarist with 20+ years of playing and teaching experience!
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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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Teaching since 2002

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Guitar Institute of Technology

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Electric Guitar
Teaches 8 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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120 minutes
$85
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First 3 lessons
$30
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Nils is a great teacher, I highly recommend him. He is patient and knowledgable and makes lessons fun. The only difficulty was using this platform to book lessons, but it is worth it to work with Nils.

Posted Oct 21, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Nils is an inspiring teacher. He is very thoughtful with his lessons and patient with your progress however slow. He is also very knowledgeable in his craft and often intertwines the history of music with practice sessions. Music is a great way to get an often neglected side of our brains to breathe, and teachers like Nils give us that much needed oxygen. I'll always remember how he helped me think about Smokestack lightning: when I began, I felt utterly hopeless, but he gave me crucial pointers on how to think about the song, and after much practice, I eventually got it, and can now even dare to improvise!! Thank you Nils!!

Posted Oct 7, 2022
Student's home

Thank you for the refresher! Needed help prepping for a show coming up and was able to achieve exactly what I needed! Highly recommended! (Acoustic Guitar)

Posted Aug 16, 2022
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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.
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.
Guitar Institute of Technology
Mar 2008 - Dec 2009
Musician's Institute
Guitar Jazz & Pop
Aug 2006 - Jun 2007
Utrecht Conservatory
Drum Lessons
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
Popschool Amsterdam & Drummer's Initiative
Guitar Lessons
Jan 2000 - Jan 2008
Popschool Amsterdam & Richard Hallebeek
Piano Lessons
Jan 1994 - Jan 1998
Marcel Manshanden
Dutch
Native Proficiency
English
Native Proficiency
Associate of Arts Degree
Dec 2009
Musician's Institute

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Instructor details
Electric Guitar
Teaches 8 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
El Paso Dr
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$55
45 minutes
$60
60 minutes
$65
90 minutes
$75
120 minutes
$85
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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