Nils Bryant

Nils B.

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Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

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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  • Speaks English, Dutch
  • Teaches students 5 and up

Reviews (25)

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Lauren Marie Nov 11, 2019
Ear Training · In home

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!

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Michael Flanders Nov 8, 2019
Guitar · In home

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.

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Tadeh Alvandi Sep 8, 2019
Guitar · In studio

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.

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Chris P. Jul 26, 2019
Guitar · In home

Nils is great to work with. He understood where I wanted to focus, and provided great direction. Very nice guy, too.

Adrian Jun 26, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Excellent teacher!

Ron R. May 13, 2019
Guitar · In studio

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.

SARAH Feb 16, 2019
Guitar · In home

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!

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Daniel Feb 15, 2019
Blues Guitar · In studio

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.

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Eric Jan 24, 2019
Guitar · In studio

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.

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Tyler May 25, 2018
Guitar · In home

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!

Jessica Feb 5, 2018
Guitar · In home

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.

Adam Nov 1, 2017
Guitar · Online

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!

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Christi Oct 19, 2017
Guitar · In home

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.

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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.


Lesson Details

Guitar

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.

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Experience

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

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.


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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