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Nick is the type of person who likes to have his hands in many different cookie jars; notably, that of the guitarist, composer, music producer and stringed instrument maker. He works professionally somewhere within the crossroads of these disciplines.

Nick holds an Honours Degree in Music and comprehensively studied classical harmony privately. He's also studied the art of guitar-making with Master Luthier Sergei De Jonge, having designed and constructed a concert classical guitar under his tutelage.

His musical style and knowledge spans genres, but his current exploration as a guitarist lie at the intersection of acoustic music, classic and contemporary jazz, and progressive rock.

In recent years Nick has expanded his freelancing to include work as a composer (Dusk Dances Dance Festival, Arts Bournemouth University) and as a studio musician (Metalworks Studios, Escarpment Sound, Deschamps Studio). Numerous projects he has worked on have aired on national radio (CBC, Jazz FM, CFRU) and international television.

Nick has been a music educator for around a decade both teaching at and overseeing the lesson program at the world famous Folkway Music in Waterloo, On.  

Currently, Nick owns and teaches guitar at The Haliburton Guitar Studio downtown Haliburton, On.



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Late Night & Early Morning

by Nicholas Russell

'Late Night & Early Morning' is an instrumental solo acoustic guitar album by Nicholas Russell.

All of the gently paced arrangements of standard and original songs were recorded over one morning, on one steel-string guitar, in a beautiful cottage on Spruce Lake, Haliburton, Canada.


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Released February 25, 2019


Studio Projects

by Nicholas Russell
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here’s A bit about lessons at the Haliburton guitar studio.


What do I teach? Lots of stuff!

But, mostly I teach stringed instruments like electric guitar, acoustic guitar & ukulele.

I teach folk, jazz, rock, traditional, bluegrass and also classical guitar styles.

A typical lessons includes learning songs, learning techniques for flatpicking & fingerpicking, strumming, expanding your chord knowledge and finding new ways to voice chords, scale work, and more. 

Musicianship skills like critical listening, ear training, fundamentals of rhythm, reading music notation and composition are also covered. 

I also like to show students how to produce and record their own music.

I teach students of all ages, novice to advanced. 

My philosophy is to find joy in both the practise and performance of music. I try to imbue this attitude into the study of guitar. My goal is for a lesson to be relaxed, fun and informative. You'll always have something to work on!




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