+ guitarist in the haliburton highlands & The Haliburton Guitar Studio




Nick is a guitarist, composer, music producer and stringed instrument maker, working 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 studio projects he has worked on have aired on national radio (CBC, Jazz FM, CFRU) and international television.

A music educator for about ten years, Nicholas both taught at and oversaw the lesson program at Folkway Music in Waterloo, Ontario. He owns and operates Haliburton's premier private lesson studio, Haliburton Guitar Studio, which specializes in fretted stringed instruments.

Nick is officially endorsed by Godin Guitars.



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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!





"Nick was a phenomenal part of not just our wedding day, but the preparations for weeks in advance.  He was able to take care of everything we didn't know how to do, and made the music for the whole day seamless and beautiful.  All we had to do was say when and where, and Nick dealt with the rest.  He coordinated our PA system for an outdoor event, microphones and speakers for the ceremony and reception, musicians to play with him during cocktail hour, the full speaker set-up for dancing, and stayed until the end of the night to clean up and pack it in.  We picked a couple songs for the ceremony that Nick learned for us to walk down the aisle to, and he filled in the rest.  We've heard time and time again from our guests how much they enjoyed the atmosphere of our live music, and how talented our musicians were.  Nick was such a important part of making our wedding special, but made it so easy for us to relax and enjoy." - Nick & Emilie Walters, Guelph Ontario.


I play solo classical and steel string guitar for wedding ceremonies in Southern Ontario. Over the years I've developed a diverse repertoire of tasteful classical and contemporary pieces. I love working on special solo arrangements of your favourite songs - just ask! I supply all my own hi-fi equipment to ensure sound quality is at its best and always at appropriate volume levels.

Please use the contact form to get in touch about your wedding. 


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