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.
Nick currently teaches guitar in and around beautiful Haliburton, On.
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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.
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