Nick Hylton Guitar Lessons

Nick Hylton Guitar Lessons

1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

Formally trained in Electric guitar under Tom Kozic at Lafayette College. I've also studied online with Berklee College of Music and completed their guitar certificate coursework. If you're looking to start guitar, expand your understanding of chords, or want to learn to improvise and learn to play leads (my personal specialty) we can make it happen. I've been playing guitar for 8 years myself, and currently work as part of a band/ music engineering team based out of Schenectady that works with and produces local talents. 

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Schenectady, NY 12304
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

-Discern the individual student's goals as a musician

-Discern current level of skill (strengths and areas that could be improved)

-Create a realistic lessons arc that addresses the student's goals as well as supplements their general musicianship


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

-Formally trained in guitar through Tom Kozic and Jorge torres of Lafayette College

-Formally trained through coursework with Berklee College of Music 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Generally $35 for a 45 minutes lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

I, like most, was simply looking to make some side cash when a few friends suggested I that should consider passing on my skills to others. A few lessons in I realized sharing in others' musical development not only could be profitable, but sharing the capacity to create itself was rewarding. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked mostly in the age range of 10-17 but I've taught kids who were sports superstars, the quiet guy in class, the young woman with a great voice looking to accompant herself with a guitar. I also teach my own mother, so adults who feel behind, do not worry. I have you covered. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It is important that, as a student, you WANT to put the time in to become a musician. For most of us it doesn't happen overnight. Beginning to stretch and develop the muscles in your hand to physically play takes time. Memorizing chords and switching between them with excellent timing takes practice. Building calluses also adds a degree of physical frustration that can be discouraging. However, you simply must understand that like everything else that you are already talented at, it is a process to get there. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

-What are my musical inspirations?

-Why do I want to learn?

-What do I know?

-What do I want to know? 

-What degree of musicianship am I trying to achieve?