Nick L: Freelance Guitar Lessons

Nick L: Freelance Guitar Lessons

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About this pro

I’m looking forward to trying my hand at teaching an instrument I have loved since the eighth grade. As I am in a sort of transitional period in my life post graduation, I’m up for any opportunity I can to discover a new career path, pay the bills, and anything else in between. 

I’m eager to share my love of the guitar to people who’ve been wanting to learn and have decided to take the needed steps to do so. Not to mention that I myself am always trying to improve my own skills with the guitar, and hopefully, this will allow me to solidify my own  abilities as I teach this instrument to others.

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Austin, TX 78717
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to see where they’re starting at in terms of any knowledge they have about the guitar. This way, I know what I’m working with and what needs to be worked on. But I do my best to focus on what the student wants to learn and the best way I can teach them to accomplish that goal.

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

I’ve been a musician since middle school. I played the tuba all through middle and high school. I know how to read music, and I was in a couple of organizations in college centered around music (I.e. a Bluegrass group). Also, I do my best to stay in practice and always be improving on the guitar, though after about nine years, I’d say I’m doing alright with it.

How did you get started teaching?

I figured teaching was a good way to keep in practice with the guitar and also get a little money for it. But I’ve thought about teaching for a while, and I figured I’d give it a shot.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A few of my pictures on my profile are from my trip to the UK. In the summer of 2018, I got the chance to study abroad and visit both the UK and the Netherlands. I had never traveled outside of the country before, and it was truly an experience that I’m forever grateful I had the chance to have had.

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

Get some idea what it is you want to get out of it and then find someone you feel can best help you with that. Be as specific as you can with yourself that way you know what it is you want out of a teacher and by extension your lessons.

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

Kinda like what I said in the previous question, ask yourself what it is you want out of this. Once you find the teacher you feel is right for you, you’ll know what kinds of questions you can ask your instructor. What style do you want to play? What are the best tools you can obtain for those purposes? How much music theory do you want to learn? Think about these things and others like it to assist your instructor in how much in the weeds you want them to go. 

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