Nick Cousins (Guitar) 

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Instruments: Acoustic & Electric Guitar

Styles: Young Beginners, Blues, Pop/Rock, Classic Rock, Improvisation, Intro Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Theory, Harmony & Composition

nickNick began his music education at Snider Music when he was 16! After several years of private lessons in his teenage years Nick studied: Music Engineering and Production at the Harris Institute, Classical Guitar at the RCM and Jazz Guitar/Composition/Pedagogy at York University. Nick completed his B.F.A degree from York in 2015.  In 2016, Nick received a scholarship for graduate studies in musicology at York U.

In addition to his academic studies, Nick has performed regularly as a singer and a guitarist in many cover bands. In recent years the band Blue Cougars has been Nick’s main focus, in which he and his wife Erin, write original Rock compositions.

Nick has taught guitar for just under a decade, and loves his work. He is comfortable teaching all styles and encourages students to explore their own musical interests via composition, theory and technique.

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Keith Richards, Johnny Ramone, Nile Rodgers, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Eddie Van Halen, Luther Perkins, BB King, Jimmy Page, Miles Davis

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Check out a few of Nick’s videos

Video #1:  Nick explains and demonstrates different ways to change to the ‘4’ chord in a basic blues progession

Video #2:  Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix
In this video, Nick demonstrates an abdriged version of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland. A beautiful chord melody that sounds fantastic on a Strat!!

Video #3:  Slide Guitar Basics
In this video, Kyle demonstrates slide guitar in standard tuning. This is a great resource for beginners who want to get into slide guitar without re-tuning their guitar