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Summary: A short biography of the founder of TeachGuitar.com

NICK MINNION: a short biography

Nick Minnion was born in 1957 in Guildford, Surrey, England.

Having begun to teach himself to play guitar at the age of 8, Nick was hired to teach a group of beginners at his local primary school whilst still only 15 years old.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s Nick worked in a wide variety of jobs chiefly connected with teaching and training and also travelled around Northern Europe as a working musician. Playing guitar in a number of now-forgotten rock and blues bands.

Music has always played a central role in Nick's life, but he also has a passion for aviation. In the mid 80s Nick teamed up with aircraft designer Ian Grayland to form the now legendary microlight aircraft manufacturing company Aerial Arts Ltd. Aerial Arts produced the popular Clubman hanglider and the World Championship winning Chaser S flexwing microlight. Many of these aircraft are still flying today.

Retiring from the aviation industry in 1990, after a brief spell of doing a real job, Nick went back to being a full-time musician in 1993.

Although performing regularly, his forte for teaching guitar began to dominate Nick's working life and in 1995 he founded 'Nick's Music Studios' in Brighton on the English South Coast. The Studios expanded to a three-storey building in Hove comprising 8 separate teaching and rehearsal studios. Here approximately 200 students enjoyed music lessons taught by around 20 tutors specially recruited and trained by Nick.

Then in 2002 Nick left the studios to a management team and moved on to launch the teachguitar.com website and write three ebooks designed to help people all over the world break away from their day-jobs and become great guitar teachers. Thousands of copies of these Ebooks have been sold over the years since and TeachGuitar.com continues to be the Internet's top resource for Guitar teachers and anyone considering going into guitar teaching.

In 2005 Nick also launched Rock Schools UK - a scheme to help young musicians get together in bands and perform live on stage at regular events.

Early in 2010, leaving the Rock Schools project in the capable hands of Craig Brooks and his team of multi-instrumentalist tutors, Nick once again turned his attention to the Internet and began creating a series of video based guitar lessons for the website SecretGuitarTeacher.com.

In 2011 Nick moved to the French Alps and now devotes 100% of his working time to his internet based projects. He admits however, that 'working time' is having to compete with skiing and playing tennis, as well as time spent getting back into live performing and recording for the fun of it.

Nick is always keen to hear from fellow guitar players and teachers. He can be reached by email using the contact link below.

Nick can be reached by email on nick@TeachGuitar.com

If you would like a 1:1 Teacher Training consultation with Nick via Skype please see details here

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