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