Nick Minnion was born in 1957 in
Guildford, Surrey, England.
begun to teach himself to play guitar at the age of 8 Nick
started teaching 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 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 intermediate hanglider
and the World Championship winning Chaser S flexwing microlight.
Many of these aircraft are still flying today. Over a period
of five years Nick built up a world wide marketing network
responsible for the sales of over 1000 aircraft to countries
all over the world.
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 by 1995 his popularity
as a teacher lead to the expansion of his teaching activities
and the establishment of a guitar
teaching studios in central Brighton. Working from a single
basement unit to start with, the studios, known as 'Nick's
Music Studios' soon expanded to take up the surrounding office
space. Nick began to hire and train other tutors to share
the teaching work.
By 1998 the Studios' services had expanded to include tuition
on other instruments: Drums, Keyboards, Bass guitar and Singing.
Nick's Music 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 guitar teachers.
Since then several thousand copies of Nick's ebooks have
been sold from the TeachGuitar.com site and hundreds of people
have emailed in to say how much these little books have changed
Meanwhile Nick has moved on to launch the Rock Schools UK Ltd. - a scheme to help young musicians
get together in bands and perform live on stage at regular
He has also launched
ImproviseGuitar.com - a site designed to help guitarists
teach themselves to improvise.
Nick continues to teach guitar,
bass and banjo, as well as acting as a mentor for new guitar
teachers from his home-based studios in Hove.
Nick can be reached by email on nick@TeachGuitar.com