Instructor and Co-founder Nick O'Donnell has been singing and playing music for as long as he can remember - beginning with recorder and violin, and 8 years spent in various choirs. He took on the guitar at the ripe age of 18, immediately joined a rock band, and hasn't looked back.
He studied with a couple top Los Angeles studio guitarists while cutting his teeth in the LA rock scene, and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from PSU (graduating Summa Cum Laude no less).
Nick has been teaching guitar (and banjo, violin and piano) since 2005, in both private and group instruction. You can find him most weekends playing in the House Band at Tony Starlight's Showroom in Portland playing a range of tunes from Dean Martin to Guns n' Roses, or in Portland's Orchestre L'Pow where he lays down some hard-hitting blues guitar and vocals, or in Vancouver's own The Pearls, joining in on their vocals-driven, gritty Americana sound.
When not teaching or gigging, you can probably find Nick making up silly songs with his 2 young sons.