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How To Make Your Guitar Talk


Guitar Book

Nils wrote a series of 3 Instructional books.

The main subject is improvisation. Alltough it covers the basics like scales and arpeggios, the main emphasis of the books are to learn how to get your musical ideas across and communicate to the ausdience through your playing.

Chapters include:

-tools for improvidsation ( scales and arpeggios),

-tone control ( it's all in your fingers)

- melodic motif development and phrasing

and more...

find out more here


Nils Guitar Gear

I started a blog at about the gear I am using. Read the first article about my Bogner Alchemist amp here.


My main guitar is a 1986 Valley Arts Custom Ser# 159. It has some custom EMG electronics which allow for an incredible range of sound, from Gibson Hollowbody to funky Strat and to Power Rock and Blues tones. It is shaped like a Strat, and has a Kahler tremolo system with a Floyd Rose Nut ( go figure). The neck is made of maple with an ebony fretboard and an alder body.

I use Jim Dunlop Jazz III picks and my favorite wha is the Crybaby 535.

My main guitar amp is a Bogner Ecstasy and I sue a variety of Cabinets. I prefer Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.

My Favorite Accoustic guitar is my Talyor K-20Mmade from Koa Wood with a Mahagony top.


Live Gear


on my live shows I like to use two Fender Twin Amps. I can never find the Bogners as rentals and The Fenders have a nice warm Tone. I use either my pedal board or lately my TC Electronic NOVA System.

Guitar Lessons

book an online guitar lesson with NILS

All you need is a Facetime or skype account and a computer with camera. Let Nils show you how to play Pacific Coast Highway , or whatever is on your mind.


You will be contacted by e-mail to schedule a time for your lesson




The Nils Songbook

song book

This book has lead sheets with guitar chordcharts for 12 of Nils' biggest hits. It also has a note by note tablature transcription of "Pacific Coast Highway", "Cat Nap" and "Jump Start". It comes with the Jam tracks CD that laets you jam along with Nils. It has all 12 songs of the book without the lead guitar.

more info here


booking contact:

Sandy McGraw
Assistant Vice President
Nordman Sports & Entertainment
Phone: 412-999-2116

record label contact: TOM HAYDEN 818-702-9902