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All Ages, All Styles, All Levels in a Customizable, Easy-Going Environment

Customized Pacing in Private Lessons learning any/ all of the following:

  • Learn Songs You Love
  • Help with Songwriting
  • Rhythm and Lead
  • Improvisation Development
  • Ear Training
  • Finger Picking
  • Reading Music
  • Scales/Modes
  • Music Theory
  • Chords

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Location: Great Modern Facility in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL: STAGE RIGHT (formerly Stegmann’s School of Performing Arts)  is a modern facility with free wi-fi and with lessons and classes in tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom, piano, voice, violin, saxophone and (most importantly) guitar

  • Private Lessons available weekday afternoons and evenings (soon expanding to include midday time-slots for homeschoolers and adults).
  • Lessons are $25.00 per half-hour weekly lesson. Monthly advance payment required.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What age is a good age to start?

A: I have taught age 4 to 70 year olds, so it is never a bad time to begin. Attention span is the main determining factor for a successful young starting student.  Interest, experience, exposure, and ability can also be actors here, but many are ready at 7.  After a month, we are usually able to see if continuing lessons is best or if waiting might benefit a student.

Q: What do students need to begin taking lessons?

A: A guitar that is easily playable and tunable that will be available to take to each lesson and to practice with at home each day, and some guitar picks.

Q: What do students need to bring to their first lesson?

A: Their guitar, a guitar pick to play with, and a folder to collect handouts.

Q: Should my child take piano first or piano also?

A: Not necessarily, but my wife does teach piano students, and you can contact me about that.

Q: I have both acoustic and an electric guitars, which should I bring to my lesson?

A: Either is fine; if students will be working on a song that is acoustic or electric specific, I will let them know in advance which to bring.


[Here is a little about my history, my experience, and my gear, with sound clips at the bottom.]

I picked up the guitar at age ten, inspired by my dad’s love of music. Throughout my high school years in Kansas I studied with Kevin May of Roomful of Blues. Like many aspiring teenage guitarists I grew as a player in high school jazz bands, state bands, and bands of my own.

I continued my studies in Jazz Guitar at Wichita State University, a program well-known for the work of Jerry Hahn. From there, I studied Commercial Music at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, of which alumni include Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Leann Womack, Ron Block of Allison Krauss & Union Station, Matt Jenkins, Jerrod Nieman, and Jed Hughes, a guitarist for Keith Urban.

While attending SPC, I taught for David Brandon, a well-known classical guitarist who co-published reputable materials with Christopher Parkening.

While still a student, I was asked to come on staff to teach private guitar and lead Rock and R&B Ensembles at the college. I stayed on staff at South Plains College from 2000 to 2005 before moving to Los Angeles, and eventually Nashville.

I have played with many independent artists both in the studio and live and am currently a session player for Diff’rent Wirld Productions, and have played as lead guitarist for BlissBlissand hit songwriters and up-and-coming country band, The Henningsens. I also perform originals as a duo with my wife, singer-songwriter, Joni Nichols.

We live in Middle Tennessee with our two young children and hope to have more.

Though blues is my love, I enjoy playing and teaching all styles.


I’ve played live in all genres–blues, rock, pop, folk, country, jazz, funk, worship, etc.

The Henningsens
Matt Jenkins
Chuck Elmore
Jason Minton
Joni Nichols
Tom and Sherry Green
Rocky Green
Caleb Jude Green
Jay Lemon
Rhonda Dover


This is the gear I currently use:


  • 1960 Reissue Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
  • Gretsch Tennessee Rose (with Filtertron pickups)
  • Taylor 610 CE


  • Fender Super Reverb (Silver Face circa ’68 with black face innards)
  • Fender Twin Reverb (Silver Face with master volume circa ’70)
  • Fender Blues Junior (Limited Edition Tweed with Jensen speaker)
  • Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R 112 Combo


  • George L’s
  • Powered by 1Spot, soon-to-be Voodoo Labs Pedal Power II
  • Home Brew Electronics UFO (Ultimate Fuzz Octave)
  • Vintage Boss CE2 Chorus
  • Full Tone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive)
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
  • Dunlop Cry Baby
  • Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
  • Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus
  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Pedal Train board & case



Zach w/ Cliff & Cathy Major at Rockin’ Daddy’s in Wichita, KS 2010


Zach @ a Bliss Bliss House Concert circa 2008




Clips are down temporarily!
Here are some great clips! Listen long…for the solos 🙂click (>) the play button on the bar below.

Information about playlist above:

Blanket of Love (scroll to top of playlist for this song) from the Joni Nichols Band album, In The Dark
written by Zach Nichols & Rocky Green
produced by Zach Nichols
acoustic & electric guitars by Zach Nichols

Vanity and Overcome from Rocky Green’s album,daysyouthoughwouldneverend.
written by Rocky Green and Zach Nichols
performed and produced by Rocky Green

KW Anglo Funk
A jam song written by Zach Nichols and thrown together impromptu one evening for a student’s recording project at South Plains College (Levelland, TX). acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass by Zach Nichols

Zach Playing “Talk with God” live withBlissBliss 

click (>) the play button on the bar below.

Zach Nichols – guitar

Lang Bliss – drums
Renee Bliss – vocals
Irene Kelly – b.g. vocals
Tim Gaines – bass
David Warren – keys

Zach Playing “Without Your Love” live (rehearsal recording) withJoni Nichols Band

click(>) the play button on the bar below.

Zach Nichols – guitar
Dolf Guardiola – drums
Joni Nichols – vocals, acoustic
Jonathan Smither – bas

Playing with Jason Minton

It’s always a good time  playing with my good friend Jason Minton and the rest of the band. Jason is a very gifted singer and songwriter. We had a lot of fun playing some cover tunes and some of his originals. It was a cool little joint out in Chapel Hill called Knight’s Pizza. We did an interesting variety of songs, here’s a few that we did:

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Sunshine – Jonathan Edwards
Let It Be – The Beatles
Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones via the Sundays
You Wanted More – Tonic

Here’s the only pics that I got with my phone: The first one is my view of Jason during the show.