Nick Grinlinton

GuitaristComposerEducatorAspiring Runner


Having taught guitar lessons since his high school days, Nick has worked in multiple settings including one-on-one coaching sessions, group lessons and masterclasses. Currently, Nick extends out from solely teaching guitar to offering clinics on jazz theory, improvisation, ensemble performance and composition via masterclasses. In 2011, he began writing an assortment of articles on music education in his blog, “Musings. Having taught children and adults, Nick is passionate about sharing many great lessons he has received thus far in his career.

For more information to book Nick for a masterclass or a residency, please see the contact page.

Nick Grinlinton plays guitar

Latest Musings

  • Preparations for the Kansas City Marathon

    September 18th, 2018

    On October 20th, I’ll run my sixth marathon in Kansas City, MO (Missouri, not Kansas—everyone in the east coast thinks I’m running in Kansas). I lived there while attending the Conservatory of Music right before heading off to New York City in 2010. Originally I planned to run their half marathon a year ago, but canceled […]… more →

  • Music Principles I Applied to Running

    July 9th, 2018

    I started training seriously at age 27. Throughout high school and college, athletics never entered my mind because I played and practiced music so much. If I didn’t play at a club, I worked on composing, transcribing or rehearsing with other ensembles. Since running consistently for four years, I’ve been able to tie in the same […]… more →

  • Stockholm Marathon Preparation

    March 11th, 2018

    I started to take training more seriously at 27. I honestly didn’t know how far I would go or where it would take me. It started out as a bet with my wife on who could complete 3 loops of Central Park for the NYC Marathon 18-Mile Tune Up. It then progressed to me running […]… more →

  • The Importance of Recovery

    February 6th, 2018

    Paying attention to recovery is vital to any successful regimen in life. Training for a marathon is no exception. Currently I’m working to achieve a personal best with my 5th marathon in Stockholm, Sweden. In order to make sure I’m in prime form, I have to balance my training properly to adapt to the stress […]… more →