If you are a classical guitar enthusiast, it is quite possible you have heard of Nathan Mills. Mills goes by Beyond the Guitar on YouTube and his channel has 370 thousand subscribers.
It is one of the largest classical guitar channels found on the platform. With over 40 million views, his videos feature music that is familiar from television, film, video games, and more. Whether you watch his video of “Fairytale” from the movie Shrek, his video of “Ezio’s Family” from Assassin’s Creed 2, or the “Friends” theme song, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.
Mills doesn’t just have a popular YouTube channel, he also has a philosophy. He believes that everyone should get the chance to play the music they love. His method of achieving this is to teach individuals how to create their own arrangements. By teaching them to do this, he says that they can create a difficulty that they are able to manage, thus ensuring that anyone can manage to play their music of choice.
Mills has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance. He is well-trained and he is skilled at creating musical arrangements. He has a passion for arranging and uses his skill to create his own personal repertoire of music he loves to play. Below he performs the catchy theme song from Toy Story.
However, Mills isn’t just a musician and artist, he is also a teacher. He has been teaching Guitar for over 10 years and has plenty of experience passing on his love of music. More than just teaching the guitar, he also teaches students how to arrange music for themselves. He even has an introductory lesson, titled Fretboard Freedom, available for free on his website.
Mills has a robust blog filled with highly useful instructional content. He gives a recommendation of his preferred ear training app. He also has a helpful post about how to practice efficiently. You can find content about warm-ups, chords, techniques, and many other topics. Whether you’re a beginner or well-trained, you can probably find plenty of interesting material to learn from.