About Nikki O’Neill

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Author, Teacher


Hi there!

My name is Nikki O’Neill. I’m a Los Angeles–based performing/recording artist, guitar player and singer-songwriter.

I’m also the author of Women’s Road to Rock Guitar—an instruction book meant to inspire and help guitarists who want to play rhythm and lead guitar in rock bands, write songs, understand gear and dial in their sound.

I’ve played live and recorded in the studio with bands of different genres from soul to hard rock. In January-February of 2016, I toured in Hawaii and California as the substitute guitarist in Mistress of Reality, an all-female Black Sabbath tribute. Here’s a video clip of me soloing on “Iron Man” and another clip of me improvising a solo on “Dirty Women.” I also write songs, sing and play in an original music rock band called Colors and Lines.

I’ve been teaching guitar in group and individual settings since 2004. I write for Guitar Player magazine, the Reverb Lessons blog and She Shreds magazine, and I also did several guitar video lessons for the company Mahalo, which collectively have been viewed over 1,000,000 times on YouTube.

In addition to being an artist/songwriter and instructor, I’ve interviewed guitarists like Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde for musician magazines in Europe. I’m also a contributing writer for the upcoming ebook series “Black Belt Songwriting”, which will be out this spring.

I’ve enjoyed lots of opportunities to coach other female guitarists. I’ve been an international guest clinician at ELLA, a very cool all-female rock music program in Sweden. I also created and taught the group class “Women’s Contemporary Rock Guitar” at The New School in New York City, where we focused on the contributions of female guitarists and worked on the students’ own songs.

I hope my book will inspire you to grab your guitar, explore new creative frontiers and express yourself in lots of ways!


Nikki O'Neill

Nikki O’Neill

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