May 1, 2014
Great teaching approach
My goal was to be able to play songs around a campfire and TJ has been fantastic at tailoring our lessons to this goal. Every week I learn something a little new, but I also learn a song that is simple enough for me to play and which incorporates whatever new chord or technique he's introduced. I much prefer practicing actual songs vs. excercises and he always leaves me with a new song to play. He is also instantly likeable and lessons feel more like hanging out with a friend than a teacher. I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher.
April 8, 2014
Fun and inspiring teacher!
If you are looking for a fun, optimistic, and talented teacher TJ is your guy. Every time we get together to make music TJ is full of life and always has a smile on his face. His knowledge about music theory and history is amazing and he can back up that knowledge when he picks up any instrument whether it be guitar, piano, bass, or even mandolin. The great thing about TJ is he inspires you to want to get better at whatever it is you want to get better at. He is patient and understands everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. He can get along with anyone of any age. I highly recommend TJ as your teacher no matter what level you are at.
October 31, 2013
Fun, ridiculously talented teacher
I've been dabbling with acoustic guitar and was on my church's worship rotation for a few years, and I inherited my Dad's electric guitar and amp a few years ago, but you'd think after 20 years I'd be much better at it. After that long with no formal instruction, and now that I'm a family man having virtually no opportunity to jam with friends, it's difficult to get better. So my wife surprised me with TakeLessons, my first true opportunity to have regular guided instruction on the guitar, and I love it!! Having lessons in the comfort and convenience of my home over Skype is the only way this father of 4 could have this amazing opportunity, and it works incredibly well.
I believe the main reason TakeLessons via Skype works so well for me is because of TJ. He's been my instructor for several months now. He always makes it fun and challenging and balances his lesson plan with asking me what songs I'm personally interested in learning to play. He's crazy good on the guitar...I want to play like him when I grow up ;)
Out in my rural home, my internet isn't always reliable, but TJ is always super patient about it and has on many occasions allowed the lesson to go a few minutes over to make up for the technical difficulties (thankfully, the problem seems to be fixed now and we've been able to keep on schedule). And with my hectic schedule and 4 kids, I don't always get the fun and luxury of investing time practicing guitar, but TJ is always encouraging and supportive.
I honestly feel like TJ's my friend. We get along great! Even though we listen to different artists, we share that passion for music that moves you. I travel to Denver once or twice a year for my job and we've already agreed to meet up whenever I'm there, maybe even go skiing together.
Keep up the fantastic work, TJ! You inspire me every week and I'm stoked to have you as a new friend!!
TJ was/is an excellent instructor for our 8 yr old.
TJ was enthusiastic and patient with our new guitarist in the family. We would highly recommend him to teach kids.
January 16, 2013
Review for T.J.
I have been taking lessons from T.J. for a couple of months. It has been a pleasure working with him. The biggest attribute for a teacher I was looking for is someone that didn't pressure or stress me. T.J. was wonderful in this area. He made lessons fun rather than a job. His personality made you feel like you had been best friends for years. He knows the material and is very proficient with the guitar. I would highly recommend him to students of all ages.
Ole Kristian E.
September 14, 2012
I had some lessons with TJ when we stayed in Denver for 6 weeks
this summer. His skills and teaching was great and i learned a lot on a short time.
September 7, 2012
Excellent teacher! Recommend him wholeheartedly.
TJ is a fantastic teacher. He made my daughter feel welcome from their first introduction, and she was pleased to immediately jump into learning right from the start. His instruction is professional, his lessons are well-paced, his teaching style is patient and fun, and his knowledge is exceptional. He allowed her to choose the styles and artists she wanted to learn. She progressed quickly and well. I would recommend him as the teacher for any student who truly loves music.
T.J is an excellent guitar teacher!!! He is always well prepared for my lesson and really works with me to individualize my lesson plans so that I can achieve my goals as fast as possible. He is very patient, and I love the way he challenges me and encourages me to improve each week!
great guitar teacher
TJ taught my daughter and he did a great job. Very professional and fun for her. She learned a lot from him. I would highly recommend him.
We have three boys who really enjoy having TJ as their teacher. He is very passionate about music, he is very patient with the kids and he is an all around nice guy. It has been a pleasure to have TJ as our kids' teacher.