Tim Bischof

Tim B.

Newberg, OR

About Tim B.

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Tim teaches: Ages 6 to 70
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1994
Last sign in: Yesterday


I love to help anyone who has been told they're not able to play guitar, has quit out of frustration, or been told they're too old or too young to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to your learning style and different for everyone depending on what you want to learn. Most of my students like to learn from scratch which would include the following:
In the first 3 lessons you will learn basic guitar fundamentals, basic 1-4-5 song progressions (the stuff that 85% of all music we listen to is made up of), left hand / right hand coordination, picking techniques, how to strum, mute, & play notes on the guitar.

We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum or backing tracks to your favorite artists songs while you play guitar and I play what your not, giving you the feel of a live group situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.

Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Line 6 Spider Jam will take any wave file and speed up or slow down the tempo and lower or higher the key to your preference.
Great transposing tool

Tuner Korg

Electric Ibanez Guitar s470dxqm
Acoustic Taylor 110CE
Classical Cordoba model 20

Amp Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 watt combo all tube
Amp Line 6 Spider Jam

Effects Roland GR-55

Microphone Audio Technica AT 2035
Microphone Peavey I-101

Operating System WIndows 7 64 bit edition
Recording Software Presonus Audiobox USB with Studio1

Mixer Alto ZMX 862 Zephyr Series

Logitech C620 HD Webcam

Camcorder Sony HDCRX430V

*** Specialties ***
I have studied under virtuoso Rex Carroll from Atlantic Records signed band Fierce Heart & another famous band he was in was Whitecross, Shawn Gette who is in the band Forbidden Symphony, who in his words once took over a gig for Steve Vai and the American Guitar Academy.

Photos and Videos

Me & 1 of my students learning basic fundamentals: Left & right hand fingering, & curriculum taught. Music from my band Don't Give Up.


Acoustic & Electric Lead Guitar Player
Aug 2010 - Present

I started out playing acoustic rhythm and now play lead guitar.

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2004 - Present
Don't Give Up Guitar

Owner, teacher and operator doing all functionality required to run Don't Give Up Guitar Lessons.

Lead Guitar on Worship Team
Sep 1993 - Aug 2010
New Life

Started out playing bass guitar for two years and then moved up to playing electric lead guitar, and acoustic rhythm leading Worship.


Bachelors in Management and Human Resources Management
Sep 1996 - Aug 1998
Portland State University
Associates in Business Administration
Dec 1993 - Jun 1996
Portland Community College

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency


Harmony and Theory
Nov 2007
Musicians Institute

A course taught by Loren Hamar using Musicians Institute Curriculum and recitals to be completed for the term taught off-site.

Theory and Technique
Jun 2002
Praise Guitar Workshop by John Standefer

A weekend workshop taught by columnist for Acoustic Fingerstyle magazine John Standefer. He also was the winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition.


King of the Blues-In Store Runner Up
May 2012
Guitar Center

31 Reviews on Tim B.

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Bob Zemek Apr 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I had a great first lesson Tim was awesome to work with looking forward to my next
Roland P. Apr 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Tim is patient, a good listener, and knows his stuff. I always get good feedback and just enough challenge to keep me improving without getting discouraged.
Dan Mar 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Explained instructions in detail. Encouraging and patience very pleased .
Ashley G. Jan 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Our lessons have been very informative and helpful. My daughter has really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Tim. He is very patient and encouraging in his teaching style. Looking forward to more!
Raj T. Jan 8, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Olivia R. Dec 13, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Last November I began playing the guitar. Like most beginners I learned the basic chords (G,C,D,etc.). It wasn't much but you'd be surprised how many songs you could play with these few chords.

A few months ago, I decided it was time to learn more and sharpen my skills... starting with the basics (including reading guitar music). I decided to check out TakeLessons because I knew I could have the lessons in the comfort of my own home. So, I began researching and found Tim's profile.

If you are looking for a solid foundation in learning the guitar and feeling encouraged to push through (even if you think you can't play that one chord) I'd highly recommend Tim. Tim provides students with a guitar manual that is easy to understand and helps build one skill at a time. Like building a brick wall, the book has you put one brick on top of the other as you go through the book. In time, you will be surprised how much you've learned!

Beginners, Intermediate/Advance players if you're looking for a guitar teacher that will help you sharpen your skills and encourage you along the way... I'd highly recommend him as a guitar teacher!
Alex C. Dec 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Brenda B. Nov 15, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Deanna J. Nov 7, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I've really enjoyed working with Tim, as an adult learner, my goal is to learn how to play guitar to just have a few sing a-longs with friends. I've also had an event where I was performing a song, and Tim helped me gear up to learn the song from the ground up. We even had more lessons as the time got closer to perfect the music and get it refined. I really appreciate his support, his teaching style, and patience. I am not a quick learner and while learning guitar is a tough road for me, Tim is very patient even when I'm at whits end, bringing me back so I can keep making progress.
Nalia Sep 26, 2016
· Guitar · Online
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