- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can teach guitar fundamentals, that most songs only use 3 chords (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, mute, & play notes on the guitar, soloing, strumming patterns, fingerpicking, using a capo, alternate tunings, acoustic blues, arpeggiated patterns, and much more.
My teaching philosophy is simple, I want to reach the top of the mountain and grab your hand & give you easy simple 1 at a time steps to get you there. Or if your advanced & just need a brush-up or to polish on your technique or riffs, that's cool. Ultimately I want to encourage you to listen to live bands, get out of the garage phase join a band and make the magic of music for us all to listen to and enjoy.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 6 to 70 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 1994
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
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.
I started out playing acoustic rhythm and now play lead guitar.
Owner, teacher and operator doing all functionality required to run Don't Give Up Guitar Lessons.
Started out playing bass guitar for two years and then moved up to playing electric lead guitar, and acoustic rhythm leading Worship.
A course taught by Loren Hamar using Musicians Institute Curriculum and recitals to be completed for the term taught off-site.
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.
Tim did a great job of explaining the lessons and provided valuable information about reading music. Unfortunately, at the time I started, I also had a newborn making it very hard to stay on track with practicing. Now that my daughter is older, I have more time to practice, and look forward to taking lessons soon.+ Read More
Tim is a great patient knowledgeable teacher I love our lessons. Wish I started out with him years ago!!!
Excellent! Tim makes the sessions easy to
follow with demonstration and practice each step of the way. He also really understands who I am as a singer/songwriter and personalizes the lessons accordingly. Each time I come away feeling inspired and uplifted!
Very friendly, encouraging and I felt Tim genuinely want to help me succeed and personalize our lessons to my strengths as a singer/songwriter. I am very excited to be working with Tim.
I have been playing for 20 years, and I have written many songs. I could never understand how to put together the formula to write, I have always written by patterns and sound. Now thanks to Tim, and about 5 minutes he explained to me how to write a song within structure and how to compose it, with many different choices. I no longer live in a box and am excited that my eyes are opened. I highly recommend Tim, he is great at encouraging you even through songs that I have said. "I'm not playing that" to "I played that and in perfect timing".+ Read More
Tim has been teaching me the basics but also how to play a song which I'll be performing with a band in July. He has been great to work with.
Great 1st lesson, excited for the next one.
Tim is amazing, and patient. I am learning so much about reading music and playing with tempo that I never thought would be possible. He challenges me, which I like very much. Definitely not a boring music lesson...
Awesome teacher. Great guy, and very helpful and knowledgeable.
He is an awesome teacher who knows what he is doing and how to do it. He has taught me well.
I had a great first lesson Tim was awesome to work with looking forward to my next
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.
Explained instructions in detail. Encouraging and patience very pleased .
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!
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!
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.+ Read More
I hired Tim to teach my daughter guitar, and am very glad I did! Tim is a gentle soul, and has loads of patience, especially helpful for shy students and those who are just getting started. Highly recommended.
Tim your fantasticteacher, im glad i your my teacher. thanks again for being patient.
My son has really enjoyed his lessons with Tim! He is patient and kind. We will continue with Tim!
Tim is a great instructor. He is knowledgeable and very good hearted.
Tim is a great teacher! I definitely recommend him. He is very patient and willing to help in any way.
Great, fabulous...totally encouraging and patient. High fives!!
Tim is awesome, he is spiritually a great person, to have as a teacher and mentor. he is very patient. If you don't understand the lesson, just don't get frustrated, let him know, and he'll go over it again in different way that you will understand him. believe me I was worried at first that I didn't speaking in guitar terms or language and which I don't have any knowledge. Tim made it easy for me to understand, and I am learning at a pace that I feel very comfortable. Amen to that.+ Read More
I've had my first class with Tim and he was very detailed and patient. He went over the basics of the guitar with me and made sure I was clear every step of the way. Good experience so far. Looking forward to the next lessons.
The first lesson went great!!
Before the lesson today I was having anxiety and performance issues, and Tim really encouraged me and cut right through the problem. He knew exactly how to handle it without making me feel inferior and giving me the confidence to overcome it. Tim is very casual and at the same time professional bringing you to a place of relaxation and enjoying the journey, not just the destination. I have been playing for many years but still learning the basics that I never learned, and although it could be frustrating to go back, he has made it rewarding and simple.+ Read More
First lesson went well. Tim took time and patiently explained all the necessary basics of guitar to make a beginner comfortable. Hopefully other lessons will proceed in the same manner.
I was extremely impressed with Tim. Not only is he an excellent and inspiring teacher, he is able to focus in on just the right and appropriate approach. He makes one want to learn and imbues his student with confidence and knowledge. A truly unique and positive experience. Looking forward to my homework and our next lesson!+ Read More
Tim is an awesome guitar teacher. He is perfect for my 11 year old son. My son is excited for each lesson. He does a great job of teaching the foundational concepts. And he makes it FUN. I wish I had a guitar teacher like Tim when I was learning guitar.
Ace professional with first class treatment
Tim is a phenomenal instructor! I have tried expensive videos subscription services and have spent hundreds of dollars on Skype lessons with popular YouTube instructors. In the year that I have been playing, one month of lessons with Tim did more for my playing than 11 months with the other methods I've tried. You owe it to yourself to give Tim a month of your time. He transformed my understanding of the guitar, has taught me to be self-sufficient with learning songs I hear, and has made playing exciting. Without being able to articulate exactly what I wanted to accomplish, Tim's uncanny intuition for balancing what I think I needed with what I really need took my playing to the next level very quickly. Nothing can substitute the depth of his musical knowledge, but more importantly, his keen sense of feeding me just what I need from everything he knows. Tim carefully plans out a lesson for me based off of my progress, has me take notes, and gives me ideas on how to improve before my next lesson. The most exciting day of my week is the hour I spend learning from a great instructor and a great human being. I couldn't be happier with my decision to learn how to play from Tim.
Even a kid can pick this up
Tim was a super awesome guitar teacher! Not only did he teach me a lot of riffs but was also a super nice guy. I recommend him to anyone trying to further their talent with guitar!!
You gotta try this guy, he won't let you down.
Simplistic and easily understood. Designed dummyproof. Intuitive to the student needs and best learning style. Does not read off the page. Dynamic and injects fun into the lesson. Highly recommended to anyone regardless of ability level.
My son learned how to effectively play in a band
My son has been taking guitar lessons from Tim for over a year now. I have been very pleased with the progress my son is making. Tim makes my son feel very comfortable, and is more than willing to work with him in any area where he shows an interest. Tim is personable and patient.
Tim is quite flexible with time. He has kindly worked around our schedule whenever necessary. His fees are quite reasonable, and he always errs in our favor in regard to time.
Tim is a great guitar player himself with a true love for the instrument, which shows in his teaching. He was invaluable in helping us pick a reasonably priced, yet quality guitar for our son.
He has taught our son any song my son hears on the radio note for note a real gem.We are quite pleased with Tim's teaching, and highly recommend him.
He made learning fun & easy.
Great guy, great teacher. Took the time and focused on me during the entire lesson. Geared the lessons specifically for me and my interests and tastes in music. Took a personal interest in me as a person and encouraged me to practice and to explore all the different things I could do with my talent. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Very reasonably priced for all that you get out of the lessons.
So easy even this old timer can get it
Tim is an excellent, patient and caring instructor. I am a brand new guitar owner from a rural area in North Dakota. I was looking for a guitar teacher but all required a 30-60 minute drive. I found Tim through the Betterfly website and have taken several lessons through Skype. It has been a great experience that I would recommend to anyone from beginner on up
Phenomenal & Friendly Instructor
Tim is a phenomenal instructor! I have tried expensive videos by Marty Schwartz, subscription services like JamPlay.com, and have spent hundreds of dollars on Skype lessons with popular YouTube instructors like Mike Gross. In the year that I have been playing, one month of lessons with Tim did more for my playing than 11 months with the other methods I've tried. You owe it to yourself to give Tim a month of your time. He transformed my understanding of the guitar, has taught me to be self-sufficient with learning songs I hear, and has made playing exciting. Without being able to articulate exactly what I wanted to accomplish, Tim's uncanny intuition for balancing what I think I needed with what I really need took my playing to the next level very quickly. Nothing can substitute the depth of his musical knowledge, but more importantly, his keen sense of feeding me just what I need from everything he knows. Tim carefully plans out a lesson for me based off of my progress, has me take notes, and gives me ideas on how to improve before my next lesson. The most exciting day of my week is the hour I spend learning from a great instructor and a great human being. I couldn't be happier with my decision to learn how to play from Tim.