Guitarist/Teacher Tim Quinn
San Diego's Finest Guitar Lessons®
Tim Quinn is San
Diego's diversified master of the guitar, and one of the
leading private guitar instructors in Southern California. Tim has been a full-time guitarist and private teacher for over 30 years. Highly skilled, both as a teacher and as a multi-styled player, Tim is
also the author of
four instructional guitar books with Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Specializing in most American guitar styles of guitar playing, including:
chord-melody, standards, comping
- blues…electric lead, rhythm, slide, open tunings,
blues fingerpicking, and acoustic blues
- rock…classic rock lead soloing styles, rock chording
and funk rhythm guitar styles
- shred…legato, sweep
picking, tapping, speed-picking, fast arpeggios, progressive fusion, and more
- acoustic fingerstyle…Travis
style, classical technique, general fingerpicking, acoustic blues, open tunings
- country soloing…Nashville-style
twang, chickin'-pickin', pedal steel effects, hybrid picking techniques
- classical guitar…traditional
- folk guitar…songs, strumming,
- bluegrass… improvisation,
flatpicking fiddle tunes
- general skills and playing songs…learn
to play and sing any songs
|Emphasizing all important aspects of musicianship for guitarists, including:|
guitar calisthenics and exercises
lead soloing in any style
developing songs for performance
applied music theory
mastering scales and arpeggios
improving your singing
how to practice
The finest guitar instruction in southern California
Always the caring, encouraging, and enthusiastic guitar coach,
I teach all levels of students; from the total beginner to the
working professional guitarist looking to improve. Guitar
lessons are typically 75 minutes and are conducted in a comfortable
setting in my home studio in San Diego, near the highway 163 & I-805 interchange (Kearny Mesa), in a quiet residential neighborhood with easy parking. I make full use
the latest digital technology to support your learning, providing
you with an audio recording of each lesson (MP3 format), numerous
play along backing tracks, digital slow-down of songs, video recordings of demonstrations (as needed), and more!
I have been a full-time guitarist and private teacher for
over 30 years, assisting literally thousands of students to become the best guitarists
they can be. I have played over 2900 professional gigs in all styles
of music in nightclubs, casinos, touring bands, studio recording
gigs, restaurants, concerts, festivals, resort hotels, weddings, corporate functions
and more! After performing so many gigs over the past 30+ years (I began working
the Colorado nightclub circuit as a professional when I was 16), I am now currently
focused on teaching the guitar. I am dedicated to your success, and I strive to
provide a guitar-learning experience that is superior in every way. That ability
comes only from an extensive performance history, years of personal study and
achievement on the guitar (my fundamental pursuit in life which continues each
day), and years of highly focused teaching experience. When looking for a teacher,
shop around. Credentials really do matter.
When we first meet, we will discuss your goals. Then, I
will carefully lay out a methodical, multi-faceted, step-by-step, customized program
of guitar instruction designed to assist you in accomplishing those goals. I can
help you advance your skills quickly with state-of-the-art guitar lessons tailored
specifically to your needs and desires. Many of
my former students have happily achieved their own personal level of success on
the guitar, as a result of my guidance combined with their own dedication and
practice. Many of my former students have gone on to become professional guitarists
and guitar teachers (many other currently active guitar teachers here in San Diego
are my former students; I last counted nine of them teaching San Diego guitar
lessons, as of January 2018). Why not go right to the source? Success is always
a result of a mutual commitment between the student and the teacher. Together,
we can achieve your goals. Absolutely.
What to look for in a guitar teacher...
||Extensive professional teaching experience.
||Extensive professional performance experience (see Bio).
||College degree in music performance (see Bio). This means that your teacher has earned a degree in being able to play the guitar well.
||Accomplishments that back up their credentials (see Bio).
||Full utilization of digital technology for the most effective learning and the most effective guitar lessons. Let me show you what state-of-the-art guitar
||Ability to clearly describe in detail their teaching methods and materials.
||Be selective. The cheapest teacher is usually not the most successful or skilled teacher. Study with a true professional.
||Has strong communication skills.
||Appeals to you both as a person as well as mentor.
||Works independently of an umbrella internet-based "music school" (which is usually just a commission-based
student recruiting service, not a school! Most established teachers avoid these!)
||Operates out of their own studio. A guitar teacher who only offers guitar
lessons out of YOUR home cannot provide the rich library of teaching materials,
reference recordings, and digital/electronic resources that are part of a professional
studio, such as mine.
||Air-conditioned studio, equipped with guitars, amps,
Expertise geared for your success!
Allow me be
the guide for the next leg of your guitar journey. Professional, organized, highly
experienced as a guitar teacher and as a performer, author of guitar books, insightful,
knowledgeable, well educated, state-of-the-art, comfortable, and fun; that's the
Quinn Guitar experience!
I offer a very comfortable learning environment in my
professional home studio, where you get the highest level of guitar instruction
available in San Diego.
Email me on the contact page for more information. Let's
talk about how I can really help you improve your guitar playing.