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Guitar Lessons with Tim Quinn

Why Should I Choose Guitar Lessons With Tim Quinn?

Experience

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 3000 professional gigs in all styles of music...thousands (yes, thousands) of gigs, in nightclubs, casinos, touring bands, studio recording gigs, restaurants, concerts, festivals, resort hotels, weddings, corporate functions and more. The majority of my gigs have been played in bars, throwing down rock 'n' roll shows, night after night, year after year. I once had a gig at a bar in Escondido six nights a week, for six months straight as the house band. My favorite gig was when I opened for Albert King, on the second to last gig he played before he died. The show was written up in the San Diego Reader, by writer John Brizzolara. I was playing with the Rick Gazlay Group at the time. Just another night in a career of being a rock 'n' roll warrior. But, I've also performed a lot of gigs in jazz, blues, country, pop, and other styles, as well. And, I have toured with national acts as a sideman guitarist for hire. You name it, I have played a LOT of gigs. And, I have trained a LOT of guitarists who have studied with me. Many of my students have gone on to become professional guitarists, performers, and guitar teachers, even music professors at universities!

My greatest calling is teaching. I am particularly well suited for teaching. This is because I have a high capacity for guitar knowledge, and I know how to explain it. I know how to teach. My teaching is my greatest achievement, and there is no person on this planet who can teach guitar better than me. In addition to my extensive performing career, I have also studied music at four universities, which is a big part of my background. I attended music school at University of Denver, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then finally graduated with a degree in Jazz Guitar from University of North Texas. I also attended post graduate studies in the masters Jazz program at San Diego State University. Yes, I really understand music and the guitar. 

And I can teach you. No matter what level you are at, or what style, I provide the highest level of guitar training that you can get on planet Earth. Yup...that is what I do.

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 focused on teaching 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.

Insight

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 in town).

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

  1. Extensive professional teaching experience
  2. Extensive professional performance experience (see Bio)
  3. College degree in music performance (see Bio). This means that your teacher has earned a degree in being able to play the guitar well.
  4. Accomplishments that back up their credentials (see Bio)
  5. 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 lessons ARE!
  6. Ability to clearly describe in detail their teaching methods and materials
  7. Be selective. The cheapest teacher is usually not the most successful or skilled teacher. Study with a true professional.
  8. Has strong communication skills
  9. Appeals to you both as a person as well as mentor
  10. 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!)
  11. 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.
  12. Air-conditioned studio, equipped with guitars, amps, recording gear

Expertise geared for your success!

Allow me to 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 town. 

Email me on the contact page for more information. Let's talk about how I can really help you improve your guitar playing!

What Tim's Students Say

Nelson Hubbell

"I have played guitar for over 20 years, and I have been a student of Tim's (on and off) for the last 10 years. Tim was recommended to me by a friend and fellow guitar enthusiast, about 10 years ago when my previous instructor left San Dieg...

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Steve Bowden

"I have been taking guitar lessons from Tim for over a year now. My previous teacher was also an excellent teacher, but his first priority was performing. With Tim, I feel that he loves to teach, is dedicated to teaching guitar, and that I’...

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Brad Scurlock

"My son, Max, and I have had the privilege of studying guitar under Tim Quinn for the past 14 months, having previously taken lessons together for five years. Following a rigorous and thorough approach to identifying the ideal guitar teache...

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Jimmy Davino

"Tim Quinn is San Diego’s own ‘Guitar Guru’! I am a serious guitar player, and even play professionally sometimes. I studied guitar with four other teachers before I met Tim. Now, after studying with Tim for two years, those previous teache...

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Frank Pratte

"Tim is a great guitar player but more importantly to me he's a great teacher. I've been playing for a long time and had hit a long-term plateau. Tim organized my goals and established a lesson plans specifically designed to meet those goal...

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Carlos Arturo Alvarez

"My name is Carlos A. Alvarez. I'm a 29 year old, Mexican guy, with an accent. This is my experience with Tim Quinn. Tim: Your patience and profound diligence toward the guitar student is second to none. I always felt as if you took us by t...

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Mike Marabeas

"Tim Quinn is the best guitar teacher that I have studied with. I have taken lessons from a few others, but Tim is by far the most knowledgeable, the most organized, and the best teacher. He can teach any style of music with expertise. I th...

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Sergio Villaroel

"I had been playing guitar for 9 years before I met Tim and I was in a blues rut. Being mostly self-taught, I only excelled at blues. The idea of learning how to play fluid jazz like my heroes Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and Kenny Burrell w...

Read more ...

Joe Rodgerson

"Tim Quinn is simply the best guitar/music teacher in San Diego, maybe in California! When I began to take lessons from him I had already been playing at the guitar for 10 years. I was working as a carpenter, and only playing music on the w...

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Rannie Lee

"I was referred to Tim by a reliable source, and Tim has more than met my expectations for guitar instruction. It's one thing to be capable of playing most any style of guitar, and it's another to be a good teacher and mentor; the two are j...

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Sam Peca

"Before writing this testimonial about Tim Quinn, I decided to read others already posted on Tim’s website. If you are not already a student of Tim’s, the superlatives might sound like exaggerated comments from enthusiastic students. They a...

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Joe Price

"Tim, your lessons did more for me than studying out of the Julliard book in college for two years straight and taking tons of private lessons from other teachers before that. I got so much out of our time together; thanks for being so dedi...

Read more ...

Todd R. Hastings

"Hello Future guitarists. I first picked up the guitar a year ago with the hopes of an attempt to teach myself the basics through CD's and how-to guides and at times felt a little progress, but with time knew I needed a mentor, so I wrote o...

Read more ...

Dave Weiss

"Tim, you are hands-down the best guitar teacher in San Diego. After studying with you for over a year, I can honestly tell you that last month I tried a few other teachers. I did this strictly because of money, as my disposable income is t...

Read more ...

Louis Scafuri

"The world of music is filled with hype HOWEVER Tim is the real deal. He markets his guitar instruction as the best in San Diego. I believe he is the very best teacher in Southern California...and probably one of the best musicians as well....

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What Tim's Students Say

Sam Peca

"Before writing this testimonial about Tim Quinn, I decided to read others already posted on Tim’s website. If you are not already a student of Tim’s, the superlatives might sound like exaggerated comments from enthusiastic students. They a...

Read more ...

Rannie Lee

"I was referred to Tim by a reliable source, and Tim has more than met my expectations for guitar instruction. It's one thing to be capable of playing most any style of guitar, and it's another to be a good teacher and mentor; the two are j...

Read more ...

Jimmy Davino

"Tim Quinn is San Diego’s own ‘Guitar Guru’! I am a serious guitar player, and even play professionally sometimes. I studied guitar with four other teachers before I met Tim. Now, after studying with Tim for two years, those previous teache...

Read more ...

Joe Rodgerson

"Tim Quinn is simply the best guitar/music teacher in San Diego, maybe in California! When I began to take lessons from him I had already been playing at the guitar for 10 years. I was working as a carpenter, and only playing music on the w...

Read more ...

Carlos Arturo Alvarez

"My name is Carlos A. Alvarez. I'm a 29 year old, Mexican guy, with an accent. This is my experience with Tim Quinn. Tim: Your patience and profound diligence toward the guitar student is second to none. I always felt as if you took us by t...

Read more ...

Frank Pratte

"Tim is a great guitar player but more importantly to me he's a great teacher. I've been playing for a long time and had hit a long-term plateau. Tim organized my goals and established a lesson plans specifically designed to meet those goal...

Read more ...

Brad Scurlock

"My son, Max, and I have had the privilege of studying guitar under Tim Quinn for the past 14 months, having previously taken lessons together for five years. Following a rigorous and thorough approach to identifying the ideal guitar teache...

Read more ...

Todd R. Hastings

"Hello Future guitarists. I first picked up the guitar a year ago with the hopes of an attempt to teach myself the basics through CD's and how-to guides and at times felt a little progress, but with time knew I needed a mentor, so I wrote o...

Read more ...

Louis Scafuri

"The world of music is filled with hype HOWEVER Tim is the real deal. He markets his guitar instruction as the best in San Diego. I believe he is the very best teacher in Southern California...and probably one of the best musicians as well....

Read more ...

Joe Price

"Tim, your lessons did more for me than studying out of the Julliard book in college for two years straight and taking tons of private lessons from other teachers before that. I got so much out of our time together; thanks for being so dedi...

Read more ...

Mike Marabeas

"Tim Quinn is the best guitar teacher that I have studied with. I have taken lessons from a few others, but Tim is by far the most knowledgeable, the most organized, and the best teacher. He can teach any style of music with expertise. I th...

Read more ...

Nelson Hubbell

"I have played guitar for over 20 years, and I have been a student of Tim's (on and off) for the last 10 years. Tim was recommended to me by a friend and fellow guitar enthusiast, about 10 years ago when my previous instructor left San Dieg...

Read more ...

Sergio Villaroel

"I had been playing guitar for 9 years before I met Tim and I was in a blues rut. Being mostly self-taught, I only excelled at blues. The idea of learning how to play fluid jazz like my heroes Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and Kenny Burrell w...

Read more ...

Chris Huber

"This testimonial might only be insightful to guitar novices. As of this writing, I’ve played guitar for just under 10 months. I had a teacher when I first started, but switched to Tim after one month of total confusion. I am very glad I sw...

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Dave Weiss

"Tim, you are hands-down the best guitar teacher in San Diego. After studying with you for over a year, I can honestly tell you that last month I tried a few other teachers. I did this strictly because of money, as my disposable income is t...

Read more ...

The "Fluid Soloing" Book Series

By Tim Quinn, Mel Bay Publications

Book 4, Fluid String-Skipping and Wide Interval Soloing: Fluid Soloing Series

An Instructional Guitar Book on String Skipping & Wide Interval Soloing 212 Melodic Studies and Patterns for Guitar Book 4 is a much-needed guitarist's guide to mastering wide interval soloing. This collection of repeating, conti...

Book 3, Fluid Chord-Lead Soloing for Guitar: Fluid Soloing Series

Fluid Chord-Lead Soloing for Guitar The 3rd Instructional Guitar Book in the Fluid Soloing Series Book 3 in the series is a complete method for developing fluid double-stop chord melody. This style of playing can be heard m...

Book 2, Fluid Pentatonics for Guitar: Fluid Soloing Series

Fluid Pentatonics for Guitar An Instructional Guitar Book Including 84 Melodic Studies for Rock Guitar Book 2 in this series is a comprehensive manual for developing blistering pentatonic motion that moves freely over the entire fretboard...

Book 1, Fluid Arpeggios for Lead Rock Guitar: Fluid Soloing Series

Fluid Arpeggios for Lead Rock Guitar An Instructional Guitar Book for Aspiring Shredders A modern arpeggio handbook and comprehensive training manual for developing fast, flowing arpeggio runs that connect the entire fretboard. Emphasis i...

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The "Fluid Soloing" Book Series

By Tim Quinn, Mel Bay Publications

Book 4, Fluid String-Skipping and Wide Interval Soloing: Fluid Soloing Series

An Instructional Guitar Book on String Skipping & Wide Interval Soloing 212 Melodic Studies and Patterns for Guitar Book 4 is a much-needed guitarist's guide to mastering wide interval soloing. This collection of repeating, conti...

Book 3, Fluid Chord-Lead Soloing for Guitar: Fluid Soloing Series

Fluid Chord-Lead Soloing for Guitar The 3rd Instructional Guitar Book in the Fluid Soloing Series Book 3 in the series is a complete method for developing fluid double-stop chord melody. This style of playing can be heard m...

Book 2, Fluid Pentatonics for Guitar: Fluid Soloing Series

Fluid Pentatonics for Guitar An Instructional Guitar Book Including 84 Melodic Studies for Rock Guitar Book 2 in this series is a comprehensive manual for developing blistering pentatonic motion that moves freely over the entire fretboard...

Book 1, Fluid Arpeggios for Lead Rock Guitar: Fluid Soloing Series

Fluid Arpeggios for Lead Rock Guitar An Instructional Guitar Book for Aspiring Shredders A modern arpeggio handbook and comprehensive training manual for developing fast, flowing arpeggio runs that connect the entire fretboard. Emphasis i...

Learn to Play Almost Any Style

Specializing in most American guitar styles of guitar playing, including:

  • jazz…improvisation, 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 classical repertoire
  • folk guitar…songs, strumming, fingerpicking, instrumentals
  • 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
  • composition
  • ear training
  • applied music theory
  • establishing goals
  • mastering scales and arpeggios
  • rhythm
  • reading music
  • accompaniment skills
  • transcribing music
  • improving your singing
  • how to practice

Have Questions?

Whether you're a beginner just learning to play or a veteran shredder looking to take your talent to the next level, Tim will help you improve your skills - and have fun doing it!



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