Tim Quinn's bio

“…one of the strongest singers/guitarists/entertainers I have seen in this town… Tim Quinn is VERY proficient at what he does…a steady flow of jazz, fusion, blues, and even a hint of country licks.”

Blue Ink Magazine

Tim Quinn - Author of Guitar Books:

I am the author of four books with Mel Bay Publications, Inc. This series of books is known as the "Fluid Soloing Series", and is marketed toward rock guitarists, but the material actually applies to all styles of soloing; including jazz, blues, rock, fusion, shred, country, and pop. 

Since September 2021, I have been very actively working on a project that I consider the magnus opus of my guitar pedagogical works. I have designed the most concise and thorough method for developing blues-rock pentatonic soloing ever created on planet earth. This project is based on the collective styles of five players specifically...Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, and Matt Schofield. It is a step-by-step, methodical course of instruction into the art of electric pentatonic lead soloing. 


Tim Quinn - Performer:

Over 3.000 professional gigs performed in all syles of music. I have opened shows for Albert King, Shawn Lane, and Tower Of Power.
  • Tim Quinn and Venus Electric
  • On Stage with the Rick Gazlay Group
  • Third Degree
  • Tim Quinn and Venus Electric
  • Westwind
  • Coco Blue
  • Kent Morrill and the Bop Don't Stop
  • On Stage at Winston's in Ocean Beach
  • Tim on Stage at Blind Melon's in Pacific Beach, San Diego
  • Coco Blue - Tim at age 16
  • Croce’s Bar & Grill in San Diego
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Band Timeline

  • 2018-2021 TIM QUINN BAND (aggressive soul, jazz-rock fusion, funk, and rock)
  • 2014-2017: SOLO JAZZ GUITAR (jazz standards)
  • 1999-2003 TIM QUINN & VENUS ELECTRIC (fusion, blues, jazz, rock, funk)
  • 1995-1998 TIM QUINN JAZZ TRIO (jazz standards)
  • 1991-1994 RICK GAZLAY GROUP (progressive electric blues/rock)
  • 1989-1991 THIRD DEGREE (rock)
  • 1988-1989 DEL VIKINGS (nationally touring 50’s band)
  • 1988-1989 TIM QUINN QUARTET (contemporary jazz)
  • 1987-1988 WESTWIND (country)
  • 1986-1987 KENT MORRILL & THE BOP DON’T STOP (touring 50’s band)
  • 1984-1986 COLLAGE (top 40 cover band)
  • 1981-1983 COCO BLUE (classic rock)
  • 1979-1981 WHITE HOT (Southern Rock, Classic Rock)


Tim Quinn - Instructor:

Musical Degrees and Studies

Musical Influences 

Steve Morse, Pat Martino, Albert Lee, Joe Bonamassa, Shawn Lane, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Robben Ford, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Barry Greene, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Buck Owens, Rick Gazlay, Joe Satriani, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Raney, Barney Kessell, Joe Pass, Johnny Winter, Al DiMeola, Vinnie Moore, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Frank Zappa, Igor Stravinsky, Allan Holdsworth, Brent Mason, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Smith, Danny Gatton, Jeff Beck, Wes Montgomery, Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Gambale, Birele Lagrene, Billy Thomson, Pat Donohue, Tony Rice, Chet Atkins, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Daryl Hall.