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B Sharp Studio – Seattle Music Instruction

Learn to play Guitar, Bass, Drums


B Sharp Studio is located in West Seattle, 7 minutes away from the West Seattle Bridge. Private or small group guitar and bass lessons are offered, beginner to advanced levels, and drum lessons beginner to intermediate. Lessons can be taught in your home, for an additional fee.

Students’ progress is rewarded with certificates of achievement. Children and teens are encouraged to read music; adults may learn to read music if interested. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons. References are available on request.

Lessons are taught days and evenings. Rates are reasonable and low cost instruments are available to rent. This includes a drum set to use in my studio.

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Lessons may include: technique, chord vocabulary, scales and music theory, note reading, repertoire, or songs. I may learn a song off a recording for you, or I may show you how to assign chords to a melody you carry in your head, or how to include a bridge in a song of your own invention. You may decide to record your song in my recording studio.


Here is a list of Lessons you can take at B Sharp Studio:

Acoustic Guitar Lessons (includes folk rock, folk, bluegrass, country, and acoustic blues)

Bass Guitar Lessons

Classical Guitar Lessons

Drum Lessons

Electric Guitar Lessons

Jazz Guitar Lessons


See the example Videos of Guitar styles


See also Student profiles page

In addition to lessons, there are opportunities to rehearse with others in B Sharp’s big rehearsal room, and the chance to play live performances. Students have played in the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, the Holy Rosary Talent Show, Nature Consortium’s Arts in Nature Festival, the Renton Film Festival, as well as at venues like Alki Tavern, the Queen Anne Yacht Club, and the West Seattle Art Walk.
Students have also played fundraisers for breast cancer research, and for the local Food Banks including a special B Sharp benefit concert.


B Sharp Studio Philosophy on Teaching

Guitar Lessons, Bass Lessons, Drum Lessons

At lessons we look at:

What do you hope to get out of lessons
What are your favorite songs or styles of music
What are areas to work on – I teach music and apply it to the style of your choosing.

Concerning lessons I feel:

The beginner deserves a long runway, patient atmosphere and review,
Together we’ll chart a course and pursue it with flexibility,
The experienced player who knows what he/she wants has my attention,
Feeling satisfied with what you’re learning is the best incentive for more learning.

To each lesson I follow and apply these points:

Present (the lesson content)

I will always do what I can to help students grow:

Learning the songs and pieces that students want to learn,
Providing live performance venues to work towards,
Listening to what the student is thinking, besides stating my observations,
Giving constructive help, as well as praise for a job well attempted and done.


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Tim’s Musical Education

Classes and private instruction from the MacPhail Center for the Performing Arts, University of MN.
With jazz instruction from Norm Calen at Vavro Music Studio, St. Paul, MN.

Completed music volumes and course work

Solo Guitar Playing
Sagreras Method
Methodo de Guitarra Flamenca
Hal Leonard
Mel Bay  Method for Modern Guitar
Orchestral Guitar System
Johnny Smith Method
Ronny Lee Method
Howard Roberts

Frederick Noad
Julio S. Sagreras
Emilio Medena
Will Schmidt
Mel Bay
Mel Bay

Classical Guitar, Vol. 1 and 2 of 2
Classical Guitar, Vol.1,2,3, and 6 of 6
Flamenco Guitar, Vol. 1 of 1
Popular Guitar, Vol. 1,2,3 of 3
Pop/Jazz Guitar, Vol. 1,2,3,4 of 7
Big Band Guitar, Vol. 1 of 1
Jazz Guitar, Vol. 1 and 2 of 2
Jazz Guitar, Vol. 1 and 2 of 2
Jazz Etudes, Vol. 1 of 1

Other Studies and Coursework

The Chord Solo (arranging song melody with chord progression for solo guitar).
Flamenco studies.
The Pentatonic scale: minor, major, mixolydian applied to rock/pop music.
Diatonic scales and modes.
College level coursework: music theory,ear training, music history,concert band and choir.
Lessons in piano, string, percussion and wind instruments of the orchestra.
Ensemble experience, including percussionist with concert and marching bands; guitarist with jazz band; guitarist or bassist with pop and rock bands, guitarist with flamenco dance, and night clubs.