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I offer lessons in:

  • Accompanying
  • Arranging
  • Audio Production
  • 5 String Banjo
  • Bluegrass Fiddle
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Electric / Rock Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Bluegrass Mandolin
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Classical Violin
  • Jazz Violin

    I also have these skills:

    • Pop Bass
    • Rock Bass
    • Funk / R&B Bass
    • Jazz Drums
    • Rock Drums
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    Tim MackeyOffering private lessons in
    Tigard, Oregon
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    Tim Mackey's Tigard String Studio
    Local recording artist with over 40 years of performing and teaching experience is now accepting students for private lessons at his Tigard studio. Styles taught: Guitar - Jazz, Classical, Flatpick and finger styles; Mandolin - Jazz and Bluegrass; Violin/Fiddle - Classical and Bluegrass; 5-string Banjo - Bluegrass. View us on FaceBook At:

    If you want to hear many examples of me playing -- click on the following link:

    My latest CD's can be previewed and purchased here:

    My Teaching Background
    First let me explain a little about my musical background. I have played the guitar since I was 9 years old. At age 14 I began appearing regularly on local live Radio and TV shows on the affiliates of CBS (KOIN) and ABC (KATU) as a guest soloist all during high school. During college I appeared locally on stage as the lead guitarist in traveling shows with Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Sherri Lewis, Burl Ives, and other shows including the Ice Capades orchestra, Rose Festival Concert orchestra and others. I also was hired at times as a studio musician to record music for TV and radio commercials.

    The summer I graduated from PSU I appeared with Della Reese for two weeks at the grand opening of the GreenWood Inn. I also had a full load of guitar and banjo students and I worked full time at Portland Music Company for several years.

    In the late 70�s I used my education and transitioned into the �hi-tech� marketing jobs, climbing the corporate ladder at companies like Tektronix, Hewlett-Packard and others --leaving my music behind. After 18 years of that I went into business for myself, running an ad agency for 9 years and then getting my real estate license in 1999. During that same timeframe I studied the violin for 8 years with Hugh Ewart, the retired CONCERTMASTER of the Oregon Symphony.

    In 2007 when the real estate market started a long term downturn I began teaching out of my in-home recording studio again.

    In 2014 I retired from my real estate practice and took a part time job driving for TRI-MET, the public transit agency here in the Portland area.

    The nice thing about my job there is that I drive 2 to 3 hours in the morning, after which I go home for 4 to 6 hours and teach music lessons; then I go back and drive a few more hours in the afternoon or evening. For the most part I only work driving busses on weekdays, so Saturdays are available as well for teaching all day.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    I am classically trained. I teach students to read music & understand music theory and provide them with the skills to pursue any style of music and playing techniques.

    I prefer students over 10 years of age but willing to make exceptions for the right student. Adult students of any age always welcome. All skill levels and musical interests welcome.

    Rates And Availability

    $35/half hour, $70/hour. Monthly blocks of lessons in advance only. Recording and mastering services also available (contact me for rates and availability).

    Hours: Call for list of available lesson days and times.

    Call Tim Mackey @ 503-348-1957 to reserve your time slot.

    23 postings total

    Listen to my entire "Smile For ME" CD on Soundcloud!
    July 13, 2017
    Here's a link one of my favorite recordings - me playing George Bensons's "Affirmation"
    January 1, 2017
    Giving a stringed instrument to someone for Christmas?
    December 23, 2016
    My Christmas gift to all my students posted on YouTube
    December 19, 2016
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