Tim Lyddon piano
Tim Lyddon piano

Tim Lyddon piano

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Exceptional 5.0

(37 reviews)

This pro is an excellent musician and teacher who tailors lessons to meet students' unique goals and skill levels. They provide clear instruction, constructive criticism, and helpful resources. Students appreciate their patience, flexibility, and ability to make real progress.

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I teach a varied and complete approach to jazz piano encompassing all styles and influences from Art Tatum to Brad Meldhau. We look at solos and tunes, breaking down the harmonic and melodic structures. Drawing from my teachers, I use ideas that I studied from Jaki Byard on Errol Garner and Art Tatum. From Harold Danko, modal concepts which Chick Corea used. From Charlie Shoemake, Straight ahead jazz soloing and chord voicings. From Lyle Murphy, jazz composition and harmony which influenced Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Oscar Peterson who also was a student. Studio piano and the art of playing a ballad from Terry Trotter. Using all of these influences, I carefully watch students to see if they are swinging and using correct musicianship including rhythmic precision. You may find me on You Tube. Just search Tim Lyddon
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54 years in business

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2021

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Ben K.
Oct 6, 2023
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Wasn’t sure what to think about online lessons, but it’s turned out great. Tim’s a nice guy and has helped me progress pretty quickly. He’s also flexible, which is great when you’re a trying to balance a 9-5 and everything else.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Dustin S.
Jul 10, 2022
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Tim has been a great teacher, in my opinion. I’ve been working with him for about 7 months, as of the time of this review. I came to him as a beginner piano player, 42yrs old - no experience. Although I am considerably below the experience level of many of Tim's other students, he has developed a course method for me to get up to speed on basics. Here’s a list of things I appreciate about Tim’s lessons: - He’s pretty patient during lessons when I’m not getting something (probably the most critical factor in a teacher) - He assigns appropriate amount and type of material for my skill level - He provides good constructive criticism and holds me accountable for working out details in my assignments - He shows me examples of how things in my assignments could, or should be played - His ear is pretty incredible…hears notes and calls them out even when not looking at my hands. - He provides some ear training in lessons - He clearly knows a large amount of music theory, and is pretty good at explaining it as it relates to lessons - His rates are reasonable - His personality is pretty laid back - When I started I couldn’t play any songs, but I think I have worked through 20 to 25 songs now.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Colin K.
Jun 16, 2021
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Taking lesson's with Tim has been an awesome experience so far! He's a phenomenal teacher. From the first day, he's been tailoring my lessons to match both my skill level and the styles of music that I'm interested in playing (jazz/blues mostly). He's giving me an extremely palatable balance of theory, exercises, and song playing, and I genuinely look forward to sitting down and practicing every day. From scales, to songs, to solos, he has me thinking and working with music in a way that's really improved my understanding and abilities. He also has an amazing ear, and he's been invaluable in pointing out areas of weakness that I can improve upon. He's a phenomenal pianist as well, and I would honestly pay money just to watch him play! I highly recommend Tim!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Emma M.
Apr 2, 2021
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If you are looking to break free from the prison of only being able to read sheet music, Tim can help you. He is clearly very talented and he introduces music theory concepts patiently and methodically. Each lesson builds on the last. He is very professional and responsive. He provides videos to reference and is very helpful in intuitively answering questions about concepts you might be struggling with. I’ve played piano for a number of years without instruction but I can tell that I’ll be much more competent after sticking with his lesson program. The remote lessons are also extremely convenient for people with busy schedules. I highly recommend.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 4+ yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

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Ean L.
Feb 27, 2021
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About a one month ago, I started taking lessons from Tim. I wanted to learn more about playing jazz on the piano and how to improvise. I have played classical piano for over 10 years, but always wanted to learn how to play jazz and improvise. Thanks to starting with Tim, he has greatly expanded my knowledge, confidence, improvising skills, and music theory just within a month. I highly recommend Tim if you want learn more piano as he has a great amount of knowledge and is very responsive and helpful. I always am looking forward to the next lesson I have with Tim and learning more.

Details: 14 - 17 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 4+ yrs of formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Thankyou ean. I’m equally impressed with your talent
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