Guitar Bass and Ukulele Lessons – Everett WA

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Guitar Bass and Ukulele Lessons – Everett WA

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If you live near Everett, Snohomish, Mill Creek or Bothell consider adding Friendly Frets Guitar Instruction to your short-list.  I offer lessons on guitar, bass, and ukulele.

I’m very comfortable helping kids, teens, and adults cultivate the skills, concepts, and confidence needed to realize musical potential and actively participate as musicians within their local communities.  My teaching approach is intentionally structured for successful outcomes but still personalized to the needs, interests, goals, and learning styles of each student. 

Take Lessons on these Instruments

Acoustic Guitar

Many of my students get their first start on the acoustic guitar. This is a cost-effective way to begin lessons since all that is needed is a reasonably priced instrument, a case or gig-bag, and a few supplies...

Electric Guitar

Many of my students begin lessons on the electric guitar. There are several benefits to starting out this way. The body size and shape of most electric guitars are smaller, lighter, and easier to manage for beginning students...

Electric Bass

I enjoy the process of helping beginning students develop the necessary skills on the electric bass so they can play in a band. Some of my students have started learning guitar first and then transitioned to the bass. Others have started lessons as beginners with no prior musical experience.


The ukulele is a very user-friendly instrument due to it’s smaller size, simple configuration, and ease of playing. It’s not uncommon for students to be able to play simple melodies or complete songs after a few lessons.

Students I Teach

Kids, Teens, Adults Welcome!

I start lessons with students as young as age 7.  My experience as a teacher and parent has helped me to better understand and appreciate the unique developmental markers and learning attributes of kids between ages 7-10, tweens, and teens.  I also very much enjoy working with adult students of all ages and walks of life. 

Beginning Students

If you are new to the guitar, bass, or ukulele you have come to the right place!  I enjoy working with beginning students who have little or no previous experience.  My approach to teaching is student focused and informed by 36 years of experience as a long-time music educator and musician.  Through lessons we will work together to develop the skills, concepts, and tools that will move you forward to having skills and proficiency on your chosen instrument. 

Intermediate & Advanced Students

Have you played music in years past and want to pick up where you have left off?  It’s never too late to learn new skills, concepts, and tools that will move your forward in your musical journey.  I can help you by assessing your current skills, interests, and goals.  Then together we can formulate specific goals and narrow in on the skill areas most pertinent for your success.

My Approach

My Teaching Approach

My teaching practice is best described as student-focused, empathetic, encouraging, and oriented around the unique qualities, goals, and interests of each student I teach.  I have crafted a specific structure to my lessons for the sake of efficiency but can also be flexible enough to accommodate the immediate questions, concerns, and daily interests of my students.

My Teaching Roles

  • Tour guide and Concierge taking students on curated musical adventures
  • Analyst to determine students’ musical journey and their needs
  • Content Designer by compiling relevant resources
  • Project Manager to ensure goals are met
  • Coach to offer guidance and support

Music I Teach

My teaching practice accommodates a fairly wide range of music genres and styles and very much song oriented.  I have performed many types of music including rock, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, worship music, metal, rhythm and blues, indie rock, funk, and many other styles.  Please see my video “Music I Teach” to learn more about my music offerings.  


Gordon Tibbits

Pronouns: He/Him/His

My name is Gordon Tibbits. I am a musician and educator whose curiosity motivates me to take a deep dive into learning all I can about music and helping others. I specialize in providing individual instruction on the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele. As an educator, I find joy and a sense of purpose in my work. My goal is to create positive music experiences for my students that help them realize their musical potential and find their own voice…


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5030 116th PL SE
Everett, WA 98208

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