About Friendly Frets

Gordon Tibbits~BIo

Gordon began teaching private music lessons in 1987 out of his Shoreline home. He transitioned to teaching at local music stores in Shoreline and eventually in Upstate New York.  Recently, Gordon moved his teaching practice (formerly Kenmore Guitar Lessons) from the Kenmore area to help shorten his wife’s commute to her recent job in downtown Everett.

When he is not teaching lessons Gordon performs with the Bavarian Beer Garden Band on guitar and vocals. He also fills in on guitar, bass, and vocals for local bands and area churches.  Outside of music Gordon enjoys working out, biking, walking the neighborhood with his wife, hiking, reading, and keeping in touch with his adult children.

Gordon Tibbits of Friendly Frets Everett WA


Learning music should be kept fun, structured, and closely aligned with the needs, interests, and goals of his students.


Gordon’s ongoing mission at Friendly Frets is to consistently provide empathetic, person-oriented instruction that is aimed towards empowering each student’s growth, vision, and musical participation in their local community.

Students that Gordon Teaches

Kids ages 7-12

Teens ages 13 – 17

Adults ages 18 – 90

Music Styles

Rhythm & Blues

Gordon's Qualities

  • Compassion, patience, and flexibility when working with students
  • Awareness of developmental facets surrounding different student age groups.
  • Creativity applied to music and finding new ways to present information and give students new experiences applying what they learn.
  • Openness to new music forms, culture, technology, art, and finding new ways to more effectively teach music.
  • Ongoing interest in the stories, experiences, challenges, and thoughts of his students.  

Gordon's Skill Sets

  • Performing and teaching many different types of music.  
  • Transcribing student songs by ear and creating music that is understood by the student. 
  • Applying music theory concepts to real-world music situations.
  • Developing collaborative goals with students and helping them reach those goals.
  • Developing teaching handouts providing resources that are relevant and timely for students. 
  • Providing students and families with clearly defined weekly practice objectives.
  • Organizing all lesson materials for quick retrieval and use for students on Google Drive.
  • Integrating technology within the learning environment.

Gordon's Qualifications

Professional Experience:

  • 32 years experience as a music educator.
  • Performing vocalist/guitarist/bassist in bands, theater productions, houses of worship.


  • Puget Sound Christian College – B.A. in Social Science. Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Washington – 1 year of Jazz Studies and Guitar Performance
  • Shoreline Community College – A.A. Music Theory Emphasis


  • 4/4 School of Music
  • Kings Schools
  • Edmonds Heights – Edmonds School District
  • Mopop
  • Cascade Parent Partnership/Seattle School District
  • Trinity Lutheran College
  • Seattle Rotary Boys and Girls Club
  • Saratoga Guitar, Saratoga Springs, NY

Lesson Topics


Gordon helps beginning students establish good habits with their hand placement and playing posture.  
Benefit: Students will grow their skills much more efficiently and reach goals within a shorter time-frame.

Reading Music

Students are given weekly opportunities to read various musical notation formats that apply to fretted instruments.    
Benefit:  This equips students to become their own teacher and exponentially broaden their access to repertoire and information.

Learning Songs

Gordon easily adapts his instruction around the chosen songs of his students.  
Benefit:  Student’s thrive when they are engaged in learning music that they have a personal connection with.  

Applied Music Theory

While learning songs students will have many opportunities to observe music theory concepts of melody, harmony, and rhythm function in real time. They will better understand music theory when it is taught in the context of a particular song.
Benefit: Understanding some basic music theory concepts helps students develop their own concept map which they can use to better understand why they enjoy the music they listen to and learn from.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Being proficient with chords of all shapes and sizes when playing songs.
  • Ear-Training – Attaching relevant information to what you hear.
  • Soloing/Improvisation – Learning how to play lead guitar.
  • Developing proficiency with rhythm and strumming so you can play music with others.
  • Understanding Song components and common music forms
  • Isolating components of a particular music genre
  • Becoming your own teacher by developing the ability to teaching yourself new songs.

Friendly Frets Lesson Studio

Studio Location

5030 116th PL SE
Everett, WA 98208
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