WUP Guitar and Mandolin Instructor

September 6, 2019



Tim May is a multi-instrumentalist who moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1985.  Tim, has been working in the Nashville area for over 30 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer.  Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider.  Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away, which was nominated for the Best country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005, the same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album (he later played on Moody Bluegrass II as well).


 The Nashville Scene selected Tim the Best Instrumentalist in their 2012 Reader’s Choice Poll.  Tim is co-author of the eight-volume course ‘Flatpicking Essentials’, The Guitar Player’s Practical Guide to Scales and Arpeggios, The Flatpicker’s Guide to Old Time Music, and The Flatpicker’s Guide to Irish Music.  He has taught regularly at Camp Bluegrass, Kaufman Kamp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Nashcamp, and the Swannanoa Gathering.  He and his wife, Gretchen, are owners of the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee.  Tim will teach three workshops at the Warm-Up-Picnic: guitar, mandolin, and improv technics.


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