6005 Pinto Circle, Plano, TX 75023

6005 Pinto Circle, Plano, TX 75023

5.0 (1)
5 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee

About this pro

I have been a guitarist since 1990, and play rhythm guitar and compose songs for Bob Helps Band, an alternative rock band based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  I love guitar and teaching.  I have been a teacher and instructor my whole adult life.  I focus on:

Personal service,

Keeping the student interested and having fun while learning,

Working at the pace of the individual students,

Keeping the student's goals in mind,

Helping the student break through their limits and raise their own expectations,

Building a foundation in music as well as the instrument.

100% guaranteed, if you put the time in, you can learn to play guitar. 

You can play any style of music you like, write songs, play with others, record and mix, read and write music, and understand your instrument.

I love playing guitar and being in a band, of course.  But I also love teaching.  Watching a person gain a new skill, and then start using that skill, is one of the most fulfilling experiences for me.   Helping people helps me.  From the youngest to the most mature, I like working with people of all backgrounds and ages.  Listening to a person play music that they learned with my help is what it's all about.  I love playing music with others, so it feels great to jam with someone who I taught who is better than me.  I hope that next person is you.  Thanks for considering me for your guitar instructor!

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Plano, TX 75023
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1 Review

5.0

  • Robert Somma



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I provide in-home or online lessons to beginner through advanced students desiring to learn electric or acoustic guitar.

To get started, we choose the first meeting time and place, then I will arrive there then and with everything needed to begin lessons, including guitars if necessary.

We start from the very beginning.  Student doesn't need to have any prior music skill.  

Student does not need to own a guitar but will need to have a guitar to play - I can rent guitars to students starting at $30 per month.

We work together at the student's pace, but I encourage and help the student to continually learn.  

A typical lesson is about an hour.  We start with the instrument itself, tuning, names of parts, playing simple notes, and learning enough music to begin playing songs.  As the student grows, we add more technique, more songs, and more non-instrument music topics, such as recording, performing, and how to play with other musicians.    There are no formal tests, but knowledge checks and guiding on growth areas.  The "tests" are performances, sometimes with the instructor, sometimes solo, depending on the needs of the student and type of music being played.  

The goal is to get the student to realize their goals as soon as feasible.  Some guitar students want to play guitar, because of one song.  If this is the case, there is nothing wrong with makin that the first song to learn.  I work with the student according to their needs, age, and goals.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am self-taught on guitar and have played since 1990.  I have played in a band since 2007.  Our band is working on our second album.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My standard rate is $20 for 1/2 hour, and a standard lesson session is 1 hour.


How did you get started teaching?

I have been an instructor most of my adult life.  I have taught adults many types of technical computer science classes.  I have also taught children, mostly as volunteer work, presenting astronomy and other lessons to school classes.  I began teaching 1 on 1 lessons directly to people of all ages.


What types of students have you worked with?

I work with individual students of all ages.  My youngest student is 8, my oldest in their 60s.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love playing music and performing!  We mostly play private events and parties, but a highlight was when we opened for the Undermain Theatre in Dallas.  The audience was very polite, and got bigger until we were done, then the play opened!  Very cool gig.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If you want to learn how to play guitar, and perform in a band or solo, I can show you the fastest path to this.  It's only a very few "secrets":  1) You must practice on a regular basis 2) record yourself, and play back your recording, listen critically, and you will hear how to correct mistakes much better 3) play with other people, for the same reason as #2.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about what you want to accomplish once you become a guitarist.  Do you want to perform for others?  For yourself?  For another person?  Do you want to learn guitar to play a certain type of music, or even just a certain song?  Nothing wrong with any of that - I will support your goals, and encourage you to reach your goals as soon as possible.

Ask yourself if you have time to practice every day.  You must be willing to practice every day for a while to build up the pads on your fingers.  If you don't practice except during lessons, your fingers will quickly get sore and you won't get much out of your lessons.  I will help you get past this "touchy" stage if you want to play guitar.