Adam Tomar

Adam T.

Tucson, AZ

About Adam T.

Adam teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: December 1996
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most interested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance techniques, recording skills, and classical composition. Whether you want to learn to play songs from your favorite band, rock out with awesome guitar solos, play beautiful spanish guitar pieces, or write you masterpiece, I can help you realize your musical dreams. My goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians to get the most out of their instrument, and foster a life long love of music that can enrich their lives and the world around them.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher with a diverse and serious knowledge of music. I truly love music and inspiring new or continuing musicians. I can adapt my lessons to the student so that if you have professional goals I will do my best to challenge and help you to reach them, or if you are a child who is just beginning I will do my best to teach you in a fun and relaxed manner that keeps you excited to come back and learn more the next week. No matter what the age or skill level I take my job very seriously, and try to make the process seriously fun.
If the students is interested in reading standard music notation I teach from the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series, which are the books of choice for countless music instructors. After 3 to 6 months most students have finished at least the first book in the series and can read and play simple songs easily.
If you are interested in reading tablature or chord charts, I have many lesson plans from years of experience that can quickly teach you how to play everything from simple folk songs and popular music to complex Jimi Hendrix solos.
If you are interested in classical guitar, or vocals I start with books of simple spanish guitar etudes and can work with you all the way up to complex advanced works from Segovia and the other masters. In a few months, even beginning students can play beautiful pieces that will impress family and friends.
If you are a banjo student I teach from the Hal Leonard Banjo Method series. I can work with simple clawhammer techniques, or more complex bluegrass methods. In a few months most students can play many simple country and folk songs.
If you are a vocal student I can teach anything from rock/country styles, to showtunes and classical techniques. In a few months I can show how to sing and breath correctly, and help learn how to read music and train your ears to sing in tune.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice room, amps, and the paper to write down the lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the necessary equipment, guitars, banjos, amps, etc. I expect the student to have their own instrument, but I can provide something for the lesson like an amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any genre or method. I base the lessons on the students desires and abilities, not on any predetermined plan I may have. I can teach in standard notation, tablature, chord charts, or improvisational methods. I can also teach songwriting, performance/recording techniques, and classical composition.

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15 Reviews on Adam T.

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Ezra G. Nov 25, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Adam is entirely unafraid of dishing out criticism when it's due but won't withhold praise either. He'll push you while you're with him but understands that it's ultimately up to the student to get the material. Working with him is a blast provided you come to lessons prepared and put in the effort. What you get out of your sessions with Adam depends on what you put into them. If you don't slack off during the week and leave your ego at the door he'll have you playing better in no time.
Ryder Nov 9, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
My son is 8 and brand new to learning music. Adam is super great and truly knows how to be on the same level as a young kiddo and provide a genuine musical education. Thank you!
Mitchell A. Aug 2, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Very unprofessional instructor and facilities.
Peter F. May 27, 2016
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
Recently took banjo lessons from Adam.I am older student in my 70's with no musical experience until around 65.Found Adam to be capable and smart.Good ability to recognize what I can and can't do at a moment in time.This is important,as many people who start late get discouraged.Like the fact that he uses instructional book if desired.Good for a slow,visual learner like me.Very impressed with him.Pete
Peter F. Apr 14, 2016
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
Like Adam a lot after 3 lessons.
Lina R. Mar 26, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
My daughter Eve has been taking guitar lessons from Adam for four years since she was 6 years old. From the get go he was very patient and supportive and was able to get her playing songs very quickly which in turn kept her excited to continue to learn and willing to practice at home. Adam is very knowledgeable and especially good with children. Besides being patient he was also sensitive when he needed to correct her, this was important in the beginning. I highly recommend him to anyone who has a child interested in learning to play the guitar.
Mikki L. Mar 18, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great teacher! Very patient and understands where his student's level is and provides effective instructions to help his student to get to the next level. Highly recommended!
Sal T. Dec 10, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Great guy
Joe Sep 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Adam made me feel very comfortable while still being honest and offering constructive criticism. I feel confident I will achieve my goals with his guidance.
Susan M. Mar 29, 2015
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
My 14 year old son enjoys taking guitar lessons with Adam.
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