Bob Porri

Bob P.

Windsor, CT
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Lesson Details

Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn the chords, scales and techniques you need to play Blues Guitar. We will use songs you want to learn and a combination of my own material, videos, jam tracks and other's existing material as appropriate to meet your goals.
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About

Bob passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Bob delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1980

Take Guitar or Bass Guitar lessons from an experienced teacher and Hartt College graduate. In person one on one private lessons or webcam lessons if that is more convenient. Your lessons will be customized for what you want to learn. Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Classical, Music Theory, chord playing, lead guitar, music reading, songwriting etc. Lessons can be as easy or challenging as you like depending on your goals. If you are new to guitar or bass guitar, if you tried playing guitar before and it didn't work out, or if you have been away for awhile, I'll do my best to make it a rewarding experience. If you have been playing for many years but feel stuck in a rut, I can get you out of it and teach you things you have wanted to learn. Great teaching environment. I also have free supplementary lesson videos available here (at takelessons) and on my website.

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Experience

Guitar Coach (online webcam class instructor)
Jan 2017 - Present
Guitar Tricks

Hundreds of hours of online teaching exerience working with up to 10 students in online classes.

Guitar Lesson Video Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present
Bob P Music

I have continued to record video instruction as well as jam tracks for students and other materials related to guitar instruction. These are available through my website.

Guitar Video Lesson Instructor
Jan 1990 - Present
Windsor Public Television

I recorded a 16 part video instruction series of Beginner Guitar, Rock Guitar and Blues Guitar about 25 years ago for WIN TV, last I was aware, these shows are still shown occasionally by the station.

Guitar Instruction
Jun 1980 - Present
Self

Private Guitar Instructor - self employed.

Music Instructor (guest)
Apr 2013 - Apr 2013
University of Hartford

Guest Instructor.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 1980 - Jan 2004
Riccardo's Music and Arts and LaSalle Music

Taught guitar for many years at Riccardo's Music and Arts stores in Glastonbury, East Hartford and East Windsor, CT, as well as LaSalle Music in East Hartford, CT.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 1990 - Jun 1990
The Learning Exchange

Guitar Class Instructor.

Education

BME (Bachelors of Music Education
Sep 1976 - May 1979
Hartt College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BME
May 1979
Hartt College, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.

Bachelors of Music Education degree.

Affiliations

TAXI
Nov 2012

TAXI is an Independent A&R company, based in Calabasas, CA, that was founded in 1992 by music veteran Michael Laskow with the intent of helping songwriters, artists, bands, and composers get their music heard by record labels, music publishers, and supervisors of film/TV projects.

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BMI
Jan 1996

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Introduction video for Takelessons.
Acoustic Guitar Lessons
Availability - In person or online.

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Electric Guitar (or bass) Lessons
Availability - In person or online.

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Very easy Blues Lick. This was one lick in a series of Blues lick videos.
This is a sample of some of the material that might be included in a first lesson.
This is an instructional video for a series of licks I did. This was number 132 of 133.

21 Reviews

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Charlie Jun 14, 2017
Guitar · Online

Bruce F. Feb 8, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Bob is a pro. He is extremely patient, The lesson is set up to make you fall in love with playing the guitar. The progression is on point. Very cool perceptive teacher.

Patrick G. Oct 28, 2016
Guitar · In home

Patient teacher, great for beginners.

Brian Oct 18, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

I've enjoyed my bass guitar lessons with Bob, and look forward to learning even more from him. I had some music background from my teens, and Bob adapted his lessons to fit my experience. His studio is a great environment and the location is perfect for me.

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Carrie Oct 3, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Bob is a great teacher. He is kind, patient, and talented. He caters each lesson to the things that I most want to learn. As an adult learner, I didn't want to be stuck playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" for 6 months. So Bob started me out with fun songs from the 60s plus newer stuff from bands like the White Stripes. Plus, he is not only teaching me the bass, he is teaching me music theory as well. He is always on time, and is very focused during the lesson so that I get the most out of every minute that I'm there.

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Elaine Oct 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Having absolutely no musical background before taking guitar lessons, Bob has been very, very patient with me in learning the basics but yet has spurred me onto not just staying on the basics, but moving forward. I tend to need much repetition before grasping things and Bob takes the time to reinforce. He is very encouraging to even my slightest victory and yet corrects me with gentleness as not to dash my desire to conquer learning guitar. I would recommend Bob Porri for very beginner lessons and more experienced musicians.

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Amanda Oct 1, 2016
Guitar · Online

Bob is patient and fun. He has tailored the lessons to suit my learning style, for which I am extremely grateful, as it means I can finally learn properly and will remember it long term.
Everything is very clear and being online has made no difference at all, it's as if he was in the room with me.
Thank you very much Bob.

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Nick Sep 4, 2016
Classical Guitar · In home

I am a bassist of 30 years that decided to jump to classical guitar. Bob has been able to "get through" to me and help me really learn the instrument. I have been exceptionally pleased with how he has worked with me and this keeps me coming back. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn guitar.

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Mike Jul 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I'm a middle aged guy who decided he wanted to take guitar lessons about 3.5 years ago and I haven't looked back. I started out with Bob right from the start, as a beginner and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Learning to play guitar has been a significant addition to my life and Bob's style of teaching and demeanor has been a big part of that. Bob is happy to take you in any direction you want. If you just want to learn to play tab, that's ok. If you want to read music and learn some theory, he has you covered. Whether you are an outright beginner or someone with a lot of musical/guitar background, Bob has the patience and skill to take you to whatever level of playing you want to go.

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Nicholas Jul 8, 2016
Guitar · In home

Mr. P was my teacher when I was in elementary school. I remember all the times I requested to learn a song I heard on the radio or a song for a talent show, Mr. P will do his very best and help me make it perfect. I loved to have him as my teacher. He was always kind and also understanding. He taught me how to play various songs by memory. I can honestly say that I haven't played the guitar for quite some time but I can still pick it up and play the songs he taught me like Margaritaville, Smoke on the Water, and Cheese Burger in Paradise. I think that he is the best guitar teacher.

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Brett Jul 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I started studying guitar with Bob in May, 2013, and since then I've added electric bass and explored related topics (e.g. music production) in our lessons. Bob is terrifically skilled at helping me learn and understand specific songs that I've brought as well as appreciate the overall composition process. From our work together, I've begun to really hear how music works and how my instruments fit into it. He's also a kind, encouraging, and committed mentor with a great sense of humor, and I always leave our lessons with a sense that he enjoyed seeing me grow. Whatever your goals, Bob has a vast reservoir of knowledge to assist you in getting there!!!

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Zak Jun 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Bob is the most knowledgeable musician I have ever known. The foundation, theory, techniques, and tricks he provides you with are priceless and second to none. Bob will guide you to success in whatever aspect of music you wish to pursue; whether that be with songwriting, recording, or even just improving you understand of the instrument and of music itself. This is my fifth year of taking lessons from Bob and all I can say is that he holds an endless supply of guitar secrets that can't be found elsewhere. Above all, Bob's patience and dedication to your improvement make the learning experience way more enjoyable.

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Kevin W. Jun 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I am someone who decided to take up guitar later in life. I needed a teacher that allowed me to learn at my own pace, yet was able to push me into different directions without overwhelming me. He used music that fit my taste and skill level. He finds a way to keep things light hearted. All this makes his lessons a truly enjoyable experience.

If you are looking to finally fulfill that dream of playing the guitar - Bob is the teacher for you.

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TIM Jun 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Ive had several guitar teachers through the years, and I can tell you I'm sticking with Bob! Even after moving pretty far away I mulled over stopping lessons or finding someone closer to home, and was agonizing over this decision. I talked this over with a friend who is an accomplished guitarist in his own right, and after answering a few direct questions about the pro's and con's, it was a no brainier! Bob is a special teacher. All the obvious qualities that everyone likes; patience, good teacher, meets the students needs etc. Bob has all those qualities but there is something more. Hard to put into a description but I am inspired by him. Not only as my guitar teacher but he is really a sincere, good funny guy! You absolutely will benefit from having Bob as your teacher

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Patrick Jun 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I am an adult student and started taking lessons about 12 years ago on an off-and-on basis. I went through three instructors before I found Bob. He is by far and away the best thing that happened to my musical education. I have progressed a great deal since working with him. He has the perfect temperament for a music teacher. He’s very patient, non-judgmental, and encouraging. We work on the songs I choose but he’s thrown in music theory where applicable and made that fun and challenging. I’m working with him on electric guitar, electric slide guitar, acoustic finger picking and acoustic slide, and classical guitar, and he’s on top of all of it. I feel very lucky to be able to work with him.

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James Jun 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons from Bob for the past few months: unequivocally the best guitar instructor I have ever had. Bob runs student directed lessons that are catered to my individual preferences, techniques, etc. What I like best is he lets me choose what direction I want to take the lesson and in the process offers tidbits of musical theory to supplement lesson. Bob is always open to exploring new songs and has given me the tools needed to tab out songs independently. I have thoroughly enjoyed dissecting and discussing different songs with Bob (especially that last tricky song!).

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Alec Jun 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I'm an adult with some piano experience and I decided to take up guitar about 5 years ago. I was incredibly lucky to find Bob only a couple of miles away. Bob is a humble guitar expert with a friendly and easy going approach. He has been great at helping me figure out the next thing I needed to work on and also perfectly happy to follow my interests and work on the styles and songs I've wanted to pursue. I've had a couple of other guitar instructors over the years when I've been out of town for long periods, but Bob's the best. I've seen lots of other students, young and old, coming and going from Bob's studio, and they are all happy to be there! Try Bob - you won't be disappointed.

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John Conoscenti Jun 18, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio

What can I say..I have been playing guitar for 50 years...since I was 14. It wasn't until I started lessons with Bob that I was actually learning something. He made it fun without the pain. I didn't want to learn theory, but he snuck it in somehow....I am truly grateful he did. Now I understand what I was doing versus what I should be doing.
I had to stop my lessons for a bit for personal reasons but can't wait until I get going again with Bob. I talk him up whenever I get the opportunity.

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Bill Jun 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I have been working with Bob for over 4 years now. I am an older student, (over 60), and have never played a musical instrument before. Guitar is something I always to do but it seemed so intimidating. I decided to try and found Bob. He is a great teacher with a lot of patience. I went from knowing zip about music to being able to read music and tab. I so look forward to my lessons. I enjoy playing so much and I owe it all to Bob. He makes it fun, and at my stage in life, that's what it's all about.

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Sharon Jun 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Bob started working with our son at 9 years old with no experience and has worked with him for four years now. The combination of his teaching skills and expertise in technique and concept have always made the lessons effective and creative. Bob is quick to praise accomplishments and always patient and encouraging during the times when Luke found something difficult to grasp.

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Paul Jun 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio

After playing guitar for more than 20 years, I recently realized how much I did not know about playing guitar! Mostly, I felt that my improvisation was unimaginative and stuck in a rut… If I had not found a good teacher (and I had been looking for a while) I definitely would not have become excited about playing again… you showed me some concepts and music theory that really made a lot of sense… I have been making progress ever since… you are open to the type of music that I want to learn and play… you take the time to work it into our lesson and connect it with the music theory. You “teach me to fish” and that is really appreciated… I have so much more that I want to learn and now that I have the right teacher, I know I’ll get there. Thanks a million!

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