Instruments & Guitar Lessons

Somers Guitar is a lesson studio for guitar, bass and ukulele. We offer:

  • Córdoba nylon string instruments
  • Fishman acoustic amplifiers
  • Accessories and service
  • Custom, private lessons to reach your goals
  • Avoid frustration, bad habits, learn quicker and play better
  • Hear students and remarks
  • Reviews

We look forward to helping you.

2 ways to learn...

We Use Video Calls

  • For bad weather days, when sick, short on time or traveling
  • See FAQ for info
Online

Lesson Options

  • Annual
  • Seasonal
  • Summer-Only
  • As Needed
  • Atlantic & Carroll, IA
  • See FAQ for info

 

In-Studio

• LIVE MUSIC •

Live Music

Your event music should be just as memorable as the reason you celebrate. Guy and Kathy Somers offer combined services with:

Somers Guitar & Somers Photography are now booking events in 2020. Book both services and save. Call (712) 250-4398 or see FAQ's Live Music for more details. 

• WHAT THEY SAY •

Remarks & Reviews

• FAQS •

Frequently Asked...

Consulting

Guy Somers has consulted with organizations, groups and individuals. He also presents at meetings, workshops and conferences. Listed below are sample topics previously addressed:

LEADERSHIP

  • Succession planning
  • Building teams that replicate
  • The creative as a change agent
  • Talent acquisition, development and retention
  • Creating encouraging, efficient, effective workplaces
  • Change management and transitioning organizations
  • Defining success for small to mid-size organizations

MUSIC

  • The effective band
  • The effective worship team
  • Career musicians & business
  • School ukulele programs
  • The creative process
  • Keys and using capos
  • Nashville number system
  • Reading tab & grids
  • Scales & modes
  • Styles of music
  • Song publishing
  • Strum & picking patterns

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.

Gift Certificates

DELIVERY OPTIONS

  • Mail delivery
  • Emailed printable PDF
  • Pickup at Somers Guitar

GIFT CERTIFICATES

  • Never expire
  • Are transferable
  • Are customizable
  • Come in any amount
  • Are non-refundable
  • Not redeemable for cash
  • Are available in a gift-styled envelope
  • Available for any Somers Guitar product or service

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.

Guitar Maintenance

FULL SET UP

Includes all types of maintenance recommended:

  • Endpins
  • Fretboard & bridge
  • Head, Neck & Body
  • Humidity & temperature
  • Intonation
  • Restringing

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

ENDPINS

Our brass buttons hold the strap and come in:

  • Black
  • Gold
  • Silver

FRETBOARD & BRIDGE

We clean and recondition the frets, fingerboard & bridge so that:

  • Strings last longer
  • Looks new again
  • Darkens the wood
  • Leaves a smooth feel
  • No dirt or residue buildup
  • Helps prevent fretboard shrinkage

HEAD, NECK & BODY

We do the following to keep your instrument in good playing condition: 

  • Clean & polish the body
  • Lubricate nut & saddle
  • Lubricate gears
  • Adjust - saddle and pickup height
  • Deoxidize - selector switch & knobs as needed
  • Tighten - nuts, screws, knobs, end pins and cable jack
  • Adjust the neck angle (1) to prevent cracks at the bridge, neck and top (2) to straighten the neck making the strings closer to the fretboard and easier to play.

HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE

Our humidifiers and sensors maintain 45% humidity and 65 degree temperature to prevent:

  • Cracks
  • String buzz
  • Finish checking
  • Going out of tune
  • Permanent damage

INTONATION

Keeps your instrument in tune all the way up the neck by adjusting:

  • neck allignment
  • each individual saddle to it's proper distance

RESTRINGING

What deadens strings? Dirt, oil & sweat oxidizes strings after 15 hours of play therefore:

  • Wash hands before play
  • Wipe strings after play
  • Change strings frequently
  • Consider coated strings that last 4 X's longer

Properly installed new strings improve your:

  • Feel
  • Tone
  • Tuning
  • Sustain
  • String life

What do we restring?

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass
  • Classical guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Locking tremolo
  • Twelve-string guitar
  • Ukulele

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.

Lessons

Contact (712) 250-4398 to inquire about openings. See below about:

  • Advantage of Somers Guitar
  • Age to start lessons
  • Attendance policies
  • Cost
  • Practice
  • Video calls


 

ADVANTAGE OF SOMERS GUITAR

Guy Somers is a driven, encouraging, happy teacher that excels at developing others. His counseling background brings an understanding of personalities, learning styles, motivations, and S.M.A.R.T. goals for success. He is an overcomer that teaches others to do the same.

  • Taught 883 students
  • Experience & education
  • Quality, private lessons
  • Practice expectations
  • Video lesson summaries
  • In-studio & video call lessons
  • Clean studios, waiting area and restrooms
  • A/C, parking, smoke & pet-free
  • Instrument maintenance
  • Strings & accessories
  • Carroll, IA (Mon - Wed)
  • Atlantic, IA (Thurs-Sat)

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

AGE TO START LESSONS

  • Guitar - age 5
  • Ukulele - age 5
  • Bass - age 8


 

ATTENDANCE

How Often Do We Meet For Lessons?

  • 9 am to 3 pm - meet whenever you want
  • 3 to 9 pm - meet weekly for 25-minutes on the same day & time
  • Lessons can be - weekly, seasonal, summer-only or as needed

Keeping My Spot If I Stop For A Month(s) Or Summer? 

Yes - if you pay to retain it. We suggest the following if you will be away:

  • Webcam lessons
  • Double sessions before or after you return (if available) when gone a week or two
  • Extended 1 hour 40 minute session (equal to 1 month of lessons) when gone a month
  • Otherwise, the time is usually filled by (1) existing students, (2) waiting list people, (3) or the public
  • You are welcome to return if we have an opening

Studies show 70% of students who take the summer off quit because they forget too much and lose interest. This is why we encourage lessons all year long and take 8 weeks off a year (around holiday times and months with a 5th week). This gives students a break when families want time off while progressing forward musically.


Rescheduling & Refunds

  • Reschedules require prior notice and availability. Our full studio schedule can not always accommodate reschedules.
  • No credits, refunds or make-ups for missed lessons

Teacher Cancellation

We reschedule when the teacher is absent. Also:

  • The teacher cancels in-studio lessons or offers webcam lessons during your regular day/time for a student who is sick, has bed bugs, lice, hand warts, smells of tobacco or cat, or had contact with a either that day due to Guy's allergy.
  • Weather Closings - are announced via text and email. We do NOT close because schools do
  • Webcam Lessons - may be available when time or bad weather does not permit travel

Terminating Lessons

  • Clients give 30-day notice prior to the 25th of the month
  • Returning students - are always welcome back but may be placed on the waiting list
  • Misbehavior - if the (1) student does not practice and/or (2) the student, parent, or guardian become disruptive, disrespectful or does not follow Somers Guitar policy and/or (3) cause damage to the teacher including but not limited to equipment, furnishings, or lost time then the teacher reserves the right to terminate lesson(s) without refund and hold the person(s) responsible for damages. The teacher alone defines what constitutes misbehavior.


 

COST

Lesson payment amounts below are paid in full, in advance, by the 25th.

  • 50 minutes - $40
  • Monthly - $75
  • Trimester - $300 (4 months)

Other Fees

  • Annual Registration ($65)
  • Returned Check ($30)
  • Late Payment ($15)
  • No 30-Day Notice of Termination ($75)

Rate Reviews

As business costs increase we raise the Annual Registration Fee before raising lesson rates. The last lesson rate increase was in 2014 and previously in 2009. Costs determining rates:

  • Rent
  • Labor
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Operations
  • E-commerce
  • Administration
  • Knowledge base
  • Audio & print music
  • Lesson preparation time
  • Professional development
  • Building improvements & maintenance

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

PRACTICE

Days & Times

Have a practice schedule and keep it before, during or after:

  • School or work
  • Break times
  • Study halls
  • Homework
  • Meals
  • Bath or shower times

Expectations

Practice at least 4 days a week. When developing callouses shorter practices more often are better. Focus on quality to make quantity productive. We encourage exceeding the minimum practice standards. 

  • Ages 6 - 7 (20 minutes)
  • Ages 8 - 9 (25 mins)
  • Ages 10 - 11 (30 mins)
  • Ages 12 (45 mins)
  • Ages 13 & up (60 mins)

Hints

  • Place on calender, post-it, email, phone, iPad or iPod
  • Children can use a kitchen timer to know how long to practice

Practice Area Setup With

  • Audio playing device
  • Chair without arms
  • Good lighting
  • Music stand
  • Metronome
  • Instrument
  • Footstool
  • Amplifier
  • Cable
  • Tuner
  • Strap
  • Picks
  • Books
  • Capo
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpener

Progress Depends On

  • Correct size & type of instrument
  • Consistent weekly lessons
  • Student aptitude/interest
  • Student/teacher dynamic
  • Parental encouragement
  • Physical ability
  • Playing publicly
  • Ample practice time
  • Correct practice habits
  • An equipped, setup practice area

Poor Practice Leads To

  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Forgetfulness
  • Frustration
  • Quitting

We Nuture Practice With

  • The student's goals
  • Student responsibility
  • Rewards students like
  • Practice expectations
  • Video lesson summaries
  • A positive outlook that everyone can achieve
  • A structured approach based on learning style
  • Encouragement to play for family, friends, church, nursing homes, school and community events

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

VIDEO CALL LESSONS

Great For

  • When out of town
  • Saving on travel time
  • Bad weather or sick days
  • Intermediate and advanced stringed instrument lessons

Not Good For

  • Weekly beginner lessons

Need

  • High-speed internet
  • Updated operating system, video app or program
  • No other programs open
  • 4 or less icons on the desktop - too many icons distort and disconnect webcam audio and video. (We do not give refunds, credits or reschedules for technical problems on your end)
  • Back to wall and NOT a window
  • Desk Lamp - lighting the student from the front
  • Lesson supplies
  • No distractions
  • Tune before lesson
  • Quiet Room

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.


Lesson Calendar

NO LESSONS 8 WEEKS ANNUALLY

Short breaks are better than a long summer vacation. Studies show 70% of students who take the summer off quit because they forget too much and lose interest. We encourage lessons all year long and take 8 weeks off a year from playing and practicing. There are no lessons around busy holidays, common travel & vacation times, and months with a 5th week. Therefore:

  • 4 months have 3 lessons (Nov, Dec, Jan & July)
  • All other months have 4 lessons
  • Monday students do 5 weeks of lessons in April & October due to no lessons on Memorial & Labor Day

2019 NO LESSONS ON

  • Jan. 1 - 10 (New Year)
  • Mar. 15 - 16 (5th Wk)
  • Apr. 23 (5th Wk)
  • May 10 - 11 (5th Wk)
  • May 27 (Memorial Day)
  • June 29 - 30 (5th Wk)
  • July 1 - 10 (Summer Break)
  • Aug. 29 - 31 (5th Wk)
  • Sep. 1 - 2 (Labor Day)
  • Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 (5th Wk)
  • Nov. 26 - 30 (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec. 23 - 31 (Christmas)
  • Jan. 1 - 10 (Winter Break 2020)

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.

Live Music

Guy Somers entertains primarily in the Iowa, Nebraska, Missiouri and Minnesota region. He loves to travel all over the USA though!

Music For

  • Cocktail hour
  • Community event
  • Corporate event
  • Private events
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Wedding
  • Winery

Contact (712) 250-4398 for prices and booking.



 

WE PROVIDE

Appropriate Attire

  • Formal – suit/tie
  • Smart casual – suit/no tie
  • Biz casual – slacks/tie
  • Casual – jeans and a polo

Arrival Time

  • Typically 1 to 2 hours before depending on what is needed

Equipment

  • High-quality sound system and lighting

Music Selections

  • Tell us a style(s) and your favorite tunes
  • We will make a set list to satisfy

Live Acoustic Guitar Styles

  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Sacred
  • Smooth jazz

Custom guitar arrangements ($80 each) for weddings must be determined at the time of the booking. 


Weather Cover

We bring a tarp and bunjee cords. To protect entertainer and equipment, it is understood that we do not perform in unsafe conditions like:

  • Rain
  • Lightning
  • Severe wind
  • Extreme heat
  • Hostile crowds


 

YOU PROVIDE

Directions

  • Address
  • Contact person
  • Directions to venue
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Special instructions
  • Style(s) of music desired

Payment

  • Non-refundable deposit to secure date
  • Balance due 2 weeks prior to the event

Performance Area Needs

  • Armless chair(s)
  • Outlets or a generator
  • Space between entertainer and guests

Refreshments & Breaks

  • Water
  • Hourly 10-minute break for live acoustic music
  • Meal with 4 hour booking (includes travel, setup, breakdown)

Contact (712) 250-4398 for prices and booking.

Locations & Hours

ATLANTIC, IA

ADDRESS

106 W. 9th Street (map), Atlantic, IA 50022

  • 2 blocks south of Casey's
  • Between Poplar & Locust
  • Park on street facing east
  • Do not use neighbor's driveway
  • Enter west door and go downstairs

HOURS

  • Th - Fri, 1 - 9, by appointment

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

CARROLL, IA

 

ADDRESS

205 E. 6th Street (map), Carroll, IA

  • Corner of Hwy. 30 & Court
  • In the strip mall
  • 1 block east of Walgreen's
  • Guitar image on door
  • Park in the lot

HOURS

  • Mon - Wed, 1 - 9

MAIL TO

  • 106 W. 9th Street (map),
  • Atlantic, IA 50022

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.

Payment Methods

WE ACCEPT:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Visa, MC, Disc, AmerX debit and credit cards
  • 30, 60 & 90 Day Financing - on qualifying purchases of $300 and up

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.

• About somers guitar •

About Guy

Somers LLC is comprised of three components - retail store, instruction school and consulting. Guy Somers is an organizational and talent developer, change manager and consultant. He is also a gifted communicator as a teacher, public speaker, musician, artist and photographer. He has a BA in Pastoral Ministry (nonprofit management) with a minor in Counseling. Career highlights since 2005 include:

  • Consulted for 64 clients (schools, churches, non-profits, bands, individuals)
  • Mentored and coached 14 students to the pro level
  • Taught 883 students to play
  • Technical Editor, Guitar Exercises For Dummies (USA top-seller)
  • Accompanied musicians from Grammy-nominated bands
  • Iowa's Got Talent Finalist

Call (712) 250-4398 to inquire about consulting, live acoustic music, lessons and Photography.