Drew Buzzell

Drew B.

Los Angeles, CA

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About

Drew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 18+

Teaching since:
January 2003

Your progress and enjoyment is my primary concern. You can be sure that you will progress dramatically if you follow my instructions and practice guidelines.

Whether you are a beginning guitar student, a songwriter hoping to enhance their compositions, or a veteran player hoping to hone their skills, I can help you achieve your goals and become the musician you want to be.

If you have been wanting to start a band or simply play with friends, I can also teach you the fundamentals to playing in a group.

Music is fun; practice should not seem like a chore. I make it manageable for you by breaking down the techniques you need to learn into simple exercises that you can apply to the songs you want to learn.

My lessons are 100% customized to your needs and what you are interested in learning. Any genre, any style, any song.

--What To Expect--
Professionalism - I want to see YOU improve and learn to play confidently. I don't teach for a quick buck between gigs. I teach because it is something I am good at and it makes me excited to help people progress in music.

Passion - I am an active performer, session player, and writer. I teach because I am also passionate about educating my students, and it is something in which I am very skilled.

Adaptability - Each lesson is tailored to the needs and goals of that student. I can adapt to many different styles of learning and instruction. If you do not understand a particular skill, it is my duty to find an explanation that suits your learning style.

Efficiency - I am prepared for each lesson and will provide you with all the materials you need. I have access to professional level tablature and sheet music for thousands of songs, and I will have any handouts or notes ready for you before the lesson. Any notes that we go over in the lesson will be emailed to you by the day's end so that you don't have to waste valuable lesson time writing things down.

Manageable Practice - The quicker you improve, the more fun playing will be, the more you'll practice! I am highly trained and have gleaned the most useful methods from the hundreds of lessons I've taken in my life to help you improve as fast as possible. I will give you quick exercises and pieces of the songs you want to learn to help you progress without making practice seem like a chore.

24/7 Support - I am available by phone from 10 am to 10 pm Monday - Friday and 24 hours a day by email. If you do not understand a concept that we covered in our lesson, are unsure about how to practice a specific technique, or have any other questions pertaining to what we have gone over in our lessons, I am available to happily answer all your questions.

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2003 - Present
Lessons By Drew

Education

BA Music Theory and Composition
Aug 2004 - May 2008
College of Charleston

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BA Music Theory and Composition
May 2008
College of Charleston

Photos & Videos

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Before a show with my customized guitar (I can also advise you on painting/customizing your own guitar!)

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Quick Cover of a Cover. I don't do a lot of slap guitar, but I really liked this song and wanted to give it a shot.
At a student's house

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At a student's house

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My studio

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Guitar with the lights on

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32 Reviews

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Andrew D Aug 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Drew is an excellent teacher and I recommend him without reservations. I'm a casual guitar player, and working with Drew has significantly improved my playing and increased the enjoyment I get out of playing.

The key aspects that I believe make him an effective teacher:
1) he listens to what you want to accomplish, and works toward those goals
2) he has a list of very specific, bite-size skills and bits of knowledge that he can dole out. This ensures that you can keep learning without feeling overwhelemed
3) he knows music theory forwards and backwards, and can explain the complex concepts in intuitive ways
4) very flexible with lesson scheduling
5) he keeps notes on what you cover in each lesson, doesn't lose his place
6) he keeps you motivated without making you feel guilty for not practicing.

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Karina May 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Drew has the natural sensibilities of a great teacher. He is patient, listens well, and meets you wherever you're at. He is also, EXTREMELY skilled with a lot of teaching experience. I came to him at a long-time learning plateau and he immediately identified where I could improve. Learning just a few technical adjustments and basic theory, I could suddenly play new chords that I couldn't before. He also helped create a strong basis from which I could continue to teach myself. Lessons were fun too! I am very grateful for having found Drew.

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Christine Feb 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I'm the kind of person who had never touched music in her life, didn't know how to tell the beat of the music and had no idea how guitar works. As my 2015 new year resolution, I decided to pick up on guitar to challenge myself and I yelped the highest rating private teacher. Since then Drew's lesson has become one of the best part of my life. I have been going to his class every week for a year. I was afraid to be laughed at in the beginning because I had zero foundation. But Drew made the class very interesting and made me feel really comfortable. What sets him aside is not only the exceptional music knowledge, but also his skill to understand people and teach in various methods.I loved all the classes I had and found it very beneficial.In conclusion, he is amazing. I totally recommend him as a teacher, a friend and a mentor.

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Ning Dec 18, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Drew is the greatest guitar teacher I've ever met. His teaching experience as well as superior musical knowledge made him a very good teacher. He can definitely understand my needs and find the way to improve my weakness. Courses are designed based on my requirements, very flexible and intuitive.

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Michael Nov 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Super guitar teacher. Drew is easy to work and communicate with, masters both theory and practice, and is constantly full of good recommendations. After each lesson I leave with "homework" (and I mean the fun type) to work on at home. He even emails me the tabs for whatever song I am trying to learn, and on occasion, has written the tab for my bits on the fly during our lesson. Reliable, talented, and overall great!

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Bryan Nov 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I've had multiple teachers over the years for various instruments and Drew is head and shoulders above the rest. He has developed tremendous methods and techniques to aid my progress, he's available any time I have questions, and most of all he is a pleasant person to spend an hour with each week honing my skills. I highly recommend Drew to anyone looking to improve with a guitar!

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Terry Oct 13, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I've been playing guitar for a little over a year. When I first started, I took a few lessons with Drew, but had to stop because of my work schedule. I've tried a couple of other instructors, but ended up going back to Drew because he was the best by far. He's a very knowledgeable guitar instructor and he spends the time to understand what you are looking to get out of playing guitar. For me this is a hobby, so most importantly, Drew makes it fun.

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Rob Sep 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Drew is a great teacher - very relaxed, knowledgeable, and teaches to your ability. Definitely will book more lessons when i am ready.

Wes M. Jun 6, 2015
Music Theory · Online

I've been a guitar player all my life, having played from age 13 in various bands. But song writing and performing has always been my passion, and I've ignored theory as a result. I felt it boring, and very "non-musical" and dry.

But Drew was able to help me get back to basics, going through modes, and a few struggle points. It was a good experience as its been many years since I've had lessons, and many since I've even played. Drew's teaching style was effective and helped make "the boring stuff" simple to understand.

I recommend Drew for your next lesson if you really want a teacher who will help you understand the why, rather than just the how. Drew knows his stuff!

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Bryan S. Jun 2, 2015
Guitar · Online

I've taught myself how to play guitar and if I had it to do all over again I would have chosen to classes from a proper instructor. Drew helped me to identify the areas I've been struggling with in my playing, giving me insight, study and practice materials that were easy to understand and to follow.

Beyond that, Drew is just a really great guy to learn from. His approach is disciplined but relaxed. I didn't feel like I was just running drills and learning a lot of unnecessary information. The lesson was geared to exactly what I needed and he didn't talk over my head.

I will definitely book more lessons with Drew.

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C K. Jun 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Having been brought up on weekly piano and violin lessons, I've come to understand the importance of a good teacher. He/she can either positively or negatively influence the learning process. That's why I can confidently say Drew is a great teacher. Not only is he knowledgeable about guitars/guitar playing but music in general, which provides a broader understanding of the instrument. There's no intimidation or guilt if you haven't practiced as much as you would've liked. He's patient and teaches at your individual pace. He's also well organized providing various lesson sheets and notes. If you're looking for an experienced and encouraging teacher, Drew's your guy.

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Jordan H. May 24, 2015
Guitar · Online

Drew is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I am also a guitar teacher, but he managed to show me a great number of ways to continue improving my playing on my own time. His method is very goal-and-task-oriented, which makes progress easy to track and practice time easy to organize. I thoroughly enjoyed Drew's lessons, and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve quickly!

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Paul K. May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Drew is by far the best teacher I've had so far. As a person, he is extremely kind and down-to-earth. He cares about you as a person and wants to get to know more about you. As a teacher, he is very professional and passionate about what he does. Also, unlike most teachers out there, he doesn't just teach you how to play covers of songs, but he really teaches you theory and about the guitar as a whole. He is so knowledgeable about the guitar that he can teach you just about anything. Just tell Drew what you want to learn and he will teach you it. I definitely recommend him!!

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Matt L. May 5, 2015
Guitar · In home

Drew is a great guitar instructor and an overall nice guy. He is patient, but also a perfectionist (just what you want from an instructor). I'm the type of person that doesn't just want to know how, but also why, and Drew's teaching style suits me perfectly. By introducing logic and theory to my playing, it has really enabled me to improve my improvisational skills. As a self-taught guitarist originally, I found myself at a plateau before starting lessons with Drew. Despite having a good ear for music, I was inconsistent in my playing and really needed to clean up my technique. After just 2 months of lessons with Drew, I've seen a drastic improvement in my playing technique but also my practicing techniques. All in all, I'm extremely pleased with his instruction and will continue to improve with his lessons.Check him out, you won't regret it!

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Dino Z. Apr 27, 2015
Guitar · Online

Been playing the guitar for well over a decade now and I'm always looking for ways to improve the weak spots in my playing. With his background in live performance and electric guitar Drew has really helped me in regards to my tone and overall guitar sound.

He's very articulate and makes it very easy to understand ideas and concepts that may seem intimidating at first. One of the biggest things I really appreciate is that I have his FULL attention during the lesson. He doesn't noodle away at the guitar or show off, I've had plenty of instructors like that and it gets old quick. In fact he rarely picks up his guitar except to demonstrate anything that specifically pertains to the lesson. He's very good at identifying problems and coming up with a solution. If he can't help you he doesn't BS you but will tell you honestly to what extent he can help you or will recommend something/one else if he isn't able to help.
Definitely one of the best instructors out there. Highly recommended!

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Jena L. Apr 26, 2015
Guitar · In home

Drew was an awesome guitar instructor! He always stayed on task. Lessons were focused on what I wanted to learn. We always started on time. And any time I needed to reschedule he was flexible. I would recommend lessons with Drew to anyone beginner or advanced!

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Ken S. Apr 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I've been playing the same 5 chords forever and when I went electric, I figured it was time to get serious. Taking lessons from Drew has been both revelatory and, most importantly, fun. He breaks down everything into digestible bits so you don't get the typical frustration of not being able to play the 'whole' thing correctly. It's a great approach to learning -- and practicing. As a teacher, Drew is incredibly patient, supportive, and always available to answer questions that come up between sessions. I doubt there's a better instructor out there!

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Michael F. Apr 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

If you don't have time to read my whole review here's the executive summary: Drew is a great teacher, he gets you playing during your first lesson and continues to challenge you to learn the songs you want to play. Not only do you learn to play but you learn the how and why behind what you are doing which makes learning on your own substantially easier because you can apply the logic to any song. Before my first lesson with Drew I could only stare at my Strat not knowing what to do with it. Fast forward 6 months of once weekly lessons and I can now comfortably tune my guitar, understand sheet music and tabs, learn new songs on my own and am having a great time learning instead of being frustrated. My only challenge is finding the time to practice in between work and family responsibilities. Having had no prior experience before meeting Drew the first time, playing guitar is no longer a daunting mystery. I highly recommend you take lessons with him.

I'll turn 45 this year, people younger than I have said they feel they are too old to learn to play the guitar, BS, the truth is you're never too old but you'll likely need two things. First you'll need to have the passion to learn and second, you need to have a great teacher and a few helpful tools. I've been a huge U2 fan since high school in the mid-eighties. There's a famous quote from Bob Dylan about The Edge's playing: "Everybody's going to remember your songs, it's just that nobody's gonna be able to play them." I never had any passion to learn the guitar because what I wanted to play was U2 and it seemed out of my reach.

The tools available to a beginner today are amazing; websites with lessons and tips, and learning apps for the iPad really reduce the amount of time it takes to learn. Hardware and software can accurately emulate the tone of vintage guitars and racks of effects. I started with a guitar and an amp but didn't know how to get started learning; with so many resources available where do you start. I decided that I should take lessons to build a solid foundation of not just playing but understanding the guitar and music otherwise just learning to play U2 songs would take a long time and I'd be cornered into one style of playing. I found Drew and arranged to have once weekly lessons.

In our first lesson Drew determined that I really had no experience and so we dove in. We went over some basic chords, reading sheet music, chose a first song to learn and some strumming patterns. Drew makes sure that any questions you have are covered and leaves you with things to focus on during practice the following week. Each subsequent lesson starts with a review of progress; Drew provides constructive feedback and shows you where you are missing or adding something. If you are really stuck on a part you spend a few minutes focused on that to get past it. Drew is sharp and can quickly determine if the issue is mental (the brain is over thinking) or physical (the fingers or muscles aren't trained) and explains how to overcome the issue based on that. Within a couple of months I gained enough confidence to start learning short riffs of songs (The Police, U2 and others) that I like on my own. The first time I decided to share something I was working on with Drew I wasn't totally sure if he would encourage it or advise me to stay focused on what we were learning. He was pleased to see that I was taking my own initiative to learn new things and we spent a few minutes reviewing and discussing how to improve what I was learning, awesome!

As I stated before, my biggest challenge is finding time to practice, but with Drew's instruction and as much practice as I can fit in my progress has been noticeable. I have a long term goal of being a good guitar player; Drew has been an amazing force behind helping me see that I can achieve my goal.

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Raymond I. Apr 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I started lessons from Drew a few years ago, and in a short amount of time I've gone from being musically challenged to an aspiring guitarist! Drew is a very chill guy with a great teaching style who's very passionate about what he does.

He works with me when he plans my lesson. He is always prepared and always have material for me to work on during the lesson and on my own. He makes it very clear that he wants me to work on the things I want to accomplish so that I can enjoy the guitar. He sees my potential even when I am frustrated, and pushes me through without being offensive.

In my first lesson, he started me off with simple chords and rhythm, and by the very next lesson I was able to start working on a song that I love.

He preaches that I need to practice on my own if I want to get better. At first I didn't listen, and it was like throwing money away. But after putting in the effort to practice on my own, I actually got better and Drew was able to go further and showed me techniques to go beyond what's written on the music sheets.

Bottom line: If you are serious about learning guitar and willing to put in the time and effort, Drew is the guy to get you there.

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Andrew D. Apr 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Drew is an excellent instructor. After letting my guitar languish in a corner for several years, I contacted Drew and discussed my background and goals. From the very beginning, Drew was genuinely interested in my progress and tailored the lessons to my particular musical tastes. He combines technical and theoretical expertise with practical tips and a down-to-earth teaching style. Drew's friendly demeanor and vast knowledge of music in general, and guitar in particular, made for a very enjoyable and successful learning experience for me. I will continue taking lessons with Drew and highly recommend him to all aspiring musicians

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Gregory G. Apr 10, 2015
Guitar · Online

Drew was fantastic bottom line. The best guitar teacher I've had since I started taking lessons off/on for the last few years. I travel a lot so I don't get to practice as much as I would like and it shows. Drew has a lot of patience with beginners like me but he is an incredibly accomplished musician for those who are much further along than me. I would recommend Drew to anyone who is just picking the guitar up or who is wanting to take their playing to the next level.

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Soyoung K. Mar 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio

A smart and passionate teacher. There are no "set" curriculum; each lesson is customized and tailored to your needs. I was a total guitar newbie and didn't even know what "strumming" means. Drew has been my one and only guitar teacher for about 5 months, now I pick songs I like and ask him for a guidance.
Things can be frustrated for beginners, but he makes it fun thru a organized, focused, solid yet easy way to learn guitar and some music theories. I highly recommend him for your musical experiment.

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Eric N. Mar 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Aside from being one of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys you'll ever meet, Drew is an awesome guitar teacher. He's able to assess what level you're at, where you need to work, and what your blocks are very quickly, and to help you out with real examples. He also doesn't get on your case all the time about not practicing -- but seriously, practice! -- and you're just as likely to spend 5 minutes chatting about music and influences as you are running scale lines. He's got worksheets and lesson plans for whatever you need, and leaving a lesson with Drew you really feel prepared to work on what you need to work on in the coming week.

Speaking as someone who'd never taken a guitar lesson before, I would definitely recommend Drew to anyone starting out -- or anyone coming from another instrument (I'm a pianist by training). Not only will you get great instruction, you might just make a good friend, too.

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A F. Mar 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I took lessons with Drew for around six months. About the highest recommendation I can give is that I stuck with the guitar. I've burned out of too many hobbies and passions; a good teacher is invaluable not just in teaching the technical aspects but passing along the joy of playing an instrument. Even as I type this, I'm practicing with a guitar on my lap. Enough said.

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Hanae H. Jan 13, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Drew is an awesome teacher who truly knows how to teach and make the lessons fun and interesting. I was a beginner when I first started, so he taught me the fundamentals in a way that I could understand. I find it very helpful when he gives me technical/practical advice and when he shows me how I should practice. I've learned that how you practice makes a big big difference. The best part is you get to pick what songs you want to learn, but he will also give you recommendations for songs that will fit your level. I feel like I've made a lot of progress since I started, and can't wait to improve more and more. If you're looking for a professional, down to earth teacher who is highly skilled Drew is the one!

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George C. Dec 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I’ve been playing for about 10 months now. At first I relied on the many on-line resources available to help you learn the basics, and they were very helpful. But about three months ago I decided that a flesh-and-blood teacher might accelerate my learning curve. There are a lot of them to choose from, but my Internet search led me to Drew, just as yours has.

I've had eight lessons, and I can’t believe the difference it’s made in my progress. In our very first lesson Drew affirmed the work I’d done on his own, but identified the biggest stumbling block that I was having: the action on my guitar was too high. Several experienced guitar players and the salesmen at Guitar Center had failed to catch that, even when I had put the question to them directly. Getting the action lowered by the tech that Drew recommended has made a world of difference. But that’s just the beginning.

Drew has a well thought-out analytical approach to helping you become an independent player. In a few months he’s taken me through the basics of identifying chords in guitar tab notation and reading eighth note and sixteenth note rhythms. He’s helped me a lot to speed up my chord changes, the number one problem for most beginners. I’m well on my way to memorizing the natural notes on the fret board, a task many more advanced players shy away from. And now he’s got me tackling barre and power chords.

When I started with Drew I would never have imagined that I’d already be working on not only making those chords, but changing between them and integrating them into a Beatles song. And I certainly can’t say I've mastered it, but I feel like I’m on the path. This song is a real challenge for me, but Drew’s helped me break it into achievable pieces and analyze how to approach each bit to begin to get it.

Probably the highest compliment I can pay Drew is that when I’m working on my own, I’m already beginning to anticipate what he’d say in a particular situation. “Slow down”… “Never look at the right hand”… “Take it one measure at a time”… “Take it one finger at a time”… When a teacher can get inside your head so fast…that’s a good teacher.

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Daniel S. Oct 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Drew for a couple of months now and I couldn't say enough good things about him. I tried other teachers before him and there really is no comparison. Not only is he the greatest guy as a person, super supportive and fun - he's also got an incredible way of teaching that is really connecting that dots in a smart way and just makes sense. There isn't a question he can't answer and put into a bigger context for you in simple language, and he seems to have a bottomless treasure chest of super-effective teaching techniques. Because of how knowledgeable he is he seems to take pride in making sure you get more than your money's worth from each lesson, and in completely custom-tailoring it around your needs.
I love the man. Five stars from the bottom of my heart - truly the "best instructor ever". For once you can believe the hype.

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Rachael R. Oct 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Drew is a great teacher. He's very knowledgeable about all aspects of playing, from theory to technique. Through my lessons, I've been able to overcome hurdles that had been keeping me from progressing. Lessons focus on exactly what you want to learn and are fun and relaxed. He's patient, motivating and super nice. Highly recommended!

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josef A. Sep 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Want to take your guitar skills to the next level or want to start playing guitar? Drew is definitely the guy you wanna go with. He is always prepared and creates a lesson exactly for you based on whatever you want to learn.
He helps you in the most efficient way to reach the goals you have without going too fast and teaching too much stuff at once. There’s never pressure and it’s always fun seeing him.

He really knows what he’s doing.

Drew is an incredible instructor, all around nice guy and very skilled. You can always ask, text or email and he will answer everything and explain it in a way that everyone understands it. He loves what he’s doing and he’s happy helping you to improve your playing.

Best Teacher in Town so don’t hesitate and don’t waste your time any longer.

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Kevin H. Sep 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I've taken guitar lessons with a few instructors in the past, but was mostly a self-taught guitarist. Some teachers were more helpful than others, but none of them managed to help me break through my "plateau" due to some very basic playing mistakes I was making.

Within a few months of taking lessons with Drew, I was improving much faster than ever before. I think I made more progress in three months than in 10 years! Why? Because Drew pinpointed all of my biggest problem areas within 15 minutes of my first lesson and created personalized practice and lesson plans to help me fix them.

I had problems with strumming, so he created strumming exercises and showed me how to practice them effectively. I can't stress enough how much more helpful that was than any previous instructor's methods.

Not only was Drew the most effective instructor I've had, he was also the best value. He gives you an hour of time for the same price that most people give 30 minutes and offers slightly lower rates when you buy four lessons at a time.

Lastly, Drew is patient. He wants you to enjoy playing and he knows that music is a hobby for many people. You will never be waiting on him to help you get better, because he always seems to be one step ahead with methods for improving your playing. He stresses the importance of practice, but he won't be offended if you have a busy week.

In short, Drew loves playing and teaching guitar and he's great at both. If you're looking for lessons in the Koreatown area (or anywhere else around LA, honestly), give Drew a chance. You definitely won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.

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Lexi N. Sep 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Guitarists in Los Angeles are a dime a dozen, but truly great teachers are rare. Drew is one of those excellent teachers: knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, inspirational.

I've been playing music since I was 4 years old, but for some reason, I've always been intimidated by the guitar; I'd try to learn for a couple of weeks and promptly quit and put it back in the closet. Until I met Drew, who helped me overcome that fear and get me going in the right direction.

Right away, he got me playing songs I wanted to learn and helped undo some of the bad habits I formed by trying to teach myself over the years. After I got comfortable playing other people's songs, Drew helped me with songwriting basics and gave me the tools and the confidence I needed to accomplish my goals.

Where Drew differs from other teachers is his ability to seamlessly blend helpful advice for both music and life in general. His lessons are not just about playing and writing; they have helped me shape a plan for how I want to approach both my music career and my life going forward. Working with Drew is always hugely inspirational and I cannot recommend lessons with him more highly.

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Kyle W. Sep 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Drew really is the best instructor ever! I was a complete beginner at the guitar, had never picked up a guitar in my life. I am so lucky that I found Drew, because after a couple of months of lessons, now I can play the guitar with ease! His teaching style is awesome, he is really dedicated to making sure you completely understand the steps and correct technique of playing guitar. I highly recommend Lessons by Drew!

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