DRAA HOBBS
  GUITAR

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Lessons:
 I am currently teaching private lessons at the Putney School in Putney, Vermont; at ArtistTree in Woodstock, Vermont: and at my home in Grafton, VT. I  also teach online lessons via Skype, and send detailed, customized lesson material directly to your computer at the conclusion of each video lesson, with a brief follow up video chat to see how you are doing and to answer any questions you may have. Skype lessons are super affordable! While I am a jazz guitarist, I enjoy it all - from Doc Watson to Jimi Hendrix! Contact me for more information: draahobbs@vermontel.net  or call  802-843-1111.

 Past students who have gone on to become successful professionals have included Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick; 'Soulive' guitarist Eric Krasno; Jazz Guitarists Jason Ennis;  Zach Pearson (now touring with the Gypsy Jazz trio 'Amerinouche'); and Evan Lincoln, guitarist for 'Flabberghaster'.

                                TRY A FREE SKYPE LESSON WITH ME - YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID!

                                                                           TESTIMONIALS:

"It’s rare to find someone so passionate about music that it serves as both their spiritual nourishment and their unfettered gift to others, Draa Hobbs is one of those generous few.  Draa learned from the best and through talent, perseverance and a love for jazz, transcended the teachings and made them his own.  A gifted performer, Draa is now one of the most respected guitarists and teachers in New England; his commitment to the music itself, his students and his own growth is extraordinary.  The results of this dedication come shining through with every note he plays with intention and with every student who passes through his program.   We are proud to count Draa as a valued member of our faculty."

Eugene Uman
Director, Vermont Jazz Center

"Draa is an impressive guitarist with an vast knowledge of Jazz, Blues and related styles.  As a teacher, his experience with Jazz groups of various sizes and stylistic approaches, his unique solo guitar work, and his love of Blues, Rock and R & B music all make him an excellent resource for any student seeking to develop or deepen his or her relationship with music and the instrument."  NYC Jazz Guitarist Jason Ennis

"Draa Hobbs is a fantastic musician, but more importantly he is an exceptional teacher.  I attribute much of the current success I have with my instrument to my studies with him in college.  He is challenging, extremely knowledgeable, and really encourages his students to develop a meaningful personal understanding of their instrument. No matter what kind of music you want to study, I recommend him as one of the best guitar teachers in New England." Zach Pearson, Jazz Guitarist with the Gypsy Jazz Trio 'Amerinouche'.


"The best guitar lessons I've ever had were with Draa Hobbs.  His down-to-earth pedagogy is surprising from a guitarist of Draa's caliber, but after a few lessons, you realize that one of his greatest qualities as a virtuosic professional stems from one of his greatest qualities as a teacher:  he listens."
  -Nico Audy-Rowland, Amherst '94, composer http://redvsblue.com

 "Not all great players are good teachers. Draa plays beautifully, and in my opinion is an artist and a complete musician. But he is also a fine teacher, knowledgeable about all forms of music, and insightful as to what you need to develop your own thing. He's also patient and committed to help you become the musician you want to be at the pace you need to get there. I've had a few teachers in the forty plus years I have been playing guitar, and I recommend Draa Hobbs as a player and a teacher without equivocation.
- Rick Ammons, Attorney & one half of the performing duo "Rick And The Redhead'

"Draa is an excellent teacher and wonderful, seasoned, player. During our first lesson he insightfully diagnosed and suggested specific areas for me to work on, harmonically and rhythmically. He answered my questions clearly, and listened to and my concerns thoughtfully. As an advanced player, I am grateful to have found a teacher of such musical and personal quality."
- Robby Roiter, guitarist in Northampton, MA.

"Draa Hobbes is a gifted teacher.  I am mostly self-taught, with some strengths and many weaknesses in my playing.   In my first lesson, Draa was able to immediately identify a half dozen areas of focus that almost immediately helped to move my playing to a new level.  He explained clearly what I needed to learn, and showed it to me in a way that made sense in the context of what I already knew.  Each of the lessons he has given me have seamlessly integrated mechanics, theory and musicality to a degree that demonstrates not only a true mastery of the instrument, but also a real commitment to the student's musical journey." Stephen D. Ellis, Lawyer and guitarist.

"For anybody interested in Skype guitar lessons, I recommend Draa Hobbs.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Draa-Hobbs-Guitar-Lessons/240800652623268  Andrew Diruzza, guitarist, Iowa City, Iowa
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