Bennett Stein

Santa Monica, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Because I teach how to play with other musicians, stress beat keeping, and correct strumming technique - and I get people READY TO PERFORM before a live audience.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The best thing about teaching people how to play guitar (and sing) is to watch their confidence grow. Playing music is a very empowering thing.

Location

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Years in business

21

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

10

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Austin C. Nov 17, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great guy who seems like he'd be a great teacher if you're just starting out, but not at the level that I needed. I specifically stated that I needed a high-level teacher who could teach me advanced techniques & concepts, but unfortunately it wasn't the right fit. I would recommend to beginners & intermediate players only.
  • Chris L. Oct 10, 2014
    Encyclopedic in his knowledge of music, generous with praise, patient and persistent with my seven-year old son's less-than-full grasp of guitar, I have found Bennett Stein to be a top notch teacher. He brings both a music connoisseur's scholarship and a rock star's joy to his tutelage.
  • Emma G. Oct 9, 2014
    Bennett has so much fun playing and teaching, it makes me want to learn myself!
  • Jennifer K. Sep 8, 2014
    Every guitar session with Bennett is an adventure. He makes learning music theory a blast, even for a slow learner and a seriously late bloomer. I appreciate that Bennett is open to teaching different musical genres and his musical taste is impeccable! Highly recommended.
  • Matt H. H. Aug 1, 2014
    I'm a drummer who was tired of my guitar playing being limited to power chords and other scraps that I have picked over the years. I needed to expand and I needed structure. Hooking up with Bennett has been fantastic - he doesn't settle on just teaching songs, he takes great care in going deeper into the theory behind what we're playing and the music history around it. And in addition to learning a ton of chords, scales, and applying them to tunes of whatever genre I fancy that week, I love that he consistently reminds me to sing along and generally dig in to try and capture the essence of the groove. I dig my hour with Bennett immensely – his love of good music and interest in sharing the knowledge is always one of the finer hours of the week!
  • Marc G. Apr 14, 2014
    I've been taking lessons from Bennett for more than a year now and it has been great. Bennett has a knack for teaching both music theory and just plain learning how to rock, revel and have confidence belting out a song. He teaches both kids and adults brilliantly.
  • Emmanuelle B. Apr 14, 2014
    Bennett has an extraordinary ability to zero in on his student's skills and musical affinities... He has a nerdy, highly precise knowledge of the instrument, of guitar technique and of music history... Months ago I would barely sing with anyone else in the room, and didn't know how to play guitar. This morning I played guitar and harmonized with Bennett on a Stones song. Take music lessons with Bennett - only good can come of it.
  • John H. Apr 14, 2014
    Great teacher AND a funny, insightful man. No better person to spend an hour with. For years he has made lessons fun for my young son and his ole dad.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Of course. I constantly breakdown new styles of music, the latest hits, just to stay abreast of what's going on in the music world.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My older brothers made a biopic flick about The Who. From there my brother Jeff became one of the "hottest" MTV music video directors of the 80s/90s/00s and I was his assistant for most of that run and so I got to hang on set with the gods and goddesses of rock, punk and R&B music. The experience made me commit to learning guitar.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I get my clients counting the beat, strumming correctly, developing stamina and recognizing that when they commit to learning a song they are conquering fears and becoming the kind of person people want to be around. Sounds kooky I know, but it's true.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I got a 6-yr-old boy happily, confidently playing all the chords to Dancing With Myself. He was amazed, his parents were amazed. It's called the breath through. So, I am most proud of guiding my clients to that awesome place known as the breakthrough.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My main piece of advice is: FALL IN LOVE with your 10 favorite songs, commit to learning every part of each song; the rhythm guitar parts, the fills, the solos, the breaks, the lyrics. It's only the MOST FUN THING you can do in life, and makes you feel like a warrior and a confident person who has real style.