Ian truly has a heart for teaching.
As his student he has provided me with invaluable knowledge, understanding and perspective gained from his years of experience. Secondly, his adaptability in lessons, and willingness to approach course material from multiple angles is astounding. Ian’s technical proficiency, professionalism and energy is surely something any student should aspire to. - Reuben Oosthuysen
I have been seeing Ian for guitar lessons for just over a year now, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Ian does the teaching at my house, has taught me exactly what I have asked for, is well prepared for each lesson, and has been flexible around my timetable. Even his admin is up to date and professional. I have now started my young son with him, and he is having a ball. Ian is the real deal, a great musician, an awesome guy, a professional teacher, and as passionate about his trade as they come. My guitar playing and repertoire has improved beyond my expectations, and I would recommend him to anyone that wants to pick up a guitar. - Colin Squair
It is easy to find a guitarist; there are hundreds of players eager to work. But is not easy to find a great guitarist. Even more so, someone who offers versatility in style and genres. Never mind someone who is easy to work with; undemanding, prepared for rehearsals and shows, and has a fantastic sense of humour. Ian is the entire perfect package! He understands constructive criticism and the needs of representing a brand.
It is an honour to work with you Ian !
Thank you for everything you have done for me and my bands. - Ingrid Botha, CEO, Rock Till You Drop Management
Ian is a world class guitar virtuoso, teacher and motivator. My son was very fortunate to have had Ian teach and guide him over the last two years. Ian is skilled in a wide array of styles and genres - including musical theory - and teaches each with kindness, patience and passion. - Harris Blass
Just spent 3 days going through Ian's workout plan, I'm loving it! Great licks, strong concepts, well executed audio examples round out the whole package. Expert advice valuable to players at all levels. - Braegen Russell
In 2014, a guitarist whom I never had the privilege of working with, was booked for the SA tour with female USA rock singer Dilana. At the first rehearsal already, it struck me that this particular gentleman was on the money, in terms of preparation, skill, musicality, and very impotantly, character.
In my capacity as freelance "drummer for hire", I have played with some of the finest musicians on the planet, and I can say in all honesty, that Mr. Ian Bushell rates amongst all of them.
I would share a stage with him any day of the week again - Vinnie Henrico
Ian’s guitar classes give me a lot of enjoyment. He is a true professional that does not only know what to provide you, to get you going with a guitar, but also understands the feeling and can appreciate when you reach a personal goal in your lessons. Whether it is to master a new chord or solo, he always helps me to try my best and when I battle, he encourage's me to try harder. Every time when he leaves after a class, I have a great feeling of satisfaction with my guitar; it is just great for me! I am looking forward to spend time with him for a long while and can advise any new or existing student to join him. - Pieter Jooste
Ian is a consummate musician. Not only is he technically proficient in many different genres and feels, his tones and instruments always suit the music he is playing. Besides his awesome guitar abilities he is always a pleasure to work with and I look forward to any performances with him. - Jason Green
I'm an artist who looks for REAL people to work with. When they're super talented and all heart, it's an added bonus for me. Ian is all heart! He's a true music lover and very passionate about his art. He's also punctual and professional. A true pleasure to work with. On and off stage, Ian is an energy I love having around. - Dilana
4 months with Ian Bushell:
I'm 28, I started guitar at 12, and was performing on stage from about 14, don't you love under age drinking. I also started studying classical guitar and went through getting my grade 8 studying under professor Fritz Buss, (who did wonders with my playing), And then didn't do lessons up until Ian.
My first lesson with Ian, I showed him some of my writing and techniques for him to see where I was at. He picked up my vibe very quickly and understood the musical language I spoke... Since then he has tailor made some really interesting lessons and has given me some pieces that really suit my style, and what sound I'm looking to achieve. I am very ADD and have many many questions, which is great, because Ian had a vast vast knowledge of the guitar in its entirety. So I am never left confused or unsure about any particular on the guitar.
With regards to my playing, I am left handed and had a very lazy left hand(strumming hand) and I liked to do mainly legato stuff. Ian has helped my rhythm hand dramatically, my speed and accuracy is on point, and getting better by the day, rhythm and timing has improved as well as..... Wait for it.... I learned how to sweep! Watch out!
I would recommend Ian as a teacher/educator to any intermediate to advanced player who is serious about mastering their craft.
- Michael Plaxton-Harrison
I've been having guitar lessons with Ian since 2011, and I can only think of good things to say about his way of teaching. He is always punctual, professional and extremely trustworthy. He makes all of my guitar lessons something to look forward to, and I always learn something new, while having loads of fun. - Ryan Conradie
As the Band leader of the Touring Act "Ghapi", I need reliability from my fellow musicians.
What do I look for in a Guitarist:
Reliability,Good Technique,Good sound,and Good Temperament and the most important--MUSICALITY!!!
Ian Bushell is all of the above and more!!!
Ian adds awesome musicality and consistency to my gig. A sense of fun and a smile is always present when He is in the room!!
I love his Playing!! Thanx for making my Gigs great!!!!
Keep pouring out the Good Stuff!!! - Ghapi
Not only is Ian Bushell a consummate musician but also a masterful teacher. With lessons customised to my needs and requirements... Ian Bushell taught me to fly. Ian, you're a legend. Thank you - Clinton Botha
Ian is a great teacher, who is always willing to accommodate my son's individual interests, without compromising on the quality of content of the lesson. He is very patient and his relaxed teaching style easily brings out the best in my son. I cannot imagine my son progressing as fast with any other guitar tutor. - Vivienne van Rensburg
Mr Ian Bushell what a great muso and friend! Always a pleasure to be on stage with this guy! I've worked with many guitarist's and definitely with out a doubt can say that Ian is one of my favorites! - Leon janse van Rensburg
If you know Ian this testimonial probably seems a bit pointless as you all know how good he is, not just as a guitar player but as a teacher. His knowledge and ability across styles is vast. Ian himself is an extremely easy guy to talk to, he has always been available for a chat and does what he can at all times to help despite having a busier schedule than most. If you want to learn guitar the best way, the easiest way and most importantly the right way check him out. Thank you for helping me reach my goals Ian. - Peter Farrell
What can I say about Ian Bushell...
We only did a hand full of gigs together and none of them with a single rehearsal. I sent him a list of 30 songs that were needed for specific functions, sometimes with only a few days to learn the tracks. Genres ranging from Rock to funk to dance and he nailed each and every track, all the parts and solos.
Ian's work ethic and genuine love for his instrument is incredible, nothing is ever a problem. I doubt there are many gigs this guy couldn't pass with flying colours.
I hear he is a good kisser as well ;-)
My name is Brent Harris and I fully recommend the talented Ian Bushell! - Brent Harris
Great guy and great guitarist. From the get go Ian knew what I wanted to get out of my lessons. What I have learnt is invaluable. Highly recommended. - Leon van Zyl, Pop effects
Working with Ian is an absolute pleasure. Great guitarist, loads of energy, well rehearsed and on top of that he is a great guy. I am looking forward to working with Ian again! - Warren van Wyk
I had a look at the Legato styles lesson pack and I think this is a great resource for players looking to improve their technique, courtesy of one of SA's finest players. - Andy Innes
It's not every day you get to work with a truly phenomenal musician such as Ian. He manages to merge style and technique in a perfect and effortless amalgamation. It's always such a pleasure being able to record and work with a true guitar genius." - Anti Motion Studios
Ian is truly inspirational when it comes to what he does best. He takes pride in what he does and has a heartly passion for guitar. The talent just flows out of him. I would recommend him to anyone with the same passion. He is a genuine person and easy to get along with. - AIP Design Studio
Ian is memorable for his work ethic and professionalism. We met when he performed with a leading South African band at a venue for which I do the photography. What left a special impression on me was not so much his undoubted technical proficiency as a guitarist but rather his genuine enjoyment of the music and his willingness to interact with fans. - Hennie Lombard