Ben Stubbs
Fullerton, CA
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Ben Stubbs

Ben S.

Fullerton, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
🎸Picking up the acoustic guitar for the first time?

...Or picking up the acoustic guitar for the first time...in a long time?

No problem! Let's get you stringed up and back into the game. Each lesson is simple, effective, and guaranteed to get your fingers in shape and able to reach those frets you had never reached before--sounds a little bit like the intro narrative to Star Trek...?

What you will get in these lessons:

✅ How to play amazing rhythm guitar

✅ How to switch chords quickly

✅ How to play your favorite songs

✅ How to play solos

About Ben S.

👋 Hey there guitar aficionado! Ben Stubbs here, your Flamenco guitar go-to-guy. I want to show YOU HOW to PLAY the guitar...but more specifically, the Flamenco guitar. Let me tell you a little about myself, and then we'll get started with a plan for you!

EDUCATION

I hold an M.P.A. and a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in Public Administration (what does that have to do with the Flamenco guitar?); prior to that those degrees, I received an A.A. in Political Science (again, what does that have to do with Flamenco guitar?). The answer to the aforementioned question is that, I enjoy the discipline of the study of politics and government bureaucracies (I know…weird huh?). Nonetheless, I enjoy Flamenco most of all, and I want you to enjoy it too! Entonces…¡Vamonos!

EXPERIENCE

The guitar is a wonderful instrument, which I began playing at the age of six. I began my studies with the classical guitar for the first 15 years of playing; and for nearly the past 20 years I have been studying the Flamenco guitar exclusively—playing various concerts, events, and giving professional instruction; and I want to bring you along for the journey by showing you step-by-step how to play the Flamenco guitar!

My experience as a guitarist in Southern California has led me to explore different genres of music, playing for various musical groups ranging from surf rock, concert bands, and jazz groups. As a co-founding member of the band, Ballistico, we opened up for acts such as the Del Tones, the Grandmothers of Invention (featuring members of Frank Zappa’s original band, “Mothers of Invention”), Avenged Sevenfold, and many others.

EXPERTISE

Having received first-hand instruction from the some of the most sought-after professional Flamenco guitarists living and working in Spain, I offer each of my students an unrivaled degree of authenticity in technique, tone, and style.

You may have heard that learning the Flamenco guitar is an oral tradition... and this is true, but it is not a hard-and-fast rule. I am one of those guitar teachers who understands that learning by ear can be hard for some students--and that's okay! That's why I provide additional learning materials (described below).


LEARNING MATERIALS

Each lesson includes tablature (TAB) and/or standard notation, audio recordings of the lesson material, and practice tracks (when applicable). It is completely normal that only a day or two after a lesson—or even a few hours afterwards—the mind can (and will) quickly forget the material. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. By having the accompanying written and audio material with you after each lesson, you will be well-prepared for a successful next lesson!

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Michael H.
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Love this guy!

Posted Jun 20, 2020
Tatiana
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Posted Sep 18, 2018
Kristen M.
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Ben is an amazing instructor. I hired him for a group lesson and he was fantastic!!!

Posted Jun 28, 2018
Leo
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Ben is very kind and courteous with my 11 war old son. The lessons and material are well organized. So far I’m very happy with the progress and I would recommend Ben to anyone looking to learn Flamenco guitar.

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Michael H.
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Posted May 5, 2018
Paul
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Posted Mar 3, 2018
Tatiana
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Posted Feb 20, 2018
Michael H.
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Had some platform issue to start even though I'd prepped and tested days in advance, called Ben and patiently got me onboard. He let the lesson go on for extra time to make up for the glitch at the start. In the lesson, he has patience with beginners and still covered a LOT of new techniques (new to me anyway.) Got me psyched up to learn. Already looking forward to next lesson.

Posted Oct 28, 2017
Tatiana
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Posted Jul 30, 2017
Phillip S.
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Great instructor! Ben goes out of his way to record what you learn in class so you can reference it later on at home. He also is very good about preparing sheet music on new material. Very understanding with time and very knowledgable in guitar.

Posted Jun 23, 2017
Brooke
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Very nice, patient, and good at observing and giving feedback. As an absolute beginner I always had an encouraged feeling during the lesson.

Posted Apr 23, 2017
Tiffany
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Ben is a very good teacher who help my son improve a lot.

Posted Apr 21, 2017
Steve D.
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Very knowledgeable in Flamenco styles. So far it has been a great experience. I am progressing quicker than I anticipated. I thought lessons were overrated, but he has proved me wrong. I look forward to the lessons each time. Thank you Ben!

Posted Apr 8, 2017
Shahrokh Mafi
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Great teacher and well organized!!

Posted Mar 25, 2017
Vincent J.
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Ben is a nice and patient person. Also he is a great teacher. My son and his friend like his lessons very much. And we'd like to continue our next session with him.

Posted Mar 11, 2017
Zane
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I'm currently taking Flamenco guitar lessons with Ben. He's polite, kind, and straightforward. Makes me feel positive and confident throughout the lessons. I tend to ask a lot of questions but he's made sure to answer each of them with enthusiastic and insightful responses. I'd reccomend him to anyone looking for serious lessons from a very knowledgeable guitar teacher.

Posted Jan 20, 2017
Jack
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Exceeded my expectations...Ben connected with me right away. As an adult beginner, I found his instructional methods and philosophy encouraging.
Looking forward to working with Bem for a long time....

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Gary
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Mr. Stubbs is an excellent musician and teacher. He has a wide range of musical ability from electric blues to classical guitar, and especially flamenco guitar. His approach of flamenco and his performance is masterful.
One would think that the discipline required to attain Ben''s level of ability would cause a person to get "stuffy" and dry . But a keen sense of humor, a quick wit and humility make time spent with Ben a pleasuraable learning experience.

Posted Jul 15, 2016
Derek
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Ben has been extremely patient with me & has helped me take my guitar playing to the next level. He's a great teacher & I'd highly recommend him to anyone!

Posted Jul 14, 2016

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Experience

🎙️Podcast Host
Jan 2020 - Present

The Flamenco Guitar Podcast

Helping listeners discover the cultural heritage of Flamenco, and explore the Flamenco guitar in a way never done before in a podcast with your host Ben Stubbs of Flamenco4U.

Founder/Lead Instructor
Oct 2019 - Present

Flamenco4U

Creating online tutorials, courses, and sheet music for the Flamenco guitar at Flamenco4U.

Owner/Composer
Nov 2006 - Present

Tirantito Music/Publishing

Providing recorded music composition for various music libraries. Providing live music performances.

Guitarist/Ensemble Member
Feb 2013 - Mar 2015

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Education

M.P.A.
Jan 2019 - Present

California State University, Fullerton

B.A. Public Administration
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015

California State University, Fullerton

AA Political Science
Sep 2011 - Aug 2013

Fullerton College

Languages

🇺🇸 English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

🇪🇸 Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

CPR & First Aid
Oct 2019

American Heart Association

While I am not a medical doctor, nor play one on TV, if you are snacking on something...let's say...frozen pineapple, then I am fully prepared to assist you if you--God forbid--begin to choke on your snack. But then again... ...Why would you be snacking during guitar lessons? 🤣

Awards

Best Surf Band Nominee
Apr 2003

Orange County Music Awards

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2004
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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