Ben Zinn

Ben Z.

San Diego, CA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach music theory as integrated with the activity of playing music.
Learning "how and why" things work together is an essential undertaking to deepen your understanding of music you listen to and play, accelerating your ability to improvise, compose and write original music, and communicate effectively in the language of music. This type of lesson can be customized to fit your specific goals and is not instrument specific.

About Ben Z.

Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp


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17 Reviews
Zoe W.
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Great guy! Really easy-going and knows what he is doing. 10yr old daughter can’t wait for the next lesson!

Posted Jan 10, 2020
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Ben was really chill, and even though I had no experience at all, he was patient. His style is super easy to follow, and he encouraged me to really enjoy it.

Posted Jul 2, 2018
Tim D.
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I was a great experience and Ben is very knowledgeable easy to learn from

Posted Nov 3, 2017
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My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)

Posted Aug 9, 2017
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Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!

Posted Jun 6, 2017
Sandra B.
Profile-location-online Online

Ben was on time on Skype. In fact he called me earlier to make sure I was able to connect to his site. First time with on line class, so far would recommend Ben highly

Posted May 24, 2017
Irina M.
Profile-location-online Online

I really love taking lessons with Ben. He is a very professional and knowledgeable instructor. He is patient, and flexible. You will enjoy!

Posted Nov 26, 2016
Zagar A.
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Hi, I like my guitar teacher. 7 years old

Posted Feb 16, 2016
Ruby K.
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A couple of years ago I dabbled in guitar playing and recently decided to take my playing a bit more seriously. Then, I found Ben Zinn. He is a highly proficient guitarist and a phenomenal guitar teacher.

Ben’s wide-range of musical knowledge and background enables me to learn at a much quicker pace than I expected. His patience in teaching allows us to communicate as teacher and student very well. I feel comfortable expressing my musical goals with him. He takes the time to help me understand the structure of what I’m learning without over burdening me with theory.

Ben has the flexible approach to training that caters to the individual student and keeps lessons fun and interesting while maintaining solid progress to individual goals.

He is an ultra-talented musician in his own right, but knows how to “break it down” to nice bite-sized pieces for beginning musicians such as myself. Moreover, he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll meet.

If you’re looking for someone who brings out the real joy in playing the guitar, Ben is your instructor. I encourage anyone looking to finally learn the guitar to sign up for lessons with Ben.

Posted Oct 18, 2015
Sidney H.
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The experience was wonderful. He targeted my weaknesses and made them stronger. I learned a lot! Recommend!

Posted Oct 5, 2015
Sidney H.
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Learning lots of new stuff from lesson one to present... He's a good instructor. Ben listens to me and develops his method of teaching from what my weaknesses are.

Posted Aug 27, 2015
Tammy K.
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It was perfect, Ben was really helpful and made me feel totally at ease with the whole process of learning. Can't wait for the next lesson, thanks Ben!

Posted Jun 22, 2015
Cengiz K.
Profile-location-online Online

It was a very productive lesson. Ben was able to teach a lot of things in the limited time given, and he gives enough material to work on that can easily last me a week. He makes his lessons enjoyable and educational at the same time.

Posted Dec 15, 2014
Cengiz K.
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Although it was the first lesson , It is obvious Ben is very good on teaching.His approach is totally according to student's needs and level (it is very important!) He is very kind person and explains the things very well .My 13 years old daughter liked his teaching so much. Most important for us,was He does not start with boring cliches which you can find anywhere in the planet . You start to play with Ben from the first lesson. He is also very cooperative and flexible and open for the new ideas and requests. I strongly recommend him for all level guitarists , especially who already knows a few things and wants to improve to next level . Regards

Posted Dec 2, 2014
Peg J.
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Ben is a great guy. He starts with the basics and focuses a lot on technique. He has played the guitar for 20 years so he has lots of experience.
I really enjoy my lessons with him.

Posted Jul 16, 2014
Mike K.

Could not be any happier!

Although I thought after years of picking and grinning, I knew what I was doing. Man was I wrong! Ben is taking me back to basics that will strengthen my approach to the music. His laid back style of teaching is just what I needed after years of not picking up my treasured Guild. He recognizes how tedious I find practice, but shows me how it will all work to my advantage in the long haul. Having a great time and will continue to work with Ben as long as it takes. If you need help he is the Man!

Posted Feb 13, 2014
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Posted Jun 9, 2020

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