Benjamin Pollak

Benjamin P.

Parkville, MD
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Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love teaching music! I have been a professional guitar instructor for over 8 years. Through attentive one on one instruction I develop a program to suit the player's goals. I emphasize technique with drills designed to raise my students' skills evenly across a wide range of categories, like picking, fretting, scale patterns, chord shapes, chord progressions, rhythm training, and ear training. I can guide a complete beginner toward being able to play songs and have fun. For the more serious student I have a plan that will make you a better player and musician guaranteed.
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About

Benjamin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
October 2006

I discovered music sifting through my Dad's record collection and soon decided that I wanted to play guitar. As a teenager I began taking lessons and building confidence in my abilities. I played in different types of bands ranging from rock, country, blues, and jazz. After completing College in 2004, I realized music was not just going to be a hobby, but a career. At age 35, I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last 11 years. I believe that anybody can learn to play as long as they are patient and understand that anything worthwhile takes time and sustained effort to achieve. You also need a good teacher who understands how to take you where you want to go musically. I have taught hundreds of different students of all ages and abilities. I have seen many of them grow musically and gain confidence in other areas of their lives as a result. I aim to inspire every student to find their way to a rewarding life through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans are developed on an individual basis. I want you to learn the music that inspires your passion. If the guitar is new to you, the first lessons are devoted to basic playing skills and techniques. It is important to develop a strong understanding of music fundamentals to ensure that the student is attaining the skills they need to be a complete musician. I emphasize technique with drills designed to raise my students' skills evenly across a wide range of categories, like picking, fretting, scale patterns, chord shapes, rhythm training, and ear training. I have had success with many students using this approach and most are playing songs within a couple months. For the more serious student, music theory is an important tool to understand songwriting and music in general. I am always open to discuss what we do during a lesson. I believe it is my job to balance what you want to do with what you need to do in order to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have amps, guitars, 1/4 inch cables, tuners, metronomes, paper and pens.
Would like students to have all these things but can accommodate based on need.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, flat-picking, finger-style

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Oct 2007 - Jan 2014
All About Music

I taught over a hundred students of all ages and abilities at this small lessons and musical accessories store in Baltimore.

Education

B.A. History
Sep 1999 - Jan 2004
Franklin & Marshall College

Photos & Videos

From a show in North Carolina

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checking levels at Bertha's Mussels, where I play twice a month.

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Whale Show performing "Shadows of Moonlight" at Bertha's Mussels
Whale Show performing "Muleskinner Blues" at Bertha's Mussels.
Performing at Piano's in NYC.

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From a show in Tennessee

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11 Reviews

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Ryan Jun 23, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Great instructor! Very patient and knowledgeable. Great choice for anyone wanting to learn or just improve their guitar playing.

Keith M. Mar 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I must say that Benjamin was great. I come from no musical background and had zero knowledge. Benjamin made me feel relaxed and broke down the sessions in an easy way so that I could understand the concept of what we were trying to accomplish. I look forward to future lessons and learning how to play the guitar

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Kevin L. Jan 19, 2015
Guitar · In home

Ben is an amazing guitar teacher who is patient and always willing to work with a busy schedule. As a senior in high school, many things pop up and we are always able to work around it. His lessons are based around what the students want to learn and he always finds a way to accomplish it. He has a great deal of knowledge in music theory and has helped me many times stay ahead in my music theory class in school and more importantly how to tie it in musically. As a performing musician as well, he has experience and other bits of wisdom about music and beyond that he can/will share and has which I feel is important as well.

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Monica A. Jun 15, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent Experience-Very Happy

Ben is a great teacher! I am very happy with Ben and with Take Lessons. Ben is knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He knows how to challenge me and bring my skills to the next level without making the lessons too difficult. I would highly recommend Ben as a teacher!

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Daria F. Mar 19, 2013
Guitar ·

thank you

I really enjoy my instructor. He is patient and professional. I will admit I was a bit nervous at frist but he is very calm and helpful.

Mike K. Jan 22, 2013
Guitar ·

Very good guitar teachers

Ben was able to evaluate my skill level and plan the lesson accordingly. He is very patient and makes sure that you know exactly what to do. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
Mike

Martha W. Sep 6, 2012
Guitar ·

Awesome guitar instructor!

Amazing teacher! Excellent teaching skills..He`s patient and takes sufficient time on a subject and makes sure you have learned the right techniques. I would highly recommend him!

PeterC1 Mar 22, 2012
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Ben is an amazing teacher, very knowledgeable, skilled and patient, which is a rare combination. I find the next-day feedback extremely useful. The "Great at" comments (while great is stretch in my case) help build confidence. Ben always gives clear information on what to practice during the week. All in all a great teacher and a great experience so far!

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TiaD Nov 17, 2011
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Mr. Ben is great! It's amazing how much she has learned with a little over a month of lessons. She gets extremely excited every week anticipating her lessons!

CarolW2 Jul 28, 2011
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He has been very good with my two grandsons. I stay and watch and listen. The two boys like Ben alot. He is great.

SudipG Apr 10, 2011
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its a nice experience to learn jazz guitar with u sir. just wanna be jazz guitarist n have plan to use the technique of jazz music in my coming song.thanks

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