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 39 I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last 15 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
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2006
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
Ben is awesome. He makes the lessons both fun and educational.
First lesson with Benjamin was great - would definitely recommend him.
Great instructor! Very patient and knowledgeable. Great choice for anyone wanting to learn or just improve their guitar playing.