Benjamin Simonson

Benjamin S.

Seattle, WA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing acoustic guitar for eleven years. My styles on the acoustic range from folk to bluegrass to gypsy swing. Acoustic guitar is a great way to start. It builds finger strength better than electric guitar and it teaches beginning students the fundamentals of control.

About Benjamin S.


My name is Ben, and I can't wait to start playing guitar with you. I have been playing since age 14, and teaching since age 18. Most of professional experience is as a jazz guitarist, but I have spent a good part of my career playing rock, funk, blues, and folk. Whatever your style and experience is, I would love to work with you to make you a better guitarist and musician. My number one goal is to inspire the student by giving them tools to start having fun in the practice room as soon as possible.


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10 Reviews
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As a complete beginner, I found that Benjamin was great to work with. He was able to introduce me to the basics and tailored the lessons to help me grow. Would definitely recommend him!

Posted Aug 13, 2018
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Ben is super knowledgeable, flexible and patient. I’m learning tons and plan to continue taking lessons for a long time. Definitely recommend taking lessons from Ben!

Posted Aug 10, 2018
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Had a great experience here! Ben is a patient and skilled teacher whom I would recommend to anyone regardless of their skill level.

Posted Jun 15, 2018
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Ben is very talented and very knowledgeable. He was open to covering whatever I was looking to do and has helped me learn some of the basics of soloing on an electric guitar (maj/min scales, pentatonic scales, arpeggios, etc.). Ben has a nice setup in his apartment for lessons and I would recommend him as an instructor.

Posted Aug 18, 2017
Josh C.
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Had a great first lesson and I highly recommend Benjamin. I have played guitar on and off for years, but I'm currently lost on my journey. I feel like I am back on the right path and I am excited to play again! The lesson was a good mix of basics, coordination exercises and learning one of my favorite songs! Thanks Benjamin, looking forward to next week!

Posted Jun 5, 2017
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Great teacher! Alex is really enjoying her lessons and feeling very enthusiastic about playing guitar.

Posted Mar 14, 2017
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Benjamin is a joy to work with! As an musician he is extremely talented and inspiring. As a teacher he is patient and has the ability to create a lesson plan based on the needs of his student. After working with him for a couple months I can tell that he has the ability to help me reach my goals. I strongly recommend Benjamin. Whether you inspire to become a casual player that just wants to learn a few songs or you want to build a foundation to compose your own music, Benjamin is a perfect fit.

Posted Feb 26, 2017
Chelsea B.
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Benjamin was a great teacher. From the very first lesson I was learning chords and practical skills that went along with guitar playing. I enjoyed how patient he was with me as well. Benjamin has a lot of experience in so many different styles which kept the lesson very interesting. Highly recommend taking lessons with Benjamin!

Posted Sep 24, 2015
Diueine M.
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Ben is a great teacher. This is my first time learning how to play the guitar and Ben has been great -- he is patient and very knowledgeable. I feel I'm making great progress, the lessons are no-pressure, which makes the whole process more enjoyable.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Darcy R.

Hey Ben, Thanks for getting me over my fear of learning something new. Guitar has always interested me but I didn't think I could do it. You've shown me I can! You've been an inspiration.

Posted Apr 5, 2015

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Bachelors of Arts, degree in music.
May 2008 - Aug 2013

University of Montana

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