Ben Heffley
North Richland Hills, TX
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Ben Heffley

Ben H.

North Richland Hills, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught all levels of acoustic guitar. From blues to rock to country. I am in a band where I sing and play acoustic for three hours a night. I can teach lead as well as rhythm with numerous strumming techniques. Took many classes on acoustic guitar as well at Musicians Institute in Hollywood Ca

About Ben H.

Hello, my name is Ben and GUITAR IS MY BUSINESS...AND MY BUSINESS IS GOOD so please consider me. I've been playing guitar for over 18 years and have been in playing bands for 12 years. Recently after the band broke up, I decided to further my education and went to Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. There I was taught by the best guitar players in the world. Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Tommy Emmanuel and Johnny Hiland were just a few of the great players who gave clinics there. I received a degree in Guitar Performance and the knowledge I received there made me UNDERSTAND the mystery that is the guitar.

I can teach Rock/Metal, Country (lead and rhythm), Blues, Alternative, Acoustic, Classical, Chord Melody, Melodic Soloing, Twang, Chords, Scales, Modes, Many different lead and rhythm techniques and more importantly any song you want to go over.

I feel learning to play your favorite songs is the most important and the most fun about guitar playing. After playing songs, some of the information given (scales, chords, theory, ear-training) starts to make some since and you begin to slowly figure the guitar out.

Theory and Ear-training I feel are very important to learn when trying to understand music. It just gives you a basic mathematical way of understanding how music works. It can be very frustrating to learn and takes some time to sink in so if you don't want to learn it then that is great. Ear-training is cool because when you start to understand it you can actually hear music and not just listen to it. You can listen to a chord progression on the radio and go home and play it and also improvise over it.

I encourage BEGINNERS through EXPERT to at least hear what I have to say. I have A LOT of information to give about the guitar. I played for ten years made 2 demo CDs, one full length album, another demo specifically for Metal Blade Records, was in a big cover band and so I thought I knew it all and was a great guitar player. Then I went to GUITAR SCHOOL in Hollywood and reality hit me.
I wasn't as good as I thought. When you hear the best guitar players in the world everyday for a year and a half like I did at Musicians Institute it makes you want to be better and practice, practice, practice. I learned everything there about guitar and music and I know the Right way to teach.

Please consider me for your guitar teacher I will make it fun and a good learning experience as well.

Thank you,
Ben

*** Lesson Details ***
It depends on what level the student is on and that is where we will go with the lesson. If you are a beginner we will start with the very basics. I try to make it to where you can easily understand everything taught. The most important part of the lesson is you are having fun with playing the guitar and also getting as much information as possible. Upper level students may want to go over a song they are learning or want to know about theory or chords. Usually we will talk about where you are at with your playing and then go from there.

Thanks.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitar PA system, small amplifier for student

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books and paper. They should have guitar and pick

*** Specialties ***
Teaching Rock, metal, country lead, blues, ear training, theory solo improvization. Scales and chords and how they go together. Melodic soloing and chord melody. Can teach out of a book and can read music. But most importantly have fun and learn cool songs

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Britta S.
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Pretty much let my kids run the show which meant not a lot got accomplished. He's nice the kids liked him though.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
Johnathan P.
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Ben was super understanding of my busy schedule. He jumped right in and worked well with my 15 year old son.

Posted Jul 24, 2019
Suva P.
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Ben is my kids’ first instructor. They have come along a long way just in 5 classes. I feel like my kiddos are in good hands. I would recommend Mr. Ben to anyone who is looking for music instructor.

Posted Jul 24, 2018
Eric R.
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I got a great deal out of the exercises you recorded for me, Ben. Thanks. Eric

Posted May 12, 2018
Shelley Davila
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Loved Ben and Zane liked him also. He was on time and very patient. Loved that the lesson are in our home.

Posted Mar 23, 2018
Chris
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Ben is a great teacher for a beginner like me. He is patient, professional and flexible with schedule.

Posted Mar 11, 2018
Francis Govers
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I've been very happy with Ben - he has been very helpful and encouraging, and his playing is very nice. He knows his stuff and is happy to share his knowledge and experience. I certainly appreciate his enthusiasm for the guitar.

Posted Dec 8, 2017
Nancy Cook
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Really flexible and very helpful. Prompt and friendly.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Elijah F.
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excellent, patient with the twins. they seem to be learning a little more each session. they are very comfortable with him. my husband and i really appreciate his professionalism when teaching especially when one of them can be very talkative and sometimes wanting to veer of lesson plan. we think he's Awesome. D. Fenwick

Posted Jun 23, 2017
Louis Risolio
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I have a hearing problem and he didn't mine repeating when I need it.

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Sean F.
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Ben was very professional and personable with the boys. arrived in a timely manner. works great with children .

Posted Jun 9, 2017
Vi
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Learned a great deal since beginning the lessons. Still a long way to go but at least on the right path!

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Jason
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Ben is great with kids and allows them to learn fun stuff while throwing in some music theory at the same time. My son has blossomed under his direction for a year now.

Posted Apr 9, 2017
Jordano T.
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My kids are really happy with his teacher

Posted Jan 20, 2017
Kiara T.
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My kids are very motivated and happy with his teacher

Posted Jan 20, 2017
Jan J.
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First lesson was fun and easy going - just what I wanted. He went over what I knew so far and progressed from there. I feel I will enjoy learning from him.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Joe R.
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Great instructor with great patience for zero experience student. Looking forward to next lesson. I'm hooked.

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Joe R.
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Great instructor with great patience for zero experience student. Looking forward to next lesson. I'm hooked.

Posted Aug 30, 2016
Jennifer
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My son loves his guitar lessons, and has learned a lot from Ben. Can't wait for more lessons!

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Shea N.
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Highly recommended!

Posted Oct 16, 2015
Jose V.
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Great guy, i had a lot of fun

Posted Sep 29, 2015
vikas S.
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Posted Jun 24, 2014
dessiray A.

Ben was a wonderful teacher

Ben taught my 2 sons guitar and they really enjoyed it! They still play today and they took lessons over 2 years ago! Ben was always on time and was always great with my small sons.

Posted Jan 16, 2014
Ben H.

Ben is very knowledgable of music and the guitar

Ben was always punctual, he made the lessons not only very comprehensive but also fun. My son always looked forward to his lessons. He has learned a lot and we are going to get him a new guitar because he has tried so hard.

Posted Nov 20, 2013

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Experience

Music teacher
Jan 2013 - Present

Musik in School

I teach piano and guitar here have been for over 4 years! Have taught many students! :)

Guitar teacher
May 2006 - Sep 2009

Musical Pallette

Guitar teacher

Education

Professional certificate guitar performance
Feb 2005 - Aug 2008

Musicians institute

Professional certificate guitar performance
Feb 2005 - Feb 2007

Musicians Institute

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Professional Certificate in Guitar Performance
May 2006

Musicians Instititute Hollywood Ca

Degree in guitar performance at the best guitar school in the country.

Awards

Best of teachers in 2015
Feb 2015

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Affiliations

Mid-Cities Music Teachers Association
Sep 2017
The MCMTA has been serving Northeast Tarrant County with quality music instruction since 1985. We are affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association and the Texas Music Teachers Association.

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