About Me: I am a Berklee College of Music graduate, specializing in rock/metal, but am experienced in playing and teaching a diverse range of other styles as well. I play guitar for international-touring video game metal band Powerglove, as well as progressive metal band Lattermath.
My Teaching Method: I generally teach using Guitar Pro for music/tab notation, and I use the Amazing Slow Downer so that students can practice songs at a slower speed. I can also teach 7 and 8 string guitar if that's something you're interested in!
Some of my influences are: Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, James Hetfield, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Adam Jones, many more!
My guitar lessons take place at: My teaching studio in Glendale, CA, the student's home, or online through Skype/FaceTime.
Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Flexible scheduling. Please contact me to set up a time for our first lesson!
Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: For total beginners, we'll start with the absolute basics: holding the guitar correctly, holding the pick correctly, how to tune the guitar, etc. We will then learn some simple, fun songs in the style of your choosing! For more experienced players, I'll usually have a new student play along with a backing track or play a song they already know, in order to assess their playing ability. We will also discuss your goals and stylistic preferences so that I can make a customized curriculum based on your needs!
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Beginner students can expect to learn all the basics: how to hold the guitar and pick correctly, the names of the strings, how to read music and tablature, and some basic songs. Intermediate students can expect to start improvising, learning chords and scales, doing some ear training, and learning intermediate level songs. Advanced players can expect to learn more advanced songs, music theory, and soloing techniques (for metal players: fast alternate picking patterns, sweep picking, legato, tapping, whammy bar techniques, and lots more!)! I guarantee you will have a blast, learn a lot, and improve your playing!
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: My ideal guitar student shows up on time for lessons, is focused, and has a desire to learn and improve.
I love seeing my students having as much fun as I do when I play, and succeeding at their goals!
Ben is a great teacher. He taught me on and off for 8 or so years (probably more) and the only impediment to my advancement was my own level of discipline and time. He is a highly-talented guitar player, musician, and composer and is able to both appreciate and teach music from pretty much any genre. While Ben's performance life centers on metal and related genres, he was able to teach me anything under the sun in my favored genre (jam band music, etc.) while also appreciating the material I brought to lessons hoping to learn for what it was. In other words, Ben is highly versatile, excessively patient, and will meet his students in the middle to guide them through anything they wish to learn, so long as the student is able to do the same and provide the effort necessary to improve.
Ben taught guitar to both me and my teenage son and was always able to tailor the lessons to whatever we needed. Some days it would be my favorite solo and other days we would discuss music theory. And he was always patient and willing to help you work toward your goals. Oh, and I should also mention that he’s a gifted guitarist and a great guy.
We're gonna have fun even in our first lesson! You'll start learning fun songs right away!
Berklee College of Music - Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music
I progressed very quickly with the guitar and started teaching after I'd been playing for about 2 years. I've now been teaching for over 19 years!
I've taught everyone from beginners to advanced, male and female, kids to adults.
Last summer I did a 6 week North American headlining tour with my band Powerglove and had an absolute blast!
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