Ben Cohen Guitar Lessons
Take guitar lessons from a true professional! Ben Cohen is one of the most in-demand rock/shred guitarists in LA, not just as an instructor, but also as a hired gun for pro touring bands and as a pro studio musician. Ben currently plays guitar for international-touring Video Game Metal band PowerGlove, as well as national-touring Progressive Metal band Lattermath. Although he specializes in taking rock and metal guitarists to the next level, Ben's lesson plans are customized to fit each student's goals, level, and stylistic preferences. With over 20 years of professional teaching, performing, and recording experience and a Professional Music degree from Berklee, Ben has the knowledge and skillset to help anyone reach their musical goals. Whether you're a total beginner, a seasoned pro looking to expand your musical horizons, or are looking for help with audition prep to get into music school, Ben is the teacher for you. Don't settle for less!
I have such a passion for music and for playing guitar. Hours often pass by like seconds when I have the guitar in my hands. Playing music has always brought me so much joy, and teaching allows me the privilege of passing that joy on to others!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I guaruntee you'll have fun even in our first lesson!
For beginners, we'll start by learning all the fundamentals: how to hold the guitar, how to hold the pick, how to tune, the names of each of the strings, etc. Lastly, you'll learn a fun riff or song in the style of your choosing, that you can start playing right away!
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!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Berklee College of Music - Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music
How did you get started teaching?
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!
What types of students have you worked with?
I have experience teaching a huge range of ages, levels, and styles! Anyone from a 5 year old beginner, to high school students preparing for their Berklee audition, to adults wanting to improve their skills, and everything in between!
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Last summer I did a 6 week North American headlining tour with my band Powerglove and had an absolute blast!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be sure to find a teacher who is experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, and who has a personality and teaching style that is a good fit for you!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are your goals?
What style(s) or techniques are you looking to learn?
Do you have a specific learning style that works best for you?