I offer a unique approach to guitar and lessons in general. I don't believe in a linear process in my method of teaching, however I do believe that learning fundamentals such as sight reading, music theory and understanding/learning about chord structures and harmony are very helpful tools to better express yourself as an artist. I will focus on your goals and helping you reach them. Whether you are looking to write your own music, arrange for different instruments, play songs you love on guitar, learn solos, develop your own sound/voice. I'm dedicated to helping you express yourself and your story better.
I have been playing guitar for over 21 years, and teaching for over 15. I began to play when I was 11 years old mostly self taught for a period of 2 or 3 years. I later began taking jazz guitar lessons from 14-18 years old. I studied and performed with many great legendary teachers and performers. I later received a BFA in Jazz guitar performance from New School University in 2007, where I studied and performed with a wide variety of great players including, Junior Mance, Barry Harris, Bernard Purdie, Rodney Jones and Chico Hamilton to name a few.
I have since recorded 4 albums of all original music with various collaborating artists. Please visit my website: http://www.benjikaplan.com for more info including links to hear my albums, download/buy etc. bio, videos, and much more.
I teach privately from my home studio in williamsburg brooklyn, NY
I enjoy very much the process of helping other students unlock there talents and help spark an interest in learning new things. The deeper we look, the more there is to find. Knowledge is endless and the guitar is one of the great mysteries I am passionate about debunking. Teaching is a very gratifying way for me to give back to others what I have learned over 22 years of experience in the world of music. I have had the privilege to embark upon many projects, recordings, and helped many artists find or continue there path to a successful life with music and guitar. Please feel free to reach out to me for references from present and former students.
Benji is an excellent Guitar teacher. I found him to be very skilled, talented, and knowledgeable in teaching me both about guitar and how to begin playing. I appreciated his teaching style; patient while knowing how to guide me.
I would definitely recommend Benji to anyone who's looking to improve their guitar skills! He's got a very clear method and I never felt like he was coasting through the lesson, as some teachers do. I've learned a lot from him, especially in terms of voicing and harmony. I'm an experienced player but I know he's taught a lot of beginners too. Definitely worth it!
Benji's love of guitar playing is inspiring and his encouragement had me getting much more out of my own playing than I had before.
Benji is not only a brilliant composer and guitar player, but also a teacher of rare gift. Consider yourself lucky if you ever get a chance to have him as your music teacher.
I tend to like to find out more about the student in the first lesson, get a sense of their interests and how they got involved in music.
I have studied music and guitar extensively for many years both taking private lessons with many different teachers of varying styles and approaches as well as studied at New School University, in which I took classes in Pedagogy, studied music theory, other instruments, and composition, arranging, ear training, improvisation and overall musicianship.
I base my pricing on location (travel/distance).
I began teaching early on at the age of 16 years old when people began to seek me out after performances they'd heard me perform in clubs and restaurants in NYC and the greater New York area.
I have worked with children and adults age 5-65. All levels from beginners to advanced. Styles of music include Rock, jazz, classical, Brazilian, folk and Blues. People I have taught range from professional musicians, to lawyers, psychologists and school teachers. I enjoy relating my examples to those of the people I am working with. I like to use a hollistic approach to music that is flexible and involves me taking in to account the different styles of learning that each person has rather than a 1 size fits all. Everyone has different goals, wishes, talents, time to commit to studying/playing and sets of interests when it comes to music, so that all has to be taken in to account when working together in the lessons.
I think it's important for a prospective student to think about there level of time commitment to the music. What some of there goals are initially. Of course things will develop/unravel over time and not everything has to be defined or understood immediately.