I'm Ben and have been playing guitar for about 20 years now and am pretty comfortable around an acoustic and electric. I also really enjoy guitar fx and strange noises! Along the way I've had some excellent guitar teachers, and even though Youtube totally rocks for learning how to fix your toilet and play a van halen solo, I still see the value in the one-one lessons.
FYI: I am not the flashiest guitar player on the block, but have played on many records and am happy to share helpful tips from those experiences, how to prepare, and the techniques I find most helpful as a session player.
Audio technology has also been a passion of mine, and for the past 5 years a full time profession. I teach an introductory music production class at ministry school in Grantville PA and run a recording studio where I've recorded/mixed/produced many a record. I'll leave a link to a soundcloud account where you can have a listen.
If you're looking to hone in on your recording or guitar chops (whether you're just starting out or looking for some new ideas) please feel free to contact me via email. Due to my schedule, I'm only looking for a select, small number of clients.
Thank you Kindly,
I had a blast working with Ben! I seriously learned so much in such a short amount of time! It was sooo worth it! He's super helpful and patisnt when you're having a difficult time understanding something. Those lessons with Ben Hughes were some of the greatest moments in my life! Why? Because it gave me one of the greatest kick starts in life, ever! I still have a lot to learn, but this dude has always been my inspiration when it comes to music. I highly HIGHLY recommend a lesson with this guy.
I really like to have an initial 30min session (at no charge) and figure out what exactly would work best for the individual student. I come up with a plan (either on the spot or afterward) for 5-7 lessons. It's then up to the student to review/agree/disagree/make changes and then decide whether or not to move forward. I love agendas!
* 20 years experience as a guitar player
* 10 + years of touring
* 5 years of teaching introductory music technology
* 10 + years as a session player (guitar)
* 10 + years as a recording/mixing tech/producer
* certfication in pro tools (Avid 200M level)
* first lesson (lesson planning) free
* 30 min lesson - $30
* 50 min lesson - $45
* pdfs of lessons included.
* I had folks who kept asking me to teach them.
All levels. From beginners learning to hold a pick, to senior axe masters who could play me under the table but still needed a little guidance.
I just finished producing (and playing guitar) for a track that my favorite singer in the world (my wife) sang on. It's meant to be a bit of a throw back, and is quite a bit different from the genres I usually find myself working in. Check it out! google "Kate Hughes Precious Lord"
See if you can get an introductory lesson on the books and make sure you get along and enjoy it. It makes a huge difference!
Big vision and small vision. Big vision: what's the goal, down the road what would like to play/sound like?
Small vision: Are there different styles you're interested in? Different sounds/techniques you'd like to learn more about? Is there some particular elements of your playing that bother you? That you enjoy and would like to improve? Do you own a metronome!!! LOL