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Ben S.
Fullerton, California
🎼 The are so many beautiful pieces in the classical guitar repertoire! ...Where is the eager guitar student expected to start? Come along! Let me show you. What you will get in these lessons: ✅ How to play "Romance" ✅ How to play beautiful pieces by legendary composers ✔️ Fransisco Tárrega ✔️ Fernando Sor ✔️ Bach ... And more!
About Ben S.

👋 Hey there guitar aficionado! Ben Stubbs here, your Flamenco guitar go-to-guy. I want to show YOU HOW to PLAY the guitar...but more specifically, the Flamenco guitar. Let me tell you a little about myself, and then we'll get started with a plan for you! EDUCATION I hold an M.P.A. and a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in Public Administration (what does that have to do with the Flamenco guitar?); prior to that those degrees, I received an A.A. in Political Science (again, what does that have to do with Flamenco guitar?). The answer to the aforementioned question is that, I enjoy the discipline of the study of politics and government bureaucracies (I know…weird huh?). Nonetheless, I enjoy Flamenco most of all, and I want you to enjoy it too! Entonces…¡Vamonos! EXPERIENCE The guitar is a wonderful instrument, which I began playing at the age of six. I began my studies with the classical guitar for the first 15 years of playing; and for nearly the past 20 years I have been studying the Flamenco guitar exclusively—playing various concerts, events, and giving professional instruction; and I want to bring you along for the journey by showing you step-by-step how to play the Flamenco guitar! My experience as a guitarist in Southern California has led me to explore different genres of music, playing for various musical groups ranging from surf rock, concert bands, and jazz groups. As a co-founding member of the band, Ballistico, we opened up for acts such as the Del Tones, the Grandmothers of Invention (featuring members of Frank Zappa’s original band, “Mothers of Invention”), Avenged Sevenfold, and many others. EXPERTISE Having received first-hand instruction from the some of the most sought-after professional Flamenco guitarists living and working in Spain, I offer each of my students an unrivaled degree of authenticity in technique, tone, and style. You may have heard that learning the Flamenco guitar is an oral tradition... and this is true, but it is not a hard-and-fast rule. I am one of those guitar teachers who understands that learning by ear can be hard for some students--and that's okay! That's why I provide additional learning materials (described below). LEARNING MATERIALS Each lesson includes tablature (TAB) and/or standard notation, audio recordings of the lesson material, and practice tracks (when applicable). It is completely normal that only a day or two after a lesson—or even a few hours afterwards—the mind can (and will) quickly forget the material. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. By having the accompanying written and audio material with you after each lesson, you will be well-prepared for a successful next lesson!

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

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M.P.A.

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Teaches ages 8+

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Speaks 🇪🇸 Spanish, 🇺🇸 English

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Ben S.
Fullerton, California
🎼 The are so many beautiful pieces in the classical guitar repertoire! ...Where is the eager guitar student expected to start? Come along! Let me show you. What you will get in these lessons: ✅ How to play "Romance" ✅ How to play beautiful pieces by legendary composers ✔️ Fransisco Tárrega ✔️ Fernando Sor ✔️ Bach ... And more!
About Ben S.

👋 Hey there guitar aficionado! Ben Stubbs here, your Flamenco guitar go-to-guy. I want to show YOU HOW to PLAY the guitar...but more specifically, the Flamenco guitar. Let me tell you a little about myself, and then we'll get started with a plan for you! EDUCATION I hold an M.P.A. and a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in Public Administration (what does that have to do with the Flamenco guitar?); prior to that those degrees, I received an A.A. in Political Science (again, what does that have to do with Flamenco guitar?). The answer to the aforementioned question is that, I enjoy the discipline of the study of politics and government bureaucracies (I know…weird huh?). Nonetheless, I enjoy Flamenco most of all, and I want you to enjoy it too! Entonces…¡Vamonos! EXPERIENCE The guitar is a wonderful instrument, which I began playing at the age of six. I began my studies with the classical guitar for the first 15 years of playing; and for nearly the past 20 years I have been studying the Flamenco guitar exclusively—playing various concerts, events, and giving professional instruction; and I want to bring you along for the journey by showing you step-by-step how to play the Flamenco guitar! My experience as a guitarist in Southern California has led me to explore different genres of music, playing for various musical groups ranging from surf rock, concert bands, and jazz groups. As a co-founding member of the band, Ballistico, we opened up for acts such as the Del Tones, the Grandmothers of Invention (featuring members of Frank Zappa’s original band, “Mothers of Invention”), Avenged Sevenfold, and many others. EXPERTISE Having received first-hand instruction from the some of the most sought-after professional Flamenco guitarists living and working in Spain, I offer each of my students an unrivaled degree of authenticity in technique, tone, and style. You may have heard that learning the Flamenco guitar is an oral tradition... and this is true, but it is not a hard-and-fast rule. I am one of those guitar teachers who understands that learning by ear can be hard for some students--and that's okay! That's why I provide additional learning materials (described below). LEARNING MATERIALS Each lesson includes tablature (TAB) and/or standard notation, audio recordings of the lesson material, and practice tracks (when applicable). It is completely normal that only a day or two after a lesson—or even a few hours afterwards—the mind can (and will) quickly forget the material. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. By having the accompanying written and audio material with you after each lesson, you will be well-prepared for a successful next lesson!

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

Education

M.P.A.

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 8+

Speaks

Speaks 🇪🇸 Spanish, 🇺🇸 English

Speaks

Has background check

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The lessons were really well structured and I felt I was on my way to achieve my goals from the first one. Ben broke everything down into manageable chunks and built upon each lesson at the level that was right for me. He has a great teaching style and always makes you feel comfortable to ask as many questions as you need to. I feel I have learnt so much, not only for my flamenco playing, but knowledge and skills that I can use across the board with guitar. With Ben's help I was also able to learn how to play one of my favourite songs!

Posted Nov 6, 2021
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Ben is patient and a likeable instructor. He will challenge you but does so in a way that makes you want to demonstrate to him as well as yourself that you are learning and progressing. I feel good about my progress so far!

Posted May 18, 2021
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Ben's a great and knowledgeable teacher, always willing to answer whatever questions I have. I'm new to flamenco but have played other styles of guitar, and the lessons are really well-tailored for my experience level.

Posted Mar 18, 2021
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🎙️Podcast Host
Jan 2020 - Present
The Flamenco Guitar Podcast
Helping listeners discover the cultural heritage of Flamenco, and explore the Flamenco guitar in a way never done before in a podcast with your host Ben Stubbs of Flamenco4U.
Founder/Lead Instructor
Oct 2019 - Present
Flamenco4U
Creating online tutorials, courses, and sheet music for the Flamenco guitar at Flamenco4U.
Owner/Composer
Nov 2006 - Present
Tirantito Music/Publishing
Providing recorded music composition for various music libraries. Providing live music performances.
Guitarist/Ensemble Member
Feb 2013 - Mar 2015
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Accompanist
Jun 2007 - Sep 2010
International Arts Academy
Provided flamenco guitar accompaniment for dancers.
Accompanist
Feb 2006 - Mar 2007
International Arts Academy
Provided flamenco guitar accompaniment for dancers.
M.P.A.
Jan 2019
California State University, Fullerton
B.A. Public Administration
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
California State University, Fullerton
AA Political Science
Sep 2011 - Aug 2013
Fullerton College
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency
CPR & First Aid
Oct 2019
American Heart Association
While I am not a medical doctor, nor play one on TV, if you are snacking on something...let's say...frozen pineapple, then I am fully prepared to assist you if you--God forbid--begin to choke on your snack. But then again... ...Why would you be snacking during guitar lessons? 🤣
P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatch Course Completion
Oct 2010
State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
What better way to improve one's teaching and communication skills that to complete a course in public safety dispatch; in this program, I learned to walk stressed out people in crisis-based situations to get to a safe place while remaining calm...Likewise, as a teacher, I help people remain calm while they walk their fingers to the correct frets on the guitar neck 🎸😆.
Valdez Guitar Academy
Apr 2004
Arturo Valdez / Maestro Federico
Best Surf Band Nominee
Apr 2003
Orange County Music Awards
American Political Science Association
Jan 2012
Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.
TAXI
Oct 2008
TAXI is an Independent A&R company, based in Calabasas, CA, that was founded in 1992 by music veteran Michael Laskow with the intent of helping songwriters, artists, bands, and composers get their music heard by record labels, music publishers, and supervisors of film/TV projects.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2004
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Instructor details
Classical Guitar
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
15 minutes
$51
30 minutes
$81
60 minutes
$131
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30