30 year's playing experience
10 year's teaching experience
Lapslide / Dobro Guitar
Beginners to Advanced
Experienced Guitar Teacher offering Professional Guitar Tuition in Brighton & Hove
My name's Ben Cox-Smith, I am a professional Guitar player and music teacher in Brighton, I am currently offering courses in Flamenco, Acoustic, Electric, Slide or Dobro Guitar (flamenco, fingerstyle, ragtime, blues, slide, lap slide, folk, rock, metal) for pupils seeking one-to-one or group lessons.
I have 30 years playing experience, 10 years teaching experience and 20 years experience performing in a plethora of folk, grunge and ragtime groups as well as solo blues, fingerstyle, classical and flamenco performances at private and public functions and studio session work.
I believe repertoire, the ability to produce varied and interesting accopaniment and effective practice are the most important aspects of a musician's arsenal and, from the very beginning, teach guitar and music theory catering to the music tastes of the pupil, be it Rock, acoustic, folk, metal, fingerstyle, classical or slide
I also offer advance as well as beginner/intermediate courses in Fingerstyle, ragtime, slide, dobro and general song writing accompaniment. These involve a more concise look at:
• Improvisation & Understanding of Musical Conversation
• Ear Training to help you Learn to intuitively play what's in your head
• Harmony & Theory (Understanding music as a language)
•Technique & Dexterity (providing the skills to perform advance styles as well as effective practice technique to advance as quickly as possible)
- Arranagement and accompaniment for songwriting and how to avoid getting stuck in one way of writing and/or playing
All students will have the option to play a vast array of Guitars in my possession to get a feel for the right guitar to suit their playing
My Music History
I was brought up in a very musical family constantly listening to Classical, Jazz and folk revival and attending folk and fingerstyle sessions and ceilidhs from a young age. At 5 years old I took up the guitar alongside piano, violin and viola and gained an invaluable and comprehensive understanding of musical theory on a number of different instruments and genres. By 15 I moved to electric guitar, playing rock, grunge and metal and gaining experience with drummers and other musicians to learn the art of making musical conversation. In my 20s I returned to the acoustic and studied the ragtime and fingerstyle masters along with delta and country slide and dobro (lapslide), performing at various events and venues as well as providing a well sought after dobro session service for studios. For the last two years I have been intensively studying flamenco palos and techniques under a number of maestros both in the UK and in Spain.
I currently charge £25 per hour for lessons or 5 lessons block booked for £100
First lesson £15
When possible, I request students to practise at least 30 minutes a day on work set to help move the progress of the pupil in the right direction. Effective practice technique is one of the most important areas I teach and, if done correctly, you'll be astonished at the progress you can make in a very short time from 30 minutes per day!
For videos and recordings search for me on youtube or check out my reverbnation and if you are interested in lessons please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or phone.
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