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Center City Philadelphia Guitar Lessons
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338 S 16th St Philadelphia, PA 19102
338 South 16th StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19102
Guitar Instructor
I teach lessons (beginner-pro) in blues guitar technique, slide guitar (Allmans), Piedmont picking (Doc Watson), Folk, and unlocking the secrets to soloing through a new look at chordal substitutions.
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"I've long enjoyed blues slide guitar, and wanted to learn how to play it."
"I also told him I was interested in learning music theory."
"I highly recommend Ron Bennett as a guitar instructor."
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Seth Madden
a month ago
Ron is a great guy and an exceptional teacher. I have been taking lessons with him for a few months now. He really wants to get to know his clients and prepares each lesson to their best interests. I am interested in learning more about music theory and he has been doing a great job at breaking it down and learning step by step. I highly suggest trying a lesson from him. He is knowledgeable in all types of music and it is truly a fun experience to meet him for lessons in learning the guitar.
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Joseph Moore
7 months ago
Ron is truly helping me transform my playing and understanding of the guitar. Prior to moving to Philly I took lessons for three years, focusing mostly on learning songs and pentatonic leads, which was exactly what I had asked my previous tutor to teach me. Though I progressed quickly, I never really felt like I knew what I was doing -- I had a collection of puzzle pieces but I didn't know how they fit together. I came to Ron with a request: help me actually learn about and understand the guitar and music. Without a doubt, Ron delivered. From a practical point of view, Ron has taught me more about using the entire fretboard then I can possibly explain, especially learning intervals and finding (and connecting) chords up and down the neck. I no longer feel trapped inside the pentatonic boxes. Ron has an amazing depth of music theory and practical musical knowledge, but also the playing chops show you how to put it all to use. Here is just a partial list of topics we've covered (and are still diving deep into) recently: Major intervals, Minor intervals, relative Major and Minors, CAGED chords everywhere, 7th chords everywhere, and partial chords. That's just the past few months. A key for me each week is the "ah-ha!" moment. In almost every session Ron helps unlock a piece of understanding that had previously eluded me. For example, we've recently been working on intervals, and when he explained that certain intervals combinations were really partial parts of chords I already knew... "ah-ha!" the tumblers fell into place. This happens all the time. Not only does Ron have hard-learned musical knowledge, but he knows how to convey it in a way that makes sense and sticks with me. And if you're into bottleneck slide guitar, Ron's your man. I've only scratched the surface of his slide knowledge. Ron works me hard, which is what I need to progress. I plan on learning from Ron for years to come.
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Julien Schremmer
a year ago
As a classically trained guitarist, it was not until my summer of lessons with Ron that I was able to truly understand the guitar neck. Every lesson with Ron gave me a new view of the guitar and understanding of songwriting. Although I took lessons with Ron for only a summer, after that summer I felt like a more advanced guitarist and a better musician. Ron communicates complicated topics with such clarity and energy that every lesson gave me weeks' worth of ideas to explore on the guitar. In particular, his lessons about chord inversions and modes changed the way I viewed the guitar neck and approached song-writing. Ron's knowledge of music and the structure behind it allows him to explain and answer questions with precision and introduce new ideas with ease, and this is the reason I recommend him highly as a guitar teacher.
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Shelley Nash
3 years ago
Ron Bennett is a great music teacher. I came to him with zero knowledge of guitar and he has patiently helped me to learn to play. He is unique in that he is willing to tailor his lessons and teaching style to the needs of the individual student. Ron has always worked with me both to develop appropriate technique but also to help strengthen the areas where I'm weak in a way that makes it fun and engaging. I've taken music lessons in the past, but Ron is turning me into a joyous musician in a way that my previous music teachers did not. Ron is more than just my music teacher, though; he was also the ceremony musician for my wedding in April 2012. Having heard him play during my lessons, I knew I wanted him to be a part of the wedding. Ron met with my husband and myself several times to discuss what we wanted, and then worked tirelessly to tailor the set to be EXACTLY what we requested. He even did research on different versions of songs we requested to make sure that he played the "best" one. He was perfect, and we got lots of compliments from guests about our "excellent choice of guitarists." My husband and I could not agree more. Far from being just a guitar teacher, Ron is also a fantastic musician. You don't always get that in a music teacher.
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Don Roeber
a month ago
I've long enjoyed blues slide guitar, and wanted to learn how to play it. I had looked at some youtube videos and played around a bit on my own, but wasn't happy with my progress. I reached out to Ron, and we set up a few lessons at a time that was convenient for me. Within 5 minutes of our first lesson, Ron quickly identified a few technique mistakes I had been making, and we identified a few songs to start on. These songs were not only fun to play, but used a wide variety of slide styles. I was quickly playing the songs that I had been enjoying listening to. Additionally, Ron made sure that I understood not only how to play slide, but also to know what notes to play and when. His interweaving of music theory and slide guitar has really progressed my understanding of guitar, as well increased my confidence when playing with others. Unfortunately, due to some life changes of mine, I had to suspend my lessons with Ron. I plan to re-engage him and take Skype lessons as soon as possible.
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Tony Kauffman
a year ago
Lessons from Ron have been a great help for me in my role as a record producer. He has expanded my understanding of music theory and I've been able to apply the things I learn with Ron in the studio when I'm working with different artists. My songwriting abilities have improved with the different musical techniques I've learned. I expected to learn to play the guitar, but am learning a great deal more than just that. For the past 5 years I've worked for Philadelphia International Records, home of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the creators of "The Sound of Philadelphia." Soul and R&B music holds a special place in my heart, and having a experience teacher who shares the same enthusiasm for this type of music makes my lessons a joy. I highly recommend Ron for anyone who has or is pursuing a career in music.
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Ricardo Patton
2 years ago
Ron is an incredible musician and instructor. When I first started lessons with Ron I had been playing guitar for several months and was ready to give up as I thought "maybe guitar just wasn't for me." After my first lesson with Ron my passion for guitar was ignited. He has a laid back yet diligent approach which immediately made me feel comfortable and inspired. Ron helped me view the fretboard in a different light and helped me to think outside the "box." Because of Ron, I am more confident as a musician and now have the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone. I highly recommend Ron Bennett as a guitar instructor.
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John Hudome
3 years ago
I highly recommend Ron Bennett as a guitar/music teacher. Over the past (almost) year, my playing has rapidly accelerated. I'm in my 50's and began playing as a child. I stopped for 25 years and picked it up again in Sept. 2011. I sought out Ron in Spring 2012 to speed my progress. He has assisted me in learning new approaches to some old things. He has opened up new playing avenues for me and broadened my musical knowledge. I have been playing out again in front of people. My play is confident. I thank Ron and credit him for his guidance, persistence, patience, humor and fun approach.
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