Lessons with Ben Schenstead
We are now accepting registrations for the Fall 2022-23 season. We will be back to face-to-face lessons locally, but Zoom lessons are also available regardless of where you may live.
Please book early for best times as Ben's schedule
fills up quickly and there are limited spaces.
Thanks to the many students who participated in our "Guitar Twang" talent showcases over the past several years! These exciting events are open to all of our students and
feature solos, duos, and bands with singing! Here are some photos from Guitar Twang
Ben enjoys working with students of all ages, from children through seniors. Lessons with Ben are value-packed with a good balance of fun songs, music theory,
and tips on technique. Lesson are tailored to the individual student's learning profile
which results in optimal progress and enjoyment. Many of Ben Schenstead's former students have went on to become successful
performers and teachers in their own right, and a number of notable players and
teachers in Saskatoon and area have studied with Ben at some point.
Why take music lessons?
The main reason for learning to play a musical instrument is for the love of music, which can enrich our lives and provide us with endless hours of enjoyment.
There are, however, many secondary benefits to music lessons. There is overwhelming evidence that
learning to play a musical instrument especially at
a young age enhances brain development and the acquisition
of many important cognitive skills. Children who take
music lessons tend to do better at school, have higher grades, and better
social skills than children who do not. The enhanced
that children experience from learning and playing a musical instrument
also benefits them academically and socially. This
in the Star-Phoenix points to the many benefits of
early musical training. For older beginners and adults, music lessons provide opportunity for personal growth, satisfaction, and enhanced enjoyment of music.
Where are lessons and how long are lessons?
Lessons are held in Ben's modern and professional studio located at 110 Thain Crescent. Zoom, Skype, Facetime lessons are also available.
Click here for pictures of the studio
Most students take half-hour weekly lessons. Longer
lessons of 45 min and an hour are also available.
For rates and information, please see the Calendar & Policy
Sheet. Our "Open
Door" policy means that parents are encouraged to attend lessons with
their minor children on a regular basis. Children benefit from this in
ways: parents can better monitor their child's learning and practice
at home, and the increased parental attention can enhance children's
and progress. Teens and adult students are welcome.
For further information on Guitar Lessons and available time slots, please
call or text 306 220-8424 or email via the Contact link.
Here is some information on the different types of lessons and services available:
Why play classical guitar?
Classical guitar is a great choice if you enjoy and appreciate classical music and would like to play guitar
solos that are full sounding and complete in themselves and do not need accompaniment by other instruments.
Some players also play jazz and pop styles using the classical guitar. You will need a nylon-string
classical guitar to play this style as it utilizes the fingers to pluck the strings, rather than a pick. The result is an
intimate and a highly expressive sound that fascinates audiences. RCM Grades in classical guitar are also available as an option. Let Ben Schenstead guide you through the basics
and beyond as you explore the exciting and growing world of classical guitar.
Steel String Acoustic
Most popular way to play the guitar
Steel-string acoustic guitars are perhaps the most popular type of guitar to start lessons on. Most players start by using a flat pick,
and are introduced to fingerstyle as a later module in acoustic guitar. You will learn how to read music and tab, play well-known tunes,
learn chording and accompaniment styles, and some musical theory, including scales, rhythms, and fingerboard patterns. The acoustic guitar
also serves serves as a great foundation for other types of guitar including electric guitar and bass. We don't see the trend toward
acoustic instruments lessening any time soon, with many popular artists and bands featuring acoustic guitar along with banjo, ukulele, fiddle, etc.
There is something magical about playing an electric guitar and having the sound come out of an external box. You can shape the sound with tone controls on your electric guitar
and amp, or explore the many effects units available. Electric guitar has a wide appeal due to the many styles that it can be played in, including rock 'n' roll,
rock and heavy metal, jazz, rhythm and blues, pop, etc. Usually, it is best for youngsters to begin on acoustic guitar and learn the basics of chording and melody playing before
taking up the electric guitar. Many of our older students continue to play both acoustic and electric, as they complement and reinforce one another.
Your lessons on electric guitar will include power chords, riffs, soloing and improvisation, left hand techniques, picking techniques and other essentials that
will have you playing the coolest electric guitar riffs and songs in no time.
Piano, Bass, and Drums
Variety is the spice of life...
Though specializing in Guitar, Ben also teaches introductory courses in Piano in both classical and popular styles. In some cases, Ben has been asked by guitar students for lessons in bass guitar and drums, which can broaden their musicianship, hone their sense of rhythm, and enhance their enjoyment of music.
RCM Grades Preparation
Ben is well-qualified to help prepare students for
Exams in both Guitar and Theory. RCM Grades are recognized by Sask
Ed for high school credits. See RCM Accreditation
more information. RCM grades are an excellent way to set goals, and the
sense of achievement upon receiving a diploma can do much to enhance
people's self-esteem. Ben has also helped students successfully prepare for auditions and placement tests for admission to various music programs and colleges.