Ben Woolman: Fingerstyle Guitar


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Ben Woolman is an accomplished guitarist, composer, instructor, performer, and has established a place for himself on the long historical line of fine Minnesota bred guitarists. His music can be heard around the world on cable, Internet, and terrestrial radio outlets in over 50 countries, spanning 6 continents, and among programming for Minnesota and National Public Radio. He has been a guest columnist for Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Guitar Teacher Magazine, a featured artist in Akustik Gitarre Magazine - the premier European acoustic music magazine, and a contributing instructor for the DVD series, Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine, released by Hal Leonard Corporation - the world's largest music print publisher.

His compositions have been included in various film soundtracks and he has 10 recordings - solo and compilations - credited to date which have received numerous accolades, including favorable reviews from the leading acoustic music publications: Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. Woolman is an active board member of the Minnesota Guitar Society and holds a BFA in Guitar Performance, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Cooperative Guitar Program, Milwaukee, WI.

Regarded as an engaging and inspiring performer, Ben has over 15 years' experience traveling the US showcasing his distinctive concert programming. Like his recordings, his concerts are a cosmopolitan blend of original compositions and arrangements spanning a wide range of repertoire from the 1920s to the present century. They are both a nod to the history, as well as a contemporary representation, of fingerstyle guitar.

In addition to his solo work, he performs with the instrumental duo, New Roots Duo, whose debut CD, Roots Run Deep, was voted best local folk/roots album of the year by Mpls St Paul Magazine. Woolman lives in St. Paul, MN where he works as a performer, composer, teacher and writer.


Many Moods, Floating Feather Music 2010

New Roots Duo: Roots Run Deep, Peacefire Productions 2008

Tis The Season: Classical Guitar, Compass Productions 2004

Wisdom / Delusion, Floating Feather Music 2003

Guitar Fingerstyle 2: A Narada Collection, Narada Productions 2001

Lifescapes: Solo Guitar, Compass Productions 2000

American Fingerstyle Guitar Circa 1999, Peacefire Productions 1999

Stratovox, Floating Feather Music 1997

Guitar Fingerstyle: A Narada Collection, Narada Media 1996

Lost In Density, Floating Feather Music 1995


John Williams for Fingerstyle Guitar, Book/CD, Hal Leonard 2014

Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine Series, DVD, Hal Leonard 2011