Ben Woolman: Fingerstyle Guitar


John Williams for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar


My book/CD project, "John Williams for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar", published by Hal Leonard Corporation, has been signed, sealed, delivered, and approved. Actual publication date, TBD. I will update the site once the book is available for public consumption. In the meantime, I give you track #1, "March From Superman". Enjoy!


Metro State University Promo Video Featuring My Arrangement of "Legends of the Fall".

New Column in MN Guitar Society Newsletter!

Video Content Now Available at!


Here are a few sample videos:


Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine DVD Available Now!


I am thrilled to be one of the acoustic personalities on this gem where I share 40 of my own newly composed finger-style licks.

From the Hal Leonard website:

"A Guitar Licks Goldmine awaits in this incredible acoustic collection! With four hours of content, this DVD is jam-packed with lead lines, phrases, and riffs personally taught to you by professional guitarists Matthew Schroeder, Ben Woolman, Peter Roller, and Colin O'Brien. Each and every authentic lick includes a walk-through explanation by a pro guitarist and note-for-note on-screen tablature. Normal and slow-speed performance demos are included to really help viewers master the licks."

Order here.


Live Performance Video


Enjoy a live performance from my recital at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi, MN.


Feature Article in Akustik Gitarre Magazine


The Jan/Feb issue of Akustik Gitarre Magazine - the premier acoustic publication in Europe - contains a feature profile article on yours truly. Tommy Emmanuel is on the cover and there is also an accompanying CD which includes my arrangement, Blake Says.


New Music from New Roots Duo


Chicken in the City, the first single from our upcoming album, Next Stop, is available now on iTunes and cdbaby.

Dan Schwartz and I are hard at work recording new music for this latest collection which will be released as an incremental album (as singles - about once a month).  Please visit for more info!


New YouTube Channel


I have finally added a new series of videos to my YouTube channel:

Moving forward, I plan to utilize this space to promote my music as well as for guitar instruction purposes. The video content will range from self-produced and concert footage to online lessons and study pieces for students. Take a look and check back as I will be updating much more least more often than every 3 years. Enjoy!


DVD Shoot Complete for Hal Leonard


I just completed a successful DVD shoot for Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest  music print publisher. It is part of a DVD series they are releasing called, "The Guitar Licks Goldmine Series". I am one of the acoustic personalities per se and contributed 40 newly composed finger-style guitar licks. It is a pretty wide range of techniques, rhythms, textures, tunings, sonorities, etc. and basically just tried to represent my own personal gamut of finger-style guitar. The format was me playing each exercise at speed, then slowly, followed by a brief explanation. It looks and sounds amazing already (though a little disconcerting to see myself in hi-def)! The completed project is scheduled to be released at the Winter NAMM show in California, followed by online streaming content later next year. Of course, I will post again once everything is available for mass consumption.


Article Published in the October Issue of Guitar Nine Records


One of my blog articles, Back to the Basics, was picked up/published by the online magazine, Guitar Nine Records. I am now officially a guest columnist. You can read it by following this link.

Speaking of my blog, Stepwise Motion. It can be read by following THIS link. Enjoy!


Ben Woolman Music Now Available on Pandora Radio


I am happy to announce that my music has been added to Pandora Internet Radio.

'Pandora is a new form of personalized internet radio that was designed to help you discover new music you'll love, and enjoy music you already know.

Pandora is powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project: a crazy project started over ten years ago to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians.

Pandora is always free, with the option to pay for additional features.'

Here is a description of my 'musical DNA': folk roots, acoustic sonority, major key tonality, a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin' and acoustic rhythm guitars.

Sign up and create your own Ben Woolman station today!


Free Online Video Lesson


My first online video lesson is complete. Click on the Instructor link above for lesson info.


Many Moods Review from Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange


"Many Moods is completely instrumental, completely solo, with not one single overdub, and must be considered along with the extraordinary CandyRat label master players. Though the disc produces a great ambient sound for non-simplistic atmosphere and spatial enhancement of a balmy summer's day, attentive listening reveals many facets of surprising acumen alongside seemingly impossible feats. Woolman is of a stripe with Antoine DuFour in that regard: subtle but far deeper than the surface effect appears to expose."

Read the rest of the review by following this link:


Many Moods Heard Around the World


I have added select tracks to the Internet radio station, Jango, and have been enjoying much positive response from listeners around the world. It has been reported that there are some 7 million listeners subscribed to this one particular network. Not bad. In the past few months my music has been played in 48 countries, from the the US to Taiwan, spanning 6 continents. Haven't figured out a way to crack Antarctica yet! Please check out my profile on their site. Raise your thumbs and thanks for listening!


Archived Interview from MPR's Radio Heartland


In case you missed it, I was a guest on MPR's Radio Heartland program to promote the CD and the release concert. Me and host Dale Connelly chatted a bit, I played a bit, and we listened to some tunes. Check it out!


Many Moods, the new CD, available now!


Floating Feather Music is pleased to introduce, Many Moods, the fourth solo CD by Minnesota based finger-style guitarist, Ben Woolman. His latest effort offers the listener a diverse mix of musical genres ranging from the 1920s through the present century. In a sense, it is a nod to the history of finger-style guitar as well as an example of contemporary development of the style. This cosmopolitan collection features 8 original compositions and 3 arrangements with melodies hinting at the regional influences of: Latin America, Africa, Ireland, Eastern Europe, and the US, and evoking colors of: sunshine, sorrow, soul, funky, energy, joy, drama, and hope. Not since his debut CD, Lost in Density, has there been such a comprehensive representation of his abilities; a pleasant intermingling of diverse musical influences which in turn showcase his virtuosic skill and range of musical expression. It is a fine balance between intellect and intuition. According to Ben, "This project comes the closest to representing the many aspects of who I am as a player. It is a very personal statement with a splash of academia. Get to know this music and you will get to know me." 

'Many Moods' Press Release


E-Interview from, 'Guitarist', the latest Minnesota Guitar Society Newsletter

New Blog, "Stepwise Motion", has Launched


As I am waiting for my new CD to be released, I have finally launched my new blog entitled, "Stepwise Motion: Music, Processes, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Otherwise". I am planning to add new writings at least weekly with content including but not limited to: days in the life of a working musician, various musical musings, memoirs, and all things finger-style guitar. I hope you check it out, read, and enjoy!


New CD to be Released January, 2010


I have completed tracking the new CD - all instrumental finger-style guitar solos - and I am now in the final stages of artwork and production. It is my most expansive and musically diverse project to date featuring predominantly original compositions with a couple of arrangements mixed in - including a tune by The Police! Fun stuff. Check back here for ordering info and see my calendar for details regarding the release concert set for February 21, 2010.


Soundtrack Work Complete for Wolf Quest 2


I had the privilege of collaborating with the Buzza Brothers (from the band Kangaroo) earlier this Summer on a soundtrack project for the second installment of the online video game Wolf Quest. The official release is set for the later this year brought to you by, Eduweb. Here is a link to the preview video:


Online Guitar Lessons Now Available!


Ben is now available for online guitar lessons using the free, web-based, real-time, video conferencing program, Skype. Visit to download the software.

Lessons may be scheduled on either a regular or irregular basis. Subject material will be considered at the time of the student's inquiry. Ben will e-mail lesson materials as applicable.

Lesson rates are $20/30min or $40/60min. All payments will be processed securely online through PayPal prior to the lesson. Contact Ben directly at for more info.


Roots Run Deep was selected as 2008's best Folk/Roots CD by MPLS - St. Paul Magazine.


"New Roots Duo, Roots Run Deep. Finger-style guitarists Ben Woolman and Dan Schwarz traded in their traditional guitars for an acoustic baritone and lap-steel guitar, and the result was a new kind of acoustic music that seemed to grow organically out of these strangely paired instruments. By turns fiery and meditative, their first album was, we hope, a hint of even greater things to come." - Tad Simons

click here to read the full review


Music Licensed for New NPR Program


A few pieces of mine were licensed by this guy for this project. The programs are currently being broadcast across the country on over 1000 NPR affiliated stations.


Archived recording of a New Roots Duo in-studio performance on MPR's The Current Morning Show:

New Roots Duo Signs Distro Deal with Candyrat Records


My other project, New Roots Duo, has signed a distribution deal with CandyRat Records. They are becoming one of the most prominent music labels for finger-style guitarists and general acoustic music at large. We are in good company.

To purchase CDs or DRM free MP3s directly, follow this link: CandyRat Records


Guitar Teacher Magazine Article

Archived footage of a New Roots Duo performance on KARE 11's Showcase Minnesota Program:

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