Ben Bolt is credited with being the first classic guitar instructor to introduce the classic style of playing to the masses. Because of his worldwide success, his work has been mimicked throughout the publishing world. Several Ben Bolt books have consistently appeared on Mel Bay's "Best Seller" list. He also appears in Mel Bay's videos of the complete volumes of "The Modern Guitar Method", a huge commercial success, selling millions of copies. His publications are distributed internationally and have been featured at all the major conventions and music shows, including the National Association of Music Merchants in Germany. His video "Anyone Can Play the Classic Guitar" has become a reference for college students as the authority on the fundamentals of classic technique. He is endorsed by D'Addario Strings and Takamine Guitars. He has recorded classic guitar work for HGTV and can be heard in the background of programs such as "America's Castles". Andres Segovia, the father of the classic guitar, was quoted saying "Ben Bolt is an excellent guitarist with fine tone." Ben Bolt first met Abel Carlevaro in Paris. He won first place in the "Concurso Internacional Aemus" by unanimous decision. Carlevaro awarded him the coveted "Premio de Merito" at the National Library of Montevideo for his outstanding efforts in music. In 1978, Bolt assisted maestro Carlevaro in his first master's class in the states held at the San Francisco Conservatory of music. Bolt completed his music studies under the direction of Maestro Guido Santorsola. After returning to the States, he became the first guitarist inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron's International Music Fraternity.