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My name is Justin B. and I've been a professional drummer and instructor the last 15 years. I have toured extensively throughout the United States, as well as playing in the UK. I have been a part of many recordings and sessions during that time and have the knowledge to teach about what those experiences are like.
Currently, I am a member of the Street Drum Corps based out of Los Angeles. We have done TV shows including Cartoon Network's Hall Of Game Awards, as well as the opening segment of Kevin Nealon's special comedy show "Whelmed, But Not Overly." which aired on Showtime.
I am a drummer that has been playing in some of the top nightclubs throughout California, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Chicago. I have been drumming alongside some very notable DJ's and am providing some of the newest entertainment in that industry.
I am currently endorsed with Pro-Mark drum sticks, Evans Drumheads, Soultone Cymbals, and play Shine Custom Drums.
*** Lesson Details ***
The focus on lessons are to identify the goals of the student, and tackle those immediately. Not interested in learning on a snare drum first? No problem. I prefer to have students playing behind a drum set from day one. I reinforce lessons through teaching true drum notation, making it easier for students to accomplish their goals in a timely matter. I like to keep things laid back and will not be a "task master" type of teacher. I want to make lessons as fun and comfortable as possible and strive to make that happen.
I use a number of instructional books from some of the best publishers of music instruction including The Drummer's Collective Series, as well as Berklee School Of Music Publishing. There are a number of DVD's as resources too! These instructional books cover a wide variety of topics including: Rock Drumming, Funk/Linear Drumming, Jazz Drumming, Latin/Afro-Cuban Drumming, Double Bass Drumming, and Rudimental Drumming.
It is my goal to have the student playing at least two different styles of drumming within the first 3 months, and being at an intermediate level within the first six months. The student will have an understanding of music notation and being able to interpret different rhythms. Most students like to learn songs and within the first six months, the student should have at least two songs memorized.
*** Travel Equipment ***
The student will need to have a drum set.
*** Specialties ***
I like to teach utilizing drum method books and reinforcing lessons with actual drum notation. I feel this is the basis of a solid drum education and helps to make learning songs and more enjoyment from drumming happen faster. I teach Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop/R&B, Top 40, and Techno/EDM. I also have the ability to teach concert band drummers up to the High School level.
Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Drum, Guitar
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a drum set for drum lessons (Kick drum, hi hat and snare drum only) and a adult sized electric guitar for guitar lessons- doing an offsite lesson with a drum set will obviously add some time to the lesson.
*** Specialties ***
Pop, classic rock, hard rock, funk, top 40
I teach my students a solid foundation in guitar and drums that will make them well versed and versatile musicians. I teach all my students how to read rhythm music notation and I also offer them pitch/key/theory music notation instruction as well. I studied music in college as a music major for 3 years. For one of those years I received full time instruction from a Julliard graduate; Dr Fiske at Shasta College and received an A grade in his class. In addition to my formal college training I have been a practicing and performing musician for 20 years. I also have several years of experience with music recording software programs (Cubase, Pro Tools, Cakewalk, Reaper, Reason), MIDI programming and MIDI recording to create high quality music demos with high quality audio interfaces designed for what is now Music Industry common computer based music recording.
I also offer quality instruction for the creative web and graphic design programs: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver.
I have been playing drums for over ten years and counting. From bands to teaching I am involved in music and drums in every possible way. With some college experience in theory, world, and jazz music its helped round me into an all around musician. My passion is creating music and in the last ten years iv drummed on over ten albums and counting, in many different styles. While I've been in a touring act and play a lot of live shows, I still prefer teaching first and gigging second. I can teach you how to read, and write drum music, many exercises for the drum kit and snare drummer, as well as proper technique and I can help you with gear questions. I specialize in being a well rounded drummer, which means I love to study different kinds of rhythm from around the world, although if you have a specific style you would like to work on we can focus energy on that too.
Taking lessons with me will be a positive and learning experience and I hope I can pass the joy music has given me on to you!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum book and multiple drum sets
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Hiphop, Funk, Fusion
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