Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.
Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...
As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).
As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.
I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and am currently available for lessons.
On the recording and show front you will find me on the new "Snakefarm" release and doing live shows with Boston hardcore legends DYS.
*** Lesson Details ***
WELCOME TO YOUR LESSON...
Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and musical director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!
As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples.
Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to fully understand musical concepts and have the ability to play for recreation or at a professional level.
You won't need any books to start but i do suggest a small 3 ring binder for notes, literature, weekly hand outs and homework .
For drum students: we will start by evaluating your current level of ability and then create a practice plan that works best for you. Basic hand and foot techniques and I will also incorporate grooves and beats from your favorite songs.
Future texts may include: Syncopation, Stick Control, Drum Wisdom, Patterns, Even and the odds and various snare drum sight reading examples. I will also make available notes and exercises from my exclusive personal archives (not available in any book).
Course topics for drums include:
rhythm and meter, rudiments, reading and writing music notation, stick control, single and double foot technique, four way coordination, soloing concepts, improvisation, stylistic playing, brush and mallet technique, working with metronomes, playing with electronic loops, beneficial practice methods, tuning and drum maintenance..."I can help prepare you for further education for music schools and auditions such as (Berklee College of Music, N.E. Conservatory, Musician's Institute/ PIT)
For beginner guitar 101 students, we will start with basic chord shapes, scales and common rock and blues forms. I also like to incorporate songs that students want to learn so it's not just a bunch of boring exercises.
Course topics for guitar 101 (beginner to intermediate) include:
Scales, modes, chord shapes and positions, rock and blues forms, arpeggios and learning you favorite songs!
"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"
TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Vintage Ludwig club date series kit with double pedal, Tama Starclassic maple kit, Brady, Ludwig, Slingerland and Tama snares, additional practice pads, various zildjian cymbals, metronomes, music and video examples. Protools recording capable.
Various electric and acoustic guitars and basses available as well.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Me: music materials, practice pad, sticks. metronome
Drum students: sticks, pad, 3 ring binder for notes, headphones and or drum set and the will to learn something new, fun and exciting!
Guitar students: guitar, picks, cable (for electric) 3 ring binder and you will eventually need a tuner.
*** Specialties ***
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