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By Rick A. - Atlanta Drums Teacher
Hi - I’m Rick A., a TakeLessons teacher in Gwinnett County, just outside of Atlanta. I’d like to talk about a growing trend in the area that gives young players taking Atlanta drum lessons an opportunity to play onstage with other musicians.
Jam Nights have become very popular in restaurants and taverns all over Atlanta and especially in the outer suburbs. Open Mic Nights have been popular for some time but are often limited to acoustic performers with no drum set on stage. Jam nights usually have a full or at least partial drum kit so drummers no longer have to sit in the audience and listen to their friends play acoustically. This is a great opportunity for those taking Atlanta drum lessons to get out and practice their skills!
Some of the venues are restricted to musicians 18 years old and up, and a few are even limited to 21 and up. Fortunately there are a growing number of family friendly venues with jam nights such as The Old Tucker Fountain and Shorty’s Pizza in Tucker (hosted by Chicago Joe) and The Black Diamond Grill in Cumming (hosted by former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville).
I’ve seen some remarkable young talent in all of these places. It gives young players the chance to get out and socialize with others like themselves to start bands of their own. So whether you’re currently taking Atlanta drum lessons or a beginning drum student, find a jam in your neighborhood and connect with your fellow drummers. See you at the jams!
I have developed a natural teaching method that focuses on learning and understanding the building blocks of drum set playing, familiarizing and connecting these building blocks, and applying them to individual expression. I have the ability to take nearly anyone without prior drum set or rhythmic experience, and, within days, turn them into beat playing drummers! My approach focuses on:
-building an understanding and relationship with each drum
-the basic rudimentary foundation of drumming
-how to approach the drums, hold the sticks, set up the drums, and tune the drums
-basic mechanical techniques
-development of each limb
-learning how to read basic drum charts and play to them
-learning and playing the most significant beats and patterns in the history of drum set
-gaining the ability to effectively teach oneself how to improve as a drummer
-learning your favorite songs on drums
-how to play in a band
Drum- Let me bring my over 40 years of performance, and over 30 years of teaching experience to your drum lessons.
I played Snare Drum in the drum line in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band for four years. I am very experienced in rudimental snare drum and can help you learn the 26 basic rudiments as well as the advanced rudiments, and their application. If you're practicing for a drum line audition, I can help you set up a practice schedule, and we can work on your material together. Set yourself a goal and reach it!
I have been a percussionist for the past 15 years, and I have taught percussion for the past 5 years to a wide range of people. I feel deeply passionate about sharing the musical wealth on drum kit particularly; the "pocket" is a real and important element to popular music. We begin by learning the fundamentals of technique and rhythm; a few books I like to use for beginning drum set students include George Lawrence Stone's "Stick Control," Ted Reed's "Progressive Steps to Synchopation" and Mark Wessels' "Fresh Approach to Drum Set." If you have played before, I am happy to cater to your individual needs in terms of material.
Drumming for over 20 years and a graduate from Berklee School of Music, I focus on creating a unique and exciting lesson plan for each of my students. Whichever styles you choose to focus on, each lesson will lead you closer to your goals. Things we can cover include:
- Learning drums from square one
- Taking your skills to the next level and learning advanced techniques
- Learn how to decide which grooves/fills to play in the context of the music
- Hand to hand and limb independence
- Improving your reading/sight reading
- Getting your marching and rudimental chops up
- Concert percussion lessons in both drums and mallets
- Preparing for an audition for All State, Honor Band, or College
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