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By Aaron P. - Austin Drum Teacher
Hi, my name is Aaron, and I teach drum lessons in Austin. I've played drums for 17 years, and I've been teaching students for 11 years. My favorite rhythms and grooves are derived from jazz, progressive rock, Latin, Indian, and African music.
If you want to take drum lessons in Austin, you’re in luck; it’s a great place for drummers! I play in eight different groups, and I get called to play with several other groups when their main drummer has another gig. Austin is full of talented singer-songwriters who need great drummers to play their tunes. If you play the songs right, you will get called again and again. If you are disciplined enough to follow through with your drum lessons, you will have rewarding results. The greatest thing that I have learned over the years is that there is something rewarding in every style of music, and learning drums will open your mind up to many other styles.
Need some inspiration to practice drums? Here are some great local venues where you can hear live music.
Yes, it’s a grocery store, but there’s also a deli and coffee bar, and from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays, you can witness some of the greatest music in Austin. If you live further south, head over to the Westgate location. The best thing about Central Market - you can listen to live music for free!
Strange Brew is a coffeehouse where talented local bands play 90-minute sets from early in the morning to late at night. I’ve seen and played with some of the top musicians in town at Strange Brew. They take music seriously here, and it’s one of the best places in town.
This place has a very eclectic vibe, and the music is always great. One awesome thing about this venue is the interactive drum clinics. I know a handful of great drummers who run the clinics, and I recommend checking them out.
The best way to improve as a drummer is to play with more experienced musicians. There are lots of opportunities to play with other great drummers in Austin. On Monday nights, you can join a jazz jam at the Elephant Room or check out a blues jam at Maggie Mae’s. For your middle-of-the-week music fix, stop by the Brass House for a Wednesday night jazz jam, or head over to Dozen Street to hear some awesome funk music.
With awesome drum teachers and an amazing music scene, Austin is a great place to learn drums. I wish you the best of luck on your musical journey!
Drum on, Aaron P.
I found when I learn new instruments that the biggest obstacle is technique. For my Beginners I concentrate on technique and rudiments
For intermediate students I concentrate on improvisation and learning songs verbatim.
For my advanced students I concentrate on improvisation of coordination exercises and odd meters and tempo modulations
I have been playing drums for 16 years. It is my true passion. We can go over basics like breathing, technique, posture, holding the sticks, hitting the cymbals and drums, and tuning the drums. We can also get into rhythms, grooves, licks, tricks, fills, odd times, odd subdivisions, reading, learning solos, and more! I'm game for everything. We can set up an extra kit at your place or my place.
Everything from proper ear training to the correct way to hold your drums sticks. I will be teaching how to influctuate between 1/2 of a beat to 1/16 of a beat. I will be teaching more about rhythm flow and feeling the actual drum set as you play.
Music is about passion, creating a true connection between how your soul feels and how your body reacts. If you've got desire and drive, I have the necessary tools to help you focus and harness your passions, so you’ll learn valuable life skills, along with new ways of expressing yourself!
I will design a curriculum tailored to your goals, but will also create a solid foundation, allowing you to tackle any genre your heart desires.
**Drum set, Percussion, and Marching Drumline **
**Traditional and Match Grip**
**Music Theory: 40 Essential Drum Rudiments and how to utilize them**
**Learn to read music, and practice sight-reading**
** Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, extreme music (incl. double bass) and more**
** 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons **
In addition to my personal curriculum, I use these books:
- Stick Control (George Lawrence Stone)
- Groove Essentials (Tommy Igoe)
- Drum Aerobics (Andy Ziker)
I look forward to meeting you soon! Let's jam!
The most important thing for me as a teacher, is to inspire my students. The lesson should be fun, easy, and challenging at the same time.
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