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The Drum Scene and Drum Lessons in Baltimore

By Chris M. - Baltimore Drums Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Chris and I'm a drummer here in Baltimore, Maryland. I want to talk a little bit about the music and drumming scene here in Baltimore. The Baltimore drum scene is a vital and exciting one. There are many outlets to play music, great studios to record in and friendly, competent musicians to partner up with to form new groups, do sessions or just sit in. One of the reasons I love being a full time drummer here in this city is that people genuinely love to see live music. If your thing is alternative rock, punk, metal or emo
, you might play clubs such as The Ottobar, Club Sonar or The Recher Theater. If you are in a cover band and like to play the latest Top 40 hits then The Barn, Padonia Station or The Ram's Head Roadhouse would love to have you play for their crowds. If you're into Prog or Fusion, the infamous Orion Studios is the perfect place for you to showcase your band. Each time I play out I always end up seeing people enjoying themselves while dancing, watching or just listening to the music. There are endless opportunities for anyone taking drum lessons in Baltimore to get out and showcase their skills.

Another plus for being a drummer in Baltimore is the location itself. Washington, DC is an hour south of us, Philadelphia is two hours north and New York City is almost 4 hours north. I've been lucky enough to gig in all of those places and it helps keep things fresh for me because I like to travel. Being a freelance musician as well as an instructor means that you have to be versatile, reliable, have good ears - and it helps if you can read music too. The drum scene here is getting bigger everyday with new players, but it's also a community that works together.

I love teaching drum lessons in Baltimore because of the great talent I see in people of all ages. Right now I teach ages ranging from 6 to 60 and the responses I get from these students are so positive. I've helped adults get their chops back and get up to speed so they can go out and gig again; I've also seen younger students of mine grow up to gig with their own groups or set themselves up to attend local schools such as Towson University, University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County, or they move on to colleges outside of the area.

Baltimore has always had a great respect for their musicians. Some of our famous hometown drummers include Chester Thompson (Genesis, Frank Zappa), Hillary Jones (Tribal Tech, Robben Ford) and Dennis Chambers (Jazz/Fusion legend Santana). Personally, I’ve played a lot of different styles of music here - Rock, Top 40, Folk Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk, Fusion and Prog. I have a great time playing in all forms of music and it's even put me in the spotlight with magazines like Modern Drummer & Keyboard magazine. Currently, I'm playing in two cover bands, two progressive rock bands and a jazz-funk group. Plus I'm always "on call" to fill in or play on a session. Each opportunity is unique and helps me grow as a musician. Take drum lessons in Baltimore and you too can become a part of this vibrant community!
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Murray P.

Baltimore, MD

Snare Drum
-Proper sitting & standing posture
- Care & tuning of snare drum
- Proper grips and hand placement
- Stone & Moeller technique
-Basic rudiments development single stroke, double stroke, open stroke rolls, single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps, flamadiddle, flam accent, ruff family
- Reading simple rhythms & notes, whole, half, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, 8ths note triplets and 16ths note triplets
- Develop time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track

Drum Set
- Intermediate drum set book
- Reading various time signatures
- More style studies such as, reggae, latin, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, samba, r&b etc...
- Enhance time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track
- Use of brushes, mallets and hot rods on drum set
- Double bass drumming concepts
- Development creativity and endless ideas on the drum set for grooves, solos and drum fills

About Murray

My musical career started at age 3 when my parents placed a pair of drum sticks in my hands. I started playing drums in church and then progressed to play in middle school where I was part of the jazz band and orchestra. With some very early lessons, I begin to blossom into a skillful drummer. I then continued to play in bands in high school and, in addition, became a member of the Milford Mill Academy Marching Band. In my sophomore year, I became the section leader of the drum line where I played & mastered the snare drum. I have 2 degrees in music theory from Deer Park Magnet school and Morgan State University. I have performed with many bands from all different musical genres such as gospel, funk, pop, jazz, blues, rock, Latin, reggae, and R&B. In 2004 I became the only drumming ...

Reviews

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Alvin A. May 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Good first class. Nice guy and talented musician.
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Alvin A. May 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Good first class. Nice guy and talented musician.
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Jared K. February 5, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Murray is a great teacher who is quick to identify areas for improvement, helpful exercises to make it happen, and keep it fun the whole time. He's also obviously very dedicated and passionate, as any professional musician must be.
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Nathan R.

Windsor Mill, MD

Aside from teaching various styles of music on drum set, I also teach more classical type percussion (including mallet percussion)

About Nathan

I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song. *** Lesson Details *** My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument

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Debbie G. April 18, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
We are so happy that he shared his talent with us. He gave my son beneficial skills to practice and assessed what he would work on during our next lesson. Thank you for connecting us.
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RichardW June 28, 2012
Bass Lessons

Patient, knowledgeable teacher. Very helpful in helping me attain my goals.
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NormanE1 February 29, 2012
Great Teacher

Nathan is a great teacher. I had always wanted to learn the bass guitar and had zero experience. He has a great feeling for music and teaches it very well. I really have enjoyed my lessons.
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Zachary B.

Baltimore, MD

I began my musical instruction as an instrumentalist, so I have years of performing and teaching experience in drums, guitar, piano, and beyond. Feel free to contact me about these other exciting musical opportunities! I use Alfred's instructional method books for children and apply a more intensive and exciting teaching plan for adults. As always, my teaching is fun and holistic while also being approachable and results-oriented. Let's get started!

About Zachary

Dear Students and Parents: My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich the Baltimore community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and ...

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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Anja J. March 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
After only 3 lessons, I feel like I have already made an improvement with my voice. Zachary is extremely patient and encouraging, and his charisma helps me to feel more confident about my progress. I am so glad that I found him, and I will definitely recommend him if I get the chance!
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robert M. February 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Brilliant! Enthusiastic and insightful. I highly recommend Zachary.
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Sean M.

Baltimore, MD

I combine the styles of music that you prefer with some kind of method book for reading and theory. No purchasing of music is required. Normal lessons start with the previously assigned material, determining what we need to work on, new material, and ending with things to do at home.

About Sean

Hi! I'm Sean. I love music and one of my goals in life is to share my love of music with everyone else, in a number of different ways. I'm a senior Music Composition major at UMBC and my primary instrument is guitar. I play a wide range of styles - fingerstyle, classical, rock, jazz, metal, and just about everything in between! My goal is to go to graduate school and become a composer, either in freelance or work in academia. I'm teaching guitar privately to get more teaching experience before I hit the classroom! I strive to have all of my students become balanced musicians. If reading or theory is a soft spot, we'll apply your strengths and catch up quickly. I also think that being interested in the music that you're playing is incredibly important when learning an instrument. I try

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Marc T. January 10, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great first lesson. High hopes for follow lessons.

I self-taught myself guitar over 35 years ago; mostly forgotten. Sean began with establishing goals that would meet my goals. The feedback to me during the lessons was focused and delivered in a friendly manner. Progression was enhanced due to his manner and his approach to teaching. While this was the first lesson, I am looking forward to future lessons.
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Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD

I focus on classical percussion with some drum set. For more details please feel free to contact me.

About Theresa

I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 19 years. For those students interested in any of my crafting lessons, I have been making crafts since I was too young to remember. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog.

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Preston S. March 19, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Theresa is very accommodating with Preston and makes the drum lesson fun. He enjoys it very much!
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Pat Z. December 27, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
I find Theresa to be almost like a kindred spirit. Not only does she have MUCH knowledge of her artistry but, of course, shares my love for music, children, animals, crafting, sports etc. In addition, she has great patience with me which has enabled me to learn an artistry that I never really thought to be possible. I am VERY pleased with her instruction.

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