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By Chris H. - Boston Drums Teacher
My name is Chris and I’m a freelance drummer and private teacher of drum lessons in Boston. I have been involved in the Boston music scene for about five years and I’m happy to say that live music in this city continues to get better every year! One of my favorite places to see groups is at the Middle East in Cambridge. This is a unique venue because there are three different rooms to see bands perform. All three rooms have live acts seven days a week, so you can attend any night and expect to be amazed by at least one of the groups!
Another venue I really enjoy is Wallys’s Café in Boston, which offers varying types of music every night of the week. This is a very small and intimate club that I guarantee will get you dancing as soon as you enter the door. Monday kicks the week off with some Blues, while Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are influenced by R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop. Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for some of the best jazz you will ever encounter in the Boston area. Sundays turn into a jam session where you will see talented local musicians collaborating on all types of music. Whether you’re a pro or have just started taking drum lessons in Boston, you will surely appreciate the talent on display here!
While these are two of my favorite places to go see live music, Boston has no shortage of wonderful venues full of talented musicians. The Brighton Music Hall is another great venue that just opened in Allston, and the House of Blues in downtown Boston that opened last year is always a favorite for music lovers. If you are taking drum lessons in Boston you will certainly be inspired after watching the talented performers at these venues. Now all you have to do is find some time to get out there and experience some of these spectacular venues - I promise they won’t disappoint!
When you come for a lesson you should come prepared to work hard and have fun!
I will tailor the lessons to your capabilities and personal taste while giving you all the tools you need to progress and enjoy the instrument.
Through specific exercises and playing along with your favorite music, you will release yourself from any limitations. The sky is the limit.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced student aiming at becoming a pro, I will help you get there.
Graduate of Harvard College, and current student at the New England Conservatory, I have been studying music for almost two decades. I grew up performing in youth orchestras as a violinist, and have since become proficient at the drums, guitar, and piano. I started playing at 10 years old, and have since performed in numerous orchestras/jazz groups as a percussionist. My style builds off the work of John French, Mitch Mitchell and Steve Gadd, combining elements of traditional jazz drumming with more contemporary forms of rock and punk music. I have a strong background in music theory, and I am eager to provide others with a basic framework through which they can develop and hone the skills demanded for a variety of musical languages, and more importantly to become self-reliant students of music.
I have over 10 years experience teaching drums to all different ages. I received the “Outstanding Youth Advocate” award from Berklee College of Music's Community Affairs Dept. in 2014 for teaching at the Boys&Girls Club in Allston, MA. I perform a lot around the northeast U.S., spanning a diverse spectrum of styles.
If desired, I can teach out of several books - including Garwood Whaley - Musical Studies for Intermediate Snare Drummer, Charley Wilcoxon - The All-American Drummer: 150 Rudimental Solos, Charles Dowd - Funky Primer for the Rock Drummer, and Tommy Igoe - Groove Essentials 1.0+2.0
Or I can teach without any books as I have a wealth of knowledge in me!
I teach rudiments, hand+foot techniques, coordination exercises, grooves - stemming from rock to funk to jazz, bossa nova, samba, west african, and much more.
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