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Drum Lessons in Sacramento: Your Guide to the Local Music Scene

By Justin B - Sacramento Drum Teacher

If you’re taking drum lessons in Sacramento, you’re in a fantastic city to learn. There are a number of awesome music venues, and several notable drummers have come from Sacramento like Johnny Rabb (Clinician, Author, Collective Soul, Roland), Abe Cunningham (Deftones), Dave Buckner (Papa Roach), Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), and Mike Johnston (Clinician). All of these great drummers have performed at some of Sacramento’s best music venues. Here are some of the places I recommend for aspiring drummers in Sacramento.

Ace of Spades is one of the bigger venues where you can catch some of the top touring drummers. Musicians play a wide range of genres from rap to rock, metal to jazz, and everything in between. The events calendar is always full, and it’s a great place to see both local performers and well-established drummers.

If you’re looking for a more intimate venue, check out a show at Harlow’s, my favorite place in Sacramento. There’s a great sound system, and I have seen some amazing drummers rock out on Harlow’s stage like Virgil Donati (Allan Holdworth), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta), Dennis Chambers (Independent), and Zakir Hussein.

The Boardwalk is one of Sacramento’s oldest rock venues. Since the '80s, it has played host to some of rocks’ greatest touring performers. You can also catch some amazing local musicians if you stop by on Thursday nights. The Boardwalk is one of the best places to play, and a great venue for local, up-and-coming artists looking to get their start.

Folsom’s Powerhouse Pub is an awesome place to see a wide variety of performers. Check out cover bands on Friday and Saturday nights, local, up-and-coming drummers on Wednesday nights, and blues and jazz bands on Sunday nights.

There are so many great places to see live music, and watching other performers is a fantastic learning tool for anyone taking drum lessons in Sacramento. Now it’s time for you to get out there and explore the local music scene.

Practice hard, and have fun!

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Lessons are customized for the students based on their interest and experience. I will cover the basics and rudiments with new students but allow them to create and follow their own musical path using a variety of methods and musical styles.
Learn to read, write, and play different styles of music with accompanying techniques and fills to add to your groove development.

About Aaron
Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

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I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture.
I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.).
I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy.
He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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Norm R. May 19, 2018
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David April 12, 2018
· Djembe · Online
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David March 24, 2018
· Djembe · Online
Aaron is a good instructor. Luckily I practiced quite a bit before hands to be able to catch up with the speed. The video audio quality are not that great though.
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- Drum Lessons
- All Styles
- Music Reading/ Music Theory
- Audition Preparation/ Coaching
- Drum mic'ing and recording techniques

About Ben
Hi! My name is Ben and I am a professional drummer living in Austin, TX. I have been teaching and performing drums for 10 years. I am well versed in many styles of music and can teach you jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, electronic, latin, world, sightreading and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep the atmosphere laid back but at the same time work hard to get good at the drums! We'll go over fundamentals and technique and how to apply those to the drum set in songs and solos.

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Instruments provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own sticks. Students should have sticks and instruments or pads.

*** Specialties ***
I play and teach all styles of music
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Samiyah M. May 27, 2018
· Drum · In studio
The first drum lessons for my daughter was absolutely awesome
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Christina March 2, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Ben is very talented and professional. He has helped me stay focused on areas needing improvement, while also hilighting my skills. I highly recommend him; he is an excillent teacher.
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Devon C. January 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
It was great!
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Styles:

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Jazz
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About Paul
First off, my hope for you is that for whatever reason you're on this site looking for a drum teacher is something I can help you fulfill, whether you would like to play in a band, learn better technique to help you play what you want to (but maybe aren't able to yet), record your drums, create beats, learn to read music, or understand and play different styles of music.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, I will help you reach your musical goals, now matter how big or small. We'll work together on uncovering your talents and use them to your advantage while improving on areas that might be holding you back - all while having fun, because let's face it, playing music, and especially the drums, is fun!

About Paul:

Paul V., originally from St. Louis , Missouri, studied drums for several years before becoming interested in cl
assical percussion and piano in college, eventually becoming Principal Timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and also Guest Artist with the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Brass Band. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Paul has played/recorded with WAL (formerly the Jacob and Matthew Band), Jane Lui, Danielle Rose, Warren Charles, Scott Detweiler, Hunter Parrish (from Showtime'€™s Weeds and Godspell on Broadway), Brendan James, Billy Mitchell, Bill Purdy, Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker), Jeff Littleton (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine), John Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Pete Anderson (Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam), and has opened for acts including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wailing Souls, Clint Black, Junior Brown, Rodney Crowell, and has also played for members of the Library of Congress. He has performed at numerous venues ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium, the Verizon Center (Washington, DC), and Cowboy Stadium to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Hotel Café, the Roxy, and many others. Paul is an active educator and has taught at the Los Angeles College of Music and Music Performance Academy and has also studied with Steve Ferrone, Peter Erskine, Joe Porcaro, and Ralph Humphrey.

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Yamaha DTX electronic drums in personal home studio and Pro Tools for recording lesson progress.
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Ara D. May 10, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Paul does a great job of balancing the theoretical and applied. He focuses on developing strong fundamentals and good habits but also delves into songs that apply new skills learned along the way at the appropriate pace. As a beginner, Paul has helped me get off to a good start where I'm learning a lot but also having a lot of fun.

A big plus is that he's got a real down-to-earth personality that makes the lessons even more enjoyable and really interesting to talk to about all things drums and otherwise.
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cindi G. November 9, 2014
· Drum · In home
My son has taken lessons with Paul for over 5 years. Not only is Paul an accomplished musician, he's a great teacher. His teaching style is positive and supportive. He has modified my son's lessons through the years, as his goals and needs have changed. Paul has always been professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He genuinely seems to enjoy what he does, and as a bonus, Paul is also a really nice guy, who has had a positive influence on my teenage son's life.
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Alex D. September 18, 2014
· Drum · In home
Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson. He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!
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How to groove

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Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.
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Yvonne H. September 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Our first lesson was Great!!!!
Yvonne called to tell me she likes Mr. Paul and she has homework.
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Tyra Anderson July 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Paul was wonderful . It was a little mixup on the location but everything turned out fine. Paul was able to identify the areas I need to work on and I’m looking forward to my next class.
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Eian Woodward December 8, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
An amazing teacher that has truly changed my life, and challenges me to be a better musician every week!
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Do you feel the beat? Whether it be listening to your favorite song, going to a concert, or making your own band, the drum adds flavor and sets the mood! Learn the basics of rhythm, style, and speed with the drum.

About Austin
Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Casey October 22, 2018
· Table Tennis · In studio
Austin is an excellent instructor. He was very patient with me and helped me to work on the areas that I felt needed the most improvement, developing new techniques and skills to take my game to a higher level. I highly recommend!
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Neha S. March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies, and have been teaching private drum lessons for over a decade. My lessons are tailored to achieve YOUR goals, and I design a unique lesson plan to fit your learning style. I have experience working with every age group, and have even coached school ensembles, and given clinics about a variety of music topics.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I strongly believe that playing music should be nothing but pure joy. Learning to play the drums is simply the process of training your body and mind to better express yourself using rhythm and timbre. This process can vary greatly from person to person, and the end result is different for everyone. Although the process of learning anything can feel like a chore at times, I believe every moment of study should be designed to achieve your personal goals. The learning process should be fun, and easy to navigate. Playing music becomes more fun the better you get, and the path to

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Hey drummers! I love music, and the only thing I love better is sharing the art of making music with you! I feel that drums are the backbone of music and that rhythm is essential to synchronizing all the emotions we express through music. Let's embark on a journey together to explore how playing music becomes exponentially more fun the better you get!
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Luis March 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
My 9-year old son recently started taking lessons with Adam. I had to find a new instructor after his previous instructor move out of the area. I'm really happy that we found Adam. He's a great guy and as an instructor he's very patient and brings a plan to each lesson. He splits the lesson among exercises to build limb independence, practice with metronome to develop consistent timing, and playing along songs (picked with input from my son). Adam also makes it easy to schedule lessons based on our needs and is very responsive via email and phone/text.
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Alex D. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
I hadn't had a music lesson in about 35 years, so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I had bought a drum set for kicks and was screwing around a bit but hadn't really focused on much of anything and was pretty much treading water. Incremental improvement but nothing to write home about.

I've found that Adam is ready to meet you at your level and he has got me working on some basics (a reminder of just how sloppy my playing was/is) and I (think) I'm improving pretty rapidly and am starting to recognize things I hadn't noticed before. If there's an issue, it has been my erratic practice schedule. He has also been really flexible with respect to schedule, lesson length etc. - important for someone like myself who is works and has kids with their own busy schedules.
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Alex August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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I have been playing drums for more than 10 years and have been teaching for more than 3. Throughout that time, I have played across the country in New York City and even in Japan. I am currently a Jazz Studies Major at Sacramento State University. My goal is to make every student a well-rounded drummer who knows whats going on when they are in any type of musical situation. My favorite style to play is jazz, specifically bebop, but I am well-rounded in all other styles such as rock, Latin, blues, funk, and country.

In my lessons, I base the material on the student depending on how advanced they are. If the student is just starting out, I will teach them the basics such as holding the drumsticks properly, basic rudiments, reading rhythms, learning about the hardware, and so on.

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask :D

About Gabriel
I started playing drums when I was in second grade and formed a band with my 2 older brothers who played bass and guitar. It was something to do when we younger but when I got into high school, I took playing drums a lot more seriously. I was in a very competitive marching band playing bass drum and tenors in the drumline and at the same time, I was introduced to jazz drumming. The improvising aspect of jazz drumming sparked my love for it because the freedom it gave me to express myself was something drumline could not do. After getting state recognition for my playing in jazz bands, I transferred to a high school with a more intensive jazz program. I am currently a jazz studies major at California State University, Sacramento. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Holly H. September 14, 2018
· Drum · In home
I’m a visual learner. It was very helpful that Gabriel provided the music sheet. It helped me to see and hear how he played the rhythms on the drum. I’m looking forward to my next lesson.
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Kevin (. April 29, 2018
· Drum · In home
Gabriel is great! he is so patient with my seven year old grandson and has a wonderful personality. He is making the drum lessons fun.
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Sree N. April 2, 2018
· Drum · In home
Very polite and patient. Goes with the flow in teaching with no rigid rules , making it enjoyable for the kid.
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Quality music lessons in a fun environment. I base my curriculum around my student's goals and interests.

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I have been around music my whole life and have been teaching music lessons for 10 years. My passion for music is matched only by my passion for teaching and seeing my students succeed. Alongside teaching, I enjoy performing and writing original music.
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Liam T. November 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Alan was awesome! My son needed some last minute lessons before an upcoming concert he was performing in. Alan helped him fine tune his part and gave him the confidence he needed. My son is now excited for the concert and can't wait to show everyone his talent!
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Arianna P. June 6, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
He's a great instructor and he's very good with children.
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Cristiana February 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took guitar lessons with Alan for two years. Now my sons take piano, guitar, and drum lessons with him. I would recommend him because he is patient, very knowledgeable, and is a good teacher.
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Want to play your favorite songs and succeed with other musicians? My lessons are geared towards helping drummers of all skill levels become not just better at their instrument, but a better overall musician. We will develop drumming skills such as technique, coordination, timing, phrasing, and more. In addition, we will learn to play in many styles of music such as rock, funk, and jazz. Let’s get started today!

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Hey! My name is Ben Reiff and I am a professional drummer living in Nashville, TN. I have taught a wide variety of students from children to adults and complete beginners to advanced.

Students can expect to see weekly progress in their drumming in many areas such as coordination, technique, timing, phrasing, and overall musicianship. We will cover playing in many different styles as well including, pop, rock, jazz, funk, hip hop, and many different styles of world music.

As I am also a songwriter, my teachings often keep a focus on playing drums to best support the song. We will learn about different song forms and how they relate to creating appropriate drum parts. We will also develop strategies to learn many songs at a rapid pace.

My credentials include 10+ years of drum experience, playing, touring, and recording with bands/artists
including Plevyak, Christian Lopez, and Blake Ruby, 1st Chair All State Drums for MD jazz band, and studying at The Berklee College of music (where I received a scholarship to attend).

If you are looking to take your drumming to the next level, I'd love to assist you in your journey! Good Luck!
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Jonathan July 6, 2018
· Drum · In home
Ben is the man! A incredible drummer who’s enthusiastic and passionate about the instrument, music, and seeing his students learn and progress. Highly reccomend!
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In addition to teaching the basics of drumming like technique, rudiments, and note values, I also focus a lot on application around the drum set as well as how to improve your musical ear. This aims to help people become better all around musicians as they learn how to play.

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Hello there, my name is Ben Lokuta, and I have been playing drums for 13 years. I am several bands, including the two time winner of Rockonsin, Distant Cuzins. We were also the 2017 MAMA youth band of the year. I was also the 2017 MAMA youth drummer of the year. We have been a group for seven years and have played everywhere from dive bars to opening for Kansas at Milwaukee SummerFest. In addition, I have played with the Clyde Stubblefield All Star Band, now known as the Funky JBeez, for the last four years, and I got be Clyde Stubblefield's drum tech a couple of times before he passed away. Clyde helped shape many styles of music including funk, soul, hip hop, and ultimately rap as we know it today. I am truly honored to have known him. I have attended McNally Smith College of music for one semester until they closed, and I will be atten
ding Belmont University in the fall of 2019. I have learned a lot along the way, but I have also learned what teaching styles I like and I feel I know how to explain difficult concepts in a way that can make sense to anyone. I can teach technique, orchestration around the drum kit, musicality on the kit, as well as a general approach in styles ranging from swing to rock to latin. I hope I can use my knowledge and experience to help you get where you want to be.
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