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Redondo Beach, CA
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Specializing in drumset and marching band technique/skills. I will work with students on all aspects of drumming to ensure a well rounded education while adapting the lesson to each individual. Great match for most levels of skill and experience! Drumset available for use during lesson.

About Joseph
I have been playing music for over 20 years. I have been a successful part of Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, Blues Bands, Marching Bands, etc. So, whatever style of music you are interested in or wanting to learn, I can help!

I am also a Certified Personal Trainer with a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. I have been Personal Training for over 2 years. I personally have struggled with weight for most of my life. Through that struggle I have developed a true passion for nutrition, fitness, health, and weight loss. I am eager to spread my knowledge and experience to others and help you reach any goals you may have!

On top of that, I have spent the past 6+ years honing my skills for Training, Coaching, and Developing. So, I can promise two things. You will get results and you will have FUN!

I will design your training aro
und you and your goals......not mine!

*** Lesson Details ***
Ultimately, my goal is to make sure you enjoy yourself and want to keep coming back. In that process I will make sure you get results.

I am laid back and very patient. Two qualities I feel are necessary to be successful in this field.

I design my curriculum for each individual. This is because everyone has their own goals, there own level of ability, and their own needs as far as how to get there.

Locations:
1) Rehearsal Studio is my rehearsal studio. I have a full drumset, PA, guitars, and amps available at this location.
2) Apartment is my apartment in Hawthorne. Students are welcome to come here but we have limited options for instrumentation here. Practice Pads, hand drums, and acoustic guitars are the only options at this location.

*** Studio Equipment ***
5 piece Yamaha Drumset with Zildjian Cymbals. PA system. Amps, Guitars, and Keyboards.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have acoustic guitars, a practice pad, and a djembe. I expect my students to have their own drumsticks and, ideally, their own guitar and practice pad or drumset.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock/contemporary & marching band style percussion/drums. I also specialize in folk style guitar and bass.
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Jordan C. June 18, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Joseph is a really good drum teacher. He definitely loves what he does!
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Arianna J. May 21, 2016
· Drum · Online
Great instructor! Very knowledgeable about what he is teaching and relays information in a relaxed and positive environment.
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Mitchell January 25, 2016
· Drum · Online
My 8 year old has been playing a few years but our local instructor moved. He really enjoyed his first lesson with Joe!
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Joseph T.

Joseph T.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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About Dennis L.

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Reseda, CA
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Want to be able to play your favorite cover songs with your friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? Let's make it happen! I have 17 years of experience teaching students of all ages, levels, ambitions and genres.

About Dennis
Dennis Leeflang (drummer for former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist RON "BUMBLEFOOT" THAL) has recorded and toured with many great artists all over the globe, including 80's hard rock queen LITA FORD, DANGER DANGER vocalist TED POLEY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EPICA, SUN CAGED, TIFFANY GIARDINA (Disney), SHANE GIBSON (KORN) and many more.

Dennis is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks and AHEAD ARMOR CASES. More info about Dennis: www.dennisleeflang.com.

Dennis has 15+ years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's list of recommended international drum educators (http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2015/11/dom-famularos-teachers-list).

Subjects include:
- hand technique
- foot technique
- limb coordination
- limb independence
- practical sight reading
- drum tuning tricks to make you sound better than other drummers!
- playing with a band
- GROOVE! (how to get that infamous "pocket" everyone always talks about!)
- creating drum parts to music
- creative expression
- inspiration (applying inspiration you get from other musicians into your playing)
- FUN!

Extensive experience teaching students of ALL ages and levels!

The aim of the lessons is to prepare beginning drummers to function in a band setting, as a team player, and to develop comfortable technique and creativity in order to express him/herself as a drummer freely. No matter what your ambitions are! Just wanna be able to jam with friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? We'll do it!
For intermediate to advanced drummers, Dennis offers additional interesting exercises and and inspiring concepts. No matter what your playing level is, there is always something to learn!

BEST RATES IN THE AREA! Many references available upon request (current and former students)!
FREE pair of Promark sticks for every new student!
Several package deals and special pricing promos available.

Other student benefits include big discounts on drum gear, free drum gear and accessories and free concert/drum clinic tickets.

CONVENIENT LOCATION!! PA Rehearsal Studios in Reseda (www.parehearsalstudios.com). Beautiful brand new facility with on-site parking, chill-out patio, lounge, beverages, espresso, etc.
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Polina February 27, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drum lessons at age 22 so I felt too old to begin learning how to play a new instrument. I'm so glad that Dennis was my teacher. He gave me confidence and encouragement to become the great drum player I am today. His methods of teaching are well rounded, his lesson plans are efficient and since day one he guaranteed I would be ready to play songs with a band in only 6 months. Indeed I started playing with several bands after 6 months of having lessons with Dennis. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher and mentor!
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KV February 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
V patient w/beginners and provided excellent tips and encouragement. Would recommend to anyone starting out on drums or adding another instrument to their repertoire. Provided great insight that also helped in cross-training, if already playing another instrument.
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Marshal February 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
I've studied with several teachers over the years, but Dennis was the best. I was a novice and Dennis took me to the next level. I'm forever grateful.
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Dennis L.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Michael L.

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I Teach beginner thru advanced.
I have been teaching drums for 25 years.
I teach all drum set styles and enjoy teaching students how to practice using their creative side of the mind.
my philosophy is to show yo how you can be as good as you aspire to be.

About Michael
I was inspired by drums at a very young age. My intro was playing along to the stereo hitting the floor with a unmatched pair of sticks. At age 12 I received a drumset and was able emulate some rock drumming style pretty fast. My learning hit a plateau soon after tho. My discipline for drum books and practice was very poor in the beginning.
Attending Musicians Institute in 1987 was the starting point of my commitment to myself to improve and be the best player i can be. I Graduated from MI with Honors and started playing with bands and continued to practice many hours a day. By 1994 I was teaching 30 -60 students a week. I have maintained that schedule for 15 years.
By 1997 I was playing live 2- 4 night a week every week for many years. I have played Thousands of shows in my career. Playing live is one of the best teachers.
I help students who want to play on stage, in front of a audience prepare for it.
Another significant part of my education was studying the physiology of playing drums (or any musical instrument.) This had a major positive effect on my practice habits and i bring this info to my students in a "short and sweet" manner of explanation. I will give you the facts of improving on a musical instrument.

I also love the art of songwriting and been fortunate to win several songwriting awards with my band Cohesive in 2008, 2009 and 2010

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One of my lessons styles is designed to get you playing from your imagination. Improvisation inspired by the sounds you are creating. In that process I will give you important information about how you earned the sound, so you can always be inspired to create. This can be a fun method for many people. Others students favor playing 2 drumsets at the class and like to rely on the visual aspects of learning.

I have studied the physiology of playing a musical instrument in detail. I like to sprinkle in the facts while we are learning a pattern or piece of music. This knowledge can greatly enhance your practice results.
Students are Always welcome to share more specific things they are interested in working on. I enjoy teaching all drumset concepts including Linear style, Ghost Notes,
compound stickings, double bass style, rudiments, rudiment applications, soloing, ostinatos. I have a few highly recommended method books that work very well. I also really like when students bring in a song they like. My teaching style is a laid back style but i do love to discuss and exercise strong discipline to students who are open to it. 3 months into lessons you can expect to be playing a number of different beats and song(s). I am very good at recognizing the way you are most comfortable learning.
I also play piano and guitar and have access to both instruments at your lesson so we can jam when you want.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio rooms: several drum kits, computer, recording gear, PA sound system
Piano and Guitars. video taping lessons available

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Pad, Snare, Sticks
It would be good if student had a drum set at home but not completely necessary in the beginning.

*** Specialties ***
I am very accomplished on Drumset. I play and study all styles
Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Big Band, World and all drumset concepts Linear, Compound stickings, Ghost Notes, Rudiments and rudimental application. Rhythm/Timing, Physiology Soloing, Ostinatos, Odd Meters, Odd Note Groupings, 4 way co-ordination,
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Amy April 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Michael is a fantastic drum teacher. He is an extremely talented drummer and is skilled in all genres of music, from rock to jazz to latin. As a teacher he is very patient and adjusts to my needs / preferences. He is able to explain in detail both the mental and physical aspects of drumming, which I love, and always has tons of suggestions for improving my skills, from improv to rudiment exercises to jamming along to songs. I’ve learned so much taking classes from Mike!!
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Shana April 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
He literally is the best teacher. Thorough, kind, organized and makes huge progress happen in such a a short time.
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Donald W. June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Great first lesson
Very informative, easy to communicate with. Very positive and willing to work with my paise. Highly recommend Michael
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Michael L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Michael C.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), J
ason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

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I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

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I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Check out the photos in my profile for some pictures.

*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Eddie R. July 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
I can't recommend Mike enough! I always wanted to learn drums but it felt daunting and somewhat inaccessible to me. From my first lesson with Mike, that changed completely. I left his studio feeling like I could absolutely learn to play. In just one lesson I learned a lot about proper technique, reading music, etc. without feeling overwhelmed or bored. Mike explains everything clearly while also making it fun to learn. And, most importantly, he has a clear (and proven) structure to his lesson plans. Concepts are taught in a cumulative manner so that each lesson you make progress towards a clearly defined goal - a goal that you get to help define, be it a specific song you want to learn or a certain skill/level to attain. Mike is knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides insightful tips and homework to make sure you're learning the right skills in a fun and challenging manner. If you want to learn drums, Mike is your guy.
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Ryan C. July 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son started learning the drums at age 5. Not only is he able to keep a beat but he is learning to read music. He is also being taught proper drumming techniques and that there is more to it than just banging sticks. Within these past two years, Mike built his confidence and gave him enough skills to go perform at his school's talent show. Each lesson my son comes out smiling and has a sense of accomplishment. He says his lessons are fun and that Mike is a cool teacher. Mike shows that he loves to teach and I couldnt be more pleased!!!!
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Shane R. March 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Michael is extremely knowledgeable about drumming. He relates to a 13 yr old advanced drummer teaching and having fun at the same time. Excited to work w Michael again
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Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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Matthew Smith is a freelance musician from San Diego, California and began playing musically professionally in 2001. Matthew attended California State Fullerton where he earned a bachelors degree in jazz studies in 2012 and is currently pursuing his masters at CalArts. Matthew teaches all ages and can curate a lesson plan personalized to each student. Want to do music as a hobby or as a career? Matthew can give you the necessary steps to achieve your goals and build up your musical proficiency and confidence.

About Matthew
HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.
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Matthew S.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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I will develop and strengthen your rhythm and snare technique.

About Michelle
I am Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA with an emphasis in piano and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I currently teach private and have taught classroom lessons for piano. I have consistently taught piano since 2002 to students ages 5 and above.

I have traveled the world to perform and teach music. I have been to Brazil to study samba and its many different styles through the World Percussion Program of CSU Long Beach in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, I traveled to Colombia and Venezuela to perform with the band of Terratour, a humanitarian group. My close friend and I performed his inspirational and encouraging music. We collaborated with local musicians in local venues. I have alwa
ys admired traveling and performing live, and Terratour was the best opportunity to do so.

You may have notice I'm a Carpenters fan! I sing, play piano and drums. The Carpenters are my musical inspirations and that's exactly how I perform- with passion and tender, love, and care. I was once the other musical half of a Carpenters tribute band, Close To You. My friend and I learned many of the Carpenters tunes and collaborated with vocals, piano, steel drums, drums and other percussion. We have disbanded, but even before forming the band, I was always singing and playing drums/piano simultaneously on my own and still continue to.

I am available for online, in-home, or in-studio lessons. If your child younger than 5 can count to 10 and knows the alphabet, then I would be happy to add him/her to my roster. If you want to develop your talent, I can do that with you. You have all the ability and power to learn and be great- I'm just going to guide you all the way to your goal.

Please notify me of the special need prior to booking lessons so I can accommodate.
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Dan October 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
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Izzy July 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle was great! On time, very patient and great at explaining information to my 6-year-old grandson!
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Lenore June 27, 2016
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a great piano teacher, she taught 3 of my kids. Michelle always took the time to make sure each lesson was fun and interesting.
I would highly recommend Michelle as your next music instructor.
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Michelle V.

Downey, CA 90241
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About Jack P.

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Some students are more serious about the drums than others and that's totally fine! My lessons are designed to work with the student, establish goals, and accomplish those goals. Some of those goals could be learning a song, a rudiment, or a type of coordination like a "beat." As long as the student is having fun and learning about music there will be progress.

About Jack
I've been a working musician, recording artist, and teacher in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years now. I've had the opportunity to study with many great educators like Maury Baker (Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Frank Zappa) and Kei Akagi (Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Al Di Meola). I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of California Irvine in music (specifically in jazz drum set performance). I'm also well versed in marching percussion and can teach beginner to advanced levels if necessary. No matter what level, music should be fun. When you establish goals and make progress, music can be the most rewarding thing in your life.
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Jack P.

Claremont, CA 91711
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Los Angeles, CA

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Drums were my first real hobby, and a great confidence-builder when I was growing up. I've spent many hours playing drums, and it's become a very rewarding part of my life. I specialize in teaching the techniques of playing the drum set, and I'd love to show you how to do it. So, sign up! I promise it'll be fun. You won't regret it.

About Mark
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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Ralph B. May 1, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Subtle evaluation of my skill level and gave me some great tips. I'm coming back for more.
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Vic October 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher. Lives and loves music and guitar and is a superb teacher.
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Vic October 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mark - is superb. He is extremely knowledgeable and talented and is able to convey his skills extremely well. He is organized and very methodical making it easy to progress. I highly recommend him.
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 20 years, and currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read drum modern notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates ...

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I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 15 years. Studied under Joseph D. Mitchell (LA Phil Harmonic) and James Bradley Jr. (Chuck Mangione & Anita Baker). I am currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read modern drum notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns, and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiment
s & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates directly to the feeling of a song. Similar to the practice of method acting.

Lessons are held at my project recording studio near downtown Los Angeles. On two sets: An acoustic muffled practice kit, used during the Rudiment & Sight Reading portions of the lesson. As well as an 8 piece Roland Electronic virtual drum set, used during the Drum Set Application portion of the session. Which allows for real time play along with lesson material or any of your favorite songs.
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Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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Playing drums has always been close to my heart. I want to help you find your voice behind the kit, and to share this special craft with you. From beginning drummers to advanced level players, I will help you learn to express yourself on this miraculous instrument. We will have a LOT of fun doing it.

About Blaire
My name is Blaire and I’ve been drumming for 20 years. I was trained in a traditional fashion in Kansas where I grew up, and decided I wanted to teach this passion to others. I can teach you to read music and equally to let loose and fly around the drums with ease. My strengths are rock drumming, jazz, marching snare, and countless smaller percussive voices. My experiences in performing and teaching have taken me all over this country in the form of touring with different bands. Let me teach you to find your voice on this amazing instrument.
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Blaire G.

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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