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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

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Michael L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Michael C.

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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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Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Danny B.

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I've been teaching drum set for 5 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to properly hold a pair of sticks and as time goes on you'll be able to effectively keep time, and play along to songs. I specialize in rock, fuck, pop, and blues drumming. In my lessons I typically us the instructional books Syncopation by Ted Reed and the Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry. At lessons I have two drum sets, drum pads, sticks, brushes, music stands, and various drum books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and am excited to teach.

About Danny
I have been playing and performing the drums for the past 10 years.

In a teaching situation I try and provide a relaxed and friendly environment in order to learn a students strengths and weaknesses. I want students to be able to learn at their own pace, and not to worry if they think they are not learning quickly enough.

I generally work as a for hire musician playing for various acts in the styles of rock, funk, blues, jazz, and even movie scores.

I have toured throughout California and have had the privilege to open for such artists as A Flock of Seagulls, Jennifer Leitham, Daniel Glass, and Jack Sheldon.
I have recorded drums for movies including Stomp the Yard, and Obsessed; played with acts such as Big Dave LIttle, Brett Copeland, and Kenji Igus. I have played with such jazz musicians including Richard Simon and Roger
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I attended the AVPA from 2006 to 2009 and have a degree in Psychology.

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In the lesson setting I want the student to become as comfortable with the drums as possible. I like to maintain a relaxed environment, allowing the student to move at his or her own pace. This in mind, I believe the fundamentals are the most important to learn.

Students will first learn the basic hand techniques needed for accomplished drum playing, before moving on to more complex ideas behind groove, and feel. Reading music and keeping effective time will be emphasized in early lessons.

I also like to teach students that drums are a musical instrument that is typically played with other musicians. A student will learn how to play and interact well with other musicians in a variety of musical settings.

I use a combination of books for teaching including:
Syncopation by Ted Reed
The All-American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
The Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
I will also use various drum charts and exercises as well as the use of videos and recordings.

After 3 to 6 months a student will be able to read drum notation and rhythms at a competent level and will be able to play basic drum beats on the drum kit as well as have a basic understanding of how to play with other musicians in various styles of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment includes two drumsets, drum pads, sticks, and instructional material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring drums if necessary, would prefer to bring a drum pad.
Expect the student to have drums.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues
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Meghan April 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
Danny is a great teacher - he's really patient and encouraging and my son adores his lessons and looks forward to them every week. Danny has a way of making him both take it seriously and also think he's having the most fun and is a natural. I high;y recommend him.
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Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Kevin F.

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I have 17 years of experience playing and studying drums, and I look forward to sharing that with you! I'm a flexible & fun teacher who likes to see my students succeed.

I like to tailor lessons to whatever your goals are. We can learn one of your favorite songs, I can teach you drum-set exercises to improve your coordination, or we can practice rudiments to ensure you've got a great drumming foundation.

Please feel free to message me a question!

About Kevin
I'm a full-time musician, recording artist, and studio drummer who has been studying and playing for over 17 years.

I played in the UCLA jazz and latin jazz programs, as well as in the UCLA marching band. Since then I've been a part of a group called Sure Sure. I write, record, and perform live all of our drum and percussion parts; we're currently on a national tour and have over 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

I like to tailor your lesson to whatever your goals are. I can teach you rudiments, we can learn one of your favorite songs, or I can show you exercises to improve your skill. I'm happy to talk about your drumming goals and then create a lesson plan to help you get there.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Phil March 3, 2017
· Drum · In home
Kevin has been teaching my daughter Ellie for 9 months now. I found him through an old UCLA friend who's also part of the music scene here in LA. Ellie started as a percussionist in her middle school concert band and used to bang around on the set after rehearsals, but now that she's in 7th grade she decided to join the jazz ensemble. So we wanted to get her proper training on the drum kit. She always looks forward to her sessions with Kevin (we try to fit in a weekly session around club soccer and chess - yes, I'm breeding a Renaissance Woman), and she has seen astronomical growth in her abilities since she started with him last summer. As a musician myself, I can tell you that Kevin is a consummate drummer (check out his band Sure Sure!!) and teacher, not to mention a responsible (and hilarious) young man. He really emphasizes control and syncopation with Ellie, and her band teacher has been super impressed with her growing talents. Rumor has it she's even getting a drum solo at the spring concert...
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David February 27, 2017
· Drum · In home
I always wanted to learn drums but never knew where to begin. 5 minutes into my first lesson I knew I found the right teacher. Every lesson I've had with Kevin has been fun and engaging. I look forward to each session and the progress speaks for itself. My wife actually enjoys listening to me play now!!
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Stephen M.

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Stick/pedal technique, sight-reading, the math of rhythm, keeping time, dynamics, rudiments, improvisation, odd-meter, composition, maintenance/repair/tuning/calibration

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
There are some musicians who teach only as a way to make ends meet and there are those who are passionate about education in general. There are some music teachers who will show you how to play songs and call it a day. That's giving the hungry a fish. I prefer to teach the hungry how to catch fish. Why you use a certain rod, line, lure, how to find fish, what fish are edible, how to drive a boat, etc...In musical terms this translates to things such as why you hold an instrument a certain way, the logic behind finger positions, how to construct chords/scales then use them, how to count musically and why, etc...I teach how to think musically and creatively on and off of the page and have a vested interest in the progress of my students.
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Stephen M.

Stephen M.

Newbury Park, CA 91320
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using my experience in 15 years on drums, including lessons and recording sessions for the improvement of the student, all levels and ages.

About Bruno
I have 15 years of experience in playing music, and have participated in numerous tours, concerts, and recording sessions. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching music and academic tutoring. I teach guitar and drums, and tutor in all core academic subjects, including language arts, math, science, and social studies for students elementary school to high school.
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Lilia B. August 14, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Bruno is such a great teacher! I have learned so much in a short period of time, and thanks to him, I can now play my favorite songs on drums! I'll definitely be studying with Bruno for a very long time!
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Bruno P.

Newhall, CA 91321
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About Peter L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Experienced teacher and musician, great with beginners and intermediate students and happy to teach all levels! I've been playing the drums for almost 20 years, and have been playing professionally for much of the last 10 years. I always aim to keep a healthy focus on both the technical element of learning the drums, and the all-important musical element of playing with other musicians in a group. I generally spend about half the lesson focusing on technique, and the other half on songs picked by the student for us to work on. Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start taking lessons!

About Peter
Hello! I'm a drummer with nearly two decades of experience playing in a wide variety of bands, from straight ahead rock, to jazz, to minimalist singer-songwriter music, to swampy New Orleans-style funk, and everything in between. Since graduating college in 2011, I've been a working musician, and I combine the technical foundation of years spent studying the instrument with the musicality of a seasoned drummer.

This is exactly what I bring to my drum lessons: a strong footing in the technical side of playing, and an unwavering devotion to developing musicianship that always serves the music and the song. I will help you develop life-long habits of playing and practicing that will help you grow with your experience (and prevent injury!), and simultaneously develop an ear for music while learning to play songs. I always encourage my stud
ents to bring songs they love to lessons for us to focus on, and for beginners, to start playing with other people as soon as possible. This keeps lessons dynamic and engaging—playing drums should be fun!

For intermediate and advanced students, I bring my experience as a working studio and live drummer to lessons. We focus on musicianship in the context of a band, listening, timbre, groove, timekeeping, confidence, and the intangibles of what it takes to be an effective band member (and an employable drummer!).

In addition to countless hours spent in middle and high school banging away on the drums in my parents' basement, I studied jazz in college, and since then have taken lessons with Scott Amendola to supplement my experience playing.

Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start lessons! I'm available to teach in students' homes in Los Angeles, or teach lessons online.
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Caitlin December 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Peter is a skilled and talented drummer with the pedagogy to go with it. He is on time, communicative, and able to connect with students easily. His combination of commitment to technique as well as ability to stoke a young drummer's intrinsic motivation make him a wonderful instructor.
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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Jason D.

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Hey folks, Ive been slamming my drums for about 20 years, I have a fun exciting approach to teaching. Sometimes it can be boring to get bogged down with rudiments and classic drum lesson material, Im not that kind of teacher. I have a back round in psychology as well as music, and I understand the importance making any subject exciting to the audience. So heres my approach laid out below in a few easy steps.

1. Ask you what music you love, and what are some songs you want to learn how to play.
2. While helping you to rock out to your favorite songs, like a pro, I will be assessing certain chops you need to work on.
3. Slowly work in some basic drum rudiment work, to help you play the songs you love even better, and add in some of your own flare.
4. Eventually have you perform one of your songs live in front of friends and family, if you feel up to it.
5. Continue to build your skills in an organic, fun, engaging , performance goal focused teaching method that I truly believe in.

About Jason
Hey folks, Ive been slamming my drums for about 20 years, I have a fun exciting approach to teaching. Sometimes it can be boring to get bogged down with rudiments and classic drum lesson material, Im not that kind of teacher. I have a back round in psychology as well as music, and I understand the importance making any subject exciting to the audience. So heres my approach laid out below in a few easy steps.

1. Ask you what music you love, and what are some songs you want to learn how to play.
2. While helping you to rock out to your favorite songs, like a pro, I will be assessing certain chops you need to work on.
3. Slowly work in some basic drum rudiment work, to help you play the songs you love even better, and add in some of your own flare.
4. Eventually have you perform one of your songs live in front of friends and family, if yo
u feel up to it.
5. Continue to build your skills in an organic, fun, engaging , performance goal focused teaching method that I truly believe in.

Heres some of my credentials:
1. Trained at the Drummers Collective in NYC in 2002, specifically with Memo Acevedo, and Sandy Gennaro.
2. Was signed to Universal Music/ Gotham Records in 2006 with the band Chiba Ken.
3. Toured the country , released original music that was licensed to Television, and Movies.
4. Continued on to do sessions work for various artists, mostly in the heavy metal genre.

Drumming has been my life for a long time, and Im very passionate about the process of development that occurs when taking on a challenge like learning drums. I will make this lots of fun, we will laugh a lot, we will rock out to your favorite music, while also developing important skills for music and for life. Thanks for reading this far, you are already showing your commitment.
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Jason D.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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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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Former original drummer for Capital Recording Artists XYZ, / P.I.T. honor student and graduate with over 30 years experience. I specialize in hand technique development and rudiments as this is the true core of drumming! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I will share everything that I have learned from studying with some of the best teachers and drummers in the world! I guarantee fast results. Develop great hands, learn to read music and write your own, be able to jam with friends and gain confidence when auditioning. Become a master of the drum set, and most of all have fun.

About Paul
I was the original drummer for Capitol Recording Artists XYZ. We toured all over the world headlining and opening up for various major recording artists such as Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, Alice and Chains, Extreme etc just to name a few. I have also had the pleasure of gigging with former members of Kiss and Van Halen. I have many years of experience playing with bands, recording in the studio as well as touring and teaching.

Before moving to LA, I lived in New Jersey studying with some of the best teachers in New York and also gigging with different bands. I knew drumming was in my future forever so I decided to move to LA and go to P.I.T. (The Percussion Institute of Technology) in Hollywood. There I also studied with some of the best teachers in the world. I graduated P.I.T. with honors and shortly after that got signed
with the band XYZ.

After that, I continued to jam with other bands and do various studio recording gigs. I also picked up a bunch of students and began my teaching career. Teaching has always been a passion of mine as I get a kick out of sharing my ideas and seeing my students progress so fast and come back each week with their own ideas that they have taken from my own. No 2 drummers are the same and I approach each student with a customized curriculum according to what they want and what I believe they will need in order to get there.

I strongly believe in hand rudiments as this is the foundation of all drumming. If you are limited in your hand technique, you will be limited around the kit. I have studied extensively with many teachers on the Buddy Rich method. Still to this day, Buddy has always been known as a drummer with amazing hands and that's why he will always be remembered as one of the greatest drummers of all time.

My goal is to teach you everything that I have learned from my teachers in a fun and professional environment with focus on developing great hands. I have short cuts to get you to reach your goals faster with "tricks" that I have learned over the years and will save you years of wasted time. As long as you're willing to put in the practice time and work hard,I will guarantee you results......FAST! Lets do this!
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Paul M.

Torrance, CA 90505
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