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I teach how to read rhythms and how to groove!
In these lessons our focus is mainly on hand drumming, teaching the student techniques and styles for various styles of hand drums from around the world including; Cajon, Bongos, Congas, Djembe, etc...
- Develop good time keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track or all ready recorded music
- Study basic hand strokes specific to the student’s type of drum
- Learn proper hand position
- Gain knowledge of the origins and history of various types of hand drums
- Play and read rhythms specific to the student’s type of drum
- Learn the proper way to hold and position drums
I am an experienced teacher with over 12 years of formal training and a degree in Percussion Performance from Long Beach State University. I have had the privilege of performing alongside such artists as Blue Man Group and Sheila E. I have performed in venues including: the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheater, and Club Nokia.
Students will learn how to play, compose and understand drumming in music. Students will learn every aspect of playing the drums, note values, types of drums, different stokes, rudiments and stick types. Students will learn songs and will be able to perform songs and will be well prepared to perform with a live act.
Andrew has degrees in Percussion Performance from Indiana University and Cal State University Long Beach. He has studied a number of different instruments with some of the best players in the business. You may study any kind of percussion whether it is classical, jazz, marching, or world that you wish to learn.
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As you’re probably aware the drums are among the most popular percussion instruments and they are played across a wide variety of genres. However, the scope of percussion instruments goes way beyond the drums. In fact, there are so many members of this instrument family we couldn’t even begin to name them all in this short introduction. Contrary to the common notion, percussion instruments do not simply exist to provide highlights or accents within musical scores. In fact, one of the unique parts about percussion is that they make compositions livelier due to the pulse and rhythm they provide. These instruments create sound by being hit, shaken, rubbed, scraped, and other methods intended to make them vibrate. You can learn these techniques, as well as others, simply by enrolling in our percussion lessons available in a city near you! So search our site for teachers that specialize in various percussion instruments suck as Idiophones (wood block, crash cymbals, marimba, celesta), Membranophones (tom-toms, snare drum, timpani), Ethnic/World percussion (bodhran, djembe, gamelan, steelpan, tabla, dhol, berimbau, timbal), and Latin American percussive instruments (congas, bongos, timbales, maracas, gourds, shakers, cowbells).