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By Clint L. - Dallas Drums Instructor
Hey everybody! Dallas drum teacher Clint L. here. Today I want to talk to you about the Dallas, Texas music scene and more specifically, what it is like to be a drummer and teach Dallas drum lessons.
Dallas will always be one of the most exciting places in the US to be a musician. As you may know, one of the top music schools in the nation, The University of North Texas, is right outside Dallas. I had the good fortune of attending this school when it was still called North Texas State University. This institution continually turns out some of the finest musicians in the world.
On campus, you can usually find one of the lab bands either rehearsing or performing. There are many jazz and dance clubs in Denton. In Dallas, you can hear virtually any and every kind of music that you want.
As far as the drumming scene, Dallas has one of the biggest markets for cover bands of any city in the US. Currently I am a part of three different bands. One is a pop band that performs live every Friday and Saturday. The second is a Progressive Rock/Christian Rock band that has recently been signed by a record company in Oklahoma. The third band is an original project with a long-time friend who plays bass. This is more of a jazz rock band, and we are currently in the writing stage, and doing a good bit of recording as well.
Being a drummer in this market and teaching Dallas drum lessons is very challenging but exciting. If you want to make a living at this, you must be versatile and cover all styles. Yes, there is plenty of work but there are also a ton of musicians. The brotherhood of drummers has a very strong bond here. Even though we compete with each other, we also help each other out as much as we can.
I couldn’t be happier being a full time drummer and instructor here in Dallas. I have been staying busy not only with three different bands but also as a freelance musician. I also teach private drum lessons to a number of students, both beginner and advanced, out of my home or in the comfort of their own homes. If you are interested in taking drum lessons in Dallas, give us a call and join the fun!
Committed to providing a rigorous curriculum, Donnie readily adapts his teaching to best meet the needs of each and every student the first time around.
His key focus areas include drumset, marching percussion, classical percussion, hand percussion, and mallet percussion.
I teach acoustic and electronic drums for all levels
I have mostly taught beginner drummers to get the basics down. -separating the limbs to work independently - rudiments - basic beats and grooves used in popular music - and how to read it and write it on paper if you are interested.
also - "how to count" ...and "understanding song structure"
I have also worked with a few excellent, established drummers on "what to play in the studio" and how to be a good session player...how to be consistent and simplify.... etc
Lessons cover proper techniques as well as how to play with feel.
I have been performing and teaching professionally for 25 years. I am a Music Graduate from the University of North Texas. I have performed and recorded with many artists including Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Patti Labelle and Larry Carlton. I specialize in drum set, school band, jazz band, auditions, and drumline. I focus on what the individual student wants from lessons (learning songs, preparing for auditions or to be in a band, technique, reading, etc). Some of my students have gone on to University of North Texas and Berklee School of Music. I have students that play with King Diamond, Collective Soul, Paul Rogers (Bad Compay)... I have performed on television including Americas got Talent.
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