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I've been teaching drums and percussion for 10 years and my students have gone on to be accepted into top ensembles, record and produce tracks of their own, and have performance careers. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play basic rhythms on the drum set, and start recognizing different stylistic patterns. You'll also develop a strong sense of time. As time goes on you'll be able to play along to any song just by listening, and even create your own drum groove to new music! I specialize in rock, pop, and funk styles, typically use Joel Rothman's drum books as well as my own PDFs. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Zachary
My name is Zach L. I am a professional musician in the Miami area. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Miami. I am a multiple Downbeat-award-winning guitarist and have been drumming for the past 13 years. I have headlined multiple international tours and received both the Duncan Nelson Scholarship and the Davidson Scholarship at the University of Miami. Furthermore, I am also an accomplished composer and arranger with my works featured by groups such as the Steve Miller Band and the Henry Mancini Orchestra. Lastly, I have held a teaching position as the Professor of Improvised Music at the Narnia Arts Academy International Summer Course in Central Italy.

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Students' lessons are tailored to their individual needs. I don't teach out of a book (though I do use books to supplement
material when helpful), so students will only be learning what *they* need to be learning next, based on their unique blend of skill, experience, and curiosity. With that in mind, here are some topics on which we tend to focus.

Guitar Lessons:
-Proper Technique. (How to hold a pick. Proper ways to apply pressure to the strings with the left hand. Tension-free technique to prevent injury and strain.)
-Chord Formations. (Bar chords, Power chords, Open chords, Triads and inversions, CAGED system chords, Seventh chords, Advanced jazz voicing, Chords in alternate tuning.)
-Scales/Arpeggios. (Proper fingering to build technical skill. Three note per string scale forms. Conventional scale forms. Cross-fretboard patterns. Seeing arpeggios from different scale degrees. Pattern manipulation.)
-Reading Music. (One position reading. Multi-position reading. Sight reading practice. Understanding rhythmic variation. Ledger line studies. Dollahon 10th position method for sight reading.)
-Repertoire. (Songs in genre(s) of preference. Learning to play songs from favorite artists. Learn to accompany yourself if you sing.)
-Ear Training. (Hearing melodic phrases. Identifying chords. Transcription projects. Learning to "play by ear".)
-Rhythm Training. (Differentiate between different rhythms. Metronome work. Keeping solid time. Develop ability to clap/strum/pick a variety of rhythms with good time.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers, five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops, and an 88-key electric piano for music theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers and five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops.
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Akiva June 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Zach is an excellent teacher! He has such a thorough understanding of music, and plenty of experience teaching it. Taking lessons with him are both super fun and super informative. He's got a knack for making complex things seem simple and is really easy to work with. I highly recommend taking lessons with Zach for anyone wanting to take their playing to the next level.
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Guille June 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Zachary is great! Having some experience in playing guitar I was looking to gain some knowledge on the theory side of things. Lucky for me Zachary love to talk theory and was able to clearly explain things to me. I look forward to the classes every week. Highly recommend.
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Will June 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Zach takes the time to understand precisely what I want to accomplish with my playing, and why, and I feel that the lessons have progressed logically and quickly. Most importantly, he is a wonderful listener and patient with my ceaseless questions of 'why' and 'how'. I leave each session with greater enthusiasm and a genuine sense of accomplishment.

This is how learning should work.
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About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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Develop Stick Control, & the skills it requires to have the coordination it takes to Play the Drums.

About James
PLEASE READ : Thank you.

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at UBG Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype & Hangouts (Google) as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not
only get a Great Lessons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do. I no longer accept every other week lessons, only weekly lessons.
I have a 24 hour Cancellation policy, if I'm not notified within 24 hours of your lesson I will accept payment.
Thank you and I Look forward Helping you reach your goals.
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Xin August 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I have to find my own music sheet
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Henry July 3, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Great teacher. willing to start with the basics. very patient and encouraging. I plan on taking classes with him for a long time. Would highly recommend!
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Sean May 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great so far! Laid out a clear picture of where the voice needs to come from and basic ideas for practice.
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About Ryan L.

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ALL SKILL LEVELS and all ages are welcome.

READING AND SIGHT-READING STUDIES
DRUM SOLO CONCEPTS
IMPROVISING CONCEPTS
HAND & FOOT INDEPENDENCE EXERCISES
RUDIMENTARY EXERCISES AND WARM UPS
LICKS / GROOVES

I customize each students lesson to their individual needs and the styles of drumming they enjoy. Expect to have a lot of fun on your path of drumming!

About Ryan
Ryan's strong passion for teaching allows him to customize each student's lesson to their individual needs and style. He works with students of all skill levels and all ages.
See: Ryanscottlong.Net/onlinedrumlessons
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Having been described as a musician “with gut busting solos and dynamic versatility, Ryan Scott Long continues to push drumming to new levels. With his forward thinking approach, Ryan may be forming an exciting new style of drumming. Long has toured across the country in bands covering many different genres of music giving him a unique style that can only be formed through [his] immense experience under his belt.”*

Ryan is proficient in jazz, rock, funk, Latin, hip-hop, and many more styles. Ryan is very tour friendly as he has toured all over the country
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Gina April 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My teenage son has been taking drum lessons from Ryan for almost two years now. Ryan is the BEST instructor. He is patient with my son and very inspiring. My son enjoys taking lessons from Ryan. Not only is my son learning a lot, he is also gaining more self-confidence. I highly recommend Ryan as a drum instructor.
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K April 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
great instructor! Ryan has taught and continues to tech me a lot in an entertaining way. Unlike other instructors I have had he teaches diverse methods, techniques, and styles. Overall a great experience!
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Robert Anthony Morales April 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Ryan uses all his skills to access the best approach to teach student drummers. His insights go way beyond his youth. Said and done look at all the successful drummers he has tutored.
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About Paul W.

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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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About Ben H.

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Nashville, TN
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I am an experienced educator with 25 years of private lesson experience. I have written many books for Hal Leonard Corporation including; 'Workin Drums: 50 Solos for Drumset', 'Hal Leonard School for Snare Drum', '40 Intermediate Snare Drum Solos', and more!!

I have three decades of live performance experience and have nearly 20 years of experience as a collegiate level educator.

I can work with students in just about any genre of music and I enjoy working with beginners to advanced students of all ages! Let's get started!

About Ben
Hi! I have been a professional educator for 25 years. I enjoy working with students of all ages and all levels of ability.

I accept beginners, intermediate and advanced students. I have written numerous Percussion books for the Hal Leonard Corporation including: 'Workin Drums, 50 Solos for Drumset', 'Hal Leonard School for Snare Drum', '40 Intermediate Snare Drum Solos', and more!

I currently teach out of my lesson studio in Nashville, TN, here on TakeLessons.com. In addition to teaching percussion lessons, I am an a private lesson instructor with Metro Nashville Public Schools as well as an instructor of music business courses in the Entertainment Business program at SAE Institute - Nashville.

I have 30 years of live performance and recording experience. I am a Yamaha performing artist and currently endorse Tycoon Percussio
n, Vic Firth Sticks, Mike Balter Mallets and Aquarian Drumheads.
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Ryan February 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
Ben has taught both of my children (ages 13 and 15) for the better part of three years. Not only is he a consummate professional who knows percussion inside out, he has always made it fun. Both of my kids are always eager to go to lessons knowing Ben will have a smile and make the lessons relaxed and enjoyable!
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Jason February 18, 2018
· Drum · Online
Super great teacher all around! Gives great tips and information but is not too harsh. He puts the lesson in the student's hand and allows his students to choose what they want to work on and how. However, Ben's best quality is his all-around personality. Very nice man and treats you not as much of a student than as a friend.
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About James S.

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As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musicians, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

About James
Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individual. As such I tailor my teaching to the direction that they want to go with drumming.

As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get our hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the
comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musician, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.
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Ramya M. June 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
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Ramin March 16, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act
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Stefano February 14, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jim has been teaching drums to my son for a year and a half. My son is a difficult student, but Jim is patient, attentive and engaging and his lesson are the right mix of fun and rigorous teaching. My son is loving drumming and always looking forward to his next lesson.
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About Joel D.

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Drummer with nearly 20 years experience playing in rock bands as well as in worship settings. Lessons begin with a focus on fundamentals of drumming (drum set) but can expand into what the student specifically wants to learn. We will also focus on the role of the drummer within a musical group and learn how to navigate those intricacies. Beginner and intermediate students preferred but all ages are welcome, its never too late to learn how to drum!

About Joel
I have been playing the drums for nearly 20 years, in which most of my experience is hands-on, playing in contemporary church worship teams and regional Christian rock bands with occasional teaching mixed in. Personally, my favorite style of music to play is rock/alternative but I also favor acoustic/folk styles, funky grooves, Latino rhythms, and the occasional metal, blues, or jazz beats.

No matter the musical style, playing with confidence, feeling the song, and having an awareness of other musicians can escalate you from a "good" drummer to a "great!" one; and this is what I teach my students. They will learn the fundamentals of stick position, rotary movements, basic drum hits and musical notation, as well as how to play on beat (with a "click"). These skills will enable the student to learn any style of music and increase their abi
lity to play the role of the drummer in virtually any band or musical group.

For example, the bands I have played in over the years have opened for multiple National acts like Red, Disciple, Project 86, and Decyfer Down and have played festivals and tours like Cornerstone Festival, Unity Festival, and Winter Jam, opening for Mercy Me, Jars of Clay, and Hawk Nelson. I truly believe that if you know your craft and have confidence in yourself, the sky is the limit for what you can do.

Currently, I play regularly at my local church and do worship nights and events in my area. I would be honored and pleased to work with you and help you become a great drummer!
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Case May 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Made the lesson fun and informative!
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Jaxon S. April 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
This was my 9yr son's 1st drum lesson with Joel. Joel did a fantastic job keeping the balance between theory, instrument use, & keeping it fun for him.
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Stephen April 4, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I’ve had the privilege of playing guitar, with Joel as the drummer, in various bands. Hands down the best drummer I’ve ever played with. Joel is extremely attentive to what the rest of the band is doing which is a skill that so many drummers are missing. And he’s always on with that click track! Joel could always create whatever sounding fills I asked for, and then some. But ALWAYS tasteful. A very gifted musician.

Joel is also a man of integrity and an all around fun guy! One of my best friends on this earth!
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About Clayton V.

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Most people say that music is math, but I prefer to think of it as a language. Together, we will learn the language of drums. I am an experienced drummer of 14 years, college educated in jazz and popular styles, and have taught on and off for 5 years. In our classes together you can expect to learn not just technique, but also how to be creative on the drum set while improving your time-feel and interdependence. I also teach beginner drummers where we will work on rudiments and simple grooves to strengthen your foundation as a musician. Expect lessons to be fun and in the moment and ALWAYS catered to your level as a musician. Contact me to start improving your drumming in one lesson, guaranteed!

About Clayton
I'm a professional drummer and songwriter hailing from Massachusetts. I have been drumming seriously for 14 years and I received my Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. I am versatile in a variety of styles from Reggae, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop and many more. I bring an element of discovery to my drum lessons, because I believe that I am learning along with my students.

Drummers who study under me can expect to improve week to week. Together we will improve your improvisation, stick control, speed, and sight-reading. Lessons will be catered to your proficiency level and your personal goals for being a drummer.

Outside of teaching and school, I am a member of three bands. My indie rock band Specific Ocean has released our first single and will be releasing our debut EP
very soon. We will be playing in the 18th annual Underground Music Showcase on July 27th. We have also played mainstays of the Denver scene such as the Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake. My second band is the neo-soul infused funk band Sol Burial. I also play in a free-jazz group called Deals Deals Deals.

I am very excited to extend my passion for the drums and music to you and help you to improve your skills on the set instantly. I look forward to meeting you and helping you grow as a musician!
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About Evan G.

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I have 7 years teaching and experience in all areas of percussion and drumming. I also have a strong base in music theory. I am a doctoral student at the College- Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and I received my Master’s degree at the Boston Conservatory, where I studied with a sitting member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I have extensive experience performing and teaching in the greater Boston area before moving to Cincinnati. I want my students to not just learn to learn to play, but to learn problem solving that a strong music education provides. I can’t wait to work with you!

About Evan
I am a percussionist currently at the University of Cincinnati for my doctorate. I formally studied percussion with a sitting member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra while at the Boston Conservatory, as well as leading soloists and chamber musicians in the area, such as Casey Cangelosi, Nancy Zeltsman, and Doug Perkins. I received my bachelors degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

I have performed at Boston University, Harvard, and MIT in ensemble settings. I have performed as a section percussionist for the New England Philharmonic and the Brockton Symphony. I have been seen as soloist for the West Virginia New Music Festival as well as the West Virginia PAS Solo Series.

I have years of experience teaching all elements of percussion to all levels of students, and on every percussion instrument imaginable in both large
group settings and in private lessons. I have access to drums, a xylophone, and hand percussion in my current home studio, and I can travel to private lessons in your home.

Whether you’re looking to audition for All-State or college, or to simply to begin or improve, we can jump into the vast world of percussion together.
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About Joel S.

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My lessons are tailor made for each student and take into consideration the learning methods that work best for each individual. I am proficient in most all popular styles including rock, funk, jazz, pop, blues and reggae. Each student will be allowed to pursue the genre and style that most interests them. My education includes 20 years of lessons with various working drummers around Kansas City in addition to a B.A. from the University of Kansas in jazz studies. Over the past 5 years after graduation I became the member of five different performing groups that entertain all over the KC metro and beyond. I also began my career as a drum instructor at the same time.
As a teacher, I most enjoy witnessing the growth I see as students take the journey into becoming a musician. Every time I see a new challenge overcome or new skill achieved is a special moment that makes being a teacher so special.
In lessons I will implement many different teaching strategies and see which ones are most ...

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I have been playing drums for 20 years. I started playing professionally and teaching five years ago after receiving a B.A. in jazz studies from the University of Kansas.
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