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David B.

Lakeside, CA

About David

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my ho
me studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Tim S. May 12, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Love the way David breaks down skill development. I feel like I'm making great progress and I enjoy the lessons provided.
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Erika April 8, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
I absolutely LOVE taking lessons with David! It is the best part of my week!
Being a somewhat shy individual and an adult student, I was really nervous to begin music lessons with a stranger.. David put me at ease from day one. Each thirty minute session is packed with just enough material to keep me occupied during practice through the week and eager for more by the time our next lesson comes around. His instrument knowledge is phenomenal, and it makes the experience so much more fun to have David accompany my mandolin playing with banjo or guitar. He is also great for giving advice on buying a new instrument. Best-Instructor-Ever! I can't recommend David enough
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Sunny E. December 29, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
David works really well with children. He keeps my daughter motivated and makes it fun. He is really knowledgeable and overall a great teacher. Recommend!
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA

Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor

Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
tar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Looking forward to the next one!
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Bobby O. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Andy R.

San Diego, CA

I've played/taught drums for 40+ years! If you have experience I will listen to you play during your first lesson and create a custom practice routine to help sharpen your skills. If you are a total beginner I'll cover all the basics in a few lessons and get you playing songs quickly. I specialize in rock but teach most styles. I use "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" and other books as needed, and we will use my electronic drum kit. Your lessons will be fun, challenging, and inspiring!

About Andy

I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to addres
s and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Ming June 1, 2016
Drum · In studio
I started taking drumming lessons from Andy in February and I am just having a blast. I am 57 years old and I had absolutely no musical training. I grew up in the 70’s and I enjoy listening to classic rock. I have many friends that play music and they often get together and jam in a garage. A few months ago, I decided that I would pick up drumming so I could participate. I found Andy online and he has since shown me a wonderful world that I can now begin to break down and understand.

Andy explained to me the different types of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present. He also showed me the different drumming styles from the different genres and culture. It is so much fun to listen to him. I often feel like a kindergarten kid that is not taking full advantage of a college professor’s vast knowledge. Most of all, Andy is a very nice and cool guy. He is patient and he takes time to explain everything to me. Andy is very precise in the drumming techniques. I remember a couple of months ago at a jamming session, I was able to see certain drummers’ bad habits and limitations. That was exciting to me because I knew that I was on the right track. My goal is that when I retire, I can jam with my friends and have garage jamming be one of my regular activities. I am confident that with Andy’s help, I can achieve that.

Andy is experienced and knowledgeable. I think he has done pretty much all the things that a drummer could dream of doing, and he is there to help me. I really enjoy my lessons. It is a good way to relax and decompress. If you are thinking of picking up drumming or improving your existing techniques, you ought to give Andy a call. Take it from me, you are never too old to learn!
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Aubrey May 25, 2016
Drum · In home
I have been going to Andy for about 5 lessons now and am already feeling really comfortable on the drums. I have gone home with great assignments Andy created based on my progress on lessons. He is a talented musician and definitely knows a lot about how to teach beginners (like myself). Music seems to come naturally to him and he is personable, helpful, and encouraging. Not only are the in-person lessons progressive at a good rate, he utilizes email to send other helpful videos, links, and sound recordings that help students correct and further work on their techniques. I highly recommend for anyone who wants to pick up the drums or improve their current skills!
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Peter D. May 20, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Andy is a great teacher. Our daughter wanted to learn to play snare for marching band, and he gave her a solid grounding in the fundamentals. He came up with a customized learning plan, which allowed our daughter to learn a lot in a short period of time. Highly recommended.
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Andy R.

Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
(18)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Bernie K.

San Diego, CA

I have been teaching over a decade now. I am specialized in teaching kids also kids with ADS I also got involved in teaching people with a pacemaker to have them playing with different heart rates. My teaching puts the fun part on top of the list, and learn how to play in a band. This is where the drum set belongs.

About Bernie

Drumming is my favorite language!

He is an accomplished Stage and Studio performer. Before arriving in the States he toured Europe with his own band called Cassiopeak, playing in places such as Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. He toured the United States with various artists. After graduation from LA Music Academy he became staff at the school. In Berlin Germany he played in the musical “The Buddy Holly Story”. In the United States he played in the musical “The Playground” at the Deaf WestTheatre in North Hollywood, and published an album with The Sacred Dice - “Tones From Th
e Overground”. In Germany he released an album with JURI - “Gegen den Strom”.
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Thomas June 22, 2016
Drum · In studio
Bernie was my first and the best drum teacher I had.
Even when I got better and I thought there is nothing much I can learn from some one he prooft me wrong and Show me there is so much more to practise.
I hope he is coming back to germany one day.
But for now I wish him all the Best in the states!
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Tobias June 21, 2016
Drum · In studio
Our son (9 years old) had two years of teaching with Bernie. He learned a lot and even had several small appearances . A very cool and excited time for him . He misses Bernie ;-)
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Schubert June 17, 2016
Drum · In studio
He is a Nice teacher,I learned very easy by him .I hope he will back again😄
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Bernie K.

Bernie K.

San Diego, CA 92154
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Phil W.

San Diego, CA

Learn from a working drummer with over 18 years of teaching experience. From the basic fundamentals to advanced concepts and techniques, I can help you reach your goals. Many of my students have gone on to be professional musicians and music teachers themselves.

About Phil

I’ve been a drummer almost my entire life and I began teaching drum lessons in 1998. Musically I have fairly eclectic taste both as a listener and a player – My roots are in jazz and funk, but I’ve spent many years playing with singer-songwriters, reggae bands, rock bands… I also play percussion in a few different duo situations playing mostly top 40 covers.

I find that my jazz background tends to creep into pretty much everything that I play and as a result my approach to drumming tends to favor subtlety and dynamics. In addition to playing the drums I’ve also been composing music for ove
r twenty years.

I play several other instruments and have written and produced music that has appeared on major network TV shows. I believe that having this understanding of music and songwriting that goes deeper than just the drums allows me to explain the more conceptual aspects of drumming within a broader context. Understanding the drums comes from understanding music as a whole.

***Specialties***
Some of my strengths as a teacher & drummer include:
Stick control & Hand technique
Music Reading
Funk, Jazz, Rock, Reggae, World music
Rudiments
Playing with dynamics
Odd time signatures
Improvisation, phrasing, and comping
Identifying and transcribing drum parts in songs

***In-Studio Lessons***
I have a 300 square foot sound-treated studio in my home with a vast library of resources. In additional to a drumset and various hand drums, there are tons of other musical instruments and sound/recording equipment to make learning fun and efficient.

***In-Home Lessons***
Ideally students would have a drumset (acoustic or electronic), and a space with minimal distractions. If you’re eager to get started and don’t yet have any drums, a pillow and a pair of sticks can go a long way (seriously! Just ask Buddy Rich!)

***Policies***
I have a limited number of evening spots available due to my gig schedule. Daytime slots are a little more flexible. I try to schedule lessons back-to-back so it’s important to be punctual, prepared and ready to learn/rock.

Sometimes cancellations need to happen – try to give me as much notice as possible and I will do the same. No-shows are no-good. “Not having had time to practice” is my least favorite reason for cancelling a lesson and you will be chided accordingly.
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Rusty June 10, 2016
Drum · In studio
I have taken many lessons with Phil. Mostly in his studio, and a few at mine. Phil took the time to find out what I really needed to get out of lessons. We focused on rudiments, then applied them to the songs I was interested in learning. I was really impressed with how he was able to make these drum parts accessible by breaking them down into simpler parts, then progressively filling them in. Every song I brought to Phil, he was able to translate for me. More than the drums, we discussed music and what it means to support a song with percussion. I strongly recommend Phil as a drum teacher and musical guide. Rusty the V, Fly Like Venus
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Drew June 9, 2016
Drum · In studio
Phil is a great musician as well as a caring and wonderful teacher. When looking for a drum teacher it can be tough to find the whole package. Phil fits the bill. Patient and knowledgable, Phil really has a knack for presenting material in a way that is easily digestible and crucial to becoming a better drummer and musician. If you put in the time and effort of good solid practice, Phil will help get you where ya wanna be on your instrument!

Drew Miller - Bass Drummer and Co-Leader of Euphoria Brass Band
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Ryan June 9, 2016
Drum · In home
I took lessons with Phil for many years, and every show I've played and every tour I've been on has been thanks to his instruction. He is patient, knowledgable, and a highly skilled drummer in his own right. Most importantly, he has control over many genres and stresses the importance of rudiments, practice, stick control, and technique. I know no drummer, however experienced to the craft, that could not benefit from lessons with Phil.
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Phil W.

Phil W.

San Diego, CA 92104
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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