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By Paul M. - Orlando Drum Teacher
Although it may not have the stature of Los Angeles, Nashville or New York in terms of musical pedigree, Orlando, Florida - with attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios - is one of the top tourist destinations on the planet, with a rich and varied entertainment industry. And with this comes an array of opportunities to see, hear, learn and play music if you are interested in taking drum lessons in Orlando. Since rhythm is the foundation of all music, and drumming integral to most genres of music, you have the opportunity to learn how to play drums from some amazingly talented musicians who each contribute to the vitality of the Orlando and Central Florida music scene and are TakeLessons Certified instructors.
Orlando has had a thriving local independent rock scene for several years now, with groups like the recently disbanded, Lakeland-based Copeland among those at its helm. With venues and clubs like Amway Center, Hard Rock Live, The Plaza “Live” Theatre, House of Blues, The Social, Club Firestone, BackBooth and Will’s Pub, to name a few, top acts from all over the country and world come through town often as a stop on their tours.
Some famous musicians who either came from, lived, or currently live in Central Florida are Gram Parsons, considered the founder of “country rock,” and the reverberations of whose brief but extremely influential career are still felt to this day: Liberty DeVitto, who provided the steady and sturdy back beat for Billy Joel for most of his legendary career; and Roger McGuinn, the founding member of the great seminal 60’s band The Byrds (of which Gram Parsons was briefly a member).
Music is and has always been a big part of Orlando’s cultural landscape, and TakeLessons Certified Drum Teachers are helping to further this rich musical heritage. So what are you waiting for?! Call TakeLessons today at 877-231-8505 and talk to a Student Counselor about taking drum lessons in Orlando, and start your journey towards becoming a part of the great lineage of Orlando-Central Florida musicians.
Learn to play snare drum or play on an acoustic or electric drum set. Through the use of method books, learn to play the rudiments and learn to play in various styles. In this class you will learn to play by ear and discover ways to play your own style.
I can teach everything from how to hold the sticks and hit the drum using proper technique to reading drum charts and understanding notation, (and even some music theory if you like). I have experience playing multiple genres, including rock, jazz, and funk, and I have a wealth of drum books to draw from, from having taking lessons on and off from various teachers since age 10.
Focus on good technique to achieve a professional sound. We will explore different styles of grooves to have a broad approach to creativity around the drum set.
The things students would expect from me in a lesson would be the concept of keeping time with a metronome. Playing grooves that the student enjoys to hear. Using rudiments which would build creativity in the students playing. Exercises that building the strength of the student's wrist . The basic concepts of reading sheet music . And mainly to have fun playing over songs the student loves listening to.
The ability to play the drums requires an incredible amount of multitasking skills, as each one of our four limbs requires to be controlled by one brain, separately, and all at once. I have been playing it since I was about 12 years old at a church in the city I grew up in. I also took lessons for a few years so I am familiar with the technical side of it which is very important in an instrument that complex. Having the right technique is essential to being a drummer and having taken lessons myself I am familiar with simple exercises that will ensure growth and improvement.
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