Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, performer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand ...
I have been in many performing groups, from rock to metal to folk to jazz. I have background in original composition; I sing backup vocals and have experience with production. I have recorded with a number of groups in different genres. I am currently recording an album with Radio Mystery (indie/rock); I also perform with a European Cafe band, Due Zighi Baci, and with a folk trio, the Kyle Martin Band. My background: I began studying orchestral percussion at age 7 and received my first drum set at age 8. I then studied drums with Mike Brennan, learning the fundamentals of reading, coordination and independence, rhythmic ear training, etc, and continued to work with him until age 16, when he told me it was time to take the next step as he had taught me everything he knew. I went on to ...
Snare Drum Beginner:
Care and tuning of the instruments
Double strokes and the development of the open stroke rolls
Basic rudiments with proper stick positions; single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps
Reading basic rhythms on the snare drum, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, and 8ths note triplets
Develop time keeping skills by working with a metronome or click track
Intermediate snare drum book which includes reading various time signatures, and implementing flams, ruffs, and open and closed rolls as well as dynamics within the text
Continue to develop time-keeping skills while working with metronomes and click tracks
Study of hand positions for the remaining 40 PAS drum rudiments
Hand control exercises – stick control and Masters studies
Advanced reading – including various time signatures, interpretation and rhythmic modulation
Advanced hand control studies
Continued development of time keeping skills while ...
Originally from West Virginia, Ben has quickly made a name for himself within the music community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience. While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the Little Big Band, WVU's premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles. A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, ...
Sight Reading, independence, technique, grooves, fills, exercises
Cameron is a drum instructor currently located in the bay area. He is a professional touring and recording drummer who has traveled nationwide and internationally playing sold out venues all over the states, the UK, Europe, and Australia. Cameron has also worked in Los Angeles with A-list producers famous for producing artists like: Katy Perry, 30h3, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Boys Like Girls, Panic At The Disco, Alanis Morrissette, Queens of the stone age, Tool... and many more.... Cameron has albums available for purchase in stores nationwide and all over the world through WEA distribution on Roadrunner Records. Before his career in music began, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he studied with some of the best teachers in the drumming community. It was ...
Hi! I have studied, performed and taught the violincello (the cello), electric bass and contra-bass (acoustic, upright or double bass) for over two decades. I have played in symphonies, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, rock , blues , R&B, funk, and bluegrass bands, jazz combos, and Indian kirtan ensembles, performing everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Among numerous outstanding players and teachers, I have studied with Cameron Sawzin of the Boston Virtuosi as well as with renowned bassist Victor Wooten at his camp in Tennessee and California. I take an intuitive approach to my lessons, focusing on the feel and tone of the music. I have found this to be the fastest and most effective way for my students to learn. I also put emphasis ...
My first drum teacher, back when I was a teen, told me: "If you can walk, you have rhythm, and never doubt that!"
I've developed my skills as a hand percussionist since, and it's been 15 years!
I've specialized mostly in traditional djembe and dunun techniques and traditional malinke rhythms from West Africa, through my main teacher, Grand Master djembefola Mamady Keita.
Before we touch the drum however, we learn how to feel and sing rhythm within. This is the most important key in rhythmic development. I have various effective exercises to help you develop that.
Once we have that, then it's just a matter of technique...
I so look forward to guiding you on the percussive rhythmic journey!
Hello there! My name is Lisa and I believe that we are all given gifts to share them with others. That's why I teach. I'm a multilingual percussionist; I've taught French, Spanish and ESL for many years in several parts of the world. I've also studied, played and tutored traditional Ghanaan and Malinke percussion for almost 10 years and have acquired strong polyrhythmic foundation. I love and can teach the art of Calligraphy, including mainly French and Arabic calligraphy. I earned a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and have acquired and developed a lot more academic skills that I'd be happy to transmit (see my list of subjects). I'm also a mother of 2 little boys, 1 and 4 years old, so I have no time to get bored! I still do my best to remember to take a break and breathe to ...
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