Adam Durham

Adam D.

Crisfield, MD

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About

Adam delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 2006

Adam is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been performing since 1996. He is an alumni of Berklee College of Music and graduate of Salisbury University. Throughout his career, he has performed with concert bands, rock groups, acoustic acts, chamber ensembles, and electronic groups totaling an audience of about 2 million people.

While attending university, he became interested in teaching music and has since taught over 200 people how to play guitar, bass, drum set, and DJing/Production. Adam has directly worked with several national acts including the Gin Blossoms, Rusted Root, Skid Row, Tonic, Eek-A-Mouse, Donovan Frankenreiter, Matt Stillwell, SOJA, and has played with members of Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, and Charm City Devils. He has worked with people who have been associated with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Grateful Dead, and more.

Currently, Adam is a member of Alternate Seduction, Under the Covers, and Captain Jack. His music has been distributed through iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, and many local FM stations.

*** Lesson Details ***
"The Band Approach":
I'll just come out the tell you the single most important piece of musical advice I ever heard: "Play with as many different musicians as possible."

Whether you want to perform professionally or you just want a fun hobby learning your favorite songs, my lessons are built on "The Band Approach." This system involves customizing lessons to show you what happens in the real world and when you may encounter a gig audition, school/college entrance test, an open mic night, or just friends & family who notice an instrument in your house and want to hear you play! I can use your favorite songs to show you proper technique rather than studying material out of a boring scale book or using useless exercises.

When I first started learning, I had to use VHS tapes and a crappy computer running Windows ME. Today, I incorporate new media such as YouTube, an iPhone, and music lesson applications into the lesson room.

I'm very beginner friendly and have taught about 150 people starting out on their instrument. Intermediate and Advanced students can expect to gain skills that may have been "looked" over and find new ways to better their playing.

I also teach entry level DJing and Music Production.



*** Specialties ***
Percussion/Drum Set: Beginner to Advanced Styles: Rock/Pop, Country, Latin, Jazz/Blues, Orchestral, Electronic, etc. Rudiments, Chart-reading, Timing, Coordination, etc.

Guitar: Beginner to Intermediate Styles: Rock/Pop, Country/Folk, Shred, Blues, etc. Scales, Chords, Picking Technique, Methodology, etc.

DJ: Beginner Mixing techniques, turntable/CDJ usage, song stylings, stage presence, etc.

Music Theory: Basic to Advanced Intermediate Theory, Ear Training, and Transcribing

Music Business: Marketing, Self-Promotion, Career Development, Band Management, etc.

Music Technology: Home Recording, Sound Reinforcement, MIDI, and Gear Knowledge

Applications: Logic Pro, Pro Tools LE, Reason, GarageBand, Serato Scratch Live

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Experience

Private Instructor
Sep 2010 - Present
TakeLessons

Education

Legal Studies & Music
Sep 2005 - May 2007
Salisbury University
Songwriting/Music Business
Sep 2003 - May 2005
Berklee College of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2007

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Filmed while I was working in the TakeLessons: Best Buy sector!
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7 Reviews

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Dana G. Jan 21, 2013
Guitar ·

Rosemarie's lessons

Adam is an excellent teacher. He is very patient with my 7 year old daughter. He explains things very well and makes sure she understands what she needs to practice. I am so glad that he is teaching guitar lessons. Hopefully Rosemarie will be ready to learn more after her softball season and Brownies is over in June. Adam thanks for everything you taught her.

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Chris W. Jan 21, 2013
Drum ·

Drum Lessons

Adam is a very skilled and knowlegable individual. He gives me something to strive for. Seems to hon in on weakness and provide guidance on how to improve those areas. Very good instructor.........

Ashley C. Jan 15, 2013
Guitar ·

Learning it right this time

I have been playing guitar off and on for about 28 years. Everything I learned was self thought. Adam is now filling in the gaps with music theory and techniques. With Adam's help, I am bringing my guitar playing to the next level.

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Dixie W. Jan 15, 2013
Guitar ·

Great Teacher

Adam took time to evaluate my skill level in the first lesson and tailored my following lessons based on his assessment. He has exposed me to many aspects of the guitar in simple, understandable language and has been very encouraging in monitoring my progress. I recommend Adam highly.

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Bryan B. Jan 15, 2013
Drum ·

Awesome Experience!

Yes! I am actually learning how to play Drums. Adam has what it takes to be a great teacher, he is experienced, patient, a good motivator and best of all fun. He teaches the fundamental strokes that are needed to play popular songs. Within a few weeks we were actually playing one of my favorite Rock songs.

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Aaron D. Jan 15, 2013
Guitar ·

Our teacher, Adam

Great teacher - is very good with my son and is always encouraging and helpful.

James E. Dec 22, 2012
Guitar ·

Great Teacher

My daughter, with a background in violin and piano, wanted to learn acoustic guitar. We met with Adam at BestBuy and he helped us pick a guitar. He was very patient with all of our questions. After the first lesson, my daughter liked this teacher. His approach to teaching is fun and gets results.

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