My name is Alan and I am a drummer living in the Nashville area with a drum performance degree from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. I've been playing drums for over 19 years and started out playing in my church worship band. Over the years I've been blessed to play in dozens of churches, work with countless artists/bands, tour and study with some amazing drummers. Some highlights so far include opening for Grammy nominated rock band “red,” and Dove Award Nominated Christian rock band, “Disciple,” and performing multiple times on the FOX affiliate, FOX 8 morning show in Cleveland, OH. I believe that we are all students of our craft no matter what level and that we can always learn something new. I'm constantly listening to new music, practicing drums as often as possible, and overall just trying to grow and better myself as a musician.
Along with learning from a lot of great teachers on the faculty at Musicians Institute, I have also had the privilege of studying privately with the following drummers: Bob Mckee (Gene Krupa, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett), Jonah David (Matisyahu, Jesca Hoop), Kevin Stevens (Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Kimmel Band, Natasha Bedingfield), and Andy Megna (Dakota Moon)
I have been fortunate to work with the following artists/bands: Bryan Karas, Ward 9, Thru Unseen Eyes, Joseph Barkley, Ben Park, The Western States Motel, Zoe Palladino, Folk Riot, Last American Buffalo, Red Abbey, Eric Schackne, Mark Shaker, and currently playing with Christian artist Karyn Williams (Inpop Records).
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very relaxed and patient teacher and like to have fun but I do expect the student to practice everyday (even if it's not a lot of time) and show up prepared. You are investing a lot of money into lessons and learning how to play an instrument and I don't want you to waste your time or your money. I've been the student that's tried to cram and learn an exercise in a day... it doesn't always work that way. The problem is that learning drums is so much about muscle memory, if you do a little bit everyday and train your body then you will experience far better results.
When I first get a new student I like to get to know you a little bit and hear what your interests and goals etc. are and what you would like to accomplish in studying with me. I will then have you play a little bit on the kit just to see where you stand in all aspects so I can begin to know what areas are your strengths and what areas we should work on. As we go I will teach you how to hold the sticks and how your hands/fingers function, posture and breathing, how to read music, the role of a drummer, basic and advance drum beats/fills etc. I'm a big advocate in reading music and understand how helpful of a tool this can be in learning/conceptualizing new drum beats and fills and even learning that song you just heard on the radio. I believe in the importance that each student learns and thinks differently. An approach that may work great for one student may not work at all for the next.
Among other resources, I use these books to teach out of:
-On The Beaten Path, Beginning drum set book by Rich Lackowski
-Drumming The Easy Way by Tom Hapke
-Modern Reading Text in 4/4 by Louis Bellson
-Accents and Rebounds By George Lawrence Sone
-Buddy Rich's Snare Drum Rudiments By Henry Adler/Ted Mackenzie
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have two drum kits set up at my practice space so that we can both be playing at the same time. Some of the curriculum will be printed handouts but you will have to buy a book or two that we will spend time working out of.
*** Travel Equipment ***
You will need to have at least a practice pad and music stand but a drum kit doesn't hurt.
*** Specialties ***
Funk, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Pop Rock... I also studdied Jazz and Latin but I really shine in the above mentioned styles.