Alfredo Velasquez

Alfredo V.

San Antonio, TX

About Alfredo V.

Alfredo teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: August 1983
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

I studied classical percussion in college and then specialized on drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City. I have toured with bands and played many times in front of crowds of more than 25 000 people. I have TV experience as well. I also have worked as a session drummer on several records for big labels (BMG and Sony Music among them). I work as a producer and my approach to teaching comes from my love of Music in general. I have been a drums instructor for more than 30 years and my students always get the gigs. I speak English and Spanish. My teaching style is fun and has a very clear outline, remaining flexible within it. I keep learning and practicing every day, and am very open to having fun together while learning. If you practice, the results are shown on every lesson and you will really notice it!

*** Lesson Details ***
We start by learning how to Play, reading is not the first approach, but will be learned around the 3rd month . Everyone can do it and if you feel you can't, I'll prove otherwise during the first lesson. Afterwards we practice simple techniques and start with simple independence exercises, which feel great. You will be playing a beat with simple independence the first time we try it, which can be during the first lesson and no longer than three lessons afterwards. As you progress with the independence in rock style, we will work in other styles like funk, jazz, Latin, odd meters and African and the main focus will be that you become a great drummer. Whether you are aiming to become a pro or playing as a hobby, you will find great value in these lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 11 drum sets, recording gear, guitar and bass amplifiers and a pa system.


*** Travel Equipment ***
His own set. I could also rent them a set if needed, but having their own set is better for me. Sometimes I rented a set to my students in order for them to decide if they wanted to buy one.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Drummers Collective approach. I teach styles such as rock, jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, pop, Brazilian, etc...

Photos and Videos

Testing drums (vintage Ludwigs) at Home. v 1.0

Experience

CEO/Main Composer

Aug 2003 - Present
Durazno64 Audio

My work as a Composer and Multi Instrumentalist can be heard at my company's website. We essentially make audio and music for T.V. and Radio commercials. I compose the music and play Drums, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Sax, Recorder, Percussion, Cello and use Samplers for many other instruments.

Drummer

Sep 1984 - Present
Sony Music, BMG.

I was the drummer in two major Spanish rock bands during the 90's (Los Amantes de Lola and Los Necios). During the 80's I played with several Rock and Jazz bands.
During the first decade of the century I played with different Jazz bands, Rock projects and some Progressive Latin Fusion bands.
I also work as a session drummer since the 1990's and have played in several Mexican Artists Records (Eduardo Palomo, Sergio Arau, among others), and currently play drums in many TV and Radio commercials.

Education

Drummer Certificate

Jan 1990 - Sep 1990
Drummers Collective, N.Y.

Orquestral Percussion

Sep 1984 - Jun 1989
Escuela Nacional de Música

Technical Level (4 Years).

Jan 1984 - Jan 1988
ESCUELA NACIONAL DE MUSICA UNAM

Piano Lessons

Jul 1977 - May 1983
Stella Lechuga Piano Academy

Music for Children

Sep 1969 - May 1976
Escuela Nacional de Musica

Languages Spoken

English

Professional Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Completion

Aug 1990
Drummer's Collective, NYC.

Attended several lessons with some of the greatest drummers over the Planet. Got my certificate during the summer of 1990.

Awards

15 years Accomplished Teacher

Mar 2013
Yamaha Academy of Music (Mexico City)

Best Spanish Rock Band And Record of the Year

Nov 1992
Mexican Association of Musical Press
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3 Reviews on Alfredo V.

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David B. Oct 16, 2015
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Alfredo is a great musician and a wonderful drum instructor. I'm thrilled with the material presented and the enthusiasm in which he conducts his lessons.
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Tara D. Oct 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
He is very knowledgeable. He is always very patient and finds what works best for the student.
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Alan W. Jul 28, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Alfredo is an incredibly accomplished Drummer and musician! His professional musical experience and accomplishments are quite impressive. It's humbling to have someone with his professional music background as a teacher. But don't let his background intimidate you. He is very patient, and has a well structured methodology to teach you how to become a good drummer. Alfredo's technique is not directed to just learn easy groves to play along with music. Rather, he is committed to teaching you the proper techniques that will give you the foundation to become a skilled drummer if you are willing to put in the time. It's challenging, to say the least, but I think it will pay dividends in the long-run. When you are around Alfredo, it's obvious that he "loves" playing the drums, as well as composing and playing other music/instruments. It's also great fun to play your exercises, while Alfredo plays along with you (challenging not to be distracted) on his drum set or bass guitar. Great FUN!
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