Hello there, my name is Jason H. and I am here to give quality lessons to eager people. I have 22 years of hands on experience that I can offer my students and I am more than happy to do so. I have spanned across the entire musical spectrum regarding styles and I have been in front and behind the scenes of the music industry. I am also a husband and a father, so I can relate to boys, girls, young and old! I have been playing drums since I was 8 years old, recording since I was 16 and running a sound production company since I was 22. Other interests of mine are History, Hockey, Baseball, (I still play both when I have time) Hiking, Bike riding, Videography, Teaching and Parenting.
I started playing gigs at 14 with my first serious band “Imperial Dub” featuring the current singer and guitarist of “Inhale” and we played all over So Cal for a few summers. At 18 I went to college and devoted 60 units to music, audio and video production. From 18-22 I learned about all kinds of music that I had never given a chance to hear or play and I absorbed every bit of it. I rented a studio at the Life arts Center and played/recorded music till the wee hours and grew exponentially. At 23 I had went to Jamaica and took a drummers job by accident, I ended up playing 4 nights while on vacation. When I got back to the states, I ended up starting a Bob Marley cover band, one night I man approached me about being in a backing band for Jamaican singer and I agreed. Since then I have backed Andrew Beez , Rankin Joe and various others for periods of time. During the same time I was approached to start giving lessons and the momentum built up with my happy students, I was teaching only in home then. I also was blessed to be a part of a rhythm section named “Peanut Butter and Jam”, this is my favorite project I have been a part of because it is always fresh and changing. Later I filled in for “Ready for Vegas” for one year before the band went on Hiatus and I am working on new stuff with the Guitarist and Bass player. I have filled in for "Inhale" recently and catch myself occasionally playing a Jazz/Funk gig here and there. I have my degree in history/law at UC Riverside, I actively work in the Professional Audio and Video field as a Director of an Auditorium and raise my children during the day.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am happy to be here with Takelessons.com, I teach in studio, in home and on Skype for those who do not live close enough for face to face lessons. I can teach from beginner to advanced, those who can read music and those who can’t. I totally custom tailor lessons to a students needs and ability so I can keep you excited and pumped for the next lesson. I can't wait to get in touch and begin lessons!
A student can expect a fun, laid back atmosphere and a teacher with infinite patience. I will assess a students ability and coordinate it with what each students interests are. I will set monthly goals and make sure that we reach these goals in a timely manner as long as I have willing participants.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum set (Electronic and Acoustic), various world percussion instruments, bass, keyboard and seating for parents.
Via Skype: Possibility of up to 5 Camera angles, 2 are guaranteed at anytime. Fully mixed audio on my end: Direct feed on cymbals and individually channeled drums for the best clarity possible.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Metronome and books.
Students must provide their own instruments and sticks, there are possibilities of gear traveling; but this is assessed on a case by case scale.
*** Specialties ***
I can do every style of drumming, My specialties are: Rock, Reggae, Ska, Latin jazz and Progressive rock. I can help seasoned drummers clean up their sound, help singers sound better when singing in to a microphone and teach the principals of sound reinforcement.
· Drum · Awesome!
Jason is an incredible teacher and has great patience with beginners. We have watched our son improve leaps and bounds under Jason's tutelage. He really encourages Parker to strive for more with each lesson.
· Drum · Excellent Teacher for Children
My 5 year old son, Nathan, has been taking lessons with Mr. Jason for several months. Jason communicates well with the us and is always patient with Nathan. We could not be happier with Nathan's progress.
My favorite aspect of Jason's lessons is that he focuses with Nathan on the different features of the percussion units. I also appreciate that Jason is flexible enough to modify his lesson plans to get the most out of my young son's attention span.
· · Jason is an excellent recording teacher. I really appreciated how he took me through the fundamentals of recording. It really helped me a lot. My only disappointment is that when I signed up for the lessons, I specifically emphasized that I wanted to learn Apple Logic, and we never really got around to doing that. He seemed more determined to work in Garageband. But I'm sure maybe that would have happened, if I had more time with him.
· · I think Jason is a great teacher. Isaac really enjoys his lessons.