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Nathan D.
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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Do you have two left arms and two left feet (or two rights of each if you're left-handed), and have no idea how to coordinate behind your drumset? Do you want to be able to accurately listen to a song and "play it" on your steering wheel as you drive? Do you constantly have trouble maintaining speed, slowing down or speeding up for no reason? How about wanting to go all-out and learning those crazy double-bass parts and snare rolls popular in today's extreme metal? Ostinatos/stick patterns on cowbells and timbale sounds from your toms? I require a practice pad for lessons to learn rudiments and coordination techniques, even if it's just a mouse pad taped to a heavy book to start with. If you continue taking lessons, I can recommend the best practice pad for you. I typically will teach and write drums using a combination of tablature and standard sheet music. Tablature a simple set of lines and X marks that are much easier to read, and once learned will instantly give you access to thousands of songs. You'll learn how to keep time with a clock first, then we can move on to a metronome (phone/tablet app or physical unit). I will show you how to pick out the right drumsticks or brushes for your hands, as well as how to hold and use them properly to avoid injury. Whatever your drumset's size, I will do my best to help you set it up, tune it, give maintenance advice, and show you how to practice adequately without driving the people you live with and your neighbors crazy. In the studio I personally play a Yamaha stage custom 6 piece set with Zildjian cymbals and an Iron Cobra double bass pedal. My set doesn't travel, but Skype sessions can be arranged. I can give tips on playing live or being in a band, as well as marketing yourself. I can also tell you what apps and programs to try, or websites and videos to watch. We don't have to dive head-first into theory or technical terms if you just want to learn a few songs. You let me know what is comfortable. Wired internet connection is highly preferred for Skype lessons!
About Nathan D.

Hello! I have played guitar, bass, and drums for nearly 25 years. I also sing, play piano, and play several wind instruments. I compose music, and I have been involved in numerous live performance bands and recording studio projects. I studied music theory, composition, and technology in school, and continue to during my spare time. I have had a few years of guitar lessons under several teachers, including several months of classical guitar training with sight reading. I am an ASCAP songwriter with a history of working part-time for an independent A&R company, and have a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with a minor in web technology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I am primarily involved in rock, pop, and heavy metal, but have experience in many other genres. I listen to and play all kinds of music! Anything my students listen to or want to learn is fine by me! Classical, soul, country, jazz, electronic, dance, etc... I believe there's much to learn in all of them! I've been giving private lessons since 2014. Before that I would teach bandmates and friends how to play songs (both original songs and covers), as well as instructing various techniques on instruments. I do my best to demonstrate proper technique and posture to help eliminate bad habits that lead to discomfort and potential injury. Let's get you comfortable, you'll enjoy your instrument much more! I have even shown tricks and tips to persons that have played for decades more than myself, wishing they knew the correct way at first to prevent surgeries and rehabilitation. I will gladly help you maintain your instrument and can do repairs to almost anything regarding drums/guitar/bass, saving you money from costly repair shops! If you are interested in recording, I can demonstrate how to use various programs to both record and edit songs, then how to mix and master them. I can teach you how to get a "recording musician" mindset, and how to work and perform in a studio environment. I'll also give tips on playing on stage, working from local gigs all the way to the professional level. I enjoy teaching in a way to help other players love their instruments. I believe the first goal is to give it your own voice, and then continue to gain the expressive means to make it an extension of your mind and body. I will encourage you to grow your roots as you see fit. If you stay interested, the instrument will grow with you, and continue to be a companion as long as you come back to it. There's no embarrassment in being coached how to crawl, fall, and then walk before learning how to run. Your goals will be self-discipline, resisting hesitation, and finding the will to tread the paths to improvement. However, you ultimately need to have fun to stay on path! I tend to laugh a lot when I teach and encourage you to do so as well. Laughing relieves our daily stress and associates positive attitude towards your instrument. We all make countless mistakes every day, but playing a wrong note should just feel silly, not bring you anger or frustration. If you become flustered at a song, it's probably not important to flawlessly master it this minute, but to learn from the parts that are attainable and enjoyable. So unless you have a gig or recital, we can come back another time! I have a more detailed resume available. You can also request a sample outline/lesson plan in regards to your skill and instrument. I am Covid vaccinated. Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon! -Nathan

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Great teacher and very friendly!

Posted Jan 31, 2021
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Nathan has been really good and Laura can't wait for next lesson. She says youre very nice and knowledgable. Thank you.

Posted Jan 25, 2021
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Nate is always very patient with me and fun to have as a guitar instructor. He never makes me feel stupid, no matter how many times I need him to explain something

Posted Jan 17, 2021
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Experience
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Feb 1996 - Present
Pure Water Studios
Duties include: audio recording, production, and engineering, editing, mixing, mastering, signal flow, composition and conversion of audio/video/image formats, MIDI systems, applying principals of audio and acoustic techniques and adaptive correctional technology. Since 1996, leads and heavily participates in recordings at personal studio. Also performs semi-actively in Philadelphia, PA and its suburbs. Experienced teaching dozens of other guitarists and bassists original compositions and cover songs for both live performance and recording sessions. Original music has awarded song placements in music catalogs including Songs With Vision, Crucial Music, and DSM. Currently works with act Yuki Yuki Yasumi. Also writes and records original material under pseudonym Jack Tradesman. Sample books resourced for lessons: Guitar Exercises for Dummies Blues Guitar for Dummies Art of Kirk Hammett Art of Joe Satriani Steve Vai 30 Hour Workout Rock Guitar Secrets Drums for Dummies Music Composition for Dummies Music Theory for Dummies Listen (Kerman/Tomlinson, 4th edition) Introductory Musicianship (Lynn, 5th edition) Miscellaneous Berklee School of Music lessons Digital Recording for Musicians for Dummies Excerpts from my personal lesson manuscripts
Education
Bachelor of Arts
Sep 2000 - Dec 2005
West Chester University of Pennslyvania
Communication Studies and Web Technology
Sep 2000 - Dec 2005
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
High School Degree - Music Emphasis
Sep 1996 - May 2000
North Penn High School
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Affiliations
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2006
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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