Yuichi Hirakawa

Yuichi H.

New York, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
You can learn to play electric bass with me covering basic scales and positions in style of rock, pop, R&B, funk, jazz, blues.

About Yuichi H.

Yuichi H. started playing drum set in his adolescence, and joined a few concert bands, rock bands, and jazz big bands.

In the spring of 1995 he earned a Professional Diploma in Performance and Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and at The City College of New York, CUNY, NY, he earned a Masters degree in jazz performance in the spring of 2000.

Currently as a full-time freelance drummer he appears at various live music venues in New York City, including Blue Note Jazz Club, Birdland Jazz Club and around the tri-state area as well. His own jazz band has performed at Arthur's Tavern in Greenwich Village for about 18 years regularly.

John Scofield, Larry Carlton, John Abercrombie, Robben Ford, John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), Percy Heath (MJQ), Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, and Barry Harris are among some of the more notable musicians that Yuichi has performed with.

Yuichi is a well-experienced educator. He taught drums at some of prestigious private school in NYC since 2010, at the National Guitar Workshop since 1997. His students range from 9 years old to 65 years old.

*** Lesson Details ***

After so many years since I grabbed a pair of drum sticks for the first time, I still get the same joy and excitement when I play music with drums.

By teaching how to play drums, I like to share this fun with you. In order to do that, I will make an ideal practice plan specifically designed for you.
If you know what songs you like to play, then I will show you what to practice on drums and how you are doing.

It might be helpful if you understand the song in terms of what it consists in term of verses and choruses, chord changes, instrumentation, etc. Whenever you like, I can talk about these things as well. You could take it as a kind of music theory, but I keep in my mind that your primary interest is getting better on drums.

If you do not have particular songs in your mind right now but you want to play drums, No problem. I will be happy to introduce you many different kinds of songs/tunes until you find one to play. Or if you just want to play some hot drum solos, I sure got some great stuff to work on to it.

Thank you for visiting my profile site!

-Yuichi (pronounce 'you-each-ee')

*** Studio Equipment for online lesson***

A set of acoustic drum with an electric drum module

*** Specialties ***
Drums, Percussion, Electric Bass (beginning to intermediate level), Music Theory, Guitar and Keyboard (beginning level)
Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Latin includes Afro-Cuban, Brazilian


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12 Reviews
Ikuko S.

Great Teacher

Yuichi has been a really great teacher for our 7 years old son. He is very patient and really great with kids. He's made a real effort to get our son interested in drumming and music more generally, introducing to different sounds, rhythms and types of music. My son really enjoys his lesson and is making good progress!

Posted May 11, 2013
David S.

Inspiring teacher

Yuichi inspires you to improve, and shows you how. Simple as that.

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Our son is 7 years old and started drum lessons with Yuichi several months ago. My son absolutely loves his classes with Yuichi and would go more than once a week if he could. We are very happy with Yuichi. He makes the lesson fun and interesting for our son, and at the same time teaching him what he needs to know so he continues to make progress. He is a great match for our son.

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Great Teacher

Yuichi is a great teacher. He is very patient and very easy to be around. The studio was a great atmosphere for learning.

Posted Feb 6, 2011

Easy, fun instruction style

My 9 year old daughter had a great experience learning drums from Yuichi. He is good with kids, very patient, and gives useful feedback. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 4, 2011

Yuichi is doing a fine job with Nate.

Posted Feb 5, 2010

caring, excelent instructor!

Posted Nov 11, 2009

Yuichi is excellent

I have just had my first lesson with Yuichi and he is excellent!

Posted Jan 27, 2009

Have been getting an hour lesson each week, and every minute is fun and worth it. Yuichi works very hard and makes sure that I enjoy and have fun with the drums.

Posted Nov 17, 2008

Madison's Bass Guitar Lessons

Madison is thoroughly enjoying her lessons and is excited to be learning songs that she wants to play. Yuichi is a great teacher and is very kind in sharing his knowledge with her.

Posted Oct 29, 2008


Yuichi is an amazing teacher.He made learning drums prettyfair to learn. i enjoyed my time being hisStudent. :)-Kitty.

Posted Oct 25, 2008

My son Harry loves Yuichi and learns something each week!

Posted May 17, 2008

Photos & Videos

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Percussion Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present

Riverdale Country School

Drum Faculty
Jul 1996 - Jul 2012

National Guitar Workshop

Teaching drum class and music theory class, coaching band playing class,

Drum Teacher
Feb 2004 - Apr 2004

Roosevelt Island Youth Program New York, New York


Master of Art (MA)
Sep 1997 - May 2000

The City College of New York, CUNY

Master of Arts in music
Sep 1996 - May 2000

The City College of New York



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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