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Committed to providing a rigorous curriculum, Donnie readily adapts his teaching to best meet the needs of each and every student the first time around.
His key focus areas include drumset, marching percussion, classical percussion, hand percussion, and mallet percussion.
I have mostly taught beginner drummers to get the basics down. -separating the limbs to work independently - rudiments - basic beats and grooves used in popular music - and how to read it and write it on paper if you are interested.
also - "how to count" ...and "understanding song structure"
I have also worked with a few excellent, established drummers on "what to play in the studio" and how to be a good session player...how to be consistent and simplify.... etc
Lessons cover proper techniques as well as how to play with feel.
I have been performing and teaching professionally for 25 years. I am a Music Graduate from the University of North Texas. I have performed and recorded with many artists including Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Patti Labelle and Larry Carlton. I specialize in drum set, school band, jazz band, auditions, and drumline. I focus on what the individual student wants from lessons (learning songs, preparing for auditions or to be in a band, technique, reading, etc). Some of my students have gone on to University of North Texas and Berklee School of Music. I have students that play with King Diamond, Collective Soul, Paul Rogers (Bad Compay)... I have performed on television including Americas got Talent.
I've been drumming for 14 years and teach based on what you want to learn. In the first few lessons, you'll be able to play a basic drum beat and as time goes on, you'll be able to play fills and improvise. I specialize in improvisation, which is fun and challenging for any age or experience level.
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