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Drum Lessons in Sacramento: Your Guide to the Local Music Scene

By Justin B - Sacramento Drum Teacher

If you’re taking drum lessons in Sacramento, you’re in a fantastic city to learn. There are a number of awesome music venues, and several notable drummers have come from Sacramento like Johnny Rabb (Clinician, Author, Collective Soul, Roland), Abe Cunningham (Deftones), Dave Buckner (Papa Roach), Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), and Mike Johnston (Clinician). All of these great drummers have performed at some of Sacramento’s best music venues. Here are some of the places I recommend for aspiring drummers in Sacramento.

Ace of Spades is one of the bigger venues where you can catch some of the top touring drummers. Musicians play a wide range of genres from rap to rock, metal to jazz, and everything in between. The events calendar is always full, and it’s a great place to see both local performers and well-established drummers.

If you’re looking for a more intimate venue, check out a show at Harlow’s, my favorite place in Sacramento. There’s a great sound system, and I have seen some amazing drummers rock out on Harlow’s stage like Virgil Donati (Allan Holdworth), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta), Dennis Chambers (Independent), and Zakir Hussein.

The Boardwalk is one of Sacramento’s oldest rock venues. Since the '80s, it has played host to some of rocks’ greatest touring performers. You can also catch some amazing local musicians if you stop by on Thursday nights. The Boardwalk is one of the best places to play, and a great venue for local, up-and-coming artists looking to get their start.

Folsom’s Powerhouse Pub is an awesome place to see a wide variety of performers. Check out cover bands on Friday and Saturday nights, local, up-and-coming drummers on Wednesday nights, and blues and jazz bands on Sunday nights.

There are so many great places to see live music, and watching other performers is a fantastic learning tool for anyone taking drum lessons in Sacramento. Now it’s time for you to get out there and explore the local music scene.

Practice hard, and have fun!

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Nathan B.

Sacramento, CA

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Have fun learning in a patient and enthusiastic environment. Begin the journey into your creativity and musical understanding!

About Nathan

Imagination, encouragement and enthusiasm are three values I hold in high esteem. Come with me and begin your musical journey.
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Nathan B.

Nathan B.

Sacramento, CA 95816
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Tim K.

Sacramento, CA

Can teach a wide array of styles to ages 5 through 99+

About Tim

***Now available to teach Nationwide via SKYPE!!!***

My name is Tim and I have been drumming for 22 years. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Sacramento State University and I teach and perform a wide array of styles: JAZZ, ROCK, HIP-HOP, FUNK, BRAZILIAN, AFRO-CUBAN and CLASSICAL SNARE. Beginners and beyond are welcome. I will teach you all you need to know, no matter what your skill level. The lessons are made to be fun! That is what music should be anyway...fun!

You will benefit from lessons with me by not only having fun and playing along with your favorite songs,
but you will also learn how to read drum music, which will offer you so many more opportunities once you go out into the musical world.

*** Lesson Details ***
***Now available to teach Nationwide via SKYPE!!!***

My style is pretty much right down the middle between laid back and always pushing my students. What I mean by pushing is that I always encourage, in a positive way, my students to Keep PRACTICING! Practice is one of the most important things while taking lessons. Students cannot get too far by not practicing. It just doesn't work that way.

I use a combination of simple rhythm books, drum set books, and listening and playing along with music. After 3-6 months of lessons with me, you should be able to play along with some of your favorite songs, and be decent at doing some simple sight reading out of books.

Please note: I have time available in the evening on my calendar, but that is only for traveling to a student's house. During the day, my studio is available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room w/ drum set, practice pads, music stands, seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a drum set if lessons are at their house. I can provide sticks, brushes, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz, rock, hip-hop, Latin, Afro-Cuban, funk, New Orleans second line, and classical snare.
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jennifer R. April 1, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Since the beginning of our lessons, Tim has been on time, easy going, patient and challenging. A great teacher for beginners but I'm sure just as great a teacher for any level student. I will continue to learn from his drumming expertise :)
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Sheila S. November 27, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Professional Teacher That Goes Extra Mile

Tim is an excellent teacher for my son. It is wonderful to have a teacher that is willing to meet the needs of the student instead of imposing their agenda on the student. An example of that is finding out what kind of music my son wanted to play and tailoring the lessons for that genre. This even included looking up music to bring to the lesson for a song that my son wanted to learn to play. Tim is able to explain new concepts well and can adapt his teaching to something different when a concept is not being grasp by the student. He is an excellent choice for us!
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James B. August 19, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Awesome Skype Lessons

Tim is a very cool cat. He has the ability to teach for beginners or dig deep for those drummers who already have experience. If you are looking for a dependable teacher..... Look no further.
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Tim K.

Tim K.

Sacramento, CA 95833
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Justin B.

Folsom, CA

I like to teach drum set utilizing instructional books so that a student can learn drum beats through true music notation.

About Justin

My name is Justin B. and I've been a professional drummer and instructor the last 15 years. I have toured extensively throughout the United States, as well as playing in the UK. I have been a part of many recordings and sessions during that time and have the knowledge to teach about what those experiences are like.

Currently, I am a member of the Street Drum Corps based out of Los Angeles. We have done TV shows including Cartoon Network's Hall Of Game Awards, as well as the opening segment of Kevin Nealon's special comedy show "Whelmed, But Not Overly." which aired on Showtime.

I am a
drummer that has been playing in some of the top nightclubs throughout California, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Chicago. I have been drumming alongside some very notable DJ's and am providing some of the newest entertainment in that industry.

I am currently endorsed with Pro-Mark drum sticks, Evans Drumheads, Soultone Cymbals, and play Shine Custom Drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus on lessons are to identify the goals of the student, and tackle those immediately. Not interested in learning on a snare drum first? No problem. I prefer to have students playing behind a drum set from day one. I reinforce lessons through teaching true drum notation, making it easier for students to accomplish their goals in a timely matter. I like to keep things laid back and will not be a "task master" type of teacher. I want to make lessons as fun and comfortable as possible and strive to make that happen.

I use a number of instructional books from some of the best publishers of music instruction including The Drummer's Collective Series, as well as Berklee School Of Music Publishing. There are a number of DVD's as resources too! These instructional books cover a wide variety of topics including: Rock Drumming, Funk/Linear Drumming, Jazz Drumming, Latin/Afro-Cuban Drumming, Double Bass Drumming, and Rudimental Drumming.

It is my goal to have the student playing at least two different styles of drumming within the first 3 months, and being at an intermediate level within the first six months. The student will have an understanding of music notation and being able to interpret different rhythms. Most students like to learn songs and within the first six months, the student should have at least two songs memorized.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student will need to have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach utilizing drum method books and reinforcing lessons with actual drum notation. I feel this is the basis of a solid drum education and helps to make learning songs and more enjoyment from drumming happen faster. I teach Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop/R&B, Top 40, and Techno/EDM. I also have the ability to teach concert band drummers up to the High School level.
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George G. July 21, 2015
Percussion · In home
Verified Student
Justin is very enthusiastic and passionate about music and is a pleasure to have as an instructor.
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John M. June 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Justin is a tremendous drummer and his experience from student to performer makes him an excellent teacher. He customizes the lessons to what I want to do and learn, and makes it fun in the process. I look forward to my weekly lessons and wish I could go more often.
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Scott H. September 29, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Instructor was very helpful

I am an experienced drummer that got back into playing 2 years ago after a 15 year hiatus. I called Take Lessons to get an instructor that could look at my playing abilities and help me learn where my deficiencies were and work on them.
It was really great getting to know Justin, with his insight and ability to see what was going on with me, I was able to get focused and overcome those deficiencies or at least work on them.
He gave me a new direction to go with my rehearseal time that I hadn't yet thought of. I will help with my speed and accuracy.
I'm really glad that I called and am happy to call Justin a new friend.
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Justin B.

Justin B.

Folsom, CA 95630
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Barry E.

Sacramento, CA

My focus is to provide the most efficient methods for students to reach their own playing objectives. By integrating certain fundamental concepts in both technique and theory, the student will gain real world results that apply across a diverse spectrum of musical styles.

About Barry

I will always consider myself a life-long student of music and drums. Practice, like performance, is an art; and given our limited time to apply ourselves to our craft, it is important to make the best use of that time.

Essentially this process is about problem-solving; figuring out what physical (and psychological) barriers exist that are preventing you from being the player you want to be.

When I work with you, my intent is to help carve out your own path for you to achieve your own goals in the quickest amount of time and with the least amount of effort! This involves (a) clearly id
entifying your goals and (b) incorporating specific practice techniques that will effectively help you get to where you want to be.

In my own practice, I’ve tended to shy away from a heavy reliance on “book learning”; partly because I don’t have the patience, but more importantly because I find fundamental concepts and approaches to be more effective guides than licks and patterns per se.

In other words, there are core factors such as timing, groove, dynamics, and phrasing that apply to all styles and situations. By working through the roadblocks preventing you from laying a strong foundation, you will be well on your way to professional excellence.
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Barry E.

Sacramento, CA 95825
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel S.

Elk Grove, CA

Rock, Blues, Etc.

About Daniel

I started playing drums 9 years ago and have been teaching for 5. I have been playing guitar and drums for 4 years and teaching for 3. I started out playing for my church (New Harvest Christian Fellowship) and have been playing and teaching ever since. I learned by ear and by listening to and playing with other bands. I am 21 years old and am a very passionate musician who aspires only to be better everyday and to share music with others so that they can be musically inclined and just as passionate as I am.
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Ken L. June 27, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My son has been taking drum lessons from Daniel for six months. I am happy that he's showing great progress. Daniel is very patient with his student for Anthony is very easy to distract. He makes sure Anthony gets the song right before moving on the next lesson. I highly recommend Daniel to anyone who seeks to take drum lessons.
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Daniel S.

Elk Grove, CA 95757
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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