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By David W. – San Diego Drums Instructor
Although I was born in San Diego in 1981, my family moved to Wisconsin when I was very young. Since that time, I have been fortunate to enjoy a successful career as an orchestral percussionist, a jazz and rock musician, a scholar, and a teacher of all things drum and percussion. I moved back to the West coast in September of 2010 to write my (now completed) dissertation.
I love teaching percussion and drum lessons in San Diego. The weather is beautiful, there are many excellent venues for live music, great orchestras, and no shortage of people interested in learning to play! San Diego also serves as a fine base of operations for my career as a performer. Although I'm in San Diego today, yesterday I was playing xylophone in Mississippi at a symphony concert with violin virtuoso Isaac Perlman; a day earlier I was rocking-out at the Soundwave, Mission Beach's top-notch venue for great original rock 'n' roll; the day before that I was performing a solo concert of tabla music and North Indian classical music on drum set; and next week I will share my passion for percussion, drum set, and music to mass audiences of elementary through high school aged youth.
The core of my daily activity revolves around the students in my San Diego percussion studio. I never leave town for very long because being a drum instructor is top priority. Watching kids become inspired and beginners learn valuable life skills brings me great joy, and I hope to be teaching music lessons for many years to come.
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I'm a devoted drummer, I study and teach a specific method called the Murray Spivach method that I learned from Chad Wackerman(Frank Zappa). I also studied with Dr. Scott Robinson and couple other teachers. I've spent hours and hours studying technique, coordination, feel and worked on countless exercises (which I will provide for you also). I am completely in love with this instrument. I will teach all students without discrimination, I only need the student to be passionate to learn, and dedicated to practice depending on what goals you like to achieve. If you are looking to learn the drums seriously, I'm the right guy for you.
Ive been teaching for 10 years now and have had students go on to be accomplished musicians, get signed to labels, and tour internationally. In the first lesson I will hear you play and get to know a little bit about you. We will go on to enhancing your technique, and setting goals to get you there. We are gonna put the FUN in FUNK and have a good time! I have all the Educational material you could ever need as a drummer, but typically find a lot of students do best working out of 'Stick Control' by George Lawrence Stone, and 'Sycopation' by Ted Reed.
I've played/taught drums for 40+ years! If you have experience I will listen to you play during your first lesson and create a custom practice routine to help sharpen your skills. If you are a total beginner I'll cover all the basics in a few lessons and get you playing songs quickly. I specialize in rock but teach most styles. I use "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" and other books as needed, and we will use my electronic drum kit. Your lessons will be fun, challenging, and inspiring!
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