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.
Drum lessons consist of a mix of learning fundamental drills, drum ergonomics, kit set up and care, drum etiquette, technique and style. Among my favorite drummers are Carter Beauford, Stewart Copeland, J Dilla, John Bonham and others. Whether they are just beginning or not, I try to get my students learning fun stuff pretty quickly.
I have been teaching drumset to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.
The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:
-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
-Study of ...
Learn how to play the drum set.
I'm a devoted drummer who 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. If you also share a passion for drums and would like to start learning the instrument seriously, I'm the right guy for you.
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