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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.
Many people that want to drum of course want to start with the drums. But to drum correctly you have to have a good ear to listen. You have to feel the rhythm in your body. Most of all awesome timing. I call it a human metronome. So I start all students with percussions first and foremost. Claves, Ago-go bells, Cencerro bells, Shekere (beaded gourds) etc. This exercise deals with all the above issues. Then we go to the drums that perfect your right and left brain. Left and right hand drumming.
Learn how to play the drum set.
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!
I have been teaching over a decade now. I am specialized in teaching kids also kids with ADS I also got involved in teaching people with a pacemaker to have them playing with different heart rates. My teaching puts the fun part on top of the list, and learn how to play in a band. This is where the drum set belongs.
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