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About David B.

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Lakeside, CA

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About David
After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my
home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Diana Twadell March 10, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
David is AWESOME! Very encouraging and patient.
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Mary Jo Patrick March 3, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
David is very patient and kind especially since this was my first ukulele lesson ever.
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Dominique L. February 24, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In home
I had such a good expérience With David. He's a wonderful teacher ! I will recommande him to antbody :)
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
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$25 / 30-min

About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA
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Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
tar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Andy R.

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San Diego, CA

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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!

About Andy
I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to addres
s and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Jonah December 30, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In home
Great first lesson! Andy is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We look forward to future lessons.
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Gabriel Z. September 22, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
My son had a great first lesson! We can't wait to continue with Andy!
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Ming June 1, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drumming lessons from Andy in February and I am just having a blast. I am 57 years old and I had absolutely no musical training. I grew up in the 70’s and I enjoy listening to classic rock. I have many friends that play music and they often get together and jam in a garage. A few months ago, I decided that I would pick up drumming so I could participate. I found Andy online and he has since shown me a wonderful world that I can now begin to break down and understand.

Andy explained to me the different types of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present. He also showed me the different drumming styles from the different genres and culture. It is so much fun to listen to him. I often feel like a kindergarten kid that is not taking full advantage of a college professor’s vast knowledge. Most of all, Andy is a very nice and cool guy. He is patient and he takes time to explain everything to me. Andy is very precise in the drumming techniques. I remember a couple of months ago at a jamming session, I was able to see certain drummers’ bad habits and limitations. That was exciting to me because I knew that I was on the right track. My goal is that when I retire, I can jam with my friends and have garage jamming be one of my regular activities. I am confident that with Andy’s help, I can achieve that.

Andy is experienced and knowledgeable. I think he has done pretty much all the things that a drummer could dream of doing, and he is there to help me. I really enjoy my lessons. It is a good way to relax and decompress. If you are thinking of picking up drumming or improving your existing techniques, you ought to give Andy a call. Take it from me, you are never too old to learn!
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Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
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About Phil W.

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San Diego, CA

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Learn from a working drummer with over 18 years of teaching experience. From the basic fundamentals to advanced concepts and techniques, I can help you reach your goals. Many of my students have gone on to be professional musicians and music teachers themselves.

About Phil
I’ve been a drummer almost my entire life and I began teaching drum lessons in 1998. Musically I have fairly eclectic taste both as a listener and a player – My roots are in jazz and funk, but I’ve spent many years playing with singer-songwriters, reggae bands, rock bands… I also play percussion in a few different duo situations playing mostly top 40 covers.

I find that my jazz background tends to creep into pretty much everything that I play and as a result my approach to drumming tends to favor subtlety and dynamics. In addition to playing the drums I’ve also been composing music for ove
r twenty years.

I play several other instruments and have written and produced music that has appeared on major network TV shows. I believe that having this understanding of music and songwriting that goes deeper than just the drums allows me to explain the more conceptual aspects of drumming within a broader context. Understanding the drums comes from understanding music as a whole.

***Specialties***
Some of my strengths as a teacher & drummer include:
Stick control & Hand technique
Music Reading
Funk, Jazz, Rock, Reggae, World music
Rudiments
Playing with dynamics
Odd time signatures
Improvisation, phrasing, and comping
Identifying and transcribing drum parts in songs

***In-Studio Lessons***
I have a 300 square foot sound-treated studio in my home with a vast library of resources. In additional to a drumset and various hand drums, there are tons of other musical instruments and sound/recording equipment to make learning fun and efficient.

***In-Home Lessons***
Ideally students would have a drumset (acoustic or electronic), and a space with minimal distractions. If you’re eager to get started and don’t yet have any drums, a pillow and a pair of sticks can go a long way (seriously! Just ask Buddy Rich!)

***Policies***
I have a limited number of evening spots available due to my gig schedule. Daytime slots are a little more flexible. I try to schedule lessons back-to-back so it’s important to be punctual, prepared and ready to learn/rock.

Sometimes cancellations need to happen – try to give me as much notice as possible and I will do the same. No-shows are no-good. “Not having had time to practice” is my least favorite reason for cancelling a lesson and you will be chided accordingly.
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Rusty June 10, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I have taken many lessons with Phil. Mostly in his studio, and a few at mine. Phil took the time to find out what I really needed to get out of lessons. We focused on rudiments, then applied them to the songs I was interested in learning. I was really impressed with how he was able to make these drum parts accessible by breaking them down into simpler parts, then progressively filling them in. Every song I brought to Phil, he was able to translate for me. More than the drums, we discussed music and what it means to support a song with percussion. I strongly recommend Phil as a drum teacher and musical guide. Rusty the V, Fly Like Venus
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Drew June 9, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Phil is a great musician as well as a caring and wonderful teacher. When looking for a drum teacher it can be tough to find the whole package. Phil fits the bill. Patient and knowledgable, Phil really has a knack for presenting material in a way that is easily digestible and crucial to becoming a better drummer and musician. If you put in the time and effort of good solid practice, Phil will help get you where ya wanna be on your instrument!

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Ryan June 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
I took lessons with Phil for many years, and every show I've played and every tour I've been on has been thanks to his instruction. He is patient, knowledgable, and a highly skilled drummer in his own right. Most importantly, he has control over many genres and stresses the importance of rudiments, practice, stick control, and technique. I know no drummer, however experienced to the craft, that could not benefit from lessons with Phil.
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Phil W.

San Diego, CA 92104
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$30 / 30-min

About Samuel P.

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San Diego, CA

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Students can expect to will learn how to play drum set with proper technique, learn how to read music, write music, and transcribe by ear. We will focus primary on learning songs by ear together! When I teach I am quite fun and energetic. My goal is to help my students grow as students and as people!

About Samuel
Hello, my name is Sam! I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2016. I am currently working towards a Masters Degree at San Diego State University where I serve as a Graduate Assistant. I conduct and artistically direct the SDSU Percussion Ensemble!

Rock n' Roll drew me into playing drum set at a young age. I have coached and taught various high school ensembles, honor bands, summer bands and private lessons.

I teach Drum Set, Marimba, and Classical Percussion. Although these are separate, some of these aspects of percussi
on can be merged if you want. Just let me know when we have our first lesson!

My teaching style is laid back but fun. I like to work from workbooks and sheet music to give a wide understanding of technique and repertoire. The primary focus of my lessons is to make the experience as exciting and fun as possible to help others grow not only as musicians, but as people!
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Ben March 5, 2017
· Drum · In studio
After being a self taught drummer and in need of help, I ran across Sam a soft spoken young man with a great background in percussion instruments. You never know what kind of personality you could end up with, but I scored when I met Sam. He was kind and very easy to work with. He went the extra mile in writing out lesson plans and making sure I stayed on course. If you get the chance to take lessons, take them from Sam P.
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Samuel P.

San Diego, CA 92182
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$20 / 30-min

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