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By Trent L. - Seattle Drum Teacher
Hello, thrill seekers! My name is Trent L., and I teach and play drums all over the greater Seattle area, and beyond! Seattle is a great place to be a musician. We have so many resources and opportunities to play around here; you will love taking drum lessons in Seattle.
One of my favorite places is the Donn Bennett Drum Studio (www.bennettdrums.com). First of all, Donn is a great guy and a fantastic drummer. He has built this incredible drum shop, and when you go there, it kind of feels like the pearly gates have blasted open and sucked you right in. Sure, it’s a drum shop with anything a drummer might need or want, but there are a few things that really make this place special.
If you visit the shop, you may even run into a famous drummer! This is where many professional drummers shop. Not to name drop, but I’ve seen Steve Smith, Michael Derosier, Alan White, and Michael Shrieve at the shop. I’m sure there have been many other famous drummers that I didn’t recognize.
Another fun thing about Donn’s Shop is that it’s also a drum museum. There are drums from some of the greatest drummers in history; you won’t believe your eyes! There are kits that were once owned by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr (still a customer to this day), Dave Grohl, Alan White, and Keith Moon. Make sure you check out this one-of-a-kind place; everyone who works there is a drummer and—no matter your skill level—you will always feel right at home.
I mentioned Donn was a great guy, and one of the things that makes him so great is the annual event he puts on for drummers. It’s called Woodstick, and it’s an attempt to set the world record for the most drummers playing the same song at the same time. More than five hundred drummers participate in this awesome event, and it’s always a blast. There are celebrity drummers, clinics, and prizes. All of this fun and wackiness is an added bonus to the real purpose of the event; to raise money for charity.
Looking for even more drum fun in Seattle? There are also two major music festivals every year. The Northwest Folklife Festival is a three-day event on Memorial Day weekend. It’s a fun, unique celebration of the folk, cultural, and ethnic traditions of the Pacific Northwest. This is a hand drummer’s paradise. Drum circles break out everywhere, and you’re encouraged to join in. If you don’t know what you’re doing, someone will help you out.
Another event you don’t want to miss is Bumbershoot, Seattle’s largest music festival, on Labor Day weekend. There are performances from veteran musical acts, as well as young, up-and-coming bands who are trying to build their following.
I am really proud to be a musician from Seattle, not just because of the famous bands that everyone knows, but also for the lesser-known musicians who have come from the area like Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Kenny G., and Allen Stone. Then there are the people who have moved here like Dave Matthews, Steve Miller, and John Popper. As you can see, we live in a great place for aspiring musicians.
Thanks for letting me share a few of the things that make drumming in the greater Seattle area such a rewarding experience.
Best wishes to you, and practice with a purpose.
I've been a drummer and percussionist for over 20 years. I've studied African rhythms with Ghanan drummers, and have taken many years of tabla lessons at the Ali Akbar College. As a drumset player, I've studied with many of the best teachers alive, and can teach any style from jazz to hip-hop to punk and onward.
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Professional teacher since 2008. Started with a snare drum in fourth grade and never stopped! Alumnus of University of Washington (BM, cum laude, Jazz Studies) + Roosevelt High School. I make sure to teach students what they are most interested in while also providing them with a strong musical foundation they can apply to any path.
My teaching technique is learner-centered. I work with students to help them build a strong vocabulary of drum rudiments and have them apply their newly acquired drumming knowledge to the songs and genres that interest them most. I have found this to be ideal for those at the beginning and intermediate levels. For the advanced drummers out there, I may be able to assist with some minor application of technique or perhaps deviate from standard drumming practices to acquire a fuller awareness of the body's interaction with not only the drumsticks and drum set, but how to maintain total postural awareness.
We will work on everything from basics such as hand technique and understanding music notation, to more complex rhythms and beats as you advance. With my background in rudimental marching, I firmly believe that knowing and understanding rudiments is crucial to becoming more comfortable around the drumset.
Our first lesson will be a check up to see where you are with reading music, knowing the parts of a drumset, and any previous experience you've had with drumming. This will give me a good understanding of what we need to do to get you where you want to be as a musician and drummer.
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