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John S.

Lancaster, OH

About John

I have been interested in drums for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I remember trying to imitate drummers from the bands I was listening to at the time. I had a toy field goal kicker that would kick a ball through the goal posts when I pressed down on the player's helmet. I remember taking the goal posts apart and using them as drumsticks. I would use those "drumsticks" to play on the side of my bed when listening to my favorite drummers. My interest in drumming hasn't diminished at all since those days.

I joined the school band program when I was in the fifth grade an
d I have played the drums for over 30 years in a variety of musical settings such as marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, worship team and home recording. A group of neighbors and schoolmates that I kept in touch with over the years contacted me sometime ago and asked me to record drum tracks for them. I'm privileged to have the opportunity to play on some of their albums.

I'm very thankful for the great drum instruction I have received over the years. In high school I studied with a drummer who played with musicians and bands such as The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson and Tony Bennett. I have no doubt that these lessons played a big role in me winning the 1987 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in high school. I have also attended Capital University’s Summer Drumset Workshop and a Drum Fantasy Camp at Seton Hall University. Some of the instructors involved at these university events were performers/educators such as Steve Houghton, Ed Soph, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.

Drum lessons really helped advance my understanding of music and drumming. I improved my reading, listening and technical skills and even began transcribing drum parts. I now use Sibelius software for transcriptions. I enjoy passing along to students what I've learned from my excellent teachers and would be happy to help with just about any style of music (Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Latin, etc.).

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help each student realize their personal goals in drumming. I help them do that by building a good foundation and then adding to that foundation. Building the foundation can include method books, rudiments, playing with a metronome and developing reading skills. After this foundation has been built we then use these skills to, most importantly, make some music. We will listen to and analyze the drumming of many important players and incorporate their innovations into our own musical personalities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a drum set in a finished basement with seating for parents available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring method books, but the student will need to have everything else (instrument, sticks, stereo with headphones, etc.). A smoke-free environment will also need to be available.

*** Specialties ***
I grew up with rock music for the most part but over the years I've tried to develop competency with as many musical styles as possible (Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Country, R&B, Reggae, Motown, etc.).

Please see my latest article on the TakeLessons blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/used-drum-kits.
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shawn B. April 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
First thing,John and his family are very nice people.Being a little older person looking to play as a hobby. I still knew that in order to even be a decent drummer, you have to learn the fundamentals first.John in my opinion is like a professor of the drums.Like anything worth anything in life,it takes lots of hard work and practice in order to come close to perfection.John has the knowledge to give you all the tools that you need to strive towards that perfection.
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Mario F. October 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is a wonderful drum instructor. I was very interested in learning the underlying drum structure and rudiments before progressing on into other complicated drum techniques. His teaching style is perfect for everyone from a beginner to an advanced player. He has an in depth knowledge of the drumming industry from his own personal experiences and from teaching as well. He is able to communicate in such a way that is very easy to understand for both the lessons and the practice homework. I highly recommend John!
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Jennifer M. July 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is great! He has a lot of patience with my son. My son is eight and a beginner.
Nice clean house, with a good learning environment. My son looks forward to his lessons and practice because of John's enthusiasm.
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John S.

John S.

Lancaster, OH 43130
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Eugene W.

Newark, OH

About Eugene

College educated musician with two degrees in music. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in music education. I am a licensed music teacher in the state of Ohio. I have played in many bands throughout my music career. I am familiar with classical, rock, country, pop, church music, and many other types of music.
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Deb T. October 15, 2014
Accordion · In studio
Verified Student
Eugene is an excellent teacher. He knowledge of music is excellent and he works hard to help his students learn. I would highly recommend him for music or voice lessons. He is patient and kind.
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Eugene W.

Eugene W.

Newark, OH 43055
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$20 / 30-min
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Blaze J.

Reynoldsburg, OH

About Blaze

Hello my Name is Blaze, I am 23 years old. I have been singing for 18 years , I have experience and success in the music industry. I have been on season 8 of The Voice "team Adam" as you can see my accomplishments. I specialize in vocal training, stage performance, singing and Gospel singing. I want to take what I have learned and share with others so they can be successful in there music endeavors. I promise you will learn and grow from our time together.
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Jaida B. March 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
(So far on first impression) He's very approachable, very professional, will help with any questions you may have. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with Mr.Johnson. :)
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Blaze J.

Blaze J.

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
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$30 / 30-min
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Austin V.

Nelsonville, OH

About Austin

Hey, I'm Austin, and I'm so glad you've chosen to look into my page for your online guitar lessons. If you want lessons tailored to YOU, to achieve you to the goals and dreams YOU want? Then these are the lessons for you! When I get a new student the very first thing I do is give them a test (don't worry it's not a written test!) to help me better understand and move them towards whatever goals they've described to me. Once I know and understand these goals I create a clear pathway for them and walk them along that path every step of the way! As long as you comprehend each lesson item I give a
nd how to apply it, then each lesson with me are really just steps closer and closer to your goals. Even if your goals change somewhere along the line, I'm able to readjust the path I've laid out for you to better help you towards your new goals.

Have a guitar/practice question but your lesson is days away? No worries! I give my personal email and phone number to all my students for convenient 24/7 support! If you have any questions now or would like to hear more about how my lessons work, shoot me a question at the top of the page. I can't wait to work with you and make you the awesome guitar player you've always wanted to be
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Wayne April 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
From the short time of knowing Austin he clearly enjoys and knows his music. We are constantly having discussions about music terms and about the music industry. Austin Valentyne is the first non-famous rock star I ever met. He has the work ethic and determination of someone who has been in the music industry his whole life. He practice constantly, is a patient teacher I would recommend any one who wants to learn the guitar and be awesome at it to take lessons from Austin.
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Ron April 3, 2016
Guitar · Online
In the short amount that I've been associated with Austin, He has burned with several positive characteristics of a musician. His dedication and heart that he has for music and teaching others to play and go into music are just a few of the reasons why kids today are still picking up instruments and learning to be little rockstars.He is a real artist, music is clearly his life. Also, his determination and dedication to his art as well as for his students musical success is completely unparallelled. If I had to describe a perfect guitar in three words , that's got the passion and dedication to get to get you to your guitar playing goals, I'd say "My OG Austin"
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Ian March 29, 2016
Guitar · Online
I've been a frequent collaborator of Austin's over the years through innumerable bands(A Mistress Called Misery, To See A Star Die) and business ventures(Studio 13, Catalyst Records.) If Austin is anything, it's passionate. Austin has proven to be an adaptable teacher, while I've never received lessons from him personally, I've observed him working with students as far back as our high school volunteer experience giving music lessons at New Media Middle. Whether you have a basic grasp of music or you've never picked up an instrument in you life, Austin will take the time to adapt to your specific needs as a guitarist and teach you what you need to know.
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Austin V.

Nelsonville, OH 45764
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Alexander M.

Blacklick, OH

About Alexander

Hello my name is Alex Mavromatis. I'm 26 years old and in the process of making my way through school for a degree in music education. I attend Columbus State right now but will be transferring to either OSU or Capital for my major. I've been playing percussion since the 7th grade, so for about 13 years now. I've been in rock bands, percussion ensembles, symphonic bands, jazz ensembles, and played the tenors (quints) in marching band. Marching percussion and rock\funk style drum set are what I enjoy most.
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Alexander M.

Blacklick, OH 43004
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$15 / 30-min

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