Bettencourt Drumming

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Customers rated this pro highly for value, punctuality, and responsiveness.
  • Marco M.

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    Feb 20, 2018Verified
  • Catherine H.

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    After almost a year of trying to learn through YouTube videos, Neil gave me the clear guidance I needed. I felt like I made a lot of progress in just one lesson with him. He also made me feel comfortable too. I’m excited to work more with him! :)

    Jan 26, 2018Verified

About this pro

I am available for lessons at my home studio in Santa Cruz, at your place, or at Play Music Studios in Cupertino. Lessons are $35per half hour, $50 for 45 minutes, or $60.00 per hour. I have 46 years of drumming experience, most as a professional. I love playing, but my passion is teaching others which I have been doing for the past 25 years. I am great with kids, and I have taught many adults. I have numerous students who developed into pro drummers. My first 6 years drumming, I studied with a member of the San Francisco Symphony who was also the house drummer at Bimbos in SF. Under his tutelage I developed a mastery of classical drums while also gaining an understanding of the modern approach to the drum set. I have had the honor to play with some top-notch musicians over the years. My teaching method includes: - Reading all levels in both snare drum and full drum set - Focused snare drum and sticking technique - Focused drum set and “feet techniques” - How to “groove” - Dynamics - Fills, posture and relaxation techniques for greater speed and endurance One hour lessons include learning to “groove” with a bass player (via accompaniment on the Chapman stick). This is basically a bass and guitar on one neck. All levels are welcome and all styles are covered - rock, jazz, funk, swing, reggae, fusion, ska and more -- just ask! Professional experience includes drumming with The Square Roots, The Road Hogs, The Room Shakers, The Gravity, and many others. There has to be a future of great drummers! Without teachers, there aren't students! I love helping to create future great drummers!

Years in business

28

Times hired on Thumbtack

45

Number of employees

1

Background check

Completed
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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      Yes, $60 per hour, $50 for 45 minutes, and $35 for 30 minutes.
    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      Work out scheduling, and what level the student is at so I can provide proper materials.
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      Started with 6 years studying with the drummer percussionist with the San Francisco symphony. I have been actively playing for 46 years, and have studied many styles. I can sight read, improvise, and play in just about any setting.

    Business hours

    Pacific Time Zone
    SundayClosed
    Monday6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Tuesday6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Wednesday6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Thursday6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Friday6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    SaturdayClosed
    Coverage Area for Bettencourt Drumming is about 25+ miles of Cupertino, CA.