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Unleashed Drum Studio 🥁🎶
Unleashed Drum Studio 🥁🎶

Unleashed Drum Studio 🥁🎶

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Introduction: Hello and thanks for viewing my profile. My name is Blake Paulson. I offer the most effective, enjoyable, and easy to understand drum lessons in Los Angeles. Guaranteed. My music education includes a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and private drum lessons from the world's greatest drummers. As a professional drummer since 1998, I stay busy as a recording artist and active performer. I have had the privilege to record hundreds of songs in the studio and work for some of today's biggest stars like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Hoku, Hayley Orrantia, Coffey Anderson, the Dales, and many more. I proudly endorse the world's top drum brands: A&F Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Heads, Vic Firth Sticks, etc... please see full list below. I teach around 20 students each week. I offer lessons to students ages eight and up, of all abilities and backgrounds. You can be an absolute beginner, a touring drummer in a famous band, or anywhere in between, I will help you quickly improve on the drum set. I have experience teaching every type of student, including celebrities. TEACHING STYLE AND DRUM METHOD BOOKS PUBLISHED During my 15+ years of teaching, I have come to understand the two most important tools for helping people successfully learn the drums: 1) teach the most effective and relevant material available and 2) create a kind, comfortable and patient learning environment. As I created my enjoyable, proven, and proprietary method for learning the drum set, I found there to be a shortage of effective drum set material. As a result, I wrote 5 drum set method books, available world-wide: • Drumset Coordination (published by Hal Leonard) • Drumset Overlay (self-published) • Linear Drum Fills (published by Alfred Music) • Drumset Supersets (published by Alfred Music) • Groove Fundamentals (self-published) TWO LESSON LOCATIONS 1) IN-PERSON. I offer lessons at my state-of-the-art drum studio in North Hollywood, CA called Unleashed Drum Studio. My studio includes two great drum sets (teacher and student), high-end monitoring, a beverage center (water, coffee, tea, carbonated water, and soda), and the ability to professionally record your lessons. These features create an ideal learning environment and set the bar for comfortable world-class instruction. 2) ONLINE. I offer lessons via FaceTime to students around the world. Having a working drum set, a good Internet connection, a computer's view of your drums, and the ability to communicate in English is all that is required for lessons via FaceTime. LESSON TIME AND FREQUENCY I have found that 60-minute or 90-minute lessons are the most effective for student improvement. My students are welcome to take two, four, or eight lessons a month. As you can imagine, the more lessons you take, the faster you will improve. STYLES, SKILLS AND LESSON PLANS I teach all styles of music such as pop, rock, R&B, funk, country, blues, jazz, Latin/Afro-Cuban and more. I teach all drumming skills such as technique, stick control, foot control, rudiments, chops, reading and writing music, four-way coordination and independence, music theory, learning songs, creating drum parts, working with other musicians and producers, playing with a click and loops, studio technique, linear drumming, playing with confidence and energy, and more. I listen closely to my student's interests to create custom lesson plans for each student. This makes the lessons really fun. HOW TO GET STARTED Please contact me. I'm happy to answer your questions, e-mail you my resume, and provide more details about my lessons. You can read my full bio, view photos/videos, and read reviews from my students on my website. I love teaching music; it is truly one of the most rewarding things I do. I wish I could teach many more students each week, but my performance schedule keeps me quite busy. I am currently accepting a limited number of motivated students. PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS I Proudly Endorse: A&F Drum Co. (Drums); Sabian (Cymbals); Remo (Drum Heads); Mogami (Cables); Humes & Berg (Drum Cases); Snare Weight (Drum Dampeners); I'm an Ultimate Ears Ambassador (In-Ear Monitors); and Vic Firth Educator (Drumsticks). In addition, I work directly with Drum Workshop (Hardware, Pedals); Avid (Recording Software); MakeMusic (Notation Software); FabFilter (Recording Plug-ins) and Sennheiser (Microphones, Headphones).

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and punctuality.

Exceptional 5.0

30 reviews


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Jeanette A.

Drum Lessons

My experience with Blake has been very positive. I am currently taking virtual lessons and am about a month & a half in with zero previous experience. I feel I have improved drastically with the tools he provides/ recommends. Blake does a great job at breaking everything down so that it’s easy for a beginner to follow along.
Mar 2, 2021
Diane M.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

Blake is an amazing musician and an exceptional drum instructor. I've been taking lessons with him for a few months, and I'm inspired by his knowledge and passion for drumming. He has a very effective approach to methods of teaching, and he keeps me challenged while helping me to move forward quickly. I was impressed with his awesome studio in N. Hollywood. It's clean, organized, and the the most practical setting for learning. He's also given me advice on selecting drum equipment, drum tuning, how to approach practicing, and overcoming obstacles. Blake is positive, patient, encouraging, and makes learning the drums extremely enjoyable! I look forward to my lessons each week, and I would highly recommend Blake for drum instruction!
May 11, 2017
Sophia W.

Drum Lessons

Blake is not only an extremely talented drum player, he is also very knowledgeable of the contemporary music industry! He's always quick to help and support his students in any way he can. He is an incredibly kind, patient, fun, and encouraging teacher!! Every lesson is a pleasure with him and I highly recommend learning from Blake :)
Nov 1, 2016
Suzanne N.

Drum Lessons

I couldn't have possibly asked for a better drum teacher than I have found in Blake Paulson! As an absolute beginner, I was worried I would feel intimidated starting from scratch. From our very first lesson Blake has been nothing but encouraging, positive, patient, professional, and I see and feel progress with every session. As a working professional drummer, he is able to offer insight into the industry, and application into the technique he teaches. His studio is beautifully kept and I love sitting down at his kit every week. He is extremely organized and efficient, always on time and available if I need to get in touch. Blake's accomplishments and training as a high level musician make him the ideal teacher, but it's his passion and infectious positivity that makes his lessons very special. I have found I love to drum and plan to continue training with him for a very long time.
Mar 4, 2015
Elizabeth S.

Drum Lessons

When I started looking for a drum teacher, I decided to look via Thumbtack. Blake replied to my posting right away, and I saw him for our first lesson shortly after. Blake is very encouraging and great at explaining/demonstrating. Overall he's a great teacher and I'm glad I found him so easily! I've been taking lessons with him for almost a year and a half, but now via Skype lessons after I moved again. Would recommend him to anyone.
Mar 1, 2015
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Blake Paulson


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Students are offered a 5% discount when purchasing a package of 5 drum lessons; a 10% discount when purchasing a package of 10 drum lessons.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a BA degree from Berklee College of Music, and 20 years of professional experience as a drumset artist, and teacher. I've helped artists of all success levels, and students of all abilities.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    Drumming and teaching drums has always been my professional passion and full time career.

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