Hands On Fire

Oakland, CA

About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I approach every student as a very unique individual with his-her own abilities and handicaps, I determine short and long term goals intended for that "potential musician" to get better gradually and I encourage them to enjoy playing drums right away. Whether your goals are playing in a Band, your Church, or just at your living room to pre-recorded music, I provide my students with the tools to be musical. Learning rhythms it's just one aspect of this. I have students that have been with me for 5 or 6 years, some of them play professionally and they still come for more lessons!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I work at my house studio. I make my living exclusively with matters music related, performances, teaching, workshops and clinics, lectures, recording sessions etc. What I love about the teaching aspect of my career, is to see how music affects my students positively just as it did to me. I always feel better at the end of a lesson, so do my students.
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Oakland, CA 94606

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7 Reviews
  • Deb B. Jun 5, 2013
    Percussion Lessons
    Verified Review
    Have only had one lesson so far, but can already tell Edgardo is an excellent instructor & awesome musician!
  • Beth Z. Mar 25, 2013
    I love Edgardo's drumming classes. He not only teaches conga technique, he lectures on the rich history of various Latin instruments and patterns. Class with Edgardo is always interesting, inspiring and fun!
  • Claudia V. Mar 25, 2013
    Edgardo is an excellent instructor, he is very passionate about his classes, they are a lot of fun. He likes to emphasize and makes sure you have a good technique and that you learn what is being taught I have also learn a lot about other percussion instruments. I enjoy very much each class.
  • Monica V. Mar 19, 2013
    After trying two other instructors, I found in Edgardo, a style of instruction that resonated. As a result, I'm in for the long term. He's committed to quality instruction. He is detailed, encouraging and fun. Each student's progress is evident each lesson, even in a group setting. And good time is had by everyone!
  • Dave P. Mar 19, 2013
    Maestro Edgardo Cambon is a gifted teacher who skillfully instructs the student according to his or her ability. He is patient, personable and knowledgable. In two years studying with Edgardo, I have learned a multitude of rhythms on one, two and three drums. He is a superb conguero and musician!
  • Mike L. Mar 19, 2013
    I studied with Edgardo five years. I am an old conguero. I have been around the block. Edgardo is unquestionably first call when it come to teaching Afro Cuban drumming.
  • Kelly R. Dec 6, 2011
    Edgardo Cambon is an outstanding resource for anyone wanting to learn Afro-Cuban rhythms and more. From folkloric styles in 6/8 or Guaguanco to Son or Cha Cha and more, he's the genuine product. He's also well versed in other island rhythms such as Plena, Bomba, Merengue, etc. And don't forget his native Uruguayan Candombe drum tradition! I've worked with Edgardo for over 6 years now and am still benefiting from his vast knowledge and experience. He's patient, kind and supportive and genuinely cares that you learn what he's teaching. I began with Edgardo as a complete novice on congas and now I am successfully playing live in bands equipped with the skills necessary to play with authority and genuiness that only someone with real cuban technique could teach you. Stick with him long enough and he will throw some real gems at you like exercises and rhythms he personally learned from masters in Cuba, most notably, Changuito. It has been a privilege and honor to study with Edgardo and he is a true master, himself. If you're serious about learning to play the congas or other latin percussion instruments, there is no better teacher in the Bay Area!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I go to Cuba as often as I can (7 times as of now, two of them to play with my Band.) I go to NAMM, National Music Market Show in Anaheim, California, every year to meet with my peers and friends at the LP (Latin Percussion) booth as well as with many great drummers and share thoughts and "hang." I also sit daily and practice, even if just for an hour, to stay connected with the instrument, mainly congas.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
First I became a student, as I developed myself musically, it was a natural thing to do to start teaching. I do not advertise much, it's all through recommendations by clients and students, or people who see me playing and want to take lessons.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Performances. One on one private classes. Lecture demonstrations, etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Talk one on one with your potential teacher, ask questions, and if you can, go to see him-her play at a show he-she may have. I think you should like the way your teacher plays, and remember if you are not having fun throughout the whole process, you should ask yourself if it is the right teacher for you. Some people charge a lot for classes because they are or were famous, that doesn't make them good teachers, it may still be a fun experience to meet them and take a lesson with them, and been able to say: "I took a lesson with so and so," but your real music teachers are going to be the ones that take you gradually through your improvement... Ohhh! another advice: have a decent instrument to practice on! (If not I will advice you on your purchase.... (:-)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I dreamed about been a musician at age 9. I live my dream and love what I do. It's a true blessing.