Patient & Effective Drum lessons w Tour/Studio Pro
Responds in about 1 hour
Hired 41 times
Serves Fort Collins, CO
11 years in business
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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Wear masks during the job
Wear gloves during the job
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rate is $45 per hour for online lessons, all you need is a computer or phone with a camera, and Skype, Facetime, or Zoom installed. There is absolutely no difference between an online lesson and an in-person lesson. Recommended Student Supplies: Practice Pad, Metronome, Lesson Book, headphones, and Drumsticks. I can help students in locating and purchasing these supplies.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I asses the students skill level and goals, then we begin structured lessons using instructional drum books as well as play along time with music the student enjoys. Lessons are tailored for each student. Students generally start with a combination of stick control exercises using a practice pad (I can help with that purchase if needed), and practical drum set instruction. The student will be assigned goals for practice time in between lessons - again, realizing that each student will have different capacities.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a university trained music educator and accomplished professional drummer with a wide variety of experience and expertise in many drumming styles including Jazz, Ska, Punk, Reggae, Rock Traditional Country, Swing, Blues, Americana, Latin, Funk, and Afro Beat. I began my career as a professional drummer in high school in Colorado, and continued through college, where I majored in Music with a focus on Music Performance. During this time I played in a wide range of musical projects including Reggae and Ska bands, Indie projects, singer-songwriter projects, Salsa bands, Afro-beat bands, and many more. In addition, I was in demand as a recording session drummer and gained invaluable studio know how and experience through consistently working in Denver area studios. In 1999 I left Colorado for Los Angeles and began playing with the Nina Hagen Band. For more than five years I toured and recorded with Nina nationally and internationally. My experience with Nina was invaluable to my growth as a professional musician, pushing me to perform at the highest level possible, allowing me the opportunity to play many different types of music with many great musicians, and giving me the chance to play at large venues across the globe. In 2005 a deal with Elektra records for the band Ghettoblaster drew me away from the Nina Hagen Band. I recorded and performed with Ghettoblaster coast to coast. My experience with Ghettoblaster took me into nearly every major recording studio in Los Angeles, allowing me to work with some of the most successful and acclaimed record producers, recording engineers, and music industry professionals in the business. Four years later, I decided to step away from music for a time, in order to reflect on my desired future, and to pursue my own spiritual development. Drawn to Buddhism as a path that provided practical methods to find and sustain inner peace, I decided to commit himself fully. I ordained as a western Buddhist monk, and taught Buddhist philosophy and psychology full-time, until 2014, when I felt called again to play music. I believe, that my experiences within the professional music arena and the ordained Buddhist community have endowed me with a unique perspective on life, and valuable skill sets. Today, my aim is to live and work in the highly creative place where these two paths of music and meditation practice converge, bringing talent, a peaceful mind and good results to every project that I'm involved in.