|Monday||12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.|
Ed Mays Drum Instruction
About this pro
I've been doing it for longer than most and have refined my techniques over the years to help drummers learn faster and better. I also have a broad background. I work in almost all styles of music including commercial rock, funk, bop, swing, country, blues, Latin, African and Reggae. I also played in marching bands and teach from this broad perspective. I was taught that if you are a musician, you can play anything. This is especially true for drummers now days. So I have always pursued that as one of my goals. I feel this has paid off because I came to realize that the groove is all about style. All forms of music contain elements of others. This is what gives your groove "authenticity". I taught drums in schools for almost two decades including Roosevelt HS and Eckstein MS. Although its almost impossible to learn drums without learning to read, its important to balance it by developing your ears. I teach beginners to advanced students of all ages. I love music and I like teaching. I like hanging with my little friends [and big ones too]. I like watching my students grow, become monster drummers and join their own bands. I like the 'right livelihood' aspect of it. Even if they don't become musicians, I know that studying music is one of the most effective ways to develop their minds and will enrich their lives in a myriad of ways for as long as they live.
Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.
Steven H.Dec 30, 2017Verified
Patient, sharp-witted veteran who generously shares wisdom learned from drum masters.Oct 18, 2017
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Basically I don't raise the rates as long as the students stay with me. The music store is always upping the price so I have to charge the new students the going rate. So yes, it is complicated. If I do house calls, I have to charge more because it takes twice as much of my time to get there and back. On the other hand if I don't have to go anywhere and you come to my house, you get a super discount.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I try to find out what their goals are and what motivates them. I have to take an age appropriate approach, but learning drums all starts with learning the basics- correct technique, rudiments, coordination, etc.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm not sure there are any "latest" developments. I took drum lessons for many years and have some collage but most of my knowledge was from "the street" playing professionally in bands. The last time the drum set was reinvented was in the 70s with the linear fusion revolution, I learned that style from Mike Clark of the Headhunters back then. But I used to teach at the Donn Bennett Drum Shop in Bellevue. It's a great resource. I keep an eye on who is in town giving clinics and lessons there. So that's how I learn, these days- by studying with the masters and going to hear them when they are here.
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