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With 10+ years of experience playing various musical styles, ranging from modern hip-hop to progressive jazz. He's well-equipped to build a foundation for aspiring drummers, no matter what their musical taste or experience level. He started playing at the age of 12, when his mom bought him his first drum set (after months of begging). Since then, he hasn't looked back. He played in Jackson Senior High School's Jazz Band and at the college level in Southeast Missouri State's Jazz Band and Steel Drum Band. During this time at SEMO, he studied under Berklee College of Music Alumni and Southeast professor, Jay Contrino, and played with jazz trombone virtuoso Andre Hayward at the 20th Annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival. Then, in late 2016, he co-founded drumming YouTube Channel Little Drummer Channel with his uncle. It now has 10,000+ subscribers and 2,000,000+ total video views.
Located in Fingerprint Urban Dance Studio, the first lesson is free and lasts about 30 minutes. We'll chat some, get to know one another, jam a bit to gauge the student's current skill level, and put together a game plan for moving forward.
Basics of Drumming
Before jumping straight onto the kit, we cover the real basics to build a proper foundation. The parts of a drum set, important equipment, how to hold the sticks, basic rudiments, and sheet music. Estimated time to completion with weekly lessons: 1-2 months.
Applying the Basics
Using a simple song of the student's choice, we apply what we learned in The Basics of Drumming. We'll break the song down into sections to explore and develop important musical concepts. With lots of practice, we'll complete and record the song ... then repeat the process 2 more times. Estimated time to completion with weekly lessons: 4-6 months.
Here, we'll still break down songs of the student's choice, but we'll focus on songs that are more challenging. This time, we'll hone in on dynamics, fills, notation, and learn about playing "in the pocket." With lots of practice, we'll complete and record 5 new songs, each a bit more difficult than the previous. Estimated time to completion with weekly lessons: 8-10 months.
After completing the Intermediate Level Lessons, we'll start to explore different musical genres such as Jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban, and more. The student can expect to learn how to improve his or her technical drumming skills including ghost-notes, complex fills, limb independence, advanced rudiments, poly-rhythms, unique time-signatures, and more. Estimated time to completion with weekly lessons: 2+ years.