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Certified student of the Mueller technique as instrucetd by Richard Wilson
Experienced growing up & performing though my formative years in Hollywood clubs
AA Fine Art El Camino College
My first paid performance on drums, took place at the age of 8. Since then I have continued to perform & study under a wide variety of instructors, stages, studios & venues. Having studied music thoery, rehearsing with many other performers has allowed me to perform in a variety of venues. In Los Angeles I studied with The best available teachers: Kay Carldon & Richad Wilson. Kay, I started with, taught reading & various genre skills. Richard, a good friend of Buddy Rich's, taught me to hold the sticks with the Moeller technique. This enabled power & speed that didn't have me bleeding at the end of gigs! I began teaching at age 18, & have been continued to teach. My students have gone on to win seats in top jazz bands & orchestras, as well as having recorded some very impressive tracks!
I bean teaching after studying drums for four years with Kay Carlson. After years of teaching professionally I developed my own curriculum, based on Kay's lessons & what I learned of the Mueller technique from Richard Wilson. My students have gone on to win performance awards, first chair positions & other recording phenomenon. Reading drum music is of course my method of communicating with my students. This allows me to hand write individual exercises closer to the student's needs. Reading drum charts can be beneficial in so many ways for a drummer!
My method begins with basic note reading & stick grip, we concentrate on relaxation. stick control & note reading. As soon as they are able to cleanly play 16th notes on a practice pad, we incorporate drum set independence. This independence is introduced through learning various genres of music, which also introduce various styles of playing. These variations are studied & worked out in exercises that allow the student to ad lib with any style of music. T]Former students have been able to "fit in" in all situations.
As I first approach a new student, my first question to them is "why drums?". From that response I have a better idea of where this student is most comfortable for playing. Their genre of musical listening is a strong consideration of the styles they would enjoy learning. By finding their strong points of playing & building an individual curriculum for that student gives them a better opportunity to become a player to the best of their abilities. This insures theri love of drums will continue to be a part of their adult life!
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