Teaching

My teaching approach revolves more around technical development rather than conceptual development. I feel strongly that good hand control, solid rolls, and a clear understanding of the rudiments on the snare drum are important steps to the eventual successful execution of your ideas (in any genre) on the drumset. Reading is equally important and it's another area I emphasis heartily. No matter what style of music makes you want to play drums, these are techniques that will strengthen your control of the drumset. With that in mind, I use a few of the drum "bibles" such as George L. Stone's "Stick Control", Ted Reed's "Syncopation", various John Pratt Rudimental Solos, and some things I've discovered and transcribed throughout my career to strengthen technique on the snare drum and the drumset. In additon, I've found Gary Chester's "New Breed" I and II to be some of the most challenging coordination/independence studies I've ever come across and I love sharing Gary's approach with more advanced students.

From a musical standpoint, my main influences are mostly from a jazz sensibility and looking at some of the titans of this music (musicians who play the drums and some of those who do/did not) is another area I love to share and explore. This includes some transcribing and a lot of listening.

Some of my most influential drum teachers have been Ed Soph, Gary Chester, Jeff Hamilton, and Joe Morello. Equally influential, if not moreso, have been my musical teachers who chose an instrument other than drums -- Marian McPartland, Gary Mazzaroppi, Arnie Lawrence, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Kansas City's Paul Smith... the list is still expanding.

Contact me if you're insterested in taking lessons via Skype.