Drumming & Percussion

Drum and Rhythm Basics Course – Numbers, Skins, Hands & Sounds

In just three classes, we will build a foundation based on rhythmical exercises, sounds, hand/stick techniques, and a beginning bit of practice. You will learn the percussion basics, which can be applied to any type of drum, so you will be able to play along in a drum circle or jam out with your friends. Learn more about this class by clicking here.

Basic Pattern Practice Class

Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge of and experience with drumming as presented in my Introduction to Drumming course.

In this course, we will practice and refine what you learned in Introduction to Drumming to further develop your percussion and drumming skills. Drumming takes practice. The good news is that even with this one hour a week you will quickly improve your skills and enjoy drumming more and more.

We will use systems from various traditions: West African (Djembe, Dun-Dun, Bells), Afro-Cuban (Conga, Bongos, Clave…), Indian (Voice percussion, Konnakol) and other instruments from around the world.

We will intensely study each voice in its relationship to the beat and to the other voices. We’re not only going to learn various pieces of percussion music but deeply establish the mind-body experience of each pattern. This allows us to use these patterns for any instrument and in any drumming experience.

Besides working with drums, we will use stomping and clapping the beat while reciting different voices. This will make sure that we “grok” each rhythm on all levels: understand it, feel it and connect it to other rhythmical patterns. Then, rhythms will be applied to the drums and percussion instruments until each groove is fully present and felt by everybody.

“I really enjoyed the meetup and drumming with all of you! I hope to explore this further when my schedule allows. Daniel does a great job and his enthusiasm was contagious.”  Sandra Merhar

“This is an awesome class, and I recommend it highly to anyone interested in exploring drumming. Daniel indeed has boundless enthusiasm and passion for drumming, and warmly welcomes new students to share in this joy. He paces the lessons beautifully for a newbie… starting off simply and building up bits of complexity as soon as the group is ready to level up He also understands the mysterious power of music, and shares insights along the way. By the end of the evening, our group was making music together ~ simple yes, but intoxicating. To have come so far so fast, and to discover another path to creating joy in my life… just so exciting. I’m hoping to start Daniel’s next beginner-level class, and to bring my sons. I know it will be amazing.” Bonnie C.

“Superb. I look forward to next week.” Anthony Floyd

“Much fun! I enjoyed meeting everyone! Richard

“I really enjoyed, and I will go back. Fabulous! Katia Rossomme

“Great energy, attitude, and atmosphere – enthusiasm unbounded.” Joan Baron

Polyrhythmic Practice Class

This class is for those who have established a foundation in drumming that allows them to hold a pattern while others play a different pattern. This is where the advanced type of drumming starts and this is a class for students that want to build their skills, develop the ability to listen to others while holding a pattern and Start having the experience of really playing in an ensemble.

We will both train on various compositions from different traditions and musicians as well as develop music on the spot through group improvisation.

  • Compositions and traditional rhythms: play and keep a set rhythm/voice while others play interlocking rhythms/voices. Learn not just how to keep your voice but to be able to listen to the other voices while playing yours. This way improving the sound/production of your voice for an overall better sound, energy and emotion.
  • Improvisation of interlocking voices: come up with patterns on the spot has very distinct challenges: how to not play too much, how to not just replicate somebody else’s voice, how to create a counterpoint to somebody else’s voice, dynamics of volume and tones.
  • Playing solo: For those who are interested and ready, there will be plenty of time to explore solo improvisation and learn various ways of approaching it.

We will look at those areas of development and consciously carve a step-for-step skill set that makes you a better drummer and somebody who knows well how to connect with other players even when you never played before.

For serious students, there will be opportunities to perform what we learned in gigs that we will either produce or participate in. I have various connections that will allow us to play for schools, festivals and informal gatherings.

Tabla 2-Day Workshop

Learn to play the Tabla based on north Indian classic rhythms as well as the lighter Bhajan and Kirtan rhythms.

No matter what your goals are, I will help you or your child to develop clarity of sound, a solid sense of time, and a good understanding of rhythmic cycles. We also will spend time on how to practice to help you develop your skills quickly while enjoying it.

What my students are saying:

“Our older son has been learning Tabla from Daniel for over three years.  We tried other teachers before, but there is absolutely no comparison between Daniel and others.  He is very friendly with the children and at the same time works very effectively with them to ensure that they perform to their full potential.  Inspired by his brother and Daniel, our younger son also started learning Tabla from Daniel in the last year. With great encouragement and support from Daniel, he also learnt a lot in a short period.  Daniel is a great musician and he is ever willing to pass his skills to his students. He is very accommodating of the needs of the parents and children and customizes the lesson plans accordingly We strongly recommend Daniel for any one looking for a Tabla teacher.”- Seema and Kishore

“We have known Daniel for over 2 years. Our son started with him when he was 8 years old. He started with immense love for percussion music and since then, Daniel has nurtured his interest, inspires him and continues to encourage with his child-friendly and disciplined learning approach. We sincerely wish Daniel the best and look forward to seeing his students’ great performances. We strongly recommend his teaching skills and musical talent to any one interested.” – Kalyan & Geetha

“Daniel’s skill in teaching tabla is only exceeded by his skill in playing. He effectively enables the beginner to achieve proper tone, and his exposure to various gharanas (schools, lineages) for the art of tabla allow the advancing student to explore the richness of these various styles. I have recommended Daniel’s instruction to a number of tabla aspirants.” – Adam Burke