PRIVATE DRUM LESSONS

PRIVATE DRUM LESSONS

LET ME HELP YOU REACH YOUR DRUMMING GOALS!
RANCHO CORDOVA | FOLSOM | CARMICHAEL | SACRAMENTO



Private Drum Lessons


From beginner to expert levels, let me help you reach your drumming goals!


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30 Years Experience


Learn about the teacher that is teaching you or your child. Click through the tabs to read about why Karen teaches the drums, her history and experiences with playing the drums.

TEACHING


I believe music allows free expression and growth in ways that would be inaccessible without it. I believe in sharing my experiences, thoughts and ideas with people that are working on their own journey. I believe in helping people to reach their drumming goals. I believe playing music and collaborating with other drummers allows individuals to tap into their own creative areas of their brain that wouldn’t normally be possible to do so alone.

I give my students the tools they need for success. I teach them proper technique so they can play as fast or as hard or as soft as they need to with little effort. I teach my students how to read music so they won’t be limited to what they hear. I teach my students consistency with tempo and rhythm so they can hold the cadence for an entire band. I teach my students limb independence so they have the flexibility to play what they need to or what is required of them. I teach my students dynamics which sets them apart from good drummers to become great drummers. I teach my students show off licks so they can impress people and feel good about entertaining their friends. I give my students the tools they need in order to obtain their drumming goals. I take my students to where they want to go. There are no limits.

I’ve been playing the drums for more than 30 years now and I share my knowledge, experience, and love for the drums through teaching. I teach the drums because I want to, not because I have to.


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FINEST DRUM SETS


I provide state of the art drums sets for the best learning experience. My students get world class kits with top of the line cymbals, and primo hardware to play on!


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TEACHER EXPRESSION

Drum Cover – “Problem” – Ariana Grande

This drum cover demonstrates incorporating drum rhythms to match the singer on the bridge section, sixteen note triplet drum fills, right hand independence with three’s on the Hi-hat, cymbal chokes with a drum stick, and a little “show boatin” on some of the drum fills. There is no click on the track of this song and this is the first and only time I’ve recorded this cover on this location and has zero edits. No second chances are given so this cover demonstrates my ability to play it right the first time :).

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STUDENT / TEACHER

Ishan age 14 | With 2 years of drum lessons, Ishan demonstrates reading and playing drums from the drum book “Block Rockin Beats”.

Ishan has been a joy to teach and I am proud of him for taking his learning experience to the next level. Ishan practices consistently and every week I assign him something new he comes back to his lesson prepared and nails it! Ishan never played drums before I started working with him and here Ishan shows his ability to read and play proficiently from one of the many books I teach out of, “Block Rockin Beats”. Ishan demonstrates his ability to play drums with proper dynamics, correct technique, clean open hi-hats, and excellent tempo/rhythm. Ishan does not rush or push the tempo to go faster, which is a common mistake for new drummers. He holds the tempo steady and I couldn’t be more proud!

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TEACHER EXPRESSION

Drum Cover – “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit

This drum cover demonstrates inverted para-diddles with total freedom on the kick, ghost notes with a back beat on counts 2 and 4, non-straight right hand on the ride and hi-hat, some “show-off” licks with 16th not triplet fills, and a cymbal spin. There is no click and very little drums on this track. I am demonstrating my ability to hold the tempo solid on my own and not float around the track with rushing and dragging. This is the first and only time I’ve recorded this cover and has zero edits and demonstrates my ability to play it right the first time.

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STUDENT / TEACHER

Jono age 8 | With 2 years of drum lessons, Jono demonstrates creative drumming by trading two bar fills on the fly.

Jono is such a great student and a joy to teach. He has much desire and passion to learn the drums and I am proud of his ability to listen well and to just go for it! Jono started drum lessons with me and I’ve been teaching him for the past two years. Here Jono demonstrates trading two bar fills with me. Jono comes up with his own ideas on the fly using his creative outlet demonstrating his skills. I’m proud of Jono for staying in time/tempo, which is one of the most important roles as a drummer, for his ability to know when his two bar section is up by crashing on count 1 of the 3rd bar, and for showing his creativity on the drums.

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TEACHER EXPRESSION

Drum Cover – “Happy” by Tasha Cobbs

This drum cover demonstrates upbeat gospel drumming. Listen for a syncopated right hand ride on the bridge with incorporated bell patterns, linear drumming 16th notes, and “show-off” licks. This is a fast tempo song and what I’m demonstrating here is with proper technique you can play the drums as fast as you need with very little effort. There is no click on the track of this song and this is the first and only time I’ve recorded this cover and has zero edits. This clip demonstrates my ability to play it right the first time, no second chances here :).

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STUDENT / TEACHER

Matthew age 10 | With 5 years of drums lessons, Matthew demonstrates proficient reading and playing from the “Drum Fill Workbook”.

I have had the honor to teach Matthew for the past 5 years and I am proud of his eagerness to learn the drums and his willingness to try anything on the drums that I ask of him without hesitation. Matthew is 10 years old and started drum lessons with me at age 5 and has never had drum lessons before me. Matthew demonstrates reading and playing out of the “Drum Fill Workbook”. I’m super proud of his progress and his ability to read and play drum music as quickly as reading an English book. Matthew shows that he can read and play a variety of notes containing, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, syncopation and drum rolls moving back and fourth from the hi-hat to the snare drum. He is also able to stay in time/tempo, which is one of the most important rolls of a drummer.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Read what students and parents have to say!


Hello... my name is Janice Villanueva and I am a mom of 3 amazing boys. At a very young age, they were obsessed about DRUMS and wanted to take lessons. So I asked around and found Miss Karen who was a worship drummer from our previous church, IMPACT Community Church. She was definitely willing to teach my 5 and 6 year old sons and their best friend. This opened up great opportunities for Miss Karen as I am an owner to MILE Preschool (4 locations) in West Sacramento. Many other young drummers became interested and in the total of 5 years, she taught over 10 children from our preschool. She showed her passion with the community by expanding into our local after school program and taught drums to a few elementary school students. As my 3rd son became older, he began to take lessons so we had 3 drummers in my house! It was a momma's dream come true. In addition to teaching my boys, Miss Karen had a beautiful partnership with the children of MILE Preschool. Karen's deeply imprinted her love and talent for drums on the hearts of these drummers!!!

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Rancho Cordova
California
+1.209.418.7220

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