Percussion-Instruction

Latin Percussion and Drum Kit Instruction

                     Online Classes

                                             Private – Semi Private -Group

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Learn to Hear Salsa Music                

      Musicality for Dancers

Dance musicality is how dancers hear, interpret, and dance to music. Dancers can demonstrate dance musicality in several ways – which sounds [or rhythmic] components they choose to dance to, how [they accent or] highlight these sounds, how they emote the mood of the song.1 Ultimately a dancer is interpreting the music as an instrument.

 

The best way to develop dance musicality is through ear training with a professional musician.

Ear training is everything and in this class I will teach you how to hear the rhythms better, learn where the music begins, how to get back on beat if you fall off and to give you flow. I will start off with the most basic but extremely foundation understanding of rhythm. These universal rhythmic concepts apply to all forms of dance and music. As a dancer you must to be able to interpret and understand the literal or actual rhythmic and melodic components being played in a song. Once you have a good handle on this, this is when the fun begins! Then you can begin to apply the implied or inherit components of a song and your artistic juices will flow.  Learning these tools will ultimately allow you to better communicate your artistic ideas to your partner. Isn’t that what dancing is all about?

 

This is a special offer for the “Learn to Hear Salsa Music” Facebook group. This will not be going into learning how to play an instrument. If you are interested in that then sign up for Percussion Lessons.

Class duration 30 minutes.

All classes can be paid for by clicking the Paypal button below. 

You must sign up for a private class unless you have 2 or more people to join. Classes are scheduled with me in advance and are flexible. All classes will be held over Zoom or Facebook Rooms.

Cost  – Below are one time class costs but package deals are available. Click the “Sign Me Up” button below to see package deals.

Privates 1 person    $25

Semi Private 2-4 People     $15 / person

Group Classes   5 or more people     $9.99/person

Online percussion class
Online kids dance class

                 STRETCHING

Flexibility and movement are crucial to maintaining proper health. This creative online stretching class will help keep you stretched out and flexible. I will help you isolate all the major muscle groups and use a combination of static and active movement to engage the different muscle.

Before playing drums Gymnastics was my life. I had a successful college career as a competitive gymnast and instructor.  I graduated with a degree in Physiology, Kinesiology and Education. I taught and ran gymnastics programs in Sacramento, Davis, San Francisco and Seattle. These programs ranged from tiny tots, kids classes, adult fitness programs and competitive boys and girls teams.

This class can be tailored for children or adults.

Class duration 30 minutes.

All classes can be paid for by clicking the Paypal button below. 

You must sign up for a private class unless you have 2 or more people to join. Classes are scheduled with me in advance and are flexible. All classes will be held over Zoom.

Cost  – Below are one time class costs but package deals are available. Click the “Sign Me Up” button below to see package deals.

Privates 1 person    $34.99

Semi Private 2-4 People     $19.99/person

Group Classes   5 or more people     $9.99/person

             PERCUSSION

Percussion is anything that can be struck either with your hands or sticks, This fun and exciting class will engage you in the music making process. We will warm up using body percussion and then eventually move over to playing either hand or stick drums you own or found percussion such as cans, pots, buckets, table tops etc. You will learn many concepts about rhythm, time keeping as well as developing your critical hearing and or listening skills. Both  short and long term memory will be utilized and developed. These concepts about rhythm and music will carry over into everything else you do in life

I will also show you how to make really simple shakers that can be used in the class.

This class can be tailored for children or adults.

Class duration 30 minutes.

All classes can be paid for by clicking the Paypal button below. 

You must sign up for a private class unless you have 2 or more people to join. Classes are scheduled with me in advance and are flexible. All classes will be held  over Zoom.

Cost  – Below are one time class costs but package deals are available. Click the “Sign Me Up” button below to see package deals.

Privates 1 person    $34.99

Semi Private 2-4 People    $19.99/person

Group Classes   5 or more people     

                  DANCING

This class is going to be super fun and exciting class geared for everyone. I’ll start out with doing light stretching to warm up your body and mind. All dancing will be done to the most popular music as well as exposing them to some world music and classic oldies.  I will even teach them how to learn to hear and move to Salsa music.  

This class can be tailored for children or adults.

Class duration 30 minutes.

All classes can be paid for by clicking the Paypal button below. 

You must sign up for a private class unless you have 2 or more people to join. Classes are scheduled with me in advance and are flexible. All classes will be held  over Zoom.

Cost  – Below are one time class costs but package deals are available. Click the “Sign Me Up” button below to see package deals.

Privates 1 person  $34.99

Semi Private 2-4 People    $19.99/person

Group Classes   5 or more people     

                    Call or text if you have any questions 206-276-6401

INTERACT AND LEARN
DRUM KIT AND LATIN PERCUSSION INSTRUCTION

For over 20 years, Arturo has been providing hand drum lessons and percussion education to people of all ages and walks of life. Whether individual or group classes, or self-study courses, Arturo can help you become a more proficient drummer and percussionist. You don’t even need to live in the Seattle area to benefit – we offer hand drum lessons over the Internet.

 

Self-Study Percussion eBooks

Learn at your own pace over time

Self-Study Mini-Lessons

Focused areas of study

Hand Drum Technique

Free videos that help you with proper hand technique

Private Drum and Percussion Lessons

Seattle – Tacoma

One-on-one instruction is the best method for special learning interests or needs, for an intense or focused course of study, or even to overcome personal issues such as shyness or discomfort in large groups. If you fall into one of these categories or simply would like to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule, then private instruction is the way to go. Lessons are offered on a wide variety of hand drums and percussion including drum kit, congas, timbales, bata, drum kit, bongo, cajon, and smaller percussion instructions such as shekere and guiro.

Private lessons are generally 1/2 or 1 hour long and include foundation concepts and exercises to improve your rhythm, coordination, sense of time, speed, and mechanical independence. Speed in drumming is a function of good technique and training. No matter what your course of study, the first step in your development as a drummer is to establish proper technique. Independence is your ability to carry out multiple rhythmic tasks at the same time using hands, feet, and voice. Email me to get started today.

PRIVATE LESSONS OVER THE INTERNET VIA ONLINE VIDEO CHAT

Don’t like to deal with traffic or don’t live in the greater Seattle or Tacoma area?

Study drums and percussion with me from anywhere in the world – even from the comfort of your own home – with private lessons over Skype. Lessons can include foundation concepts and exercises to improve your speed, coordination, sense of timing, and mechanical independence. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a professional, as your specific needs can be targeted. Lessons are offered on a wide variety of hand drums and percussion including drum kit, congas, timbales, bata, drum kit, bongo, cajon, and smaller percussion instructions such as shekere and guiro.

You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to set up Skype lessons. If you have a smart phone, computer, or tablet with an integrated camera, you can take a lesson via Skype or any other online video chat. You can Phone, Email or Skype me to set up a Free consultation and get started today.

  • 1-206-276-6401
  • arturo@arturorodriguez.com
  • arturoseattle

Group Drum and Percussion Lessons

Seattle – Tacoma

I don’t have any group classes at this moment but willing to start a group class anytime.” Feel free to reach out to me if you have enough people to start a class. Olympia – Tacoma – Renton – Seattle.

Call or Text: 206-276-6401

 

Video Gallery

Self-Study eBooks

Bembe Conversations Self-Study Percussion Course

This self-study course on the very traditional form of Afro-Cuban music called Bembe is designed for students at all levels. It contains text and illustrations that will help the beginner with such fundamental skills as how to position themselves with respect to the . . . . . .

Rumba Guaguanco Conversations Self-Study Percussion Course

Learning to play, sing, and dance the traditional music of Cuba has long been beyond the reach of most American drummers. In the US, authentic Cuban rumba has for decades had many fans but few truly qualified players . . . . .

Traditional Afro-Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Self-Study Percussion Course

This self-study course examines the infusion of traditional Afro-Latin and especially Afro-Cuban concepts into contemporary Western music. Upon completion of this book you will have mastered many new skills that . . . . .

SELF-STUDY MINI LESSONS

These self-study mini-lessons provide a great way to learn about very focused areas of study. Each course is distributed in full-color digital (PDF) format with accompanying MP3 audio files. All files are delivered electronically via DropBox for you to download.

An accomplished musician, author, teacher, and DJ, Arturo has performed worldwide, sharing the stage with such music legends as Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, Pete Escovedo, Brandi Carlile, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and many more.
 
Contact me:
  • 1-206-276-6401
  • arturo@arturorodriguez.com
  • arturoseattle
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