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 Skype!


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.


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.

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Interact & Learn Drum and Percussion Schedule

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.

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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 . . . . .


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:
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