|February 26, 2024
Lesson Two: The Single Paradiddle and the Five Stroke Roll
34 Additional Rudiments: More Advanced Rudiments
Upbeats and Downbeats: Playing with Three Limbs!
Deborah Feess-Los Angeles County Prosecutor
Dave started teaching my 8 year old son, Davey, about 5 years ago. Like most parents of young children, I had the feeling that Davey's interest in drums would be short-lived, once he found out that it actually took some work before you became a rock star! Well, due in large part to Dave's personality and teaching style, my son is still drumming away and having a great time doing it. It is no small task to relate to a second grader and then grow with him! Dave is nurturing, patient, enthusiastic, inspirational, flexible and a great mentor. I could not have asked for a better experience for my son.
Matt Tixier age 18 Pasadena, CA
My name is Matt Tixier and I have been taking lessons from Dave for about six years now. I started off with absolutely no musical education whatsoever. Today I feel that I have made a tremendous amount of progress and developed an appreciation for all kinds of music. Like most twelve-year-olds, I wanted to be a rock n’ roll drummer. Dave showed me that there was a lot to learn before you are ready to get up on stage. He has taught me the importance of stick control, chart reading, and syncopation. I had no idea what these were, nor did I know how much they factored into how well you could play. As I started learning these things, Dave began teaching me new styles of music. It was then that I really understood the importance of the drummer. I had also started listening to new styles of music. Today I can play a lot more than just rock. I feel lucky to have been able to take lessons from Dave. I know now that a good teacher will teach you what you want to learn. A great teacher will teach you that, and jazz, and bossa nova. Dave excels at teaching and I would highly recommend him for anyone interested in playing the drums.
Jennifer Winn, 39
I have been a student of Dave's since the beginning of 2005. I didn't know what to expect and was apprehensive about learning a new skill at this point in my life. I was hoping to have chosen a good teacher. I know this can make all the difference in the world...and it has. I have been pleasantly surprised and pleased with Dave's ability to teach drums. I have learned so much in such a short time. I always leave lessons with a lighter spirit and more confidence. Dave is not only a skilled musician, but someone who knows how to patiently break down those skills into understandable parts for his students. This is the sign of a natural teacher. I have been a teacher myself for 16 years, and I am convinced that one of the most challenging areas of teaching is how to effectively transfer knowledge. Dave has mastered this in teaching drums. He is also very personable, caring, and encouraging. This motivates his students even more. Although it may take me a very long time to call myself a drummer, I am confident that I have the best teacher to help me get there. There is no doubt that I will refer interested future drummers to Dave Bedrock's American Drum School.
Lisa T-Los Angeles CA
Just thought I'd send a note to say I received the videos. They are great!
I've been struggling to find the most efficient way to set up my kit and your description of how to do it really helped.
I had been working on the rudiments I had printed off your webpage, but wasn't sure I was doing all of them right. Now I can hear how they're supposed to sound. I really had trouble with the flams, but at least now I can keep going back to the video and hear the correct way to play them.
I have noticed in the couple of weeks I have been practicing the rudiments that there has been a noticeable improvement in my playing. I would never have thought it could happen so fast.
Thanks for sending the videos so fast and I'm looking forward to receiving "Dawn of the Drummer". Will any of your upcoming videos give ideas of how to incorporate fill into a song? This is something I am having trouble with.
Anyway, gotta run.
Have a great day!
I first came to Dave when I was 15 and only knew the basics. Dave has taught me so much over the last 12 years. I really don't think I'd be half the drummer I am today without his excellent teaching abilities. He is also one of the finest and most musical drummers around today. I am still constantly learning from him even after all these years.
Joel Patterson has been a prominent drummer in the LA music scene since 1989. He has toured the US as well as Japan and Europe and is currently a member of recording artists "Gene Loves Jezebel."
Debra A. Tocalino
I came to Dave "Bedrock" Bedrosian 6 months ago as a stressed out professional in need of fun who had never held a pair of drumsticks in my hands. At our first meeting I told Dave my goal was to be able to play along with my rock and roll CD's. Some four months later, I was happily playing along to my favorite CD. Now, I am able to read notes and play fairly complex drum charts utilizing all the pieces in my drum set. The sheer physical joy of playing my drums has dramatically reduced my stress level and I look forward to mastering each new technique under Dave's patient tutelage. Dave's obvious love of his instrument and his craft, coupled with his enthusiasm as I master each new rudiment is what sets Dave apart from others. Simply put, Dave is the world's greatest drum teacher!
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