I am back in the USA and starting up new group, private and Skype lessons on djembe, percussion and playing the conga drum. This winter I will be in Asia including Thailand, Phillipines and India. I am looking forward to working and playing with you all as teaching is my passion in life. I love to share and have great joy when I am able to connect through the drum with you! I started teaching as a way to help others enjoy drumming more, to share the wonderful aspects of the drum and the deep rooted culture it comes from and also to deepen and further my own learning and understanding and learning. Because when I teach I teach how I would like to be taught, with patience in a step …
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If you are like myself and get overwhelmed easily at a class or with a lot of information from various sources then you do need to simplify things. There is so much information out there between Youtube, the internet, informational books and CD’s that it is easily to overload your system and not learn anything! I know a lot of people who buy everything and then never even look at it. Often I see people in class filming and they never watch it. The desire is there, but there is no form or format to follow so nothing happens. If you are just starting out or if you have been playing for a while and you have not been improving or you do not feel you are growing musically then …
I am now offering West African, Afro Cuban, and Fusion/Hybrid hand drumming classes of all types on line via Skype. I encourage any one who wants to learn more about drumming and how to play drums to contact me. All levels are welcome. If you have always wanted to drum or simply want to enhance your skills or learn more authentic rhythms, how to solo r to find your inner rhythm this is a perfect way.
In December I will be teaching a very fun and relaxed two week workshop in West African drumming, djembe, dununs and “non competitive” drumming for all levels in the very beautifu, peaceful and exotic village of Arambol , Goa, India. All levels of drummers are welcomed and you do not have to take the entire course.
Toca artist and Toca endorsee Michael Pluznick shows the fun Zaouli break and Kuku solo technique for djembes and dunun on Toca Stage Series Pro wood djembe and Toca Freestyle Djundjuns.
Does age matter when playing or performing drumming and percussion music? Yes and no.Many of us who have been playing for a while would obviously like to keep playing for a while. I myself am over 50 years old. I am constantly playing with players half my age and sometimes more. Of course there are always going to be some age or physical limitations, but there does not have to be any cramp in your style and with the proper maintanance and care of our bodies there should be no reason why we can not play well into our 90’s! They do in Africa!