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“…we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

Montreal & Online Drum Lessons
(An approach applicable to All Styles, including Moeller Method)

Musician: Drummer & Teacher Jazz & Contemporary Styles



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Instructional - Advanced Studies


Advanced Studies

A conceptual-based approach to instruction regardless of stylistic preference. Removing blocks in your performance, facilitating definitive changes in your performance habits that allow you to move to an improved next level. Including Moeller Method

Former student drummer with pianist Arden Arapyan (Winner Grand Prix Jazz Montreal International Jazz Festival- 2008 & the Propulsion Jazz competition 2007)

  • Balance - Use of anatomy to maintain the body's center-line balance, with minimal postural sway. Understanding weight-shifting, use of gravity & balance affecting "time-placement". Controlling balance, motion, and rhythm.
  • Movement - Elliptical movement enables better muscular relaxation & economy of motion. Single Surface straight line & angular Rudimental approach does not "translate" well to drum set.
  • Time - The regularly recurring pulse over which rhythmic syncopation is layered, superimposed with an ultimate feel
  • Focus - Well-defined, goal-oriented use of one's time & effort to achieve consistently-excellent results. The principal of "process", as "habit becomes nature". Disciplined Focus is a result of habit.
  • Fluidity - Avoiding antagonistic muscle movements, using principles of ergonomics, gravity, momentum, inertia and rebound to your advantage. Applying those principles to the "stick-to-hand-to-instrument" relationship. Similar application to pedal(s), each has its own balance and tension. When all is set in motion, they require little energy to propel. Once in motion you learn to control it, moving beyond the body and affecting musical groove and feel.


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