For the second time, I’ve been named one of the Best Drum Teachers in Denver by Lessons.com! Clearly this is based on unnamed criteria from the first half of the year, since I haven’t taught in Denver for the last 4 months. I was previously recognized for a similar accomplishment by the same organization in 2016. This puts me in the top 6% of drum teachers in the Denver area according to the email I received. Hopefully I can continue this high standard of teaching excellence here in New Mexico.
Good News! I’ll be teaching from a new home studio in White Rock, NM starting in just a couple weeks. It will be conveniently located for adults and children in Los Alamos County and northern Santa Fe County including Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Española, La Mesilla, and surrounding areas.
I’ll have 2 drum kits set up in a dedicated space, as usual, plus plenty of other percussion toys to help with learning the drums from beginner level up to advanced players. Good for school band help, audition prep, performance prep, learning songs, improving technique, reading, coordination, learning various styles, rudiments, double pedal, and more.
Students will benefit from my 8 years of professional teaching experience, with a rough estimate of over 5000 lessons taught! 22 years of drumming and a degree in music make me a great resource for gaining skills or refining your approach. See all my credentials here on this site under the lessons section.
Contact me now to get a lesson slot reserved for weekly drum lessons!
I’ve been back in the Denver Metro area for 5 years now, after a 3 year intermission in Bellingham, WA, but now it is time to pack up the gear and move again. After a short layover in Santa Fe, I’ll be permanently located in Los Alamos, New Mexico for the foreseeable future. As of now, I am still a member of Bloodstrike and will likely be drumming on the next studio release as well as going on the next tour, TBD. All my students have been migrated to another teacher at this point and I will be starting fresh in NM.
The decision to move was based on housing and financial stresses in Denver and a fortuitous job offer my wife received. If you live in or near Denver you know that housing is becoming impossible to find — unless you’re moving in from out of state with cash, or you have a local job significantly more lucrative than teaching music. I know a talented bass player who was homeless for a while despite both gigging regularly and working 40+ hours a week at a day job. In a two income family, it had not yet come to that point for me, but I can’t sit and wait for that day to come. As a drummer, finding housing where I can practice or housing where I cannot plus a practice space is difficult and very expensive. Incomes, even for very skilled employees like scientists (i.e. my wife), are not even close to keeping pace with the cost of living. The area is pushing people out in all walks of life.
In contrast, though the music scene in northern New Mexico is inferior to Denver in every way, the cost of living and the wages paid for most work are much more in sync. Life is still possible there for a normal person. I’ll still be in striking distance of Denver, but not immersed in the scene. It is a drawback for sure, but sometimes you have to follow the money instead of the dream. Especially when you have a child to look out for. In NM I will be able to own a home and pay less in mortgage than I am paying in rent now. Significantly less. The schools in Los Alamos are also excellent, meaning that my progeny can have the best possible opportunity to become irritatingly smart and successful.
If you’re in the Santa Fe/Los Alamos/Taos area, you’re in luck as I am bringing my drumming and teaching skills your way! Hopefully, I’ll be able to resume private teaching, writing books (there is already another one in the works, look for announcements about it in a few months), making videos, and playing in bands.
There is also an accompanying video lesson up on my YouTube Channel that will demonstrate the first 3 steps from the blog lesson. For more on how to play in the drum and bass style, pick up a copy of my book or watch more breakbeat demonstration videos on my channel.
Ryan’s latest book Live Drum & Bass is now available from Hudson Music!
Here is the link to the digital edition:
Here is the the link to the paper edition:
This is Ryan’s second publication through Hudson Music. The book includes help with steps and electronic breaks, old school funk transcriptions, how to manipulate breaks into new formats, how to play and use freehand rolls or gravity blast, and many other skills related to playing in the drum and bass style.
Pick up a copy today!
Coming Soon: Live Drum And Bass – Breakbeats and Electronic Music for Real Drummers
My new book is nearing completion and it will feature 200+ beats, fills, and examples of old school breaks, jungle steps and grooves, drum machine emulation, extended techniques, and sample phrases for authentic drum and bass playing. If you would like to get a solid start on playing like Jojo Mayer or Johnny Rabb, or create your own breakbeat style, this book will be a solid resource for fundamentals. I’ve spent the last year or so studying the masters and distilling that information for the maximum concise benefit to the student. Release date and further information to be determined.
The recording process has been completed and Bloodstrike’s second album, Execution of Violence, is set for an October 13th release on Redefining Darkness Records. The album was recorded at Firestorm Studio in Lakewood, CO, mixed by JB Van Der Wal in the Netherlands, and mastered by Sweden’s mighty Dan Swanö. It will feature 10 new tracks of old school death metal and has already been getting great advanced reviews. Visit Bloodstrike.bandcamp.com to hear a sample track.