Djembe Drum Lessons
We are a match if:
...You ever watched drummers at a party,
and you just know you can do that.
...You ever watched dancers enjoying the drums,
and you want to offer those beats to your friends.
...You ever bought a drum,
and it's just sitting there collecting dust.
...You ever went to a drum circle,
and held back because you didn't know what to do.
I can give you confidence, skills, beats, and smiles. I can help you really enjoy and rock it at drum circles.
It's Time to Love Drumming!
To really love doing something, you need to feel comfortable, familiar and get skilled at it. I am dedicated to getting you there in your drumming.
I teach unique skills for drummers at all levels. I teach beginners how to drum and have fun at drum circles and parties. I teach advanced drummers how to inspire dancers to shake it like never before. I have been a teacher in many arenas for 45 years now, and I am good at knowing what you need next. You can learn in person in San Diego County, or by video anywhere in the world.
Screaming with Joy
I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
~~ Kevin Dalfonso, Musician, Systems Tech, Encinitas, CA
Get the Room Rocking
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess as a drummer and rocking the djembe, I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beats. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
~~ Clarke Stevens, Entertainer, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said "I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
~~ Paul Paez, Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA