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    Hi I really need to know what to look for in a good instructor and some of the warning signs of a bad one. I'm a beginning drummer but an adult in age so I can size a person up pretty quick, so what should I look for? I'm really leaning towards one that has a good foundation in jazz drumming because that's the style all the old time guys like Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker and most all other rock greats were schooled in..I think learning jazz style drumming would be a good idea because of the odd time beats and virtuosity of the style which can be transitioned and used in rock drumming to really get a full colorful sound out of the kit, is my thinking correct on this? Any input will be helpful and who are some of the better guys on drumchat to run questions like this by and check their posts or websites. Thanks.

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    As someone still learning myself, the thing I would do is just call them and talk to them and let them know of your interests. I think you could get a good impression of who your dealing with just doing that.

    I'd also hit up my local drum shop and ask who they may recomend. Explore Craigslist, the newspaper and the internet to find some. Some folks ustilise on line lessons also.

    I think you should be able to build a good repor pretty quick. If not, I'd go on down the road to the next one.

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    Patient with you, shows you tips and tricks to remember certain concepts quicker, on time, easy to get along and work with, and not too expensive would be a few things i'd look for. If you can't find them though, there are books out there to teach yourself from on your own time, and for less money than instruction costs.
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    FHS, I would say that a good teacher will be someone that wants to know what your goals are for your instruction, first and foremost. If they aren't willing to discuss the directions of the lessons with you, then I would move to the next candidate. Secondly, they should have a plan for your lessons, and not just wing it (yes, I had an instructor like that. Emphasis on the word "had.")

    Drummer would be an excellent resource as he is a drum teacher, as is Drumbledore. I know we have a few more, but those are the ones that come to mind at the moment.
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    I agree with PB in that you want somebody that has your specific interests in mind, not just teaching everybody the same way. A lot of other good answers here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIDDLEHEADSTEW View Post
    Hi I really need to know what to look for in a good instructor and some of the warning signs of a bad one. I'm a beginning drummer but an adult in age so I can size a person up pretty quick, so what should I look for? I'm really leaning towards one that has a good foundation in jazz drumming because that's the style all the old time guys like Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker and most all other rock greats were schooled in..I think learning jazz style drumming would be a good idea because of the odd time beats and virtuosity of the style which can be transitioned and used in rock drumming to really get a full colorful sound out of the kit, is my thinking correct on this? Any input will be helpful and who are some of the better guys on drumchat to run questions like this by and check their posts or websites. Thanks.
    First of all where's your location, I'll teach ya! Seriously, you probably want someone who:

    1) Can read and write music fluently. (Music is a language)
    2)Knows different styles of music and will teach those styles.
    3)Someone who just won't go over exercises with you but will work on increasing your speed with reading.
    4) Someone who will play another instrument while you learn or play a CD of some sort of backing track (Which is a big help).
    5) A teacher that's out there playing and networking and has that experience is a big plus.
    6) Find someone who does it for the love of teaching and not neccessarily for the $$$$.
    7)Very important to get someone who isn't concerned about the time. If the lesson goes over, it goes over. I knew one teacher who gave half hour lessons and after 25 minutes...lesson done. Nice.

    8)Don't get charged a lot! My teacher charges $50 an hour and he's worth every penny. Dom Famularo I believe charges $90 an hour and he's awesome too. If I taught privately I wouldn't charge $50 an hour do to my lack of experience but I wouldn't short change myself either. Half hour lessons would be cheaper but remember, we adult students need at least a hour!

    I think that's enough of my teacher lecture for now. I've been teaching a little over a year. I have 9 year olds and up to adults.

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    With young kids I'll do half an hour to an hour, it depends on their ability to concentrate. Two of my young 'uns are only 7, so they're going to a little different than some of the slightly older ones. Then again one kid, Thomas, who's now twelve, I've been teaching for five years and even back then his dad (who plays bass) and I both knew he was gifted, and he easily could take in an hour's instruction. But as far as older teens and upwards, I do one hour lessons. In fact, one of my real bright sparks, Tamara, does a 2 hour lesson with me (with a lil' break in between). Of course, the music's going constantly in the background ;-)

    What Geo Rose wrote I pretty much do and agree with. Plus I go and iron out the problems in your posture and wrists and fingers if it's required. Percussion is also a speciality that I teach if and when a student feels they're ready for it.
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    I just want to mention that everyone should try to study all styles of music not just Jazz.I think most teachers fall into this category or should anyway.
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    why do older students need more time? i dont understand

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    Also I'm not just interested in jazz the reason I mentioned it is because all of the old rock greats were jazz trained, big band or swing influenced or trained. I don't want to pigeon hole myself at all with one style..the idea is to have it come straight from the heart and to quote Jimi Hendrix and have "feelin sweet feelin..drop from my fingers.."

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    and how can i make any of my posts more visible on this site..is sticky the proper term? And what does that do?

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