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Fall 2019 Group Classes

Level 1 was fantastic. I have enjoyed not only the rhythms but the root and inspirational cultures we have been learning. A perfect intro.
-DeWayne Eckerdt

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Beginning and Intermediate Hand Drumming
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: None
Course Description: Learn hand drum fundamentals and work with exciting rhythms from Brazil, Cuba, West Africa and the USA. First-timers welcome. More experienced (intermediate) players will be given more challenging rhythms. All students will review and refine hand drum techniques. All drums provided (or bring your own: congas, djembe, dundun).

Robert “Bobby” Wallace is a first-call percussionist and drum teacher who has taught thousands of students in the USA and overseas (Brazil, Portugal, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico), and who has performed with Bonnie Riatt, Margareth Menezes (Brazil), David Rudder (Trinidad), Massamba Diop (Senegal) and Mickey Hart (USA).

Date and Time:
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
Starts Monday, Sep 16 through Nov 25 (no class Oct 14)
10 Weeks

Payment: $325

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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Advanced Hand Drumming
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Robert’s Level 1, 2 and 3 classes (from prior quarters), or significant independent hand drumming experience (must contact Robert in advance of enrollment).

Course Description: Learn traditional and modern percussion arrangements from Brazil, Cuba, West Africa and the USA in this stimulating and advanced hand drum class! Instruments utilized: djembe, conga, surdo, dundun, repinique, chekere, agogo, cowbell, caxixi, krin.

Date and Time:
Mondays, 8:00-9:30pm
Starts Monday, Sep 16 through Nov 25 (no class Oct 14)
10 Weeks

Payment: $325

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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West African Rhythms
with Ben Isaacs

Prerequisites: The Beginning West African Rhythms course (6:30pm) has no pre-requisites.
The Intermediate West African Rhythms course (8:00pm) Prerequisites: Completion of Ben’s 10-week Beginning course or significant playing experience.

Course Description: The Beginning Springboard class (Wednesdays at 6:30) puts more emphasis on technique, to make sure you will have the ability to create the sounds you want to hear and the ability to play what you reach for. Using traditional rhythms of Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Gambia, we explore the wide range of potential with both djembe and dunun. With this class, we will get an understanding on clarity of sound and technique (tone, slap, bass, how to hold your body and shape you hand, technique for dunun/bell stick holding and playing, exercises to build skills and stamina and rhythms to play and have fun with.)

With the Intermediate Skill Building Drum Music class (Wednesdays at 8pm), we take the technique you already know (how to play clear tone, slap and bass, basic common accompaniments patterns, the ability to play the sound you are reaching for) and apply it to drum music. Ben will be teaching both traditional West African music, as well and his creative fusion of the traditional with American sensibilities (gotta put the funk in it).

All drums provided, or bring your own!

Date and Time:
Starts Wednesday, Sep 18 through Nov 20, 2019
Beginning course: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Intermediate course: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
10 Weeks

Payment: $325

Beginning Course:
Wednesday Eves: 6:30-8:00pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check
Intermediate Course:
Wednesday Eves: 8:00-9:30pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

Conga Fundamentals and Intermediate Conga Class with Patricio Angulo

Prerequisites: The beginning class (6:30-8pm) is open to all levels, and there are no prerequisites required. The intermediate class (8-9:30pm) will be geared for those already with the basic fundamentals already. Prerequisites include completion of Patricio’s 10-week beginning course or significant playing experience (please inquire if unsure).

Course Description: We will groove mostly on Caribbean rhythms (Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc.), and will venture out as well. After initially focusing on technique and sounds, we will move to tumbao (one and two drum), bembe, bomba (sika), guaguanco (one and two drum), makuta, etc. Along with all of the hand drum parts, we will NOT forget the importance of the rhythms played by sticks, singing, etc. It will be full body experience!

All drums provided, or bring your own!

Patricio Angulo is a first-call percussionist and full-time gigging musician (Fito Reinoso, Rumbaché, Rhythm Café, etc.)

Date and Time:
Starts Thursday, Sep 19 through Nov 21, 2019
Conga Fundamentals: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (required minimum of 5 students)
Intermediate Conga: 8:00pm – 9:30pm (required minimum of 5 students)
10 Weeks

Payment: $325

Conga Fundamentals:
Thursday Eves: 6:30-8:00pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check
Intermediate Course:
Thursday Eves: 8:00-9:30pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

Location and Enrollment Information

Location:
Total Rhythm Studio
1705 Webster St.
Alameda, CA 94501
Plenty of free street parking
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To Enroll:

  • Pay Online with Paypal using the “Add to Cart” buttons above
  • OR E-mail or call 510-967-6135 with class selection(s)
  • Send a check for course fee, payable to “Total Rhythm”, to:
    Total Rhythm, 1705 Webster St., Alameda, CA 94501

Full course fee due prior to first session. If this is a hardship for you, please e-mail Robert@TotalRhythm.com and we can work something out.

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