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Spring 2018 Group Classes


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Hand-Drumming Level 1: “Yes, I Have Rhythm!”
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: None
Course Description: In this dynamic 10-week course, you will learn hand-drumming basics: hand and body posture, how to create all notes, how to BREATH and RELAX while drumming, and 10 RHYTHMS from around the world: Samba, Salsa, HipHop, Zebolah from the Congo, Reggae, More! Course fee includes full-length Instructional DVD covering all rhythms taught. First-timers WELCOME! All drums provided, or bring your own.

Date and Time:
Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Starts Monday, April 2 – June 11, 2018
10 Weeks
Payment: $295
(Includes full-length instructional DVD)

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

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Hand Drumming Level 2: Beginning Ensemble Class
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Level 1: “Yes I Have Rhythm” course or significant prior drumming experience.

Course Description: This hands-on 10-week course builds upon the basics of Level 1 and adds full arrangements of traditional and modern material from Guinee, Cuba, Brazil, Mali and the USA. You will BECOME a HAND-DRUMMER and will be able to competently play hand percussion in any musical setting. All drums provided, or bring your own.

Date and Time:
Mondays, 8:00-9:30pm
Starts Monday, April 2 – June 11, 2018
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

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

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LaV8 Drum Orchestra: “Aspire”
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: Prior completion of Level 2 Hand Drumming course and/or Extensive Playing Experience.

Course Description: In this intermediate to advanced drum class, students will learn traditional rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, West Africa and the Caribbean intermixed with modern funk and hiphop beats. Students will play a wide range of percussion instruments including djembe, conga, surdo, djun-djun, agogo and cow bells, chekere and caxixi, with a goal of PERFORMING original percussion material with the LaV8 Drum Orchestra!

Date and Time:
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Starts Tuesday, April 3 – June 5, 2018
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

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

LaV8 Drum Orchestra: “Achieve”
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: Prior completion of Level 3: LaV8 Drum Orchestra “Aspire” course and/or Extensive Playing Experience. Please email or call Robert “Bobby” Wallace to see if this exciting and challenging course is right for you: 510-967-6135, Robert@TotalRhythm.com

Course Description: In this (strictly) advanced drum class, students will learn complete, original arrangements of original percussion compositions, including “Release”, “Origins” and “NRG”, incorporating traditional material from Cuba, Brazil, West African and the Caribbean with modern funk and hiphop beats. Students will play a wide range of percussion instruments including djembe, conga, surdo, djun-djun, agogo and cow bells, chekere and caxixi, and will PERFORM with the LaV8 Drum Orchestra!

Date and Time:
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:30pm
Starts Tuesday, April 3 – June 5, 2018
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

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 Wednesday, April 4 – June 6, 2018
Conga Fundamentals: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Intermediate Conga: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

Conga Fundamentals:
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

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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 (Thursdays 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 (Thursdays 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 Thursday, April 12 – June 14, 2018
Beginning course: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Intermediate course: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

Beginning Course:
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.