Welcome to markwalkerlessons.com, your path to becoming a better musician at the drums.
Hi, I’m Mark Walker, the founder of markwalkerlessons.com. I'm a multi-Grammy/Latin Grammy Award winning drummer, composer, author, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music and jazz faculty at New England Conservatory. I have been a professional musician since 1980 and have worked extensively, touring the world and recording with some of the top names in the business like Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Lyle Mays, Oregon, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Caribbean jazz Project, Dave Samuels, Andy Narell, Boston Pops, the German radio big bands (NDR, WDR, HR) and many more. As of summer 2022, I'm currently touring with ten-time Grammy Award winner, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. I earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition/Arranging from UMass Amherst in 2022 and a Bachelor's in Professional Studies from Berklee College of Music in 2019.
In my mind, everyone needs to uncover the great musician they already are. This is accomplished through listening, study and practice. The sooner you commit to moving forward, the sooner you'll be making music in an inspired, clear and authentic space. You’re here because you want to make significant improvements in your drumming.
I offer high-quality video drum lessons on the following topics:
- Authenticity in South American and Caribbean Styles
- A Swinging Jazz Feel
- Funk and Pocket Playing
- Creative Soloing
- Reading and Chart Interpretation
- Sound and Tone Production at the Drums
What makes these drum lessons unique? The inspiration for all the lessons came from what master composers, arrangers and bandleaders asked of me: to complement their music authentically, passionately and dynamically - and often do it on the spot, often sight-reading arrangements. In other words, everything I teach has been road-tested.
My objective is to train you to be a complete musician at the drums. You can start anywhere in at this site and get a great practice session happening right way:
- Beginners can work on their sound and tone, the rudimental and stick control exercises as well as basic time feels in rock, funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and swing.
- Intermediate players can strengthen their technique through the rudimental ritual while working on chart interpretation and gaining a deeper understanding of styles.
- Advanced and professional players will benefit from the advanced coordination studies, play-along tracks and solo applications.
You can send me a private recording of any lesson, and I will provide free feedback. I also hold periodic virtual office hours, where I’ll answer your questions in real time and demonstrate material from my lessons.
To take a lesson with me privately, you would have to pay at least $150 per hour. If you sign up for a yearly subscription of $290, you have 24/7 access to all my lessons, play along tracks, for less than the price of two lessons. You can also subscribe monthly for a low $29, less than a dollar a day.
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