“Where I come from, we say that rhythm is the soul of life because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. For this reason the drum, next to the human voice, is our most important instrument. It is special.”–Babatunde Olunji, Nigerian djembe master.
The drum is the heartbeat. In the womb, the regular beat of the mother’s heart is the soundtrack of a baby’s liquid world, a vibrational constant that governs reality. Drums are an instrumental constant in every culture. I teach djembe, Arabic tambourine, Shamanic frame drumming, cajon, and the Hapi drum (steel tongue drum). I studied tabla in India for many years at Viswa Bharati University and am well versed in West African, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Latin rhythms.
I specialize in teaching people to sing and drum at the same time. Full body bliss as you integrate melody and rhythm! I also show you how to improvise and solo as you accompany yourself singing with drumming.
I teach 2/4, 4/4, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 and other rhythms. I enjoy teaching trance style drumming and opening and closing (filling) Middle Eastern rhythms. I teach traditional West African, Latin, and Indian rhythms as well as Native American buffalo drum rhythms. Absolute beginners to advanced students all welcome!
Individual sessions are $100/hour in my Albany studio. Special buy 6 sessions for $550 and save $50. $120 for house calls in SF.
Free Your Voice while Drumming Part A
- 10 Thursdays 7:30 to 9pm, Jan 11-Mar 15, Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St. at Ashby BART, Berkeley
Rhythm Weave: 3 part harmony song with 3 West African polyrhythms
- 10 Mondays 7:15 to 8:45pm, Jan 8-Mar 12, Safehouse ARTS, 1 Grove St. at Market and 8th at Civic Center BART, San Francisco
Drum recommendations for the class are djembe, doumbek, cajon, or Arabic tambourine. Suggested ones to buy: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Toca/Freestyle-Lightweight-Djembe-Drum.gc any size, http://www.guitarcenter.com/Remo/Fixed-Head-Tambourine.gc 8 inch. These courses are suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.
Early bird $333 by 1/4. Afterwards, regular price $360.
“She breaks down rhythm in a way that makes it incredibly tangible for a total beginner to percussion. And then she teaches you to integrate your voice while drumming! An awesome teacher.” –Jai Singh, Free Your Voice 1, 2 and drumming student
“She is incredible at what she does. I have had many different teachers in my life, and Amber has been one that stands out. Amber has a lot to offer any musician.”— Nicoletta Trendafilova, singer and Arabic tambourine student
“Your energy as a drum teacher is wonderful! You are obviously passionate about it and clearly want to share your skills. You certainly gave me much more insight into rhythm than anyone else has.”— Tessa Christenson, teacher and djembe student