Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Gloucester, Poquoson,Yorktown , James City, Suffolk, Tidewater/Hampton Roads

bongos[1]  Arthur is a Hand Drum percussion Instructor for djembe, conga, bongo and cajon lessons. At my studio or your home in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area.

Great for beginners  Come treat yourself to an absolutely incredible opportunity to learn. You will gain valuable knowledge, skills, techniques, grooves and rhythms with immediate practical application.

Arthur has taught in the Hampton Road Area, the art of Hand Drumming for personal satisfaction, relaxation, fun, musicality, spiritual awakening and professional achievement.   Each person has rhythm inside of them. I help you find your inner rhythms to play with everyone. My specialty is helping you build confidence to play for yourself and with everyone in a Drum Circle.

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The first step in your development as a drummer is to establish good motion.
Knowing how to contact the drum to produce the different tones, proper body position for hands, arms, elbows, and feet when playing is the key to enjoying your instrument fully. When done right you will produce an efficient and relaxed playing style. You will gain valuable knowledge, skills, techniques, grooves and rhythms with immediate practical application. I will teach you important music concepts about Improvising.

Course Goals:
* Learn to sit and hold a Djembe.
* Learn to use a hand drum to make 3 basic sounds, bass, tone, slap.
* Learn to start and stop with a signal and learn the language of the music.
* Learn to listen to and watch basic rhythms played and play back those basic rhythms.
* Learn to relax while playing.
* Learn and practice numerous warm up exercises that you can use at home.
* Learn rudiments and hand techniques that will greatly improve your sound and stamina.
* Learn to hear and feel the music while playing.
* Learn Call and response to improve timing.
* Learn to have fun while playing!

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Customer Reviews:

By James Johnson For Joys of Djembe playing.

Arthur is such a wonderful hand drum instructor; I only wish I had started with him in the very beginning. I say this because it is now harder to unlearn the bad playing technique that I was using all these years, before he showed me how to play correctly. I can now get all the different sounds out of my drum and sound really good. Also, my hands don’t hurt like they use to. He approaches each lesson with enthusiasm and humor. It makes learning a lot easier. I have had some other instructors and Arthur is by far the best. I don’t usually write reviews for anyone but I was inspired to do so in this case.

By Doc Ricks For Drum Circle Drumming for the beginner.

VERY REFRESHING! I thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson with Art Lopez! I feel more confident than ever! I look forward to the day that I participate in a drum circle for the first time!

By Colleen Wittig for Beginner Hand Drumming

I just wanted to take a second and tell you again how much I loved the lesson yesterday!!!!! Thanks so much….it was great fun and I learned a TON already. . …you are a fun instructor with a lot of knowledge and your love for the drum is apparent.

By Clarice Mota on for Beginner Hand Drumming on djembes, congas and other instruments
Arthur is very persistent on teaching the right way to hit the drum and one can feel confident that he will not allow you to make a mistake. He has the right approach and I have been able to develop a playing technique much faster than the last time I had drumming lessons (not from him, of course).

By Lotus Hayes For Drum Circle Drumming for the beginner.

I started taking djembe lessons from Mr. Lopez just over 6 months ago. I had been wanting to participate in a drum circle but had never played an instrument before, I was very apprehensive and no confidence in myself. Right away he made it easy for me by making it fun which was important. It’s so exciting to see how far I have come knowing the correct techniques he has instilled in me as I have found that many players don’t use. I am having fun and have been to many drum circles now with the skill and confidence in my new found abilities thanks to Mr. Lopez

By Susan J Gray

Last night I had my first bongo lesson with Arthur Lopez…. What a great hour. He was very very patience with me. Showing me not only how to care for my drum but going through basic steps on hand holding and finger position. Over coming fears and just showing up to the lesson was my first step. I can’t wait to see you next week.


Lessons At My Studio in Newport News, VA  as low as $40 for half hour and $55. for One hour.    Lessons at your Home One hour starting at $75 hr within 35 mile radius.  Discount on multiple lessons paid in advance.  One hour sessions as early as 9am till as late as 8pm.  A non refundable 50% Deposits to hold your time is  accepted via credit card and balance payment, on the day of, pay in CASH only.

You can fill out a request here at my  Contact page with any questions you may have or call me to make an appointment: 757-768-5689

Email : Arthur@DrumYourDream.com

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