Intermediate Hand Drum and Percussion

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Practice and develop your drumming and percussion skills!

This is an ongoing class for students with some experience and basic knowledge of drumming. If you participated in the "Drum and Rhythm Basics Class" you are ready for this...

Enjoy the energy of poly rhythmic grooves, hi-energy beats
and learn the basics on how to play solos.

Yes, this is a practice course! We will develop actual pieces of percussion music. Each piece will be practices in length so that the rhythmical patterns can sink in deeply.

We will use systems from various traditions: Afro-Cuban (Conga, Bongos, Clave…), West African (Djembe, Dun-Dun, Bells), Indian (Voice percussion, Konnakol ( and other instruments from around the world.

We will intensely study each voice in its relationship to the beat and to the other voices. We not only going to learn various pieces of percussion music but deeply establish the mind-body experience of each pattern. This allows us to use these patterns for any instrument and in any drumming experience.

Essential part of the class will be stomping and clapping the beat while reciting the different voices. This will make sure that we “grok” each rhythm on all levels: understand it, feel it and connect it to other rhythmical patterns.

Then rhythms will be applied to the drums and percussion instruments until each groove is fully present and felt by everybody.

For those who are interested and ready there will be plenty of time to explore improvisation and learn various ways on how to approach it.

As soon as we have enough pieces for a program we will look for opportunities to perform them!

When: Thursday evening from ~7:45 to 9:15 PM (90 minutes) after the drum and rhythm basics class (you are welcome to join us for that class whenever it's happening)

Where: at my house (address will be provided upon registration).

Cost: One time drop-ins $20. Ongoing participants $15.

Committed students that show up to every class, who will support this class and take part in performances: $10

Drums and percussion instruments will be supplied. Please bring the instrument you would like to play.

Qualification: If you participated in my Drum and Rhythm basics curse you are qualified to participate in this course. If you have any other experience and know that you have the basics down please give me a call.

Daniel Hirtz is a well-known musician/percussionist in the valley of the sun. He has studied and performed for over 30 years and is well versed in several hand drums. He studied Indian Tabla for over 30 years now, also plays African Djembe, Congas, Bongos and many percussion instruments from many different cultures as well as Didgeridoo. He has performed with many bands in Europe and the US. Check out his website

Click here for a short video on Facebook a recent short jam at the Fair Trade Cafe downtown Phoenix (