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Meet Stefano Ashbridge of Drum Lessons In LA in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefano Ashbridge.

Stefano, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since I can remember, my passion has always been to play the drums. I got a late start at age 16 but once I started taking lessons, I practiced like a mad man every day, as much as I could. I knew that this is what I wanted to do the rest of my life.

A few years into my lessons, my teacher asked me if I would fill in for him when he wasn’t available. That’s when my love of teaching began to grow alongside my love of playing the drums. I knew that teaching would always be a big part of my drumming journey.

Fast forward 20 years or so, I am in LA making a living as a full-time drummer and teacher. I balance teaching 28 students a week of various ages and skill levels with my own playing and recording as a freelance drummer.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t consider myself to have any natural born musical ability. I worked hard to bring my drumming to a professional level and continue to work hard to be the best drummer and teacher that I can be. I have no complaints, though. Having worked hard through the challenges it takes to learn this instrument has made me a better teacher.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Drum Lessons In LA story. Tell us more about the business.
I offer private one on one drum lessons as well as group jam sessions. There is so much stuff out there to learn from. What I offer is guidance and direction. I have taught hundreds of drummers in the last twenty years, from children just starting out, to the hobbyist playing for fun, to the professional working drummer.

My strengths are my expertise, patience, and individual attention. Each of my students has different goals, motivations, and learning personalities. My job is to guide them in the direction they want to go, make them great drummers, and show them how much fun drumming can be.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think continuing innovations in technology will make learning and communication even easier than it already is. I can see things like 360 degree cameras and 3-D videos bridging the gap between general online learning and the personally tailored lesson experience.

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2 Comments

  1. Ray Brock

    April 21, 2017 at 01:14

    One of the Best People you will ever have the Privilege to meet, he is the BEST all the way around; And One Hell of a Drummer.

  2. Gary Johnson

    August 17, 2017 at 15:48

    Congrats Stephano, You’ve earned the success you have. I wish the best in the future. Gary Johnson, Kanab, Utah

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