Updates! & I’m accepting NEW students!

Hey everyone,

Long time no post…from me! Like nearly everyone on the planet I’ve been quite busy. Here’s a quick rundown of my current activities:

1) SCHOOL of course. I’m a commuting senior now at SJSU, about to finish my BA in Psychology with a Minor in Special Ed. Definitely ready to take a break ahaha!

2) I got a job as an assistant teacher at Sarah’s Science! It’s a cool after school program for grades K-4 that teaches kids about science through making toys.

3) I’m learning Español and I’m loving it! Plus it really makes commuting to school much more bearable 🙂

4) Lastly, I’m still teaching DRUMS!!! And unfortunately this month I lost 2 of my longest-lasting and wonderful drum students. The demand of school is real haha, but I understand. I often don’t have time to practice or write music. Which leads me to my next point….

I’M ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS! 😉

As one door closes, another opens! I welcome all drum students, beginner to advanced, young to old, who want help learning anything about drums. I’m here to teach you what YOU want to learn (styles, songs, drum solos, techniques, speed, etc.).

I work in the east bay area only, and the rates for cities closest to Pleasanton are: 30 mins = 15$ …. 60 mins = 25$. Send me an email if you’re interested at: ryanonthedrums@yahoo.com

Take care,

Ryan Clark

 

For Better or For WORSE!

Don’t worry, nothing is wrong….yet! 🙂

I do have a secret though; I’ve been playing in a band since the New Year started! And if you haven’t guessed it yet, the band’s name is WORSE. We are an SF-based band that makes sounds that might be classified as metal, grind, hardcore, powerviolence, or most importantly, Anger! I’m playing drums (and maybe vocals in the future..?) in this band with three close friends of mine. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this project and we actually just went into the recording studio (in Santa Cruz) to make a 7-song E.P. titled “To Be Alive is To Be Alone.”

Here is the link to the album:

https://worsesf.bandcamp.com/album/to-be-alive-is-to-be-alone

You may download it for free if you’d like, or make a charitable donation. I’m happy with either one! I’d be most happy if you’d at least listen to it though 😉

And to top it all off, we have some shows lined up and hoping to get some gnarly live pics from that! AAAAND we’re working on making a video for one of these tracks!!!! I’ll be sure to give you guys updates on that.

Here is the link to our Facebook page to stay updated for our live events:

https://www.facebook.com/worsesf

Sooo now you have some work to do. Get on it! haha

-Ryan Clark

Wow…Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

2014 has been a BLAST!

I’ve been so busy with school, work (teaching drums and working with autistic kids), learning ASL, learning guitar, making music, and living it up with the people I love that I’ve neglected this website! No regrets haha. But really, I’m going to come back and make this page awesome! I’m open to all opinions so if you have ideas, let’s hear ’em in a comment!

In regards to drum lessons, I’ve been having lots of fun with my students lately. One of them just passed their first drum song ever (ACDC’s “Back in Black”)!! A fun little thing I’ve been trying to spice up my lessons is by doing our warm ups to fun songs, such as the old school Super Mario theme. It’s a fun alternative to the beeping of a metronome.

Also, for anyone reading this, I still have some open slots for new drum students (of any experience level). Explore the rest of my site to see what I have to offer and send me an email at: ryanonthedrums@yahoo.com

REMEMBER THE FIRST LESSON IS FREE! 😀

Thanks for tuning in and check back for some NEW 2015 DRUM VIDS! woo!

-Ryan Clark

Christmas/New Years Update!

Hey peeps,

I’ve been pretty busy lately, as I’m sure most of you are around this time of the year, but I’m making some time to give ya’ll a quick update on what’s going on. While it’s been a little difficult to make time for drums, I’m still managing to do it; I’ve been mainly practicing double-bass speed, gospel chops, grooves, and coordination. I really want to make more drum videos, but my acoustic kit isn’t even setup and I’ll be moving soon so hopefully after that adventure I can. I’ve also been playing guitar quite a bit, getting lessons from my dad (whose page is linked at the top about guitar lessons). One day I’d like to be able to play guitar with my drum students, so that they can experience what it’s like to play with other musicians.

In addition to this, I’m constantly writing new music for my solo project (which is unnamed at this moment). This is another reason why I’m learning guitar. It’s a bit of a strange experience writing music that’s heavy on guitars when I can barely play, but I hope to change that soon.

On a totally unrelated topic, I fail to recall whether I’ve mentioned my volunteer work with autistic children and teenagers, but because I’ve been doing it for a while (6 months) I’ve been offered a job being an autism therapist! I’m very excited about this, and I’ve started doing my online training already, which consists of around 30 hours of Applied Behavior Analysis training. So partly because of this arena of my life, I’ve been quite busy. But this doesn’t mean I’ll stop giving drum lessons any time soon :-). I plan on managing both jobs at the same time, as I think it’ll create an interesting and rewarding challenge.

So that’s my quick update. I’ll try to see what I can do about making some more drum videos soon. Until then, happy drumming!

Ryan Clark

Thanksgiving & Stick Tricks

Can you pass the drumsticks? (lol lame joke)

Well our bizarre holiday has come around once again. I hope everyone’s doing well and stays safe tonight. I know I will, as I’m just taking a break from a homework-filled holiday vacation. Anyways, here’s my most recent update for ya’ll:

I just turned 21 two weeks ago, which is pretty cool I suppose. I haven’t had the chance yet to use my age to get in to music clubs yet, but I know my dad wants to take me. And I can finally have Ins and Outs at the metal shows I attend, which is great to cool down from all the moshing, haha.

And this past week I’ve taken an interest in learning more stick tricks! I’ve never really been that interested in learning these, as all drummers who do them will tell you that the music comes first (which is what I focused on). I knew a few basic ones: the twirl, the forward and backward flip, and this one that I picked up from Thomas Lang (check him out). But I decided I’d start learning stick tricks more intensely, as they’re pretty entertaining to watch. With the help of Youtube, I’ve learned 4 more, and plan on learning even more. They’re pretty fun to do and can give you something to do during those simple parts of songs. I will be teaching these also to my students, when I feel they’ve learned enough about real drumming to take on these fun new challenges! You gotta walk before you cartwheel!

Well that’s all for now. Supper’s ready!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ryan Clark

A conclusion to the summer of 2013

Hey guys long time no talk,

Well summer’s just about at its end right now, as I go back to school at Las Positas College in 2 days. I’m excited to continue my studies, although I’d like to do a quick recap of the things I did over my summer (all of which I’ve yet to mention in previous posts) before school begins.

I’ll start my recapitulation with my musical endeavors; I played with two shows with two different musical groups. The first show was in Oakland with a metal band called Diatomic. The music was kinda tough to learn because of the fast tempos and many quick time changes. The gig itself went alright; a few flubs here and there, but it was quite solid. The other group I played with was of the progressive rock genre, which was called Orpheus. I really enjoyed learning these songs because I was allowed a sizable amount of creativity with the drumming, and there was a lot of happy, melodious grooves I got to play. I played with Orpheus in Livermore at an event called Jupiter Sunrise, which was hosted at someone’s house with quite a large gathering. There was someone taking pictures, so I’ll see if I can get some for you guys to gawk at soon haha.

On a non-musical note, I began volunteering with autistic children this summer in Dublin. The organization that I volunteer for is called Creative Autism Solutions Team, and it’s run by some of the kindest and loving people I’ve ever met. This whole experience was extremely eye-opening in too many different ways to list. I loved it so much that I’m going to continue volunteering during my school year as best I can while managing classes, homework, teaching drums, and my personal music. One of the greatest parts about this was that this was the first time I’d ever REALLY volunteered, by my own will and not because I was forced to. My main goal with volunteering was just to be productive over the summer, but as one might guess, I was affected much deeper than that. And if anyone from the Bay Area knows autistic children who need a daycare, I strongly recommend C.A.S.T.!

I’m glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this summer. I was able to make and write music, help kids with disabilities, see family and friends, and finally start learning guitar from my dad! Overall I’d say it was quite the positive experience.

Well that’s all for now. I hope everyone else had just as good a summer as I did!!

– Ryan Clark

I bought a Wuhan 12″ China from Best Buy

Hey everybody,

I hope everyone’s been having a good summer so far. Personally, mine’s been going great; I’m volunteering at a daycare for autistic children in Dublin and I’ve working on some musical projects. And, as you can see, I bought a Wuhan china cymbal from Best Buy for about $15. This wasn’t a very serious buy because I found an old Best Buy gift card that still had some money on it, so I thought “Why not?” and bought it. And for those of you who don’t know, $15 for any kind of cymbal is extremely cheap.

And so, as I expected, I pretty much got what I paid for in terms of quality. The cymbal came somewhat dirty with some scratches on it, but nothing too bad. And when I played it, it was surprisingly loud, almost too loud. Louder than all my other cymbals somehow. It sounded very trashy as well. And although I typically enjoy trashy sounds (probably from more expensive cymbals), this china’s tone just sounded cheap. However, I think I might’ve found a use for it in my kit by using it in a stack (two cymbals stacked on top of each other – it can create unique sounds). I put a Wuhan splash on top of it, which dampened the sound a bit and actually sounded alright. I might toy around with it some more later, but I thought I’d share my experience with you guys.

I think the lesson I learned here is that there usually should be a minimum on how much I spend on a cymbal. Although I prefer to buy cheap, good-sounding cymbals, I think this was too cheap. I could barely stand the sound of the china on its own, which isn’t a good sign. However, there are ways around it, like how I used it for a stack. And cleaning it can alter the sound as well. All in all, if you’re seriously looking for a cymbal, I would recommend buying something more expensive.

That’s all for now! Happy drumming!

– Ryan Clark

Summertime! Oh Yeah!!

Hey there drummers and non-drummers,

I’m very excited to be done with my semester at Las Positas College! It was easily one of my hardest semesters yet, although I managed to get high grades. I’ve decided to take this summer off and not take any summer classes. Instead what I’ve decided to do focus on teaching drums, my musical projects, and volunteering at CAST (an daycare for kids with autism). And of course, see all my lovely friends! haha

On a musical note (lol), I will be trying to expand my teaching career. If anyone happens to read this that wants to learn to play the drums or get better, I’m available to help teach you (be sure to look around my website for more info!). I think I will be making business cards with my name and occupation on them, as well as making this site look more professional. I think I might add some of my own music to this site to show what I can do.

Speaking of music, I have just finished another two pieces (made on tuxguitar). One of them, called “Peterbutter n jam,” was made for my friend Peter, and it happens to be a jam song. The other, titled “Circular Green,” is more like my first song (“Here…Eat This Mango”), in which I wrote a pretty strange song with many odd meters and melodic melodies. All of these songs are on my soundcloud, which is named Foxshine, if you want to listen to it. But I think I’ll eventually move them to this website for easy access.

Also on my list of things to do this summer is learn how to play guitar! I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now but I just haven’t had the time. So I will now be taking lessons from my dad, who has been playing for around 40 years, so he knows what he’s talking about. If you by any chance want to learn guitar, my dad is also available to teach lessons. If you scan the top links of my website, the last one should say something about learning guitar; that link will provide you with my dad’s website and all the information about him that you need to know. So my goal with learning another instrument (guitar being much more based on melody, rather drums which are rhythm-based), is to further my understanding of music theory. This will in turn develop and enhance my teaching abilities because knowledge is power! And eventually I hope to be good enough to play my own songs that I write so I may record them with logic pro, which will be much more interesting to hear than tuxguitar sounds.

So that is the basic update with me right now. How are you guys and girls doing? Don’t be afraid to leave me a comment or two 😉

Happy Summer Drumming!

– Ryan Clark

Acoustic drums vs Electric drums

Hey there!

Today I wanted to go over the basic pros and cons of owning an electric drum set, compared to the common acoustic drum set. Just incase you aren’t familiar with these terms, electric drums are pads that require an amp or headphones to hear the sounds, as they’re electric. Acoustic drums are the real deal, and they’re what electric drum sets attempt to mimic.

I own both types of drum sets (electric- Roland TD-6V acoustic- Ddrum and Meinl) and have played each for quite some time now. The main reason why people choose to buy an electric kit (which are quite expensive I might add) is because they are MUCH quieter. Although it’s still possible to disturb people with it, as I know from first hand experience living in an apartment. And this reason makes sense, considering acoustic drums can be extremely loud. In fact, this is the sole reason I play my electric drums more frequently (no noise curfew).

The large bank of sounds that you can utilize from your electric kit pretty much guarantees that you’ll find at least one drum kit sound you’ll like. Of course, your choices are limited depending on how much money you can spend on it. And although I think the electric kits sound better than my acoustic kit (I’m not that great of a tuner), the feel of an acoustic setup beats the electric kit almost always in my opinion. Acoustic drums just feel great when you hit them. Whatever material the electric kit is made of, it’s just not the same (though it is has a decent rebound). Plus the cymbals on electrics are rubber, which have poor rebound, and you can’t capture all the neat small noises you can get from a real cymbal.

The nice thing about electrics is you can customize a whole plethora of sounds and be playing with an orchestra or a band in no time. I don’t even need to get very technical with my electric kit to be satisfied. Another positive quality is that you can record drums waaay more easily onto a computer through electric kits than acoustic. Acoustics require special, expensive mics, that are positioned appropriately, as well as decent room dynamics to ensure you don’t record echoes. And I’m sure I’m leaving out other vital information about recording acoustic drums because I’m not an engineer. It’s much simpler just to use electric kits for recording drums (although I’m not saying it’s the best way).

These are what I see as being the basic pros and cons for both types of kits. Overall, I’d say nothing beats an acoustic kit. If the circumstances were right, I’d prefer to play my acoustic drums over my electric drums almost every day of the week. However, this is not to say that electric drums are necessarily worse. They can provide functions that acoustic drums cannot. Either way, you can’t really go wrong.