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About Dave Peterson

My name is Dave Peterson and I’m a drumoholic. I have been afflicted with the disease for longer than I care to mention. At the time of this writing I am seriously considering entering a drum rehab clinic but I can’t seem to find one in Arizona. I attend Drumoholics Anonymous meetings but that doesn’t seem to help either.

I learned how to play the drums over 30 years ago. It all started when my Mom gave me a wooden spoon and a pot!

Born in Elkton, Maryland, I was a helpless drum addict by age 12.

By age 14 I began studying with master drum teacher, Tim Laushey. I learned a hell of a lot about playing the drums from Tim. He taught me all the drumming basics including; Rhythm notation, chart reading, drum rudiments, stick technique, moeller method, etc.

I’ve taken private lessons from legendary drummer Bernard Purdie and funk master Rick Latham. I’ve attended many drum clinics from guys like; Peter Erskine, Carmine Appice, Tommy Aldridge, Liberty Devitto, Ed Soph, and Chester Thompson.

But most of my experience comes from the school of hard knocks. It’s hasn’t always been easy but it has been a pretty amazing ride.

Playing the drums has allowed me to travel to such far away places as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tiblisi, Georgia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

While I don’t have the notoriety a lot of drummers have I can tell you this; I have played over 5,000 gigs and have racked up over 40,000 hours behind a drum kit!

I started this blog as a way to share my own personal experiences and knowledge of the drums. When it comes to drums, drumming, and drum instruction, I have quite a lot to offer so stay-tuned. I will be offering drum tips and insider secrets. Telling road stories and even contributions from other drummers.

Ask me about Skype drum lessons!

Skype name: dpbackbeat

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