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I offer lessons in:

  • Conga
  • Rock Drums
  • Jazz Drums
  • Percussion
  • Latin Percussion
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    Mingo LewisOffering private lessons in
    Oakland, California
    About MeContact Me
    Professional drummer and percussionist. Over 45 years of playing with major performers.

    My Teaching Background
    Mingo was a member of various bands, including Chick Corea (and Return to Forever), Al DiMeola, Santana, and the Tubes. He has performed live and/or recorded with hundreds of musicians such as Third World, Miles Davis, Todd Rundgren, and Billy Joel. He has recorded over 100 records, many of which were grammy winners.

    Styles for drums and congas include jazz, hip-hop, reggae, latin, R&B, and rock. Studies in afro-cuban and afro-carribean styles will be provided on congas. Rhythms which will be emphasized are guaguanco, rumba columbia, songo, 6/8 bembe, abacua, nanigo, comparsa. Afro-carribean rhythms will include tumbao, bomba, plena, mozambique, merengue, and nyabingue.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My approach to music is understanding and incorporating rhythm and groove together with phrasing. It's about feeling and hearing - using the skills other than just technical. I look for students who will practice and be dedicated to improving and learning. I offer substantial real-world experience as well as a variety of musical genres.

    Rates And Availability
    Lessons are in my home studio. I charge $50 a lesson payable monthly in advance.