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Drummers & Percussionists

I help drummers everywhere! I’ve been a professional drummer, percussionist, and drum educator for over 40 years. Following Juilliard, I’ve taught some of the best drummers on the scene today as well as beginners and professionals of all ages.


Whether you’re a beginner or a longtime player who just needs some brushing up, I can help. And I love doing it! Making drummers better at what they do is my life’s work.


I am the creator and patent holder of the HINGESTIX Practice Drumsticks, a learning tool that helps drummers feel the rebound, develop finger technique, hold the drumsticks properly, feel the whipping motion of the Moeller technique, and understand proper fulcrum (that important balance point of the drumstick).

So once again, welcome, and let’s get started!


Sam Ruttenberg has been named one of the world’s best teachers in Modern Drummer magazine.

Biography

With a background in both drum set and percussion performance, Sam has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, and Al Martino.

He has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, Salute to Vienna Orchestra, and the Philly Pops. He also performs with his own jazz trio and is an active drum set clinician, presenting clinics in the U.S. and abroad.

Sam has also toured and recorded with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He also teaches at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and has taught at Camden County College and Rutgers University Camden. Sam is also on the board of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild.

Sam has written articles for PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer Magazine. He also transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book.

Sam wrote his own book entitled “Drum Tips” (HoneyRock 2009), which is designed to help drummers develop better technique and coordination through increased musicianship.

Sam is also the creator of the HINGESTIX Practice Drumsticks, which help drummers to feel the rebound, develop finger technique, hold the stick properly, and feel the whipping motion of the Moeller technique.

Sam received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, and has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and Ludwig Drums.

LESSONS

Lessons are conducted in my drum studio.You will learn from the best instructional books including:

Joe Morello Hand Techniques using Joe Morello’s "MASTER STUDIES" book.

"STICK CONTROL" and "ACCENTS AND REBOUNDS" by George Stone.

Reading skills for snare drum using PODEMSKI “STANDARD SNARE DRUM METHOD".

The WILCOXON “RUDIMENTAL SWING SOLOS” book.

“PORTRAITS IN RHYTHM” by Anthony Cirone. 

“CONTEMPORARY STUDIES FOR SNARE DRUM” by Fred Albright.

Drum set skills for coordination and independence using "SYNCOPATION FOR THE MODERN DRUMMER" by Ted Reed.

"ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR THE MODERN DRUMMER" by Jim Chapin.

"DRUMMERS’ COOKBOOK" by John Pickering.

"JAZZ DRUMMERS’ READING WORKBOOK" by Tom Morgan.

I also teach “LATIN” drum set patterns including Cha-Cha, Bossa Nova, Samba, Mozambique, Mambo, Guaguanco, Songo, Merengue, Rumba, and 6/8 Afro-Cuban.

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