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Dan Elsen


Dan Elsen

All Levels: Beginner to Advanced
All Ages: 7 & Up
$20 per 1/2 hour lesson
$30 per 1 hour lesson
or call 530 519 8265 

Teaching Objective

  • To bring about a familiarity with the entire drum set
  • I teach "by ear" which entails learning full beats, fills, and song structure without the use of a book
  • I jump straight in to full drum patterns right from the start, designed to get you "jamming" as soon as possible
  • I play guitar and bass along with the student, giving you the big picture of what it's like to be a musician
  • To teach "intuitive playing" within the student's desired genre(s)
  • To convey basic improvisational skills


Mostly rock, but able to teach a wide variety of styles


Students will be expected to listen attentively during lessons and to ask as many questions as necessary.

Practice is mandatory for learning these skills, and I've developed my own method for writing out drum beats so the student can practice from take home sheets.


  • B.A. in Music Industry and Technology from CSU, Chico
  • Began playing music in 5th grade school band; clarinetist for 5 years
  • Started drums at age 15 and formed first rock band that year
  • Joined local band Fenix Down at age 16 and wrote, rehearsed and performed with band for 6 years
  • Recorded and released full-length album The Skeleton Party
  • Currently drumming for local experimental group La Fin du Monde
  • La Fin du Monde has recorded and released 3 albums, gone on many west coast tours, and have won the Cammie award for best local experimental group
  • Have been teaching my own drum method privately for 7 years
  • Have been booking live music for Cafe Coda for 3+ years, have been booking my own bands for 10+ years
  • Other side projects have included Story & Clark, Ol' Yeller, and a new as-of-yet unnamed project

Musical/Drumming Influences

  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • King Crimson
  • Tool
  • Radiohead
  • Classic Rock
  • Jazz
  • Experimental / Progressive Rock
  • Metal
  • Some of my biggest influences have been friends' bands, including
  • Bleego
  • Lurgee
  • Red Giant
  • Birds of Fire
  • Surrogate
  • And MANY bands that I've been lucky enough to play with:
  • Giraffes? Giraffes!
  • This Will Destroy You
  • Pontiak
  • Intronaut
  • Helms Alee
  • Giant Squid
  • and much much more...
Drumming influences:
  • Jimmy Chamberlin
  • Danny Carey
  • Bill Bruford
  • John Bonham
  • ... and dozens more
My biggest musical influences have been the members of my bands, and any aspiring drummer or musician will benefit the most from playing with other people.