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I am a busy Mom of two teens and work full-time, so the dream of playing drums had been set on the back burner for many years. When I finally decided it was time to set aside time for myself, I went searching Google and found Thumbtack. I sent email to two or three other drum teachers and Nick stood out immediately, with how flexible he was schedule wise. I needed Saturdays at a certain time and he was able to accommodate without hesitation. I was really looking forward to finding someone on the west side of Portland where I live but after communicating with Nick via email, I was sold. We setup an appointment for a lesson the following Saturday and thus began my drumming education.
Nick is a big man but his smile and his heart of gold will make anyone feel welcome. Each and every time I come for a lesson, he makes me feel like I am the only person that matters and his focus in on me from start to finish. He is very patient and has always allowed me time to adjust without making me feel pressured to perform. Nick encouraged me to bring in music that I wanted to learn and took the time to show me everything from setting up a drum kit to more advanced Afro-Cuban polyrhythms.
His deep wealth of knowledge in all types of music and the passion he shows for it, makes Nick very special. I would recommend Nick to anyone that is looking for a patient, knowledgeable practitioner in percussion and friend to be taught by.
Learning to play the drum set with Nick Saume has been nothing but a pleasure and a real sure way to get started on the kit.
As a 60 year old student, with some previous musical experience (not the trap set), Nick was able to quickly assess my abilities and deficits and prescribe a regimen of exercises, grooves and technique that got me started on my way. In 7 months of study with Nick, I am surprised at how much I’ve learned and been able to execute in that short amount of time.
Nick covers all the bases in a relaxed and friendly manner. No high pressure here! Above all, he is patient when I am confused or trying to figure out certain problems I might be having. A quick explanation or demo is usually all it takes to solve the problem. Beyond that, Nick has an uncanny way of addressing these issues in a way that they almost solve themselves. It’s obvious that he is aware of the different learning styles his students may have, and adapts his lessons and approach to accommodate those differences.
If this isn’t good enough, Nick always sends a post lesson recording that reviews all the material covered! The student is assured of not forgetting any material that was covered in the lesson and has recorded examples for practice at home at his or her disposal. This is such a bonus!
Beginner, intermediate, or experienced players could all benefit study with Nick. He is an excellent jazz drummer (go check him out some time), and has a lot of experience and appreciation for all styles of music from Rock, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk and Latin grooves.
It’s obvious that Nick takes a lot of pleasure in his teaching and seeing his students make progress and fall in love with the art and the instrument. GREAT PLAYER, GREAT TEACHER, GREAT PERSON!
Nick has been a patient teacher that looks for opportunities to highlight the positives in my progress. I appreciate Nick’s calm, structured approach and realize the benefits of this type of learning environment (being a teacher myself). He has definitely helped me improve my playing and confidence. I see changes in my technique after each session. I would highly recommend Nick as a drum teacher for any student of any age and any skill level. I’m looking forward to my next lesson!
Nick is generous with his expertise, fully dedicated to and skilled in his craft; all around a great teacher who loves to teach and always has an encouraging word. I’ve learned a ton. Would not hesitate to recommend.
I am so grateful to have Nick as my drum teacher! Not only is he a master musician with an amazing background, but he is patient with a wonderful sense of humor. I am coming to the drums later in life with minimal musical background. Nick has allowed me to approach playing drums without intimidation or pressure, and his follow-up emails to our lessons are a tremendous bonus to my learning. Thank you Nick, for sharing your passion for percussion with the world!