The Drum Shop is proud to offer lessons by two of Boulder’s finest working drummers; Joe Morton and Christian Teele. Joe is the author of “Double Pedal Gold,” an advanced foot pedal technique and study. Christian Teele has been the house drummer for E-Town at The Boulder Theater for the last ten years and is one of the very top session drummers in the area.
ABOUT CHRISTIAN TEELE
"IF YOU DON'T HAVE GOOD TIME, YOU'VE GOT NOTHING."
It was with these words from his father that Christian Teele set off on a life long pursuit of the perfect groove. This path has taken him on a virtual world tour of rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Nigeria and India, studying how different cultures approach the task of marking time. From this melting pot of rhythms, he has developed his own sound that people have come to know and seek out for their projects.
Christian is best known for his work as the house drummer for the internationally syndicated radio show, E Town, where he has backed up artists such as James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, David Crosby, Ben Harper, Moby, Joan Osborne and many others. In addition to playing on E-Town, Christian is also an accomplished session drummer, lending his talents to hundreds of records as well as music for film and TV. Most recently, he has launched his own online service, www.yoursessiondrummer.com , where, recording in his own home studio, he adds drum and percussion tracks to projects from all over the world.
Christian also keeps busy playing live with a wide range of local artists, including Rebecca Folsom, Dave Beegle and Trace Bundy as well as filling in for national acts in need of a drummer as they come through Colorado. Some past shows have included playing with Donna Summer, William Topley and Commander Cody. Currently, Christian also runs a successful teaching practice where he works with students of all ages, sharing the knowledge gathered from his extensive and widely-varied background. Having taught for over 20 years, he is able to tailor the lessons to the needs of the student, helping them achieve their musical goals.
Chances are you've already heard Christian in a number of places; on TV, with shows like Oprah, Anderson Cooper 360, 20/20 and Desperate Housewives; in movies such as A Guy Thing, Friends With Money and 3000 Miles to Graceland; on the radio every week with E-Town on over 200 stations around the globe; or on stage at music festivals like Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Grass or Strawberry Music Festival.
In what ever situation he plays in, Christian leaves his distinctive mark. Producer Taylor Mesple had this to say: "...it's just unthinkable to try to forge ahead on a project without his involvement".
ABOUT JOE MORTON
Joe Morton has been performing on the drum set for over 50 years and has been teaching drums for over 30 years. He has studied with Jim Chapin, Louie Bellson, Chuck Flores, Richard Wilson and Rick Latham. Originally from L.A., he did a lot of local work which included; club dates, TV and radio commercials as well as many demo recordings for varied artists. Joe has toured extensively with internationally known groups such as; The Shirelles, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Platters, BB King, Etta James, John Mayall, Al Jarreau, Rickie Lee Jones and others. Joe is the author of " Double Pedal Gold" a drum instruction book that is published worldwide by Hudson Music.
Many of Joe's students have gone on to play professionally and are currently working around the nation and the world. With his playing and creative ability along with a vast knowledge of drumming, Joe is qualified to instruct beginner to advanced students. Joe has excellent communication skills and truly cares about his students, with great patience and understanding Joe develops lessons around each individuals needs and talents.