We are really getting down to the wire, Portland!! Only 3 days left! What an amazing journey it’s been. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and business owners, had tons of support from fans and from Sari (the best sidekick in the entire world), and had the opportunity to do and see some truly amazing things that I never knew existed. Portland is an amazing place and, one that I hope to be a part of for the rest of my life. Speaking of amazing, today’s post is just that at more. Day 363 is for my great friend and business owner, Caton Lyles.
Caton is one of the many great instructors at Rhythm Traders, and someone I am truly blessed to know. Caton is a drum veteran and has been all over the Portland music scene for his amazing percussion talents. Caton teaches drum classes all over Portland, but my time with him has been spent at the Rhythm Traders located on Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard. The shop offers several types of drum lessons in private and group settings. I take the African class where you can choose from Dejembe, Conga, Ghanaian, and many more. They also have a Latin class and free workshops available!
I have been playing the Dejembe for a little over 2 years now, and I strongly suggest it for anyone who’s looking to expand their music skills. The best part is, you can learn at your own pace. They offer drop-in classes that are $12 each or a block of 5 classes at $50. They supply the drums, so all you have to do is show up! Be sure to check the class schedule on site below and/or Caton’s personal website.
All of the instructors are extremely helpful and break down the essentials to ensure you can drum with ease.
If you’ve never thought of taking up a class like this, I suggest you get out of your comfort zone and give it a go. Drumming has many documented medical benefits including stress reduction, chronic pain reduction, depression reduction, and immune system boosting.
Here’s to the final countdown, and my friend, Caton! Get to drumming, Portland!Neighborhood: Northeast Portland 3904 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland, OR 97212 503-288-6950 Click for map www.rhythmtraders.com www.catonlyles.com