Lex Razon: Drum Teacher

Drum Lessons & Rates

Drum Lessons 

Contact Information:

Lex Razon
Cell Phone: 1-415-845-5133
Email: lexrazon415@gmail.com

Lex Razon teaches drums at A Drummer's Tradition
740 A Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 458.1688
Mon–Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sunday by appointment

Drum Lesson Rates

$60 for an hour lesson.
$100 for an hour and a half lesson.

$100 for an hour lesson including travel fee.
$125 for an hour and a half lesson including travel fee.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or the full lesson fee will be charged.

Lex Razon now offers drum lessons worldwide. One-on-one sessions are still available to students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Online video lessons are available via Skype, Moon Toast or iChat. Learn drum basics, improvisation, and ultimately develop the understanding and awareness to take the drums in any direction you can imagine.

Lex Razon: Drum Teacher

Lex Razon in one of the most in demand drum teachers in the Bay Area. Lex teaches drums at A Drummers Tradition in San Rafael, California. 

Lex Razon also teaches drums and percussion at the San Domenico Music Conservatory and Virtuoso Program in San Rafael, California. 

Lex Razon has been playing drums since the age of 10. While in high school, he developed his skills playing with friends and listening to records. It wasn't until college that he began studying percussion under Professor Eugene Novotney and later with legendary Jazz drummer Eddie Marshall.

In 1996, Lex became a founding member of the Bay Area Latin-Funk band, Vinyl. He has had the opportunity to record and perform with Les Claypool and founding member of P-funk Bernie Worrell. Since the band's incarnation, they have toured the United States, Mexico and Canada.

In 2008, Lex founded Calmodee. Alongside Vinyl and Calmodee, he is involved in other bands in Marin, San Francisco and the East Bay. 
Student Testimonials:
Modern Drummer Magazine: Lex Razon of Vinyl– JANUARY 21, 2010

To start, it is an honor to write for an outstanding magazine that caters to drummers and percussionists worldwide. MD is a great resource for the drumming community.

My first introduction to drumming started at ten years old. The age where most kids studied piano, I was drawn to the drums. My first recollection of lessons was with this elderly man in San Francisco whose background was in jazz. Traditional grip and rudiments were his focus. At ten, I was really amazed because when he demonstrated his chops on his Remo practice pad kit, his hands were lightning-quick and precise. I was blown away.  Some of my influences growing up were John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Louie Bellson, and Buddy Rich. Later, I discovered Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, and Zigaboo Modeliste.

While in high school, I developed my skills playing with friends and listening to records. It wasn’t until college that I began studying percussion under professor Eugene Novotney and later with legendary jazz drummer Eddie Marshall. Since then I’ve tried to develop my own voice for the instrument. I think this is very important. A way to accomplish this is to play different styles with different people and allow yourself to play outside of your normal comfort zone. My “voice” has grown while playing in several different projects ranging from my local hip-hop group, Calm-o-dee, to my jazz trio, to my mainstay, Vinyl.

I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area and I’ve been involved in the music scene here for about fifteen years and teaching for about five. In 1996 I became a founding member of the Bay Area Latin-funk band Vinyl. I’ve had the opportunity to record and perform with Les Claypool, founding member of P-funk Bernie Worrell, and, of course, my mates in Vinyl. Our latest release is Fog Shack Music Vol. Two, which was produced by Tony Mindel and the Rondo Brothers (Handsome Boy Modeling School, Galactic, Dan the Automator). What’s interesting about this recording is that the Rondo Brothers remixed pre-recorded material from earlier sessions and added new sounds to the music. They layered different beats and keyboards over acoustic drums and textured the songs to make them sonically different and current. Music continues to change, and it’s great for us drummers to challenge ourselves to grow and become better musicians. Thanks to Modern Drummer and all those who took the time to read this!

Thank you, 

Lex Razon

For more on Alexis Razon and Vinyl, go to vinylgroove.com.
Fandalism Interview: Lex Razon Drummer in Fairfax, California
How long have you been playing?

I've been playing for over 20 years. 10 when I first started taking Piano. Drums came shortly after. My folks always had music playing when I was a kid. Both my parents played piano and my uncles all played guitar. My great aunt was the piano teacher in the family.

What was the first concert you ever went to?

Prince Purple Rain Tour Most memorable SHEILA E.!!!

What gear do you use?

60's Rogers Kit, DW Jazz Kit, Modern Drum Shop New York, African American Drums, All Rogers Snares and DW. Istanbul Cymbals. TOCA Congas, Jamaican Repeatah drum. Fender Bass. My favorite piece early 60's Silver Sparkle Powertone Snare!

Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?

Too many to list......

Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?

Vinyl (Latin, Reggae, Funk), Razon Trio (Latin infused Jazz), Breakin' Bread (Funk) and Audio Soul Syndicate (Neo Soul , R & B, Funk)

If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?

Miles Davis cause he's a bad ass!!! Bob Marley because he's spritual....

What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?

Vinyl opened for The String Cheese Incident and Steel Pulse, there were thousands of people in the Portland Convention Center....

You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?

"Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff.....lots of great songs on the album! I could probably fit at least ten albums in one jacket.