Blake is a consummate musician: a session drummer, music producer, bandleader, educator, and author who is dedicated to creating great music. He has performed on 500+ songs in the studio, performs 50+ shows a year, and works with many talented artists, bands, singers, songwriters, and producers including some of today’s biggest stars.

From 2007-2015 Blake co-founded and co-managed a successful team of twelve top session musicians, The Backliners. In 2014 Blake founded a high-end drum recording & teaching facility, Unleashed Drum Studio. In 2016 Blake co-founded and co-manages a high-end collective of 50+ popular session musicians, the LA Session Group.

Blake has helped countless drummers of all abilities improve their musicality through his inspirational private lessons, the four Drumset Method Books he has written, and his original Play-Along Compositions. You can read a recent interview with Blake HERE.

Manufacturer Endorsements/Direct Relationships

A&F Drum Co (Drums); Sabian (Cymbals); Drum Workshop (Hardware, Pedals); Remo (Drum Heads);  Humes & Berg (Drum Cases/Bags); Ultimate Ears (Custom In-Ear Monitors); Mogami (Cables); Vic Firth (Drumsticks, Mallets, Brushes); Avid Pro Tools (Recording Software); MakeMusic (Finale Notation Software); Sennheiser (Microphones, Mixing Headphones & Amps); Guitar Center, PRO Division

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Studio Recordings & Music Videos

Live Performances

TV & Newscasts

Books & Educational Videos

Recordings at Unleashed Drum Studio

Drum Tones: Shootouts & Comparisons

Gear & Drum Reviews

Music Creation

Musical Collaborations

Blake can help you create great music via rehearsals, shows, showcases, recording sessions, tours, TV dates, photo/video shoots, premixing drums, full mixing songs, co-writing/producing songs, and music directing your band… all with the highest quality, integrity, and fun.

Unleashed Drum Studio

Blake built and operates Unleashed Drum Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Unleashed Drum Studio offers World-class Online/Remote Drumset Recording; In Person Los Angeles Drum Recording; Song Production & Mixing; Drum Student Recording; and Private Drumset Lessons.

LA Session Group

Blake co-founded and co-manages the LA Session Group. The LA Session Group is a pro-arts organization. Their mission is to help music creators connect with the most talented, pre-screened, session musicians & hit songwriters in Los Angeles, California, and remotely around the world. They are committed to creating great music and working in a fair and reliable manner.

Artist Reviews

“…a truly professional drummer that delivers an energetic and captivating live performance!” Drew Lawrence – Multi-Platinum Songwriter: Christina Perri, Kelly Clarkson, Katherine McPhee, Backstreet Boys

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Drum Lessons

Learn the art of drumming…

With the most effective and friendly teacher in Los Angeles. Blake is now accepting a limited number of motivated students.

Lesson Overview

• An enjoyable, proven, and proprietary method of learning the drums

• Over 15 years teaching experience; over 25 years performing & recording experience

• BA Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

• Published author of four major drum method books: Drumset Coordination; Drumset Overlay; Linear Drum Fills; Drumset Supersets

• Convenient lessons: 1) At your home, 2) At Blake’s state-of-the-art drum teaching facility, Unleashed Drum Studio, 3) Via Skype/FaceTime to anywhere in the world

• Blake’s ‘Unleashed Drum Studio’ offers high-end drumset recording to students, free of charge during lessons; This allows students to 1) analyze their playing much like professional athletes do, 2) record and film great sounding clips for Instagram or full drum covers for YouTube, 3) record drum parts for their band’s latest songs

• All styles of music: Pop, Rock, R&B, Funk, Country, Blues, Jazz, Latin/Afro-Cuban, & more

• All Abilities: Beginner to Professional (ages 8 and up)

• Experienced helping celebrity, major label, and working drummers improve quickly

• All Topics Covered: Technique, Stick Control, Foot Control, Rudiments, Chops, Reading & Writing Music, 4-Way Coordination & Independence, Music Theory, Learning Songs, Creating Drum Parts, Working with Other Musicians & Producers, Playing with a Click and Loops, Studio Technique, Linear Drumming, Playing with Confidence & Energy, and more…

• Customized lesson plan for each student

• Major Label and TV Show auditions for students who are ready

• Relationships with top manufacturers (A&F, Sabian, DW, Vic Firth, Remo, Mogami, etc.) and Guitar Center Pro Division for direct purchase of new gear

Student/Parent Reviews

“Blake Paulson is a consummate professional who makes learning how to play the drums a tangible and exciting experience. His methods are clear, concise and above all else, fun!” -Teri Hatcher

“If you value strong fundamentals, an easy and fun learning environment, and utmost professionalism, Blake Paulson is the choice instructor in LA. We have looked at many different centers and instructors around Los Angeles and we chose Blake for his superior academic background and actual real-life performing experience with some of the top music artists of today. He is in tune with this generation and works well with kids. Our nine year old son Indigo has a great time every class and has picked up drums in the speed of light. My son learned how to read music in one class and was immediately able to start drumming in real time to the music notation. The lessons combine drumming basics like timing, speed, and syncope with real life applications using the latest songs of today. I am glad he has put his knowledge and skill into books for everyone to enjoy.” -Inky Garcia

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