BA Hons (Keele Uni) Music (higher second class)
Drumtech Intermediate and Advanced courses
Beginners to Advanced
I offer one-to-one drum lessons in and around Cambridge, based on my newly published book ‘The T-I-M-E Drum System’, available on Amazon.
My approach to drum tuition is to split drumming into several different ‘elements’ and then to look at each in terms of Technique, Improvisation, Music (learning songs from the list below from compilation CDs which I would provide), and ‘Extras’ (more advanced concepts). This is also the approach which I use myself when I practise, with one of the aims being to link all of the Technique sections together into a warm-up routine so that you will never feel limited at the drums again (please see the video on the Multimedia page).
I usually offer 45-minute lessons at 2pm, 4.15, 5.30 and 6.45, Monday to Thursday. I teach by going out to see people, which seems to work well as students then learn on their own drum-kit and can practise on that. I also offer a first lesson for free, an informal get together to come and meet you, listen to you play (I could maybe play a bit too!), just to get an idea of where you are and where to go from. I can also take students through the Rockschool Board of drum grades, and currently I have a 100% pass rate. Above all though, the aim is to…have fun when you drum!!
I charge £80 (£90 if you are outside central Cambridge) for four lessons, paid on the first of each four by bank transfer. Please do drop me an email or give us a buzz for a natter about availability (see the Contact page).
Here is the complete list of songs which I take students through in lessons -
LED ZEPPELIN Kashmir (excerpt)
AUDIOSLAVE I Am The Highway
THE POLICE Every Breath You Take
DIRE STRAITS So Far Away
MICHAEL JACKSON Beat It
BON JOVI Wanted Dead or Alive
ACDC Back in Black
QUEEN We Will Rock You (live)
GREEN DAY When September Ends
ALICE IN CHAINS Down In A Hole
MOTLEY CRUE Public Enemy #1
LED ZEPPELIN Stairway to Heaven (excerpt)
QUEEN Radio Ga Ga
DURAN DURAN Planet Earth
ALANNAH MYLES Black Velvet
TOTO Hold the Line
FLEETWOOD MAC Don't Stop
LED ZEPPELIN When the Levee Breaks
NIRVANA Smells Like Teen Spirit
LED ZEPPELIN Immigrant Song
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Suck My Kiss
JOURNEY Don't Stop Believing
DEEP PURPLE Smoke on the Water
MOTLEY CRUE Wildside
RUSH Big Money (excerpt)
RUSH 2112 (excerpt)
IRON MAIDEN Ides of March
LED ZEPPELIN Fool in the Rain
IRON MAIDEN Where Eagles Dare
METALLICA Eye of the Beholder
DREAM THEATER Pull Me Under
PANTERA Use My Third Arm
VAN HALEN Hot For Teacher
RUSH Jacob's Ladder
TOTO I Will Remember
DREAM THEATER Dance of Eternity
The last song we would learn is the instrumental piece ‘Dance of Eternity’ by Dream Theater, which has 123 time signature changes! (Please see my drum cover video of this piece on the Multimedia page).
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