BA Hons (Keele Uni) Music (higher second class)
Drumtech Intermediate and Advanced courses
Beginners to Advanced
I offer drum tuition for players of all levels - complete beginners looking to get an idea of what it’s like to play the drums, intermediate players who have played for a while and are now looking to broaden their drum-kit vocabulary, and established drummers wanting to get to grips with the more advanced concepts as used by the top players of today.
My approach to drum tuition is to split drumming into a number of ‘elements’, the building blocks of playing the drums. These include - some first drum rhythms, flams, four-stroke ruffs, single stroke rolls, 4/4 time playing, double bass drumming, double stroke rolls and mixed stickings. We will look at each element in terms of Technique, Improvisation, Music (see the song list below), and ‘Extras’ (more advanced concepts). I call this the ‘TIME’ approach to playing the drums. (One aim is to be able to play all of the Technique elements as one extended piece, which serves as a great warm-up routine. See the video in the 'Multimedia' section).
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!!
TUITION COSTS - I offer a free initial ‘consultation’ to meet and chat about your drumming, and to listen to each other play. I have found 45 minutes to be the right length for a one-to-one lesson, and I charge £70 for four lessons (£80 if you are outside central Cambridge) paid on the first of each four. I offer lessons at 4.15, 5.30 and 6.45, Monday–Thursday.
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
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