Teaching can be as laid-back or as serious as you want it to be. Most students come to me because they want to be able to play along with their favourite albums, get on stage with a band, or maybe to start teaching themselves; taking their drumming as far as they can. All are welcome.
‘I always cover technique. Hand and Foot technique can really loosen up your playing and allow you to do things on the kit that you never thought you could!’
There are three main areas of study.
This area includes kit set up, tuning, posture, equipment, and also the all important 40 drum rudiments. The rudiments are learnt individually and creatively so that they become an integral part of your playing. These are the building blocks of areas of study 2 and 3.
Co ordination involves limb independence and inter-dependence. Learning materials are discussed that help develop more freedom between limbs. Polyrhythmic studies, rhythms with more than one meter, fit into this area of study.
‘Technique is useless if you can’t apply it to the music you enjoy.’
This area of study is all about using the skills already covered areas 1 and 2 to perform the music that you want to play to the best of your ability. Whether it be thrash metal, rock, country or jazz. This is about having fun and exploring your musical tastes. This may include bringing in specific tracks to learn and play along to.
Learning can be linked to Rockschool grading examinations, Grades 1 to 8.