Want To Learn To Play Drums…?
Then you've come to the right place!
Complete beginners can start learning straight away with no previous knowledge or experience necessary.
You will be given a solid foundation upon which to build your studies, using what you learn straight away by playing along to songs.
If you have experience then we can pick up where your previous studies left off and fill in any gaps in your knowledge as we go.
What Can I Expect To Learn In My First Few Lessons?
- Basic rock grooves (rhythms) that you would have most likely heard before in the music you listen to.
- Fills, which are breaks in basic rhythm where you get to show off what you can do.
- How to hold your sticks correctly and basic technique for both the hands and feet.
- How to play along to a track using a suitable rhythm which complements what the other instruments are doing.
- Drum Rudiments and basic practice techniques that you can use between lessons.
Where Does It Go From There?
Once basic patterns have been learnt, the emphasis is very much upon your own creativity. You will be given the tools you need to create imaginative and unique patterns, and will be encouraged to tailor and expand your own original approach to playing the drums.
Grades can be pursued, Rockschool and Trinity Rock & Pop are currently the most enjoyable, and provide good milestones to gauge students progress and keep them moving forward. Alternatively (or additionally), you can focus on playing real songs and explore the rhythms that drive your favourite songs.
Eventually you will be encouraged to explore different styles of music, learn to read drum music and charts, learn contemporary and classic songs and find other musicians to practice with and form a band!
What Do I Do Now?
If you'd like to know more or if you're ready to book a lesson, please call or email me using the contact details at the top of the page.
If you'd like to learn a few things about the drums before you have your first lesson, please take advantage of my complimentary introductory lessons by clicking here.
Being a complete beginner, I was a little bit concerned but Sam has endless patience and makes every lesson enjoyable. I’m not taking my exams, but we are following the Rockschool Drums course, so I can gauge my progress. I should have taken it up years ago and would recommend Sam to anyone thinking of taking up drumming.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where are you based? Langley Vale, Epsom (Surrey)
2. Do you travel to students homes? Only under special circumstances, please contact me for details. I prefer to teach at my home studio as I have two drum kits set up side by side so there is no need to keep swapping places during lessons to demonstrate new things.
3. Are you CRB/DBS checked? Yes, for your peace of mind, I hold an enhanced CRB check.
4. How do I book a lesson? By phone or email (my contact details are at the bottom of the page)
5. Do you offer discounts for block bookings? Yes, lesson costs are reduced if you choose to book blocks of 5 or more lessons. For example, 5 Studio Lessons = £125 (save £25)
6. How long are the lessons? Lessons are normally one hour long. Two hour sessions are also available. Shorter lessons are not available.
7. How frequently should I have my lessons? Lessons are booked on a weekly basis.
8. What is the your cancellation policy? Cancellations must be made 24 hours before the lesson. Cancellations with less notice will incur the full lesson fee. To discontinue lessons, a written notice period of no less than 5 lessons must be given.
9. What levels do you teach? Beginner and Intermediate Levels
10. What styles do you teach? Beginners start with basic rock patterns, then move on to funk, pop and jazz styles. I also offer tuition in jazz independence, drum and bass, advanced rock, hip-hop and latin to more advanced students.
11. What ages do you teach? Over 10's
12. I've just got a new drum kit, can you come to my home and set it up/tune it? Yes. The standard cost for drum kit setup and tuning is £40 for two hours. Please contact me for details. Price may vary depending on my travel time and your requirements
13. I want to start playing the drums but I can't afford/don't have space for a drum kit. Can I still learn? Obviously you can progress faster if you have access to a drum kit, but it certainly won't stop you learning to play. There are a few possible solutions: - find a friend with a drum kit who's happy to let you play once in a while - go to a rehearsal studio, many have dedicated drum rooms, or you can rent a kit and room for a reasonable price.
14. How long does it normally take to master the basics? Students can expect to achieve a solid foundation on the drums within 3 to 6 months depending on how much they can practice and how quickly they can progress. You will learn lots of cool patterns and techniques within your first month, but mastering these will take a little longer.
15. I don't read music, is that a problem? Not at all, students are encouraged to read drum music from their first lesson but it is not required. Drum music is different to standard music because each part of the stave represents a different part of the drum kit.
16. I've always wanted to have a go at playing drums. Can I just come along for a taster session? Of course, you can get a full introduction to the drums in just 1 hour and then decide if you would like to continue learning.
Why Learn To Play The Drums?
Practicing any musical instrument gives us a sensitivity and discipline that enriches all other areas of our lives. Playing the drums is truly a skill that takes a lifetime to master, but it is also one of the most rewarding and exciting instruments to learn.
To play a drum groove for the four-minute duration of an average song requires a strong clarity of mind and a healthy body. Both physical and mental wellbeing are a by-product of learning the drums