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Choose one of the three categories below to browse content related to your purpose. If you, or your child, want to get started with no prior experience, click on Getting Started. If you already have some experience and want to supercharge your progress, click on How to Make Progress. If you want to learn about taking exams, forming bands and playing gigs, click on The Next Level.

Getting Started

All the info you need to start your drumming journey.

Making Progress

Practice tips and techniques for developing your playing.

The Next Level

Performing, taking exams and launching your career as a professional.

Getting Started

This guide is designed to equip those just starting out with the best information and advice to move forward confidently. I discuss the equipment you need to get started, the options you have to learn the basics, and the fundamentals of practice and getting better. 

Making Progress

In drumming, you need a base level of competence to be able to play successfully with other musicians. Our most important asset as a drummer is to be able to provide solid time. That means that whatever pattern we are playing, we need to be able to execute it without slowing down or speeding up.

Practice is the key to developing fluency and competence with the patterns and songs you learn. This page outlines the optimum approach to strategically improve your playing and meet your musical goals.

The Next Level

In this section we discuss performing and making music with other musicians. How to approach your drumming as a professional and pursue a full, or part-time, career as a musician. 

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Your Complete Guide to Getting Started on the Drums

This guide is designed to equip those just starting out with the best information and advice to move forward confidently. I discuss the equipment you need to get started, the options you have to learn the basics, and the fundamentals of practice and getting better.  What Do I Need to Get Started?​ A whole drum

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How to Start Your Own Drum Teaching Practice

Introduction One way to develop understanding of your instrument is to try and explain what you do to someone else.  The process of dissecting your knowledge and movements forces you to become more aware of why you play the way you do. Seeing the instrument through a beginner’s eyes, gives you a new perspective.  No two learners

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How to Prepare For, and Play a Live Gig

Introduction There’s nothing quite like live performance. You enter a different headspace compared to when you are playing on your own or rehearsing with your band. Getting used playing in front of others is essential on your path to becoming a performing drummer.  We’ll discuss every aspect of gig preparation, but let’s start in the

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Why You Should Learn Lyrics (& How To Do It)

There’s an interesting moment in the 2010 Lemmy documentary where Dave Grohl is recording a cover of Run Rudolph Run and he says, “You know what’d be helpful? If I could get one of those lyric sheets.”  He messes up the structure while recording the take and rather than ask for anything else, he wants

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