Effective Practice

“At the end of every music lesson, my teacher tells me to practice.  What does that mean?” 

What is NOT effective practice? 

Playing your instrument in between your lessons is the only way to make real progress.  You can’t expect…

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Acoustic vs. Electronic Drums

I am commonly asked these two questions: 

1. How soon after commencing lessons should I purchase a drum kit? 
2. Should I buy an electronic or an acoustic set? 

The drums can be very difficult to practice without…

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The Importance Of Playing Slowly (Boring!!)

Playing fast is fun.  There’s no doubt about it! 

That feeling you get as the adrenaline kicks in, playing your newest pattern at warp speed!  Sometimes it’s the only way to play the pattern; by playing faster, the feedback…

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Exam Tips

Here are some useful tips for drum students undertaking Rockschool and Trinity Rock & Pop grade examinations: 

- Arrive on time, with your book, CD, sticks and anything else specified in the exam email you receive.  Goes without saying…

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Drum Tuning Techniques & Tips

Tuning is one of the most overlooked areas of drum performance.  You could be the best player in the world, but if you’re kit sounds bad then the performance can lose its impact. 

The key to a tuning is…

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