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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…
  • How I Taught Myself To Play The Drums In 1999
    *Coming Soon*
  • The Best Electronic Drum Kits for Beginner Drummers
    *Coming Soon*
  • How to Learn to Play Drums Using The Internet
    The internet is a fabulous resource for learning but it can be overwhelming. This article helps you understand the importance of consistency and repetition when learning to play the drums and gives you pointers on how to maximise your progress using the resources available.
  • Where to Find Drum Transcriptions and How to Interpret Them
    *Coming Soon* What Song Should I Learn Next? Photo by Sergey Zolkin
  • How to Effectively Practice the Drums and Get Better
    In my experience as a teacher, I have encountered great confusion from students about how exactly to practice their musical instrument. In this guide we will discuss and clarify:  what is practice and what is not why we practice how to get the most from your practice sessions how to approach your instrument with the right…
  • How to Build Speed & Control Using the Metronome
    A drummer’s primary job, behind all the ahem…bells and whistles, is to maintain a steady tempo against which the other musicians can regulate and balance their musical phrases. Tempo is primarily decided by two factors: the breathing of the singer and the dancing of the audience. If a song is played too fast, the singer…
  • 26 Great Drum Songs for Beginners to Practice With
    A graded list of beginner songs for new drummers to play along with. Starting slow, we gradually increase the tempo and add more interesting bass drum patterns. Whatever your preference for music you should find something here that ignites your enthusiasm. As beginners we need to learn time-keeping and consistency. These songs have been specifically chosen to help you develop these two key drumming skills.
  • Music As A Language: How To Internalise New Patterns
    Introduction Playing a new pattern with the music in front of you, or while watching someone else is one thing. How do we internalise that groove or fill so that we can recall it from memory? Music as a Language At this point it is essential to compare learning the drums, or in fact any…
  • How to Find a Good Drum Tutor & Accelerate Your Progress
    *Coming Soon* Thank you to Rachel Loughman on Unsplash for the above photo.
  • How to Accelerate Your Growth By Tracking Your Progress
    As we deve, our ability to perceive our progress becomes limited. Enlist some external encouragement and make some notes at the end of your practice session. Your future self will thank you for making your next practice easier and more focussed. Read on and to get to grips with tracking your progress.
  • How to Configure Zoom for Virtual Drum Lessons
    Learn how to configure Zoom video conferencing and set yourself up for virtual drum lessons. We discuss: what equipment you need to get started, how to position your camera, what settings need to be tweaked within Zoom to optimise for music lessons and how to troubleshoot any issues that may arise. A simple, easy-to-follow guide.
  • Bringing Live Music Back to the Living Room
    In today’s world, music is everywhere. We hear it in shops, at events, in films and television shows. We have access to the wealth of the world’s music in the palm of our hand. But how much of this music is live? How much of it is actually alive? Live Music. Dead Music? Live music…
  • Why Do People Play Music on the Streets?
    How often have you walked straight past a soulful singer strumming a guitar in the town centre? A lone violinist bringing a tender classical repertoire to life? The miracle of what these brave souls create is too often lost in a world where ‘music’ is everywhere. And they are brave souls. When you speak to…
  • Can I Learn to Play the Drums from the Internet?
    Yes…and no.  The internet is a fantastic resource for aspiring drummers, however, the direct face-to-face support of a professional is the fastest way to truly understand the way of the drummer.   The best way to progress at anything is to surround yourself with strong role models.  When learning an instrument, spending time in the company…
  • 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 the kit in front of you, especially if you are learning grooves and are expected to play along…
  • 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 to develop any kind of understanding by just playing in your weekly session.  Music isn’t something we…
  • 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 your kit sounds bad then the performance can lose its impact.  The key to tuning is creating even tension over the drum head.  Each head, or skin, must be in tune with itself and…
  • The Importance of Playing Slowly
    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 to your ears is quicker, so you know you’re playing it correctly.  Try and slow it…
  • Performance-Boosting Tips for Rockschool and Rock & Pop Exams
    Preparation is key to achieve the best possible mark in your music exam. Read these tips to learn how to prepare effectively and find out exactly what your examiner will be looking for on exam day.