Welcome to Chris Lamont from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

June 2020:

Over on our Canadian Site we have just been joined by Chris Lamont from Hamilton, Ontario. Please check out Chris's Website and YouTube Channel.

EASY TO FOLLOW, AFFORDABLE ONLINE DRUM LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS.

Drum lesson and rhythm game: replacing 16th notes with bass drums by Nick Schlesinger

Drum lesson and rhythm game: replacing 16th notes with bass drums:

Hi there! So, on today’s Instagram Live lesson we played a fun game that’s both excellent for the drum set, but also awesome fun to test your coordination! We did this by replacing 16th notes with bass drums as follows:
We took simple Single Strokes (RLRL RLRL RLRL RLRL), played them as 16th notes (ca-ter-pi-llar)
Then replaced each note with a bass drum (right foot) one at a time, repeating the exercise (game) a few times over
After that, we played a basic drum beat (see previous blog post) for 3 bars and one of the above exercises on bar 4 (referred to as a 4 bar phrase)
Try to do these really slowly, say at 40BPM, to really explore the space between the every note.
I’ve written a quick PDF with each game / exercise for you to download and have fun with. Grab it by clicking this link.

Check out more about Nick's Drum Lessons in London.

 

Simon Marton Facetime + WhatsApp drum lessons during Covid times.

Simon Marton Facetime + WhatsApp drum lessons during Covid times.

Simon how's it been going with Facetime & Whatsapp recently?

These have been working a treat. To make it fair on the clients/ pupils I charge a fiver less to compensate for not having me there in person and I now operate from an upstairs office desk. I have my phone or sometimes my Mac handy to do the calls and find it’s a way of working that is focussed and quite pleasant! Yes, sure, sometimes the video call quality can suffer and the audio not match up to the video, but I have enough to go on to make it work. It won’t entirely replace being there in person but I don’t have to travel, I don’t get stressed in traffic and my pupils learn pretty much the same amount. It’s caused me to think even more creatively about what I’m teaching and how! I love it! Wish I’d thought of it ages ago.

Online Drum Lessons April 2020 with UK Based Drum Teachers

April 2020: During the UK lockdown we were surprised that only two of the 616 Drum Teachers on this site requested that their profiles be updated to include Online Lessons. Here they are below. Please click on the links for more info.

Peter Bertelli offering Online Drum Lessons - Via Skype

and ......

Ben Neal

WHY SHOULD I LEARN DRUM RUDIMENTS? BY BRIAN BESTALL

Hi my name is Brian Bestall and I have been a professional musician, teacher and composer for over 30 years and the most frequently asked question is “Why should I learn drum rudiments?” My answer is simple: These rudiments are our vocabulary, a nod to our heritage and a way to help you to develop the four basic strokes; full stroke, down stroke, tap stroke and up stroke, and ultimately gain better stick control. By becoming proficient with these rudiments, you will become a more competent and confident player. You will learn to integrate them into your everyday playing, creating exciting grooves and fills.

I’ve always been fascinated by the rudiments and regularly demonstrate to my students how they can be applied to the whole kit. This, without fail blows them away. My book covers all 40 International rudiments and a couple of my favourite hybrid versions, all with sticking patterns included. If you are a teacher it can be used as supplementary material for students working towards exams, help develop independence or simply for fun.

My book “Why Should I Learn Drum Rudiments?” was published April 2019 and is available from Rockem Music or on line from Amazon.