Drum Teachers Blog

Great drummer or great drum teacher?

Nick Schlesinger, Aug 2017

An ancient Chinese proverb says “to know the road ahead, ask those coming back”. In your journey to becoming a better drummer, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to learn from the best drummers around; those who are most experienced. So, with this mind, I wanted to bring some food for thought to the table when searching for tuition.

It starts with establishing a difference between a great drummer who teaches and a great drum teacher. Is there really a difference? I believe there is, so we’ll explore these below.

Similarities

Let’s start with the things both groups have in common.

 

Great Drummer

Great Drum Teacher

Proficiency

Pro-level playing ability (time, feel, technique)

Yes

Yes

Knowledge

Deep knowledge of, and context for, subject matter

Yes

Yes

Specialism

Can have specialist knowledge on a topic

Yes

Yes

Core principles

Understands core principles and how to apply these

Yes

Yes

Processes

Applies these to develop creative and practical ideas

Yes

Yes

To my eyes there are basic elements that can make a great drummer and a great drum teacher very similar. At the end of the day, both groups are knowledgeable drummers!

Differences

When it comes to the differences, I believe the devil is in the detail. Great drummers come in many shapes and sizes. Some focus on technical proficiency and speed, some on pocket and feel, and some are great at both. And whilst some may specialise in different styles, they all have in common a great sense of time, musical sensibility, and are active listeners. Yet, when it comes to teaching, their approach might be more geared towards a lecture on a particular topic.

In contrast, a great drum teacher is the drummer who is able to provide guidance, nurture and develop skill. The focus, therefore, turns away from his / her own abilities and towards the student’s. This translates to understanding where you stand as a player, identifying your goals and getting to know how your mind works to use to effectively communicate with you. This goes in tandem with spotting areas that need development and creating tailored solutions for these. In doing so, being patient and supportive, keeping fun in mind, yet always challenge to push you forward.

Conclusion

To sum up, I think it’s important to acknowledge that some drummers are better teachers than others. This doesn’t make anyone worse or better drummers or musicians than the other by any stretch of the imagination. Some like teaching, and are great at it, some don’t like teaching and

therefore prefer not to. Conversely, it’s important to be aware that some may like teaching but may not have the aptitude, whilst some may not like teaching but be reluctantly be good at it!

The point of this article hasn’t been to box any one into two distinct categories. On the contrary, I hope that the paragraphs above have served as a guide for you, the student (and let’s face it, we’re all students), to help you in choosing your drum teacher.

Ultimately, you should explore different teachers, and find what works for you. Go to sites like www.drumteachers.co.uk, or its sister sites www.drumteachers.ca (Canada) or www.drumteachers.info (USA) to help you find the right teacher for you.

Good luck!

Nick Schlesinger

Drummer / educator

www.nickschlesinger.com

    

 

By Julian Marsden
Posted on 1st Sep, 4:18pm

 

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By Julian Marsden
Posted on 29th Aug, 2:14pm

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Thanks!

Nick x

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By Julian Marsden
Posted on 6th Aug, 1:25pm

Oli Mason - Drum Kit and Percussion Teacher at The Drum Room Studios, Bristol.

Drum tuition in a purpose-built studio where both teacher and student have their own full drum kit to play for the duration of the lesson. I will draw from my life-long study of the drums and share my knowledge with you to take beginners and intermediate drummers up to the professional standard. We can work through the drumming essentials to develop musical technique and exercises to help you achieve your musical goals. Playing along to tracks is a great way to learn, which we can do from the very beginning!

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As well as currently teaching a number of dedicated young adults at the Drum Room Studios, I also perform with a diverse range of music projects. I have over 17 years of playing experience as a drummer and percussionist and have played with over 40 bands. I have also been leading workshops and teaching one-to-one since 2012, and have had extensive musical training throughout my education. Upon graduation from University, I freelanced for the Philharmonia Orchestra managing a regional education project called 'MusicLab', where I had a huge amount of experience teaching orchestral music to the very young, the elderly and thousands of members of the general public. I am DBS certified, First Aid and Fire Marshall trained and hold a 1st Class BA: (Hons) Degree in Music: Performance/Composition.

Oli Mason Drum Kit and Percussion Tutor,
The Drum Room Studios,
The Old Malt House,
Little Ann Street,
Bristol,
BS2 9EB.

Please email to arrange your 1st lesson.

Many thanks and happy drumming.


 

By Julian Marsden
Posted on 3rd Aug, 4:24pm