James Ashdown
Hampshire, South East England
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Teaching Location:Winchester, South East England, SO23 0QW
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About James Ashdown
James is a professional freelance drummer and teacher and has been working in the industry for little over 9 years now. He enjoys a busy gigging schedule and has been teaching privately and at schools and colleges for the past 6 years. James graduated from the University of Southampton in 2009 with a BA in Music (hons), staying on to complete his Masters degree in Composition (Distinction) in 2011. 
People of all ages and abilities are welcome, from the complete beginner to advanced and seasoned players. 
Having fun whilst drumming is a key aspect of learning and playing so students are encouraged to bring along pieces and songs that they’re keen to learn!
Lesson cover anything from:
  • Rock/Pop/Funk/Latin/Jazz/Hip-hop/Samba/Afro-cuban/ and much more
  • Groove & feel
  • Drum kit independence
  • Musicianship
  • Sight reading & notation
  • Music theory
  • Trinity/Guildhall/Rockschool drum kit grades 1-8
James’ fees are as follows:
  • £18 for 30 mins
  • £33 for an hour
As well as teaching from his home studio in Winchester (easily accessible from J10 on the M3), he also travels around much of the Southampton and Winchester areas teaching students from their own homes.
If you’re keen to have James travel to you for lessons, depending on how far away you are there’s normally a fee to cover his travel.
James currently can’t offer lessons on the following days:
  • Tuesdays between 9am and 3pm
  • Wednesdays between 9am and 4pm
  • Thursdays between 3:15pm and 6pm
Don’t hesitate to call or email for availability as this can change depending on James’ gig and work schedule.
Polite note! Where possible please give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a lesson to avoid being charged. James is normally very happy to reschedule (but understands that’s not always possible) so please ask.
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