25 years teaching experience. 17 years teaching at Emerson School, Dandenong. Played on over 65 albums, recorded for film and television soundtracks and performed with various artists in Australia and internationally. Los Angeles College of Music-Drum Fundamentals cert 1 and 2. lessons are tailored to suit your needs and cover a wide range of topics including hand technique, rudiments, speed and endurance, feet technique, independence, co-ordination, groove and styles, thinking creatively, VCE studies, recording approach, live and session work, writing and arranging. playing to music is also an integral part of the lesson and a great way to learn about arrangement, feel and dynamics.
Ashley Davies is a drummer from Melbourne, Australia. He’s a highly sought after session musician having played on over 60 albums, recorded for film and television soundtracks, and performed with various artists in Australia and internationally. He has recorded and produced 6 albums and conceived 3 live theatre shows incorporating his own compositions.
“A lot more full and textured than your average drum clinic” -ROLLING STONE
“He of the in built rhythm, the drummer’s drummer” - RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
“The consummate drummer with an unsurpassed vision for music composition” – BLUE REVIEW MAGAZINE U.S.A.
There are no real rules to drumming but there are basic techniques, rudimentary studies and practices that all drummers should learn. These will guide you and help make you into a great player. It’s important to remember that all drummers are different. Some like rock and roll, some jazz or then there’s hip hop, punk, speed metal or marching drums. Within each style you will also find differences. No two drummers in the world play the same. Some sit high, some low, heel up or heel down, traditional grip or match grip and if match grip is it French, German or American? All these methods work, what you have to do is find out what works best for you.
The two crucial characteristics of a good drummer are technique and feel. Technique can be taught...feel can’t. You use technique, theory and rudiments applicable to the style of drums you want to learn play, to make you sound good and to give you control over your fingers, wrists, arms and legs. You practice technique so that it becomes second nature and you don’t have to think about it while you are playing. When you have mastered technique it frees your mind up to allow you to get into the sound of the grooves you are playing, to get in to the sound of the drums and bring out the feel of it, the music of it. Feel is the spark that defines the great drummers.
My drum lessons are about incorporating these ideas, concepts and practices. I teach that the drums are a musical instrument as well as percussive and to think creatively on the drum kit. I use rudimentary studies not just as exercises but as an integral part of playing and I encourage students to learn various styles of drumming in order to improvise and to enhance one’s own individual style.
I have about 60 books in my library covering all the fundamental principles of drumming (hand technique, feet technique and independence) and drumstyles ranging from jazz to rock to hip hop to funk, linear, reggae, new Orleans, latin…and so on. Basically, I love drumming and all styles of drumming. I never stop learning myself (BUDDY RICH once said in essence when somebody asked him what else he can do in drumming as he seemed so accomplished in his drumming he replied "if you think you know everything you know nothing".) from these books not to so much to become purist within that style of drumming but more to expand on ways to play grooves/fills and to get ideas and enhance my own playing. This can help with bands, session and soundtrack work when the drums may not so much be about laying down a straight groove…you may have to think out other ways of rhythm and how to express a feel to accompany the music. As you can see from my discography, live, soundtrack and session work this has enabled to me to work in many different forms of musical expression which has been very gratifying. So for me playing drums is about playing music. Making the drums sound good makes the musicians you are playing with sound good, which makes the music you perform together sound even better. That can be a straight 4/4 or something really bent and crazy and anything between. I come from the “its not WHAT you play, its HOW you play it” school of thought.
Subjects covered in drum lessons - Hand technique, snare drum rudiments, co-ordination and independence, bass drum technique and high hat technique. I work specifically on the what the student wants to accomplish from drum lessons and the style of drums he or she wants to learn as well as, if they want, introducing them to a number of other drumming styles…rock, rhythm and blues, funk, jazz, latin, hip hop etc. which can help in developing your own individual style, creativity and improvisation. Playing to music is also an integral part of the lesson and a great way to learn about arrangement, feel and dynamics.