There are many different methods on how to play drums but there are basic techniques, rudimentary studies and practices that all drummers should learn. No two drummers play the same. Some sit high, some low…which feet technique do you use…heel up/heel down, heel/toe or swivel. Which hand grip…Traditional or Match grip, and if Match grip is it French, German or American? All these practices work, what you have to do is find out what works best for you and i can help you with all of that.
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 to play 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. I use rudimentary studies not just as exercises but as an essential part of drumming. The 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.
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.