Learning to play drums is both exciting and rewarding! Whilst you will benefit in more ways than you can imagine, with so much information out there, it can difficult to know where and how to get started. Hence, my beginner drum lessons in West London are aimed at getting you going in the right direction, and to develop you into a well-rounded musician.
As a beginner you’ll learn the same core skills of the pros from the ground up. Since our focus will be on basic co-ordination, technique, reading, and time we’ll lay the foundations for you to play along to your favourite tunes. And we’ll have a blast doing so! Ultimately, my job is to understand you and your learning style to ensure your development and growth behind the kit.
- Grooves and Fills: Drum beats and fills applicable to Rock, Pop, R&B, etc
- Sight Reading: Read drum notation to be able to play tunes from books
- Co-ordination: Moving your four limbs interdependently
- Ear Training: Reproduce rhythms, and better understand of composition
- Discipline: Develop discipline to practice
- Time: Keeping a steady beat
- Musicianship: Playing along to tracks, and jamming with me on the bass
Some of the practical topics covered in my beginner drum lessons in West London include
- Quarter note, and eighth note drum beats and fills
- Snare drum technique, pieces and games
- Introduction to time-keeping
- Basic orchestration around the drums
- Play-alongs to popular songs and students’ favourite music
Some of the theory covered in my beginner drum lessons in West London include
- Simple musical structures
- Basic reading including quarter notes (crotchets), eighth notes (quavers), and sixteenth notes (semiquavers)
- Rhythmic connection to language
- Rudiments: Single Strokes, Doubles Strokes, Single Paradiddles
- Understanding the drum set and its role in music
How do kids and teenagers benefit from drum lessons?
- Discipline through a target driven activity
- Development of teamwork, listening, and communication skills
- Duke Of Edinburgh awards activity
- Boost confidence by taking grade exams
- Develop self-awareness, and mental well-being
Like their younger counterparts, adults benefit in many ways too
- Fun activity after work that engages the senses
- Health benefits including stress release through a light cardiovascular activity
- Learning a new skill and developing a new appreciation for music
- Further develops listening skills, and reinforces team work
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
Nick has all the qualities you want in a teacher. He loves his craft, he’s excellent at it, he’s patient and most importantly you can tell he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with you.
He has been my teacher now for over 3 years and, during that time I have improved far beyond what I could have managed myself. He manages to keep the teaching process fresh by tailoring the lessons so that there is a good mix between the more rudimentary stuff that is needed and whatever you personally want to learn.
I would highly recommend him to anyone who wanted to learn drums.
My son has had lessons with Nick since the age of 5 (he is now 11). He LOVES the lessons. Nick is always so generous with time and flexible and now operates out of a really cool studio. He is a brilliant teacher with great patience and I would highly recommend him.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS?
£40/hr, booked in blocks of 4 paid in advance (£160).
30min lessons are also available at £20/session paid in advance.
From Student’s Home
£50/hr, booked in blocks of 4 paid in advance (£200).
CAN YOU TEACH AT MY HOME?
Yes, I can. However this depends on my current schedule, availability and your location. Lessons in your home are £40/hr, to be booked in blocks of 4 and paid in advance.
Students must give me at least 24hrs notice if they wish to postpone or reschedule a lesson. Failure to do so results in forfeiting the week’s fee.
DO I NEED A DRUM KIT?
The bare minimum is to have sticks and a practice pad. The ideal situation is to have a drum kit (either electric or acoustic) to practice at home. However, the next best thing is to find a rehearsal studio near you where you can practice. Please see the What You’ll Need section of this page, and visit Bell Percussion for your purchases!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
If you don’t have sticks and a practice pad (the bare minimum), I’d recommend you purchase:
Pair of sticks: Vic Firth 5A wood tip (recommended)
Practice pad (6” or 12”): Evans Real Feel 12” practice pad (recommended)
Book: Which book we decide on will depend on your focus and goals
Notebook: This is for you to write notes, and to log your practice sessions to check your progress
Folder: A little folder for you to keep hand-outs I may give you
DO YOU TEACH GRADES?
Yes! Grades are a great pathway to learning with clear goals. I’ve used both Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool curriculum with great success.
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG?
The youngest kids I’ve taught are 5 years old, and with them the focus is to develop their sense of rhythm and co-ordination through games.
AM I TOO OLD TO START?
You’re never too old to pick up an instrument! I’ve had experience teaching students up to their 60s.
HOW DO YOU TEACH?
Part of my approach to teaching is about figuring how you best take information in to help you maximise your learning. Similarly, I strongly believe that you “you get what you put in”, so don’t expect to become an amazing drummer by practicing once a week for two hours.
You most certainly can purchase a voucher for a certain amount of lessons. Please visit the Gift Voucher page, and get in touch to discuss details or if you have any questions.