A few years ago I walked into a music store [Yea a music store. You know the kind. Instruments for sale up front, lessons in a 4×4 storage area] and happened to see a drum lesson taking place. There was a drum instructor and student. Both were playing on practice pads. If you don’t know what a practice pad is, it is a pad most drummers use to warm up and play rudiments, or they are used when you can’t play too loud. Then I looked around and saw no drum set! I wondered how in the world can you teach drums without a drum set. Well, that’s not how we teach you how to play drums!
Our dedicated drum room is setup with not one, but two drum kits. Each drum set faces each other. Why do we do that? Well it is a lot easier to teach a student to play drums while watching your teacher. If the only tools you had to learn to play drums was a practice pad or snare drum, how could you possibly learn coordination? You drummers know what I mean. You need to play the kick drum with your right foot, the snare with your left hand, hi-hats with your right hand, left foot holds the hi-hat pedal down. That’s a lot of coordination. And that’s how we teach you. All hands (and feet) on ?
There is a lot that goes into our lessons. Besides learning how to play some great beats, there are certain things drummers must have. And that is perfect timing. When playing drums it is important you play with a metronome. The job of the metronomes is to provide you a constant beat in perfect time. This is how you will learn to play in perfect time. Without perfect timing, playing with other musicians can be very difficult. Remember, the drummer is the foundation of the band. Without the tools to provide that strong foundation, you’ll find it very hard to play with others.
All of our drum instructors come with many years of studio, session and touring experience. Playing drums is important and so is all of the other things you’ll need to learn as a drummer. Let’s say your band is cutting your first music video. That is not easy for you drummers. As a drummer you need to be in perfect synch to the music video. That means playing with a click track while the video is being filmed! I can tell you that is a difficult task! And then there are recording sessions. You’ll need to know how to position your mic’s for each drum. It may even take hours to get that great drum sound. Our teachers have thousands of hours of recording experience that you get to take advantage of. We’ll teach everything that works and doesn’t work when recording drums.
As you can see, we offer more than just a drum lesson. We offer you the experience of playing drums just like the pros!