The Funky Drum Shack offers drum lessons for absolute beginners to working professionals.

My approach to teaching is designed to cover all styles of music and all aspects of playing.

I can build on your playing confidence if you are already playing or give you a strong foundation if you're starting out.

All lessons are individually tailored to each students needs and ability. If you have any questions please contact me via the enquiries form or by phone (07973 185901).

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Teaching philosophy and concepts:

"Eyes, Ears and Knowledge" - To develop the necessary reading and improvisational requirements of the modern drummer. To study different musical genres and historical figures in the Percussive Arts. To learn how to practice the correct way and develop a strong technique.

Source material:

I write my own scheme of work and use "The Funky Drum Shack" e-tutor books (digital download now available). All aspects of drumming are covered and include grooves, fills, songs and rhythm workouts. I also use an extensive library of "artist/band minus drummer" play-a-longs.

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My teaching studio is equipped with the following:

  • Yamaha 9000 drum kit with Zildjian cymbals
  • Roland TD9 KX electric drum kit (accessible for right and left handed players)
  • Premier Artist Heritage drum kit (for left handed players)
  • Samsom PA
  • Q-mix headphone monitoring
  • Overhead multimedia projection
  • A large multimedia projection screen
  • Go Pro camera
  • Dvd player
  • Cd player
  • Video player
  • Digital music stands
  • Air conditioning

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Grade Exams:

I use the Trinity Guildhall syllabus and currently have a 100% pass rate with a 94% merit/distinction. i also teach the new Rock School syllabus and have a 100% merit/distinction pass rate.

What you need to bring:

Sticks, ear plugs, tutor book, a USB pen drive (memory stick) and a pencil. Most importantly possess a good attitude and be open to learning the techniques that will make you a better drummer and musician.