Expert Percussion Tuition
from Bang Drum Studio
• Thinking about taking up percussion as a fun and exciting
• Thinking about music as a career?
• Thinking about adding to your skills-set as a teacher?
• Thinking about working towards musical qualifications such as your
grades or GCSEs?
• Thinking about improving your playing? Your reading? Your sight
• Stuck on a plateau and don't know how to take your drumming to
• Having problems with certain aspects of your drumming?
Whatever you are thinking about, I can help you to get the most from
I have more than 30 years experience as a musician and almost 30
years experience as a professional drum and percussion teacher and
therefore guarantee you the following (subject to your own
My Guarantee to You
• You will be having fun.
• You will be exercising your body and mind through drumming.
• You will be adding to your existing drumming skills and developing
• You will be developing as a drummer, a percussionist, a musician
and as a person.
• You will be improving as a drummer, a reader and a sight
• Your drumming will quickly advance to new heights.
• You will wonder why you struggled with previous drum
Unique Methods, Proven Results
I know what works and what doesn't work. Depending on your own unique
learning style, your level of experience and your own goals, I will tailor
each and every lesson to ensure you make measurable progress, week by week,
lesson by lesson.
Many of the methods I employ can't be bought in a book (just yet!)
However, I am working on this.
I have personally developed and tested many of the methods and techniques
I use. These techniques include those relating to relaxation, performance
anxiety, preparation, co-ordination, ergonomics, rhythmic vocabulary, pattern
development and recognition, independence, interdependence, muscle memory,
solo techniques, improvisational methods, musicality and many other
Unlike many local "teachers", I do not teach from a text book, which
you are forced to buy and then pay a "teacher" to read to you each
Instead, I teach from many years of experience, sometimes employing
exercises from text books, but often simply fine tuning your playing, or
your attitudes towards your playing.
I offer lessons in all untuned percussion, including djembe,
doumbek, darbuka, congas, bongos, cajon, timbales, full latin set up, various
hand held instruments, clicking and clapping, improvised instruments and
By learning "hand drumming" on a djembe at first, you will learn
much of the required terminology and many of the required techniques which
we can then adapt to play doumbek, darbuka, congas, bongos, cajon etc. Rather
than teach you a few fancy licks on each instrument, I will teach you to
think and play like a percussionist, whatever instrument you pick up. I will
teach you style, rhythmic vocabulary, co-ordination, independence, dynamics,
muscle memory, solo techniques, musicality , group playing and more.
I teach various authentic African tribal and pop drumming styles,
modern western styles including unplugged, brasilian, cuban, afro-cuban,
latin and various other hybrid styles including circle drumming, salsa
Remember, you learn a lot more from drumming than just
Legal Stuff - Terms and Conditions
Drum lessons are charged at £15 per hour (upto age 16) and £20
per hour (age 16+). Special rates for the unemployed and those on benefits.
Cash only, please.
Lessons available weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Any
cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be billed. If you can't
make your next lesson, simply tell me! However, if you are unreliable, please
don't waste my time or your money.
I operate a strict no drugs, no alcohol policy. However, tea, coffee
and soft drinks are available - just ask.
I am subjest of an enhanced CRB check since I work with vulnerable
young people. However, I would insist that students under the age of 12 are
accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of drum lessons. Of
course, as a parent or guardian you are more than welcome to accompany an
older child. If your child is under 12, you are welcome to join in for free
as this helps with practice at home.