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AC/DC – Highway To High – Drum Cover – Student Spotlight – Jack

AC/DC – Highway To High – Drum Cover – Student Spotlight – Jack  Here’s another student, Jack, rocking some AC/DC Jack hasn’t been playing very long but is already playing in musically. He really understands the way to lay back on the fills in this track to make sure the song grooves along nicely. If you want to leave a comment I’ll be sure to pass them on to Jack. __________ If you are interested in booking drum lessons then drop me an email at [email protected] and I’ll sort out a free introductory lesson. ____ If you want to check out my teaching style then sign up using the form on the right and I’ll email you some free video drum lessons. ____ If you are interested in my drum books then check the links below http://amzn.to/1brXMy6 – Paradiddle Creativity – UK Link http://amzn.to/14HDFKB – Paradiddle Creativity – US Link http://amzn.to/13VS8mm – How To Practise Drums – US Kindle Link http://amzn.to/14JxAzZ – How To Practise Drums – US Paperback Link http://amzn.to/1d3mzub – How To Practise Drums – UK Kindle Link http://amzn.to/14JxcSj – How To Practise Drums – UK Paperback...

The Killers – When We Were Young- Drum Cover – Student Spotlight – Bettie

Glastonbury Drums
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DOB: 07/01/1987
The Killers – When We Were Young- Drum Cover – Student Spotlight – Bettie The video below (Not available on mobile devices due to Youtube weirdness) is of Bettie one of my students. She’s worked really hard and I’m sure you’ll agree she’s done a great job with this drum cover. If you want to leave comments, either on this post or the Youtube channel then I’ll be sure to pass them on. Thanks for watching. I’ve got a few students working on covers at the moment.  Hopefully they will be ready soon as I really like showcasing their...

Odd Time Signature Drum Lesson – 7/8 Drum Groove Using The Inverted Paradiddle And The 6 Stroke Roll

Odd Time Signature Drum Lesson – 7/8 Drum Groove Using The Inverted Paradiddle And The 6 Stroke Roll Thanks for checking out my site. The video lesson below takes two of the 40 standard rudiments and combines them to create a cool funky 7/8 groove. I decided to add a bit of cowbell and double kick just for good measure. You can download the free sheet music by clicking here   I’m in the process of planning some new videos. I’d be happy to create more odd time signature drum lesson videos and drum rudiment videos but most importantly I want to create the lessons you want to see. Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll add you suggestions to my list. Also as a thank you for reading this far I’d like to offer you a free drum lesson (new students only I’m afraid). Click this link and like my Facebook page and I’ll be in touch to sort out a suitable time. The lesson can either be in person at my studio in Glastonbury, Somerset or online using Skype/Google hangouts. Here is the link for the sheet music again http://glastonburydrums.com/index.php/oddtime/ ____ If you are interested in my drum books then check the links below http://amzn.to/1brXMy6 – Paradiddle Creativity – UK Link http://amzn.to/14HDFKB – Paradiddle Creativity – US Link http://amzn.to/13VS8mm – How To Practise Drums – US Kindle Link http://amzn.to/14JxAzZ – How To Practise Drums – US Paperback Link http://amzn.to/1d3mzub – How To Practise Drums – UK Kindle Link http://amzn.to/14JxcSj – How To Practise Drums – UK Paperback...
10 Things to ask potential Skype drum teachers

10 Things to ask potential Skype drum teachers

10 Things to ask potential Skype drum teachers If you’ve been drumming for a while and also have the internet then you have probably noticed an increase in drummers offering Skype drum lessons. Just in case you’re not familiar, Skype is a video calling software that allows two people to connect via webcam and speakers. It seems that every drummer with an internet connection and a vague interest in teaching has a page on their website offering the service. Unfortunately like most things not everyone is equal out there. Hopefully the questions below will help you find the right teacher for you. 1. How long have you been teaching? – You’d be surprised how little teaching experience some of these teachers really have. Being a great drummer and being a great teacher are two different things. If the teacher can’t help you to understand the groove, fill or concept then it doesn’t matter how good they are when you see them play. Hopefully if you find a teacher that has been teaching for a while, then they will understand how different people learn. 2. What will I be learning? – This might seem like a strange one to ask, after all isn’t it the teachers job to teach? Well, yes and no. If I’m paying for lessons I expect to learn what I want and the same is true for my students. I don’t teach double kick to a student that has come to me to learn how to play brushes. There are certain things that I believe all drummers should know but a good teacher will help a...
Do You Need To Read Drum Music?

Do You Need To Read Drum Music?

Do You Need To Read Drum Music? As a drum teacher I often get students asking if they have to learn to read music. I say they don’t, but they all end up learning some reading by the end of the first lesson. Most people, when talking about this topic talk about music being a language. With all languages being able to read and write is part of mastering it and being able to communicate to a high level. While I agree 100% with this there are a few more tangible things that I’ll explain below. There are so many benefits to learning to read drum music. If you are having drum lessons and you want to keep track of what you did in the lesson then being able to take the sheet music home with you really helps. I guess you could just take notes but will they really trigger the full groove when you look them over at home? Also if you want to revisit a topic sometime later it’s handy being able to pull out the sheet music and pick up from where you left off.  If you want to learn a new topic with out the help of someone else then being able to read drum music makes this a simple task. Being able to walk into your favourite drum shop or order a book online and teach yourself is a very freeing feeling. Knowing that everything the author is saying you can translate into the correct grooves and apply them to song is wonderful and has helped my drumming progress loads over the years....
Should You Wear Earplugs While Drumming?

Should You Wear Earplugs While Drumming?

Should You Wear Earplugs While Drumming? I have been wearing ear plugs since I started drumming and playing with bands. I’m glad I did as I currently don’t have any problems with my hearing (as far as I can tell). I get no pains from listening to music and I can fully enjoy all aspects of music including playing, listing to the radio and going to gigs. I do know plenty of musicians that haven’t worn earplugs. Either because they don’t think it’s important or they’re from an era where they didn’t exist and they suffer for it. Nowadays everyone knows how important it is to look after your hearing. It’s the most important thing you have as a musician yet sometimes people still don’t. I do gigs with people who don’t wear them regularly and it scares me to think what must be happening to them with the volumes we play at. They must be driving home with ringing ears. Just in case you didn’t know the ringing is a sign that you have lost some of your hearing. In really bad cases you can damage your hearing so much that the hearing doesn’t go away.  Can you imagine always having ringing ears? It has driven people to suicide. It’s a horrible thought but I can understand why. At the very least it could take the enjoyment out of listening to music and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. There have been famous cases of musicians damaging their hearing, please don’t be one of them. Here’s just a few; Phil Collins has retired from touring as a direct...
How I Keep Drum Students Fired Up In Lessons (It involves chocolate)

How I Keep Drum Students Fired Up In Lessons (It involves chocolate)

How I Keep Drum Students Fired Up In Lessons (It involves chocolate) / How To Keep Drum Students Interested This is one for any teachers out there (Or people thinking about teaching). Have you ever been teaching someone and notice they really aren’t paying attention? I’d bet you have. If not, you probably have it to look forward to because it happens to the best of us. Unfortunately I believe it’s the teachers fault. You may think something works for all your other students so it will work for this one. The truth is you may need to change up your teaching style to suit the student. Some things I do to keep students interested are below but it all stems from doing what the student wants. Yes, you need to make sure they are improving and sometimes that might mean getting them to play a Paradiddle exercise one more time. But it’s important to remember that people don’t normally get into drumming to learn hard things, they get into it to have fun. For younger students that have a hard time focusing I like to play little games. Something as simple as asking them how fast can they play on the snare or how loud can they hit a cymbal. In most walks of life children don’t get told by authority figures to let go like this so it can be really fun and exciting. Another little game is a simple call and response. I play a rhythm and get them to repeat. Students don’t realise this is more than a game and is also great ear training...
Play Drums With Passion – #1HourNoPlan

Play Drums With Passion – #1HourNoPlan

Play Drums With Passion – #1HourNoPlan In the latest video from my 1 Hour No Plan free drum lesson series I talk about playing the drums with passion and feeling. For me it’s a really important thing. If you don’t believe in your playing and get into the music then no one else will be able to. As soon as you let go and move with the beat the rest of your band with feel the music more. Then the audience will then see a whole band on stage having a great time and buy in to the whole event even more. Here’s the direct link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdk-02ly6Js   I hope you’ve enjoyed this drum lesson and the others in the ‘1 Hour No Plan’ series. If you’re not sure what this is all about then check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d266dS-_TiQ Feel free to join in the conversation by using the hashtag #1HourNoPlan and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have. I’d be over the moon if you uploaded a video of yourself trying out any of the lessons. Remember to get out there and play drums with passion. ____ If you are interested in booking online drum lessons then drop me an email at [email protected] and I’ll sort out a free introductory lesson to make sure you have the Skype connection sorted out and have a chat about your drumming goals. That way I’ll be able to put together a course that will help you hit all your drumming and musical goals. ____ If you want to check out my teaching style the sign up...

Is Meg White A Good Drummer?

Is Meg White A Good Drummer? When The White Stripes first came out a lot of people loved them. Jack White is an amazing front man with a great voice, interesting guitar playing and the band had plenty of catchy hit songs. From what I’ve heard they weren’t to shabby on stage either. In a lot of drum forums on the internet and under countless Youtube videos you’d see comments bashing Meg White for her drumming ability’s.  I’m sure we’re all fully aware that everyone gets bashed on Youtube. Whose the better drummer Travis Barker or Ginger Baker? and these sort of comments are all over the place. But anyway that’s a whole other blog post I’ll save for the future. Meg White worked for The White Stripes. More than that she was perfect for the band. The way she played was musical and suited the songs. Isn’t that what we’re all supposed to do anyway? Simple doesn’t mean stupid. Take a look at The Beatles, I’m sure I could play a lot of there songs but I probably wouldn’t have come up with the parts Ringo did. I definitely wouldn’t be able to play them and make them ‘feel’ the way he did. Lets take a look at the song ‘7 Nation Army’. It starts with Meg White playing quarter notes between kick, hats and the floor tom. I would have played a typical basic rock groove during this which would have left no where to go. By playing this at the start it means that there is a real lift when the snare comes in. Yet it’s...
Benny Greb Bass Drum Lesson – 1 Hour No Plan

Benny Greb Bass Drum Lesson – 1 Hour No Plan

Benny Greb Bass Drum Lesson – 1 Hour No Plan Continuing on from my #1HourNoPlan lesson series is a lesson taken straight from Benny Grebs amazing DVD/book ‘The language of drumming’. I personally practise from this book a lot as well as use it with students. The DVD is worth getting just to watch him play as he really is in another league. If you want to pick up a copy check out these links UK – http://amzn.to/16tdqJi US – http://amzn.to/17bGzp1 I hope you like this drum lesson. Let me know how you get on with it. Here is the sheet music. Drop me an email at [email protected] if you’d like the PDF version of this drum lesson....