The most common questions about drum lessons answered for you.
Yes, of course, I have taught many students from the very beginning.
I don’t discriminate against any ages but be aware that there is some physical demand due to the nature and size of the instrument. From my impression 8/9 years old tends to be the youngest that students are able to play.
I teach the majority of my lessons from my home teaching space on Skelton Road (LS9 9EP) in central Leeds. It is a great place to learn to play the drums, with all the equipment that we need during our lessons and has good transport access from across the city. Click on the map below on the page to bring up my rough location on Google maps - my full teaching address will be provided to you upon booking your first lesson.
From getting to know you on day 1 I will find out exactly what you want to do. From there I’ll devise a lesson by lesson progression entirely tailored to you. If you want to get better you need to practise so at the end of lessons I’ll leave you with exercise to improve upon until the next lesson.
If you’re entirely new to drumming you won’t need anything. We’ll work out which size stick would best work for you and then that can be your first purchase. I encourage students to have some sort of folder with which they can keep any music/notes from the lesson. All home lessons will require some sort of electronic/acoustic setup but I also tend to bring additional parts from my own equipment to help with learning fluidity.
Certainly, for the first few weeks/months you can practise without a kit, there are lots of exercises you can do away from the drums. However, nothing can replicate the feeling of a drum kit to the same extent so you may be at risk of limiting your progress and also your enjoyment. Electronic kits are great for noise limitation. I would recommend looking through Music Shops in Leeds to see what is in stock if you decide to purchase a drum kit.
Yes, I can guide you through all your formal qualifications up to grade 8 and diplomas and the rest. They can provide a good with all rounded structure to developing your ability but I don’t view them as essential. You can be just as good a drummer without them.
Yes, I am an advanced music reader and can teach you to read music in all its forms as well as extended music theory if you wish. Not to distract from what is most important however which is using your ears.
Please note that Drum Lessons Leeds operates a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. This means that if a lesson is cancelled within 24 hours of the arranged time the student will be charged the full price of the lesson. Should you need to cancel a lesson please contact me at your earliest opportunity to re-arrange.
I would be delighted to help you to develop your drum playing, simply get in touch to find out more.