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Benefits of drumming

Drumming improves mental health and physical health

Drumming is more than just a channel for people who tap a lot, it has many benefits, for both mental health and physical health. Playing the drums can reduce stress, increase brain power, boost academic performance, increase confidence, develop motor skills, improve your mental health, help you to express yourself, get fit, open doors to new opportunities and friendships through bands, give you a break from life and give you a hobby for life.

Playing drum kit is a great for releasing pent up energy and for stress relief. The concentration, physical exercise and sense of achievement brings about a release of the “happy hormones” called endorphins. These naturally occurring opiates increase pleasure, can reduce pain and discomfort and can even give you a natural high.

Engaging all four limbs at once to carry out four different activities is very challenging and works both sides of the brain in co-ordination, dexterity, memory and mathematical processes that works our minds in such a way that it can actually increase your IQ

Drums are loud. They can be played quietly, but by default, they are loud. To play loudly and hit something hard takes confidence. It is also immense fun and a great release. The ability to confidently play and especially to perform is really empowering. I teach people to build confidence based upon performance, rather than the blind confidence that we have when we are young, by breaking down complex tasks into simple elements and then building them up into something impressive. This method of gaining confidence based on proving that we can do something is a strong and robust way to build confidence. This confidence can and does transfer into the rest of our lives.

Music and especially drumming are very primal and the vibrations literally travel through us and reach deep inside us. This can be very therapeutic and lift us out of ourselves, making us feel connected to others who experience the same shared sensations. To play music to a room full of people and reach out to each person with the physical vibrations that make sound and unite them in a unifying experience is a very powerful thing.

Roland V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

I have two drum kits, an acoustic kit and an electronic drum kit. I had to buy the electronic kit because the acoustic kit was too loud for where I live. It has turned out to be perfect for teaching.

Because you can use headphones, it is much less intimidating to learn to play drums on an electronic drum kit than it is on an incredibly loud acoustic kit that can be heard from quite a distance. Being able to play on headphones is so much more relaxed and nobody else can hear the mistakes. It feels like a safe environment to learn in.

When choosing this kit, I tried out many other electric kits and none of them came up to scratch. The single biggest difference with the Roland V-drums is the nylon mesh snare. Designed and engineering by Remo, the worlds best producer of drum skins, it mimics the feel of a real snare skin, with a much more lively bounce than the rather dead rubber pads. I will go into more detail on this in another post.

The second thing that stood out about the V-drums over the competition is that the Hi-Hat Foot Pedal had gradients of open and closed, whereas the other comparative kits were simply on or off, which made them next to impossible to play. Again, I will discuss this further in another post.

In my considered professional opinion, there is nothing to compare to Roland V-drums for replicating the feel of an acoustic kit.

Trinity Rock & Pop Drums Course

Trinity Rock And Pop Drums Course, tablatures, audio files to play along to and exams, examinations, exam grades.

The most popular course that I teach is the Trinity Rock & Pop Drum course, specifically for drum kit, produced by Trinity College London, which features classic and modern popular songs, including No One Knows by Queens of the Stone Age, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes, Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers and the classic Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder.

The course provides drum tablature (sheet music) for each song and audio files with the drums removed and with a click to play along to. They even offer optional exams (examinations/exam grades), should the student wish to gain grades, but this is by no means obligatory. It is a fun way to learn and is designed for all levels from absolute beginners up to advanced Grade 8 students.

DBS Checked

DBS Checked

Finally got around to sorting out a DBS check. It turns out I’m not a criminal. Who’d have thunk it!?! Was CRB checked previously, but never updated it.

A Disclosure and Barring Service check, or DBS check for short, is the term used for the analysis and record of a person’s past, looking specifically at any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings they may have received. In other words, it checks your criminal record and it turns out I don’t have a criminal record!

Drum Lessons for Christmas

Drum lessons for Christmas

Make your loved one’s dream come true! We provide vouchers for drum lessons. Please contact us for more details.



Is your partner a tapper without a drum?
Do they mark the beat with their hands and their feet?
But they do not have the kit to express it?

Release your partner’s inner drummer with drum lessons from Gabe.

Valentines Offer:

1 lesson = £35 (normal price)
2 lessons = £65 (normally £70, £5 off)
3 lessons = £90 (normally £105, £15 off)
4 lessons = £110 (normally £140, £30 off)

N.B. This price is based upon lessons being taught at the teacher’s premises. If visiting is required there are travelling charges. This offer runs up until midnight 14th February, 2020.

Neil Peart drum solo. Drummer for Rush, dies aged 67.

Sadly the drumming world has lost another great. Neil Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was the drummer and principle lyricist for Rush, a Canadian hard rock band, ranked “third most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band” by Billboard. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honoured.

Rodney Holmes is a monster drummer.

Rodney Holmes is a monster drummer. He’s been on the gig with some of the most monster musicians too: Carlos Santana, Jim Weider, the Brecker Brothers, Steve Kimock, the list goes on…But Rodney also writes his own music as well. He put out an album years ago called “Twelve Months of October” that is packed with great tunes AND great chops, two things that don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Apparently Rodney has more new tunes in the can with a new album coming out soon called “Axoim.” We can’t wait to hear it. This song, “Hipster Killer,” is from that yet-to-be-released album. Aside from taking the gold home for the best song title of the year, Rodney gets our thumbs up for a GREAT tune that has so many great elements to it.

Clay Aeschliman “G.O.A.T.”

Clay Aeschliman

Clay Aeschliman of Polyphia performs the band’s song “G.O.A.T.”

Gerwin Eisenhauer plays utterly awesome, intricate Drum & Bass

This is the most amazing, intricate and technical Drum & Bass drumming I have heard. Really inspirational! Gerwin Eisenhauer did this video for MEINL Cymbals and it has now had half a million views!

If this doesn’t inspire you to learn to drum, or to work on your skills, I don’t know what will! All you need to do is start, work at it and stick at it and you will be able to do this one day.

Call me on 07881 484555 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I will help you on your way to becoming a drum God!

When the drummers change their beat…

“When the drummers change their beat, the dancers also have to change their steps.” African Proverb.

I love this proverb! It highlights the inextricable link between rhythm and dance. Beats make people move their feet. Change the beat and they change their feet!

Teaching in Brazil?

Website statistics for the location of people visiting the Drum Lessons Bristol website.

It turns out the most of the people who look at my website come from Brazil!!! I think I might have to start doing remote lessons via Skype!

Insane Hand Drumming: Johnny Mendoza!

Insane Hand Drumming: Johnny Mendoza!

Some people's idea of a human metronome is a very steady, solid four on the floor beat. Fair enough. Here is another example at the other end of the spectrum: this is Johnny Mendoza accompanying Sammy Davis, Jr. in the early 1960s. Give us your take. Here's ours: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NUTS!!!!You can see all our interview episodes today's biggest artists, educators and makers of gear in drumming at http://www.drumtalktv.com#drummer

Posted by Drum Talk TV on Thursday, 11 June 2015

Blimey! This is one of the most insane things ever! How this man keeps up this speed for so long, beggars belief! That’s some serious voodoo there! Johnny Mendoza playing with Sammy Davis Jr. in the early 1960s. This has to be seen to be believed!

The Psychology of Learning to Play Drums

I am constantly reminded of what a big part psychology plays in learning. I see time and time again how fear will prevent somebody from being able to achieve something that is well within their skillset and, at the other end of the scale, how overconfidence will cause somebody to rush into something unprepared and get it wrong, thus denting their pride.

This up and down cycle of confidence is very common and can be overcome by detaching emotion from failure. Making mistakes is part of learning. The thing to focus on is not the mistake itself, but how we respond to it. A mistake, once made, cannot be undone, the rest of the track, however, is still to be played.

The correct response is to take it as a signal to refocus and concentrate harder on what we are doing, focus on the musician/backing track/click that we are playing to, focus on the next beat, focus on where we are in the track and make sure that we do our best to ensure that the rest of the “performance” is as good as we can make it.

If the rest of the performance is good then, by the end of it, the “listener”, if they even noticed the mistake in the first place, will probably have forgotten it. The vast majority of people won’t even notice it in the first place!

As a teacher I am happier to hear somebody make loads of mistakes, but keep the timing and keep the count, than I am to hear somebody play something perfectly then make a mistake and give up.

Accept the mistake, keep going, concentrate and focus on making the rest of the performance the best that you can.

Beach Trash Drumming - Drummer plays techno beats on junk metal

More trash drumming… this time on a beach… you don’t need to be rich to hit things rhythmically! If you’d like to learn how to drum like this, give me a shout… I can teach you…

Drumming with Autism - teaching an Autistic child to play drums.

Drumming with Autism - teaching an Autistic child to play drums.

Just had another awesome lesson with my autistic student and have found a great way to balance the lesson. He has an incredibly short attention span, wanting mostly just to play around, so I start the lesson by allowing him to do so until he seems satisfied and then I ask him to choose his favourite rhythm from what he came up with. I then tidy it up and get him to learn it to a good standard, then he or I come up with a fill to go with it. The we start over again with a play session. All in all we tend to come up with 2-3 rhythm and fill combinations. He is really creative and comes up with some good stuff… Most importantly, he loves it! So rewarding!

Jimmy Chamberlain Complex - Street Crawler

Jimmy Chamberlain is the drummer from The Smashing Pumpkins and one of my drumming heroes. Jazz trained, he chose instead to play in a rock band and good job he did too, coz he has taken rock drumming to a whole new level. This is his solo project where he really lets rip. Musically, it doesn’t massively do it for me, but as a showcase for his skills, it is awesome!

Gabba does Boogaloo Assassins - Westernize - No No No

Gabriel Thornton plays live drums along to No No No by the Boogaloo Assassins as part of Westernize by Gabba Does.

Live drums recorded along to No No No by the Boogaloo Assassins as part of the Westernize Project.

Lessons now on Dropbox

Dropbox icon

Very pleased… I have just linked to lessons to the documents that I have stored on Dropbox, which makes updating the lessons so much easier! Happy days!

Muse - Assassin Drum Tab Digitised

Muse - Assassin - Album Cover

Very pleased to announce the publication of the digitised version of the Muse - Assassin drum tablature.

Father and son street drummers

When I get a son (or daughter for that matter) this is what I’m gonna do. Kiddy (and Daddy) got skills!

Want to be able to do this kind of thing with your kids? Give me a call on 07881 484555 or drop me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Guy creates beautiful tune from YouTube clips

This is a beautiful piece put together out of clips found on YouTube. There are some clever and talented people out there!

Techno Street Drummer

I gotta go get me some trash! More evidence that you don’t need a drum kit to learn drums. Rhythms are transferrable to anything you can hit that makes a noise. You can even play rhythms with your hands on your lap or simply by clapping, clicking your fingers or tapping your toes. Learn rhythm and tap into life’s most primal musical experience. It is even more fun to play it than it is to watch! Contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to know more.

Who needs a drum kit?!

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Posted by Gonçalo Baixinho on Tuesday, 20 May 2014

If these guys can knock out such awesome rhythms with bits and bobs, there is no need to wait until you can afford a drum kit before you start drumming!

Stunning tabla playing by this young lad. So fast!

This Kid is unbelievable..... What he is doing is that thing which a average person can't even thing at this age.... MUST LISTEN its just awesome....

Posted by Tari Studios on Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Omg! I’ve so totally got to learn the tablas… Mind blowing! I’ve never seen anyone play so fast and he’s only a kid.

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World

Ringo Starr, richest drummer in the world.

Drumming can make you rich! Ringo Starr, of the Beatles, is worth $300 Million! Check out the world’s 30 richest drummers.

World’s Fastest Drummer 2014 Heats Up the International Stage

Battle of the Hands winner Peng Wang (1049) with Miss WFD 2014, Melissa Mabry

Well, would you believe it, it turns out there is such a thing as Extreme Sport Drumming! Check out the winners of the World’s Fastest Drummer 2014, competition…

Buddy Rich Impossible Drum Solo *HQ*

At the other end of the crazy scale, Buddy Rich, probably the best drummer to ever walk this world, played right up until just before he died at the age of 69! You’re never too old to learn to drum!

Child Prodigy Drummer

Check out these awesome talents… he’s only 5 years old!!! You’re never to young to learn to drum!

Drumming course uploaded

I am proud to announce that I have now uploaded my drumming course to the website. You can now access all the lessons online. For a period they will be available to the public, but then only a select few will be available and the rest made available only to students or paying customers. Enjoy!

Baby drummer

Baby drummer - never too young to learn the drums!

Rock baby, rock! My youngest student! Not really, but I have carried out guided play with a two year old with the help of his mother. It’s never too young to start learning drums!

Glastonbury Festival

OK, I have now officially recovered from Glastonbury Festival and a great weekend of working at the Glasto Latino tent, dancing with friends and punters alike, for what was an awesome weekend of partying. One of the many highlights has to be jamming with Pravin Panchal and members of Aji Pa Ti, Son Yambu and Salsa Celtica, although I might have been a bit worse for wear with Salsa Celtica!! Pravin, you rock!

Me playing drums in Madnomad

The video for “Kill The Pig”, the pig being a metaphor for your own personal demons, compiling a whole collection of gigs at different venues.