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Frequently asked questions

What are lessons like?

Your free trial lessons are a chance for us to meet and plan out how to achieve your musical goals. Once we're into the actual learning process, it's all about cultivating curiosity, inspiration and enjoyment.

Imagine you come in for a lesson and say to me, ‘Danny, I’ve been listening to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars and I really like the beat, but I can't figure it out by myself. What's going on?’

This is great: you're already curious! You have the spark, now I'm going to ignite it by playing the beat for you, just like it is on the record.

Now you see it happening right in front of your eyes and BOOM! Inspiration strikes! Now you want to be able to do this thing for yourself.

So now it's your turn, but before we go any further, I'm going to make sure you step into that third quality of enjoyment. I do this by working with you to set the right level of challenge all the way up the learning curve, so that as you achieve each small goal you feel successful, happy and satisfied.

If this sounds as good to you as it does to me, congratulations! You’re an ideal Drum Lessons in Bristol student!

What do lessons cost?

Your first two lessons are free. Rates for various lesson types are listed at

What age must I be to start learning?

I've taught students as young as one-and-a-half and as old as eighty-four. Age isn't a factor when the student is ready to learn. Some youngsters find that they're not quite ready yet– this is one of the purposes of the free trial lessons, and if it's not quite time yet, you can try again as soon as you'd like.

Where do lessons happen?

Drum Lessons in Bristol,
Mickleburgh Musical Instruments,
1-9 Stokes Croft,


Master Class Music Teaching Studios,
120 High St,
BS23 1HP


Pirate Studios,
100 Lincoln St,

What do I need to bring to lessons?

Curiosity, and a parent or carer if you're under 18. I have everything else we'll need.

Do I need to have previous experience?

No, complete beginners are very welcome.

Do I need to own a drum kit?

No, though you're likely to want one eventually. There are lots of ways to develop skills without a drum kit, which we'll talk about in your free trial lessons.

Can I share my lesson with a friend or family member?

Yes, and you can split the cost! Just decide on one of you will take care of booking the lessons and proceed as normal.

How much practice should I do between lessons?

There are no 'shoulds' regarding practice. You're simply going to learn to generate curiosity, inspiration and enjoyment. Once these key elements are present, practice will be fun and seemingly effortless.

What kind of drums will I be playing in lessons?

Most lessons take place on Roland TD-8 and TD-9 digital kits, which have certain advantages for learning. If you'd like to take lessons on acoustic kit, please contact me.

If you have any further questions, please contact me using the form below.

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