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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A TYPICAL LESSON LIKE?

A typical lesson will begin with me finding out how you are today (this may seem like I'm just being nice, and I suppose I am, but it's actually very important to the learning process!)

I'll then ask if you have any questions for me about drums or music or anything else you think I may be able to answer. Questions aren't necessary, but if you have any then they're very important: curiosity is rocket fuel for the learning process!

A question may take us down any number of fascinating pathways. If there aren't any, then we'll discuss your options for learning as appropriate to your level of development.

You may want to jump on the kit and start exploring. In this case, I'll watch and see if I can make any suggestions.

You may want to build your drumming vocabulary, in which case we can take ideas from written material, from my playing, from audio or from video and go to work.

You may want to learn to play a tune, in which case I'll lead you through developing listening and/or reading skills to work towards playing the composition start-to-finish.

You may want to study video of the great drummers of the world and see if you can imitate them, either specifically or generally (a great idea!)

Or you may want to watch me play and see if you can imitate me (also a great idea!)

A lesson can consist of any or all of these, and all of these options lead to opportunities for refinement of technical skills, knowledge and understanding.

It's at least as fun as it sounds, I promise.

WHAT DO LESSONS COST?

Your first two lessons are free. Thereafter, lessons are £15 per half-hour session. Rates for other lesson types are listed at drumlessonsinbristol.as.me.

WHAT AGE MUST I BE TO TAKE LESSONS?

I've taught students as young as one-and-a-half and as old as eighty-four. Age isn't a factor when you're ready to learn. Some students– especially youngsters– find that they're not quite ready to focus their attention for 30 minutes yet. Figuring this out is one of the purposes of the free trial lessons. If it's not the right time for you or your child 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,
Bristol
BS1 3PL

or

Master Class Music Teaching Studios,
120 High St,
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1HP

or

Pirate Studios,
100 Lincoln St,
Bristol
BS5 0BJ

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO LESSONS?

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

DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE?

No, complete beginners are very welcome.

DO I NEED TO OWN A DRUM KIT?

No, though you're likely to want one eventually if you continue lessons. 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 SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes, and you can split the cost! Just decide which of you will take care of booking the lessons and proceed as if you were doing one-to-ones.

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 other questions, please get in touch.

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