‘I'm a beginner with little or no experience, can you help?’
Yes, of course! I welcome all ages and abilities from young people to adults. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and be creative.
'Is the drum kit the right instrument for me?'
The physical nature of playing the drums and understanding rhythm is a good way to release energy but also a good way to harness it.
You might simply want to learn some of the basic skills such as time-keeping and coordination so you can play in a band or play along to your favourite songs. However, you can take it a step further by learning to read music and drum kit notation and study advanced techniques and concepts.
Exploring the world of music in any capacity is a fascinating, enriching and fun experience. Learning any instrument offers creative and technical challenges. The drum kit is a incredibly nuanced instrument. I believe the skills you will gain are transferable to other instruments and, to some extent, other non-musical vocations.
'Do I need a drum kit at home in order to have drum lessons?'
Whilst it is not essential to have a drum kit it is helpful to have a pair of sticks that you are comfortable with. There are many different types of drum stick available to buy. Here is an informative article on the Modern Drummer website with lots of helpful tips when deciding on what to buy. Some experimentation is required to find what feels most comfortable; any good music shop will be happy to help and allow you to test a few pairs before you buy.
A practice pad or electronic drum kit are useful alternatives to an acoustic kit. There are lots of quality and affordable acoustic and electronic kits that come very close to the playing experience of a professional level drum kit. For more advice, please ask James.
'Can I have my lessons at home?'
Yes, providing you don't live too far away from Manchester City Centre and have an acoustic or electronic kit. Please be aware that an extra fee will apply to cover the cost of transport and the time spent travelling.
'Should I protect my hearing when playing the drums?'
Yes, absolutely! Practicing or performing repeatedly for long periods can result in hearing loss or damage. There are lots of products available to buy - it's important to find the right solution for you. A good starting point is foam earplugs - inexpensive and usually available from your local pharmacy. For more advice, please ask James.