In-person drum lessons in Thurmont, MD, just 25 min outside of Frederick, MD.
Check out a few videos and you will find that you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to begin drumming—reach out if you have questions about getting started and I will be happy to point you in the right direction.
The rhythmic pattern that drummers play to a song is called the “beat” or the “groove”. Here is a groove that forms the foundation for many others in rock, pop, country, hip-hop, and R&B. My goal is to have a student play this groove within the first lesson or two.
Rudiments are similar to scales—a long story short they are patterns that help us play the drums. Here are the first three rudiments that I work on with students.
Backing tracks are a great way to have fun and improve your skills. Checkout Spotify and Bandcamp to find some that catch your ear.
I often make music instruction videos for my students to help remind them of what we learned in our drum lessons or piano lessons. Here is “In My Life” by the Beatles for a very talented young lady that loves drumming.
My first instrument—pure fun! Drum lessons in Thurmont, MD. Check out a method book I published on Amazon. It combines technique, rudiments, and reading with a healthy dose of real-world application through play-along lessons.
Here’s the first of four quick lessons I posted to social media for a student who had questions about what to practice during weeks when he had very little practice time.
Rudiments over a “4 on the floor” foot pattern.
Rudiments over a Samba pattern.
Rudiments over a 2nd Line/Clave pattern.
Here’s another quick follow-up video lesson I made for a student. This is the Black Crowes version of “Hard to Handle”.
His book “The New Breed” is one of my favorite drum books of all time—right up there with “Stick Control”. If you want to improve your coordination, time keeping, creativity, and awareness then pick up a copy of his book and get to work. It is well worth the time and money invested.
Here’s an idea of how to use “The New Breed” to work on your jazz/swing playing.
This band has some really interesting drum parts in many of their songs. I’m using a practice pad for a snare drum here—you don’t need much to get started with playing drum set.
Very funky drum part to this song. Herbie Hancock wrote this tune as part of the soundtrack to the movie “Death Wish” in 1974.
I forgot my camera tripod so a student was kind enough to help me out. I often make quick videos like this during our lesson so students can more effectively practice at home.
Technique isn’t everything, but it certainly helps. Here are a few ideas to help move you closer to playing in the style of drummer David Garibaldi from “Tower of Power”.