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FREE DRUM LESSONS!!! This blog will incorporate drum lessons, drum patterns, music theory, advice, random drum related stuff... just anything related to drumming, teaching them and learning how to play them. This service is provided for free. Hopefully, you'll find it useful. http://leicesterdrumschool.co.uk

Summer Exam Results 2016

Exam ResultsPosted by Richard Sun, July 03, 2016 22:51:43
My drum students achieved some amazing results in their Trinity drum kit exams this term.

Passes with Distinction
Matthew Noble 93 (Grade 5)
Adrian Bates 88 (Grade 3)
Richard Dalby 92 (Grade 3)
Aayush Parmar 97 (Grade 2)
Raphael Thompson 91 (Grade 2)
Eddie May 100 (Grade 1)

Passes with Merit
Gemma Collick 78 (Grade 2)
Paris Fawcett 79 (Grade 2)
Alexander Moorkamp 78 (Grade 1)

Passes

Ethan Hack 68 (Grade 2)
Lexie Smith 70 (Grade 2)


'Rolling in Rhythm' by Charles Wilcoxon

Drum lessons (beginners)Posted by Richard Mon, April 04, 2016 11:18:00
Here's a live recording of a snare drum solo (snare off) called 'Rolling in Rhythm' by Charles Wilcoxon. Enjoy!



Spring 2016 Exam Results

Exam ResultsPosted by Richard Fri, March 18, 2016 09:52:02
As usual, I offer my congratulations to my students who all passed their drum exams. A pretty good set of results here!

Passes with Distinction

David New 95 (Grade 8)
Solomon Stone 87 (Grade 4)
Paris Fawcett 92 (Grade 1)
Oliver Hames 90 (Grade 1)

Passes with Merit

Joel Cane 84 (Grade 8)
Alexander Haigh 77 (Grade 5)
Isabel Crofts 84 (Grade 1)



How Much Practise?

Drum lessons (beginners)Posted by Richard Sun, August 23, 2015 10:10:50

The more practise you do the better you will get. Just think about all the time you spend watching rubbish on TV; this is perfect drum practise time. In truth, if you put in 15 minutes a day you will improve. If you put in 30 minutes a day, you will improve more and so on. The most important thing is to keep focused and work on the things you can't do as well as those you can do. It's common for younger students to require a little parental coercion to get them practising. Those aiming to progress rapidly should put in about 1 hour (or two 30 minute sessions) a day.

Playing to a song you like or to a metronome can be very beneficial as this will help improve your timekeeping skills. Just make sure the tempo isn't 'blisteringly fast' or it won't help at all. Counting aloud is also something worth practising to keep your playing even.

It's always a good idea to warm up at the start of your practise session; first try the single stroke roll (RLRL) remembering to hold your sticks the correct way and to keep your wrists loose. Count as you go.

This useful guide on practising from musicteachers.co.uk might be helpful.



New teaching room

WafflesPosted by Richard Thu, August 20, 2015 20:02:58
After many months (well, almost a year) of preparation, which involved removing all of the fixtures and fittings of a kitchen, I have finally moved into my new drum teaching room. Here's Joel pondering the wonders of "Odd One Out" from the Trinity College Grade 8 syllabus. Or maybe he's just appreciating the delicate shade of yellow I chose for the walls?








Summer exam results

Exam ResultsPosted by Richard Wed, July 08, 2015 18:56:21
Many Congratulations to the following students who all passed their drum exams!

Passes with Distinction

Matt Noble 91 (Grade 3)
Adrian Bates 97 (Grade 1)

Passes with Merit

Alexander Haigh 76 (Grade 4)
Mark Lovett 77 (Grade 2)
Ryan Murphy 83 (Grade 1)
Lexie Smith 81 (Grade 1)



Spring Exam Results

Exam ResultsPosted by Richard Sat, April 04, 2015 14:16:07
Many Congratulations to the following students who all passed their drum exams!

Passes with Distinction

David New 98 (Grade 7)
Richard Dalby 89 (Grade 1)

Passes with Merit

Joel Cane 83 (Grade 7)
Solomon Stone 83 (Grade 3)
Aayush Parmar 76 (Grade 2 snare)
Raphael Thompson 82 (Grade 2 snare)

Pass
Neil Edwards 73 (Grade 2)



Sonor SQ2

WafflesPosted by Richard Sat, March 07, 2015 11:07:33
I don't get too many opportunities to play my Sonor Kit. As is the case for many drummers, my best drum kit remains in cases most of the time. The Sonor SQ2 is a top of the range kit and it sounds amazing. This one has maple shells and a Rosewood veneer and I'm using Istanbul Traditional cymbals (good for rock) and a 19" Zildjian Constantinople crash ride (good for jazz).



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