In complement to the professional music performance work I do, helping my students take their musicality to the next level is a true passion of mine and in the process of doing so I draw upon my extensive experience of teaching privately and also at The Academy of Contemporary Music, where I worked over a period of 20 years as one of the longest-serving tutors on all levels of the drumming curriculum.
On my musical path so far I feel so blessed to have learned directly from some super-talented and legendary musical-drumming heroes and mentors along the way. From Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information) and Chester Thompson (Frank Zappa, Genesis, Weather Report) to Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis), Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck, Hiromi), Gary Wallis (Pink Floyd, Genesis, Schiller, Mike and The Mechanics), these and other great musicians/people have and continue to inform what I can offer in my musical performances and teaching practice.
My approach to teaching is focused on giving my students the best possible experience in upping their skills and musicality and helping them achieve their musical goals. It's also informed by my professional experience working with the likes of renowned artists/bands such as Hugh Cornwell, Wishbone Ash, Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Fish amongst others (more info on my bio here on this site).
What we can explore together ranges from the fundamental basics of musical drumming through to more advanced concepts, approaches to working effectively in professional settings, and more.
As an example of some of what I can offer in a teaching/learning capacity, here’s a video where I demonstrate and explain how to play a relatively-complex drum part from one of the sections in the Tool song “Eulogy.” In the video I present the whole pattern, break it down into its component parts and - in a simple and methodical way - take you through the process of putting it all together.
If there are songs you want to play but don’t yet know how, I can certainly help you to be able to, and have a great time doing it!
In addition to the practical drum lessons I offer, I’m also available for more conversational-based information sessions, where you can ask me anything related to drumming, music, touring, optimising mental and emotional health, being the best version of you, training, and finding flow, true empowerment and much more.
Lessons are available in-person with me in Surrey, UK and also online via Zoom.
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