Learn to Play
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Lessons are coaching; A way to improve yourself with the help of someone who can see your weaknesses and help you strengthen them. If you want to improve, and you are willing to do the work, lessons can help you achieve your goals.
Lessons cover technique:
- Stick technique
- Stick Control
- Foot techniques
- Foot speed
- Body position and ergonomic playing
Lessons cover music:
- How to read rhythms
- How to read notation in percussion and drums set
- How to read drum charts
- How to organize percussion parts
- Help playing along with recordings, how to listen and groove
Lessons cover Drumming:
- Creating flow
- Improving foot and hand speed
- Improving 2, 3 and 4 way coordination
- Learning how to improvise
And MUCH more!
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How To Choose a Drum Set
Acoustic Vs. Electronic
There are two types of drum sets you can purchase or rent; Acoustic or Electronic. There are some pros and cons to each.
Acoustic Drum Sets
Acoustic is always a great choice for the best learning and sound experience. A good drum set will be tuned well, with decent sounding cymbals, and a drum throne that is sturdy and height adjustable. Reputable student drum brands are: Yamaha, Sonor, Ludwig, Gretsch, Pearl, Mapex, Premier. Reputable cymbal brands are Sabian, Zildjian, Istanbul, Ufip.
You will need to purchase the shell pack (the drums and hardware), and often cymbals, bass drum pedal and a throne (seat) are sold separately. Purchasing used on buy and sell sites make it more affordable to get drums and cymbals as a package.
Acoustic drum sets come in different sizes. A junior drum set is smaller for kids to play on up to about age 10. Adult sized drum sets will work well for taller kids, and kids who need to grow into the kit. Bass Drum sizes start at 16" (Sonor Jungle kit), 20" bass drum for a "jazz" kit which is a great size for short adults and still achieves big sound, and 22" bass drum for a "rock" kit. It is more challenging to play lower dynamics on a larger bass drum.
Pros to an acoustic kit:
- always touch sensitive
- good for dynamic development from pianissimo to fortissimo
- good sound production is dependent on playing spot and technique
- cymbals have many different colour tones achievable depending on where the cymbal is struck
- gig friendly
- tune-able to your sound preferences and feel
- no electricity needed
Cons to an acoustic kit:
- takes up a bigger space
- loud to the rest of the house
- there are bad quality student model cymbals out there that can hinder musical development (choose the best quality in your price range)
Electronic Drum Sets
Electronic drum sets are a good option for those with a smaller spaces, if you have sound sensitive people living with you, if you live in an apartment or condos with close neighbors, or if you are shy about being heard. Reputable brands of electronic drum sets include Roland (with at least one mesh head is excellent), and Yamaha (DTX is a good model). You want to select one that has functional hi hat pedal and bass drum pedals, even ones that have a bass drum pad which uses a real drum pedal instead of having a stand alone trigger pedal are best.
- Take up less space
- Set up is straight forward
- Sound can be contained to earphones
- depending on model, many sound patches can be explored for non-traditional drum sounds and world drum sounds
- Keeps resale value
- Needs electricity
- Repetitive stress injuries are common on electronic drum sets.
- There is a lot more stick vibration
- Players tend to hit harder than necessary as the volume does not get louder than where the speaker is set
- Not as dynamically sensitive
- Less sound colours than an acoustic
- Good quality is expensive and tend not to lose value when used
How Long Are Lessons
Both 30 minute and 60 minute lessons are available
How often do I need to take lessons?
Weekly lessons tend to be the most common as it holds the student accountable. When you have a deadline to learn something, and an appointment to look at it, people tend to do the work.
However, my studio is flexible. I offer weekly, every other week, monthly, and flex time lessons (single booking at a time, when space allows).
What payment types do you accept?
Cash, cheque, and etransfer are all accepted. Skype lessons from out of country are to be paid through PayPal.
When will I start seeing results?
You get out of lessons what you put in!! Consistent effort (25 minutes a day, 4 times a week) will show more results than cramming (60 minutes once a week). However, any amount of practice will get you farther than no practice at all.