This is my basic approach for getting a new student started at the drums. I like to start students out on the practice pad at first. This gives them a chance to focus on learning good technique and understanding basic musical notation. Starting out on a huge drumset is not only a little overwhelming, but there is only so much they can accomplish until they grasp the basics. Below is a general list of the things that will be covered in the first month or so for a newcomer to the drums.
-Proper technical approach (grip, hand/ arm position, stroke)
-Musical notation, note values (basic reading- quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, rests, etc.)
-Rolls (double stroke, single stroke, press)
-Rudiments (flams, paradiddles, etc.)
-Snare Drum Solos
Various instructional books are used including- “Syncopation”, “Stick Control”, “Modern Reading, text in 4/4”, “Wilcoxin Book”, and more.
As students progress, they can move on to drumset studies. I can focus on whichever style of music interests the student, or I can present various styles (Rock, Latin, Funk, Jazz, etc.) All of the ideas learned in the previous lessons will be applied to the drumset. Areas covered will include:
-Beats (Rock, Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, 12/8, etc.)
I am very patient and flexible. If there is anything that the student specifically wants to learn or doesn’t want to learn, I’m all ears! I’m here to teach them whatever they are interested in as well as to introduce them to something they may not have experienced before.