drum lessons in Hamburg
My intention, above all, is to pass on a love of drumming to my students. I want to empower others to play drums and express themselves with this wonderful instrument.
When learning an instrument it’s of paramount importance that it be fun. This is a key tenant of my teaching style: to create a learning environment that covers classical approaches to drum set playing, while also making room for creative and fun approaches that stress efficient practice methods.
To create a personalized program of study is especially important to me, and the starting point for any teacher-student relationship is an assessment of previous musical experience. This means that lesson content, as well as teaching methods, are tailored to suit each student’s needs.
My aim when teaching is to give students a foundation in which they have the confidence and knowledge to go on and play in music ensembles.
Anyone with an interest in pursuing drums, regardless of previous experience or age is welcome to take lessons. Lessons are offered for pre-beginners to competent musicians looking to improve their technique and attain a professional grade skill set. Children from the age of 7 are welcomed.
My tuition aims to educate and further the elementary skills necessary for playing the drum set.
These include for example:
- seat hight, grip, how to set up the instrument, knowledge of the drumset
- sight reading
- ear training
- Development of Rhythm feel / time feel / timing (essential skills for articulation on the instrument)
- coordination & synchronization
- Independence of the limbs
- Hand / Arm Technique: rebound (letting the stick do the work) – concepts: Free Stroke (G.L. Stone -Stick Control) / Moeller
- Finger Technique (for example Push – Pull)
- Foot Technique / Heel Down – Heel Up
- learning to control Dynamics (how to play from quiet to loud) – this includes areas such as: accent studies / Gost Notes / feathering the Bass Drum
- Rudiments (foundation of Snare Drum playing) build a part of Drum Set playing
- concepts for creative & productive practicing
- tuning the instrument / sound aestetics (how to achieve the sound we want from our Drum Set)
- we will look at different music genres, learn how to analyse song structures and work towards interpreting / covering songs
My lessons emphasize the importance of understanding and connecting to the “groove”. In practical terms this will mean we will engage with different Groove concepts. These will help us to build a vocabular / Repertoire necessary to communicate in different musical contexts. Amongst other we will get to know 5-way-independence – a sytem developed by Gary Chester. This approach trains coordination & independence and will lead to more control of the instrument as musical cerativity. Groove can be described as an amalgamation of timing, emotion and technique (tension / release) in the context of repetition. Groove is what makes people want to dance when listening to music. “Groove“, as Steve Gadd outlined it, “is an agreement with the guys you’re playing with“, “when you lock it everything feels good“.
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Lessons take place in my rehearsal room in Billbrook. In exceptional cases home visits can be arranged.
A few words on music:
Music is an expression of life and emotions. Playing with others can best be understood by invoking the metaphor of conversation. The successful interaction between musicians is grounded in the importance of listening and answering to establish a rapport – just as it is in a conversation.
The expression of emotions takes center stage. It is this aspect of music, the way musicians interpret their emotions through melody, harmony and rhythm which has the biggest impact on the listener.
To do this successfully a language for the instrument which facilitates “listening” and “answering” is needed, just as it is in a conversation.
With regards to drum tuition, I focus on establishing techniques and a vocabulary which allow students to express themselves in their own unique way.