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.
My tuition aims to educate and further the elementary skills necessary for playing the drum set.
- Ear training
- Development of rhythm feel / time feel / timing (essential skills for articulation on the instrument)
- Independence of the limbs
- Concepts for creative practising
- Schooling of dynamic control / internal dynamics (to be able to play the instrument at different volume levels as well as to control different volumes independently)
- Drum notation / sight reading
- Gripping the sticks / finger- and hand-techniques / exercises for stick control
- Seating position / instrument set up / knowledge of the instrument
- Tuning the instrument
- Rebound (how to make the stick work for us) – Concepts: Free Stroke / Moeller
- Rudiments (foundations of snare drum playing) build a part of drum set playing
My lessons emphasize the importance of understanding and connecting to the “groove”. 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“. In practical terms this will mean we will engage with different Groove concepts.
Lessons will encompass the vocabulary and techniques that are used in playing pop, rock, hip hop, soul, funk, singer / songwriter and jazz and the use different standard works for teaching.
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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.