The drum is man’s first instrument and still holds a unique place in our hearts. Its power and importance is seen in the earliest human expressions of culture such as ceremony and dance. Nowadays the drum remains as ubiquitous as ever and can be heard worldwide in all styles of music. The drums sit in the driving seat of the band; learning to play means becoming the backbone of any group, as you maintain core rhythms as well as facilitating changes in mood and tempo, sustaining and driving on the play.
What to expect when learning the drums? Every teacher tailors their lessons to the individual student’s wishes and needs. The first few months comprise of becoming familiar with the parts of the drum kit and their purposes, before acquiring a basis in the techniques of rhythm and an understanding of note values and tempo. As students progress they can delve further into the styles they wish to explore, supplement their music GCSE/A-Level/University education and/or proceed through the Trinity or Rockschool grade examinations.
Knock-out drummers include Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, John Bonham, and, of course, Animal from The Muppets, loosely based on the legendary Keith Moon.
‘Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.’