Dedicated to the Art of Drumming

The Drum Drill

The Drum Drill is a weekly workshop based on Hand Practice Routines.

It is a small group lesson focusing specifically on hands development. Designed for Intermediate to Advanced players, we go hands-on, encourage and push each other in what can easily be a daunting task.
It is about effective practice while having fun. What is better than doing it as a group!?

Although we practice essentially from the rudiments and their variations, we don’t do marching style, drum-line drumming. We always aim at shaping up our hands for drumkit applications.
The 2 hours of the workshop are divided as follow:

  • First Session:

    • Warm Ups
    • Theme – We explore one family of rudiment per week with different workouts, combinations, variations…

  • Second Session:

    • The Drum Drill: Inspired by Tommy Igoe‘s Life Time Warmups and Alan Dawson‘s Rudimental Ritual, it’s a written workout routine that goes through each Family of rudiments, picking a selection of patterns/variations.
      We work on the individual components of each routine and put it all together as group practice.
      There are three levels of “difficulty” that follow a same path. They are designed to gradually incorporate more challenging rudiments/variations whilst increasing our speed.

Our Approach: For us the goal is as much about developing our hands as listening and developing our ears. Don’t expect a lesson with “this is how you do it” or “this is right vs this is wrong” methods. Rather, you will need to observe and listen…and simply get a feel for yourself. It takes time to know your hands and the best way to get familiar with them is to go and try things out, be curious. Trying to improve the quality of your own individual performance WHILST always being aware of your place within the group. Much the same way as you would “tune” to any ensemble, band, orchestra you play with.
Quick tip: We are far more interested in achieving a good sound (yes even on a practice pad!) than working for the speed and numbers. We practice on rubber pads but think about the musical applications. “What would it sound like if I played the same way on the snare or cymbals?”
Like any live gig, it’s about good feel and relaxed flow.

“What happens if I’ve never heard of a  Flam Drag Paradiddle or an Inverted Flam Tap?”

Nothing! It’s ok if you haven’t studied rudiments before or if you only have a fairly basic knowledge of that world. 
This is the reason why we run the workshop as 2 individual sessions. The first one is a chance to either catch up on some of those concepts and give you ideas on how to go further with them.
After that, all the 3 routines include the same fundamentals. We simply build upon them.
Our aim is to provide a workshop that becomes a stimulant for your own practice. It’s a group practice workout. Not a race or a competition about who knows the most or play the fastest. So you work at your own pace in a supportive environment.
“What about the elements that are going to be too tough for me at first then?”

You leave them out!… and carry on with everyone else, playing something that you already know. However, be sure to keep track of what is going on around you and be ready to jump back in with the rest of the group as we go through the familiar elements! 

 

Rates
 

Note: Please feedback if you are interested in joining us but are
unable to attend on wednesday and we will happily look into
other options.

 
Terms and Conditions
 

We welcome a maximum of 4 students per session. This is to ensure a good balance between group dynamic and personal feedback/support.
So be sure to book your slot in advance.
All bookings need to be made online at least 24 hours prior to the session at the following address: 


You will need to specify your name, date you are committing to and your method of payment. We accept bank transfer or cash.
Please note before booking that 48 hours notice is required for any cancellation or re-scheduling. If notice is given less than 48 hours prior to the workshop then the full fee of your session will be charged.
Notice may be given via email. We reserve the right to withhold further session until arrears are paid in full.
You only need to bring sticks, a note pad and a pen!

For any questions, please feel free to contact us on here at