Instruction in the drums starts with the basics. In the early stages students learn how to hold a pair of drumsticks, how to play drum rolls and basic drum rudiments (rhythm exercises for coordinating the two hands playing together). Students gain experience playing on a drumset where all four limbs have to work together.
The basics of reading rhythm are introduced through handouts specifically geared to the student’s knowledge and experience. As students progress they work on more complex rhythmic patterns and undertake a more thorough study of drum rudiments in order to develop greater independence of two hands and two feet. In the early stages of drum instruction it is not necessary to have a drumset for practicing. A practice pad is sufficient. This is a small and inexpensive pad that can sit on a table top, designed to have a similar bounce and feel to a real drum head when it is struck. A practice pad and a pair of drumsticks is all you need to get started with drum lessons.
As students progress a basic drumset will become necessary. This consists of a snare drum, a bass drum and a hi-hat. When the time comes, your teacher will help you decide whether you want to go the acoustic route or the electric drumset route. Both have their advantages.
Nate is an active member of the Ottawa music scene with over a decade of experience in numerous drumming styles and genres such as Pop, Rock, Progressive Rock/Metal, Blues, Latin, Jazz, and Fusion. He plays regularly with multiple musical groups and has been teaching since 2016.
When teaching, Nate strives to instill in his student the same passion he has for playing, with personalized lessons, practical advice, and dedicated instruction.
Andrew has been an active drummer around Ottawa since the late 80s. He is the drummer for Sir Paul the McCartney Tribute and the children’s band, Monkey Rock. Andrew has also played with and fills in for Big Band Ottawa (Swing) and Machine Messiah (Heavy Metal), and plenty in between.
Lessons focus on fundamentals which are then applied to music. If the student has favourite songs we learn them!
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