How Skype Drum Lessons Work

  • You need: a drum set, laptop or tablet, smartphone, and a speaker.
  • Click here to see an example setup.
  • You also need: a practice pad, drum sticks, and plastic brushes (for quiet practicing).
  • Most students take (and I suggest) an hour lesson a week, but you can do however much you like. (The more often you play, the faster you will progress!)

What To Expect

After we decide together what songs you want to learn, you'll first learn some drumming basics: proper stick grip, posture, bass-drum pedal technique, counting, and keeping time.

As you progress, we'll work on speed and control, dynamics, simple rudiments and limb independence, developing your ear and musicality, how to read drum notation, and how to transcribe beats and fills. 

I will give you lesson handouts, interactive drum transcriptions, and play-along tracks. After every lesson, I will email you a detailed practice routine that includes your suggested homework for the week.

You learn and progress according to your particular interest area and commitment. 

You decide how often you want to have lessons. Most students do an hour a week, but it is up to you. If you're worried about the time commitment required for learning drums, remember that practicing for even just a short time every day (10-20 minutes) can be effective.

I can also give advice on purchasing drums: I've helped many students find a great deal on craigslist for a used drumset, or on a new drum kit from a music store. I'll teach you how to set it up and tune it, and how to make it quieter by using mutes and playing with brushes.

My prices are $75 for an hour, and $40 for a half-hour.

Benefits of drumming

Scientific research shows a multitude of benefits from drumming:

  • Releases endorphins.
  • Improves mood and cognitive function.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Increases pain tolerance.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Facilitates cooperation in groups.
  • Burns calories (of course!).
  • Has a positive effect on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression, and PTSD.

Playing drums is a win-win, however you look at it.

Check out this article about all the reasons you should learn to play drums, and this blog post by a woman with ADHD who took up playing drums in her fifties, improved her brain function and alleviated her depression.

Setup For Skype Drum Lessons

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