Great Britain has always been at the forefront of the European arts, and that is even truer when it comes to music.
As English became the international language and because the UK was tied through the Commonwealth to so many other countries across the world, Britain’s influence on the music industry has been disproportionate compared to the country’s size.
When the 1960’s arrived, the British Invasion, led by the Beatles, boosted Britain to the top of the charts. The pop and rock music has since been driven by both American and the UK, with artists starting in one country but becoming just as popular in the other.
British artist and bands such as Coldplay, Calvin Harris or Ed Sheeran have been some of the most popular in the world for the past few years. Ed Sheeran also became the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2017 with more than 6.3 billion streams. He is also the most followed artist on the online music streaming platform with 28.5 million followers.
The British islands are also the birthplace of many major musical genres:
With such a rich musical history, it is not a surprise that many young Britons feel inspired to become musicians, singers or songwriters.
What most these famous bands have in common beyond being famous world-wild, is that most of them include a drummer.
It is still true today that most band or famous singer will be accompanied by a drummer, who remains one of the guardians of the music’s tempo and rhythm. Often performing solo sections of a song, drummers became more than a side instrument and are often the key element of genres such as jazz, rock, classical or electronica.
If you are looking to start taking drumming lessons, this article is for you.
Learning how to tune your drums will be on of the first things you will do. (by-DocChewbacca.).
Bonham was listed by the Rolling Stones Magazine as the greatest drummer of all times.
Born in Redditch, Worcestershire in 1948, Bonham received his first drum kit when he was only 15 years old, and even though he never took a drumming lesson in his life, he received advice from other local drummers.
Going from local bands to semi-professional bands, it was in 1968 that everything would change for Bonham. The Yardbirds, London based rock band, was retiring and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page went on to recruit Bonham after seeing him play the drums for Tim Rose at a Hampstead club.
Their new project, The New Yardbirds, was quickly rebaptised Led Zepplin.
In their first year alone, Led Zepplin completed four US and four UK tours while releasing their second album which was mostly recorded on the road. That second album, Led Zepplin II, reached the number one chart position in both the UK and the US.
The band went on to become one of the most famous rock band of all time, even outselling the Rolling Stones.
Their success continued until Bonham death in 1980 and the disbandment of the Led Zepplin.
Bonham will remain in the history of music as one of the greatest drummers like Chad Smith, the current drummer of The Red Hot Chili Peppers said “To me, hands down, John Bonham was the best rock drummer ever. The style and the sound were so identifiable to one person. Any drum set that he would play, it sounded like him.”
Bonham has also been credited with one of the best drum solos of all times for Moby Dick.
Keith Moon came a close second on the Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” list.
Moon joined The Who in 1964, just before their recorder their first album and remained with the band until his death in 1978.
Despite his eccentric and sometimes self-destructive behaviour that got him the nickname of “Moon The Loon”, he was critically appraised by the music industry for his unique drumming style, mixing great passion and fantastic technique.
Moon treated the drums as the primary instrument of the band when previously most if not all rock bands used the guitar as the lead instrument. If you are listening to The Who’s first album, My Generation, it is clear that Peter Townsend, the lead guitarist, takes his cues from Keith Moon’s drums.
Because Moon was unwilling or unable to play the drums as everyone else did at the time, he came to develop his own sense of tempo and rhythm, which put the drums at the forefront of his band and would change the role of the drums in rock bands forever.
Richard Starkey is the real name of the 4th member of world-wild famous Beatles.
Born in 1940, Ringo Starr was already a well-rounded musician before he joined the Beatles in 1962. During the late 1950’s and early 60’s, Starr was part of the Hurricanes, a Liverpool rock’n’roll band, which at the time was more popular than The Beatles.
Ringo Starr met with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1960 when he first drummed for the band while still part of the Hurricanes,
When The Beatles dismissed their drummer, Pete Best, in 1962, Lennon asked Starr to join them who immediately accepted.
The rest is history. The Beatlemania took over the UK by the end of 1963, and in 1964 the band had achieved worldwide recognition.
The band broke up after eight years of collaboration during which they produced 12 studio albums, 13 extended plays, 22 singles and seven movies.
To this day, The Beatles have sold 1.6 billion singles, more than 600 million albums and is the band with the most Number 1 hit single, totalling 21.
But Starr’s career did not end up with The Beatles, and he enjoyed such a successful solo career that in 2018 he was estimated to be the wealthiest drummer of all times.
His influence on drumming techniques such as the matched grip, lowering the tune of the drums and using muffling apparatus on tonal rings continue to inspire drummers to this day.
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, playing in Newark, New Jersey in 2017. (by-goodrob13).
Lucky for you if you are living in the capital since there are a plethora of drum studios, music schools and universities offering a wide range of possibilities from private tutored lessons to three-year degrees.
If you are looking for a private tutor and one-on-one lessons in London, it would be probably best for you to look into drum studios.
Because drum kits are quite cumbersome and expensive, beginners usually won’t be able to be practising at home, and drum studios are the best option, at least until you’re sure that the drums are for you.
Drum Hub is a North London based studio which was founded by Alex, a 10-year veteran of teaching drums in schools, music academies and as a private tutor.
The studio offers private lessons in their Manor House facilities, using professional equipment and a fully equipped studio, as well as providing home visits for students who already possess their equipment.
London Drum Studio is an East London based practice studio, founded in 2012 by Nick Roberts who has been playing and studying the drums for more than 15 years and who graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music Ba Hons Degree in music performance.
The studios feature four purpose-built drum practice booths are on offer to both members and non-Members for solo drummers to practice seven days a week. The studio also has its app for drummers to book and schedule their practice time.
The London Music School and The Institute of Music Performance both offer a wide range of courses for those really serious about making drumming their future career.
The LMS is more flexible in the courses they offer, and you can choose from full-time BTEC Diplomas to a 2 days-a-week course. They also provide an intense two-week summer course, perfect for beginners.
The ICMP offers more of a full-time education and boasts incredible installations and studios in which you will be able to practice on industry-standard equipment from “Tama, Mapex and DW drum kits; cymbals by Paiste and Zildjian and triggers and pads by Roland and Yamaha”.
Home of The Bee Gees, Oasis and The Smiths, Manchester has been at the centre of the English music scene for the past 70 years.
No surprise then that you will be able to hone your skills quite quickly in the city that earned the nickname of Madchester because of its alternative rock and acid house scene.
Machester Drum Lessons was founded by Mike Barry and is one of the biggest private lesson studios in the city. Mike Barry boast more than 17 years playing the drums and 10 years teaching them.
While most drum tutors only give lessons as a side income, Barry has made it his principal occupation and now teaches to more than 50 students. And if you are leaving to far to commute to Manchester, Barry also offers Skype lessons.
Tom Rice Drums is another Manchester-based studio founded by eponymous professional drummer Tom Rice. Rice teaches lessons to all level of students, from complete beginners to advanced drum players.
The first lesson is free which makes it perfect if you’re not yet sure that drums are for you.
The Mauder’s School of Popular Music was founded in 2008 by musician and teacher Neil Maunder as a response to a lack of local music school projects in the Manchester Area.
It began as a nomadic school, using different community centres every night and later moved to its own location in Manchester City.
With more than 250 students and even more people attending the school’s workshops, MSPM became a real musical community where everyone is welcome to come and learn.
The school offers drums lessons every day of the week and gives Rockschool grades from 1 to 8, with a 100% success rate.
Find other drumming instructors based in Manchester.
“Moon the Loon” as he was known, earned his nickname from his habit of dropping explosive down the toilets, wherever he went.
Birthplace of the Heavy-metal, Bhangra and Grindcore, Birmingham also had a huge deal of influence on the emerging British techno music.
Nathan England-Jones teaches most of his lessons from his central Birmingham dedicated drum studio, near the Birmingham Arena.
England-Jones aims to tailor his lessons depending on the level, ability and goals of each student.
His BA in Music from the Birmingham Conservatoire and his years of teaching makes him the perfect tutor to get you to your Grade 8 on the drums.
Birmingham Rockschool is a contemporary, performance-based, independent music school in Kings Norton, South Birmingham. Initially located in Formed Solihull, they moved to the Mercury Music Studios in 2015 and had since expanded from six hours a week to seven days a week!
This school’s unique approach to teaching focuses on preparing students for live performances.
Their purpose-built facilities in Kings Norton, as well as featuring their studios and practice rooms, boasts its concert room with stage, P.A. and lighting equipment.
The Birmingham Music School located in the Jewellery Quarter accepts drums students from 9 and above. Their group lessons are taught by Yamaha accredited teachers, and their studio features high-end Yamaha equipment including two acoustic drum kits, one electric kit, a full PA system as well as specially designed practice pads.
If you want to have a go, the Birmingham Music School offers a free trial lesson!
Looking for Drum Schools in Leeds?
The Leeds Drum Academy was founded by João Figueiredo an official Soultone USA artist, a Drumeo Certified Instructor, a Vic Firth Artist & Educator and a member of the Sabian Education Network.
The Academy offers one-on-one lessons, masterclasses, pro courses and summer drum camps.
Their 150m2 facilities were purposely built for high-quality drum tuition and all the equipment there is state of the art.
This is one of the rare music school in the country to be completely focused on teaching how to play the drums.
Music Nation Leeds was founded in 2012 with the aim to “promote music education and development in fun and engaging ways and to provide a variety of learning opportunities so that anyone can get involved in music, no matter what their current skills and aspirations are.”
Their drum lesson programs welcome any level and focus on teaching how to play, to understand, to practice and to learn how to play the drums.
If you have never held drumsticks in your life, do not worry, Music Nation Leeds will guide you on your journey to worldwide fame.
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Based in Carlton Studios rehearsal rooms and recording complex in Glasgow City Centre, Michael McFadyen has a BA(Hons) Degree in Performance Arts and has more than ten years of drumming and live performance experience.
His lessons welcome all levels of musicians, and because of its location in a real musician hub that is the Carlton Studios, students will be able to practice on different drum and percussion kits, set in a fully equipped atmospheric studio.
The best way to learn the drums while having fun!
The Glasgow Music Studio Ltd. provides friendly and welcoming drums lessons in its facilities located in Glasgow Merchant City.
These lessons are tutored by professional teachers, tailoring the session according to the needs and goals of each student.
The facilities of the Glasgow Music Studio Ltd. includes professional recording studios featuring the latest technology as well as different size rehearsal rooms, perfect if you joined a band and would like to practice your drumming skills with other musicians.
Find more places to learn the drums in Glasgow.
So get your sticks and start learning the rudiments of playing the drums.