I teach both by ear and by reading music. I have taught absolute beginners to working (gigging) drummers.
I teach from many different drum books to give the student every opportunity to learn all different styles of music.
I am a young, fun tutor with years of experience behind the drum kit.
I have been playing drums of over 20 years and have played and recorded drums for various artists around the UK. I have recently finished my degree in Music Industry practice specialising in Drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music.
Russell Bradley, Musician
DoB - 17 January 1988
I am an accomplished, lifelong drummer with significant live performance and studio recording experience. I have regularly played at some of the best known venues in London and the Southeast with the established rock band Arivmia, and have currently performing with Dirty Rose. I have hands-on knowledge of the music industry and musicianship from crafting tracks in the rehearsal studio as a band, to recording and promotion at venues and on the internet. I am experienced in maintenance, transport, selection and setting up of kit to suit venue acoustics and using a wide variety of equipment.
Training and experience
1. 25 years drumming experience, since age 6.
2. Knowledge of all technical aspects of drums and related equipment, their sourcing and
3. Followed Trinity Guildhall Percussion Syllabus to Grade 8 (Advanced) informally.
4. Understanding of theory of written notation and sight reading.
5. Completed Higher Diploma in Popular Music Practice specialising in drums at the
Academy of Contemporary Music, 2006-7 (Modules studied: Live Performance Work- shop; Technical & Stylistic Development; Music Industry Preparation; Songcraft; Pro- fessional Musicianship;Contemporary Repertoire).
6. Completed Degree Music Industry Practice specialising in drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford. 2017-2019
7. Actively developing further knowledge of sound engineering equipment and software including LogicPro 8 and 9, Pro X, and Cubase 6.5 through 1-1 tuition and extended diploma in music technology.
8. In 2015 finish a extended diploma in Music technology
9. GCSE Music including sound recording with Cubase and studio work experience at
Parkgate Studios, Battle, East Sussex.
10. Gigged with rock and jazz bands including solo performances over many years.
11. Familiar with other instruments including guitar, bass, xylophone, piano / keyboard and
12. Health and Safety and First Aid trained
Experience of collaborative music composition and track crafting, from jamming to final cut through live studio recordings and recordings to a 'click' metronome. Have recorded at ACM Studios (Academy of Contemporary Music), The Lodge Studios, Northampton and Rising Records, Little Clacton. Also recorded a demo at “Audio Sorcery Recording Studios, Groombridge”
Arivmia projects include:
Album: 'End of the Line' (released September 2009)
EP: 'Awake another Fear'
Album: ‘Echoes from the Wilderness’
Dirty Rose Projects Include: Single ‘Break My Heart”
Single ‘Air Guitar Hero’
Technical stage work
(released July 2011) (released late 2013)
(releasing October 2019) (released June 2019)
I transport and set up band equipment for live performances, selecting and tuning the drum spec to suit venue acoustics. At gigs I set up lights, banners, sound systems, PA lev- els and fault find using DVM meters, both for my own band and for other bands.
Live performance venues
Hope and Anchor, Islington GuilFest, Guildford
The Star, Guilford
Carlisle, Hastings Tubman, Hastings
Flariz, Hastings Esquires, Bedford
The Peel, Kingston
Dublin Castle, Camden The Boileroom, Guildford Purple Turtle, Islington Intrepid Fox, Soho
The Hope, Brighton
The Fighting Cox, Kingston
Charities supported through gigs include: Cancer Research, Cystic Fibrosis, RNLI and St Michael's Hospice.
Wider band promotion experience
I designed the band logo and contributed to album cover design particularly on the 'End of the Line' project and have worked on the construction of the website arivmia.com. The latest album “Echoes from the Wilderness” artwork and inside pages was created by my- self. I have also helped expand the band's presence on YouTube, Facebook, iTunes and ReverbNation.
I have taught complete beginners and experienced drummers selecting material according to individual levels of ability, for example breaking down songs to enable students to learn percussion techniques and pedal work. I have taught from the Guildhall school of arts and drama books and also Rockschool books. I also try and encourage students from the start to learn by ear as well as reading.
Classic cars: I have helped out in the family business Classico Cars for many years. I also have knowledge of renting an maintaining commercial and residential property.
Main musical influences
Classic Rock, Alternative Rock and Grunge, including the Smashing Pumpkins, Joe Bonamassa, Lower Than Atlantis, Audioslave, Enter Shikari, Marmosets, PVRIS and Slaves.
Russell has a great education in regards to his drumming. He helped me with my posture while playing, my stick grip and of course with my playing. I recommend Russell because he i a patient teacher and always come with something new for me to do. 10/10
Russell helped me with learning songs for my band. He was very good at listening to the music and coming up with new ideas for me. He also got me to work on my rudiments to help me play better drum fills throughout the songs. Very good teacher and I am looking forward to my next lessons with him.
Russell is a great drummer, a kind guy to get along with and teaches you what you want to know, including everything I needed to know. Would definitely recommend him for lessons and he drives to you!
Russell is reliable, punctual and easy to get along with. He tailors his lessons to suit each student, and is patient and motivational.
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