LEICESTER DRUM SCHOOL
Drum Lessons IN Leicester with Dr Richard Hemmings
Meet your tutor
DRUM LESSONS IN LEICESTER
I’m Dr Richard Hemmings, professional drum teacher at the Leicester Drum School in Oadby. I also provide peripatetic drum tuition to several schools in Leicestershire. I’ve been teaching the drums since 2006, having previously gained a first class degree and a Ph.D in music. I’m passionate about drums and drumming, and, as a consequence, I love to share this enthusiasm with my students. I’m certain you’ll find drum lessons with me enjoyable, regardless of whether you’re new to the instrument or not.
PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 provisions are in place. All students must wear face coverings and use hand sanitiser. FaceTime and Skype lessons are also available.
WHO DO I TEACH?
I teach children (ages 7+) and adults; from complete beginners to more experienced players. My fully equipped teaching studio provides the perfect learning environment. For example, students can accompany backing tracks played through the high quality audio system and also practise playing along to a click.
TRINITY DRUM KIT GRADES
Each year I prepare students for their Trinity drum kit grades; however, this is down to the individual and you can learn just for fun if you prefer. Which ever path you choose, I’ll make sure you learn something new at each lesson. My teaching style is friendly and relaxed. In fact, as my Google reviews often reflect, I’m also a very patient teacher.
WHEN DO I TEACH?
My teaching hours are 3pm-9pm, Monday-Friday. During the school term, lessons are to be taken weekly. Additionally, I am available to teach during the school holidays. (When I’m not teaching, you can always read my Blog!)
HOW MUCH DO THE DRUM LESSONS COST?
You can choose to pay for lessons in 1, 2 or 3 instalments each term, at a rate of £16 per 30 minutes. Students are required to have one 30 or 60 minute lesson each week within term time. New students can take advantage of my Special Offer (see below). If you’re looking for drum lessons in Leicester, please get in touch!
- 300 patterns derived from the single paradiddle!!!
- Learn to play paradiddles over funky bass drums.
- Improve co-ordination with simultaneous paradiddles.
- Mind-melting linear patterns applied around the kit.
- Learn how to apply paradiddle interpolation.
The exercises contained within range in difficulty from easy to difficult, with most of the patterns based around simple backbeats. Why not arrange some drum lessons and allow me to help you learn how to play them?!
Why Come to Me for Drum lessons?
Firstly, I have over 13 years of teaching experience, 30 years of playing experience, a 1st class BA (Hons) degree and a PhD in music. As a result, I’ll help you to avoid common mistakes and (providing you practise!) turn you into a great drummer!
Thirdly, I cover all aspects of drumming, including different genres (e.g., rock, jazz, blues, reggae, latin), rudiments, technique, musicianship, playing to music, reading music, theory, and much more.
Secondly, good foundations are essential. I try to bring out the best in everyone. Drum lessons are tailored to the individual, with the initial aim of developing their technique. I always place emphasis on the importance of good stick control, counting and understanding notation.
TRINITY DRUM KIT GRADES
Finally, you don’t have to take exams, but I believe it’s the best way to get motivated as the goals are clear. Trinity drum grades offer a brilliant way of tracking your own progress. The learning is structured and accumulative, with each new grade building upon the previous one.
Students are encouraged to join bands and to perform in-front of others as the experience is invaluable.
All students are taught to read music and the basics of music theory as applicable to drum kit playing.