The Buzz stroke

Learning how to hold a stick and make it operate the way you want it to is quite tricky. Younger, less experienced drummers just tend to hammer the hi-hat as hard and as fast as they can, when really it's all about technique. Suddenly the stick just comes alive 😉

Drum Drills

Prior to exams, I get my students to do an exercise which is quite intense and requires stamina and concentration. Starting from the beginning of the piece we select sections and repeatedly play them with a 1 bar rest in between. I found this technique really useful when learning new parts in short periods of [...]

Drop Stick Exercise

Here's a great way to get students laughing and start coordinating dropping a stick. The idea is to just go straight for another stick and not worry about the one you drop. I keep my spares under my legs. 😉