Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach beginners?

Absolutely. Many of my students have started out total beginners and have progressed into excellent drummers.

Do you teach young people?

Sure, I am happy to teach students of all ages on the drums. Parents are welcome to sit in during our lessons. It is worth exploring the size kit that suitable for your child so that it is playable to practise on at home - for more advice just get in touch.

Where are you based?

I teach the majority of my drum lessons from Abby Lane Studios, Unit 7 Racecourse Industrial Park, Mansfield Road, DE21 4SX, Derby - not far from the Odeon Cinema, just off the A61 and opposite Rollerworld. It is a great place to learn to play the drums, with all the equipment we will need during our lessons. Plus, free parking. Click on the map below to bring up Abby Lane Studios on Google Maps.

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If you have difficulty getting to the studio I have no problem in coming to you to give the lesson so you can learn in the comfort of your own home. Do note, there is an additional travel cost for home lessons, simply get in touch to find out more.

I don't have a drum kit, is that a problem?

Not at all. There are many exercises you can do without a drum kit, especially if you're just starting out. If you are serious about playing the drums though, I would certainly get some drums within the first few months of playing as nothing can replicate the feel of an actual kit. If you're worried about them being too noisy you can buy silencer pads which reduced the velocity by a lot. Electronic kits are also great for noise limitation. I would be more than happy to help you find a good kit for a good price. You can also read our article Music Shops in Derby to get more information.

What do I need to bring for my first lesson?

Just yourself. I can provide sticks until you get your own pair. There are a lot of different types of sticks so if you are unsure which ones to get I can help you choose.

Can you teach sight reading?

Yes, I can teach you how to read and write drum notation so that you can create your own grooves and rudiments.

Do you teach grades?

Yes, I have done grades myself so I would be more than happy to help you work through yours. I find them to be a great learning tool as they always cover a variety of styles. However, I don't see them as essential. You can be just as good a drummer without them.

How often should I have a lesson?

I'd recommend an hour a week as this gives us more time to cover material in greater detail. For younger students, I'd suggest half hour lessons to begin with. But, it is totally down to you how often you have your lessons. As long as you're committed and are practising in your spare time you will see great improvement.

What will the lessons entail?

Depending on your musical interests I will create a unique lesson plan what will suit you the best.

What should I do if I need to cancel my lesson?

If you would like to cancel a lesson just contact me 48 hours in advance and we can arrange another time. If you cancel a lesson within the 48 hours you will be expected to pay the full tuition cost.



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