A lot of people these days can’t make it to what I call a ‘physical drum lesson’ in a studio. Whether there are no teachers in commuting distance, scheduling issues, inclement weather, health issues or comfort of playing on your own equipment. By teaching online, anyone from anywhere can have access to convenient drum lessons by an experienced professional drum instructor. In my 8 HD Camera set up with high quality sound you will see and experience private drum lessons like no other!
Here are a few common questions I get asked about Remote Drum lessons. If you want to know more please contact me.
Why Remote Drum Lessons?
Many people learn to play drums by watching YouTube lessons. I have a YouTube channel where I post performances and offer up tips when I have time. Many of these YouTube videos are great and you can learn a lot from them but are you really learning in the right way? Have you picked up any bad habits that can hinder your playing? How would you know? You have no one to tell you. This is where my Remote drum lessons come in.
Via Remote Drum Lessons, I can watch you play as I teach you techniques, rudiments, styles and songs. I can show you where you need to tweak your technique, and even better, I can teach you in the right way from the start so there is nothing to hinder your development as a player while you learn!
What are Remote Drum Lessons like?
Remote Drum Lessons are like any other lesson. I can demonstrate, give you tips on your playing and answer any questions in real time just like a ‘physical drum lesson’. I provide lesson materials in the form of individual custom written .pdfs or book recommendations. These can be sent via Skype during the Remote drum lesson. Any pre-prepared content is sent via email before the Remote drum lesson and any material I need to prepare for you to use during the week to practice I create and email it to you the next day.
Not sure my kid would like Remote Drum Lessons?
Half of my students are kids ages 6 and up. I make it fun for all ages! In our “Meet and Greet” I guarantee your kids will be in awe of the drumming, technology and my humor!
What do you teach in Remote Drum Lessons?
Here’s just some of the subjects covered: Rock, Jazz, R&B, Latin(Cha-Cha, Mambo, Soca/Calypso, Mozambique, Nanigo, Bossa Nova, Samba), Hip-Hop, Country, Second-Line/New Orleans, Metal, Rudiments, Drum & Fife, Reading, Theory, Technique, Double Bass, Brushes and Much More!
I will go over the famous styles, beats, fills and songs of many great drummers!
Do I need a drum set to start lessons?
No you don’t. Many have started with just a practice pad and sticks. Which is under $50 of equipment.
What do I need for Remote Drum lessons?
First things first, you need the Skype program on your computer. It’s free and you can download it from www.skype.com. Just install it and set up an account if you aren’t already a user.
The next thing you need is a webcam and microphone. Most laptops these days have them built in. If your computer doesn’t have them you can get a webcam with a microphone fairly cheaply online or in your local computer shop. I can also provide advice if you need it.
A printer can come in handy but is not essential.
Make sure your camera is far enough back to see your drums and you. I find it best to have it a couple of feet from the left of hi-hat. Quality of picture depends on good lighting! Have headphones without a mic. This reduces feedback of our sounds being echoed back to each other.
How do the drums sound during the lesson?
My drums are mic’d with 10 microphones through a PreSonus Mixer and will sound very professional! Decent headphones used by the student will sound better than most devices. In our first “Meet and Greet” you will hear the great quality!
How do I pay for Remote Drum Lessons?
Payment for Remote Drum Lessons is via PayPal or credit/debit. It’s safe and secure.
What’s your Policy?
My policy below is pretty straight forward.
- Lessons are for 30 minutes at a set time and day of the week.
- Tuition is $78 a month.
- Tuition is to be paid by the first of the month.
- I’m on a very tight schedule. There are no make-ups. If there is a make-up, it is done as a courtesy. Please don’t abuse this courtesy.
- If you need to stop lessons for any reason, I ask that you give me two weeks notice.
If you have any questions or ready to sign up, you can contact me.