Drumless tracks: Songs minus drums to play along to

Drumless tracks: Songs minus drums to play along to

A little while ago we wrote and published an article about great songs to play drums to. In that article our students, teachers and followers on Facebook suggested some of their favourite songs to play along to on drums. We have been receiving many requests from all... Read More
Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for drummers

Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for drummers

Drum shops and online music stores go crazy! It’s a relatively new phenomenon in the UK. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been steadily growing in popularity in the last few years. And this year even more drum shops and music retailers in the UK are getting in... Read More
Evening workshops

Evening workshops

Elephant Drums presents a new series of evening drumming workshops, starting on Thursday 19 November 2015. The series kicks off with a workshop exploring World Rhythms led by Canadian jazz/world drummer Adam Teixeira. Adam Teixeira is a drummer/percussionist from... Read More
Practising drums… without drums!

Practising drums… without drums!

Are you thinking of starting to learn the drums but you don’t have a drum kit to practice on? This is one of the biggest barriers to starting learning the drums that most people tell themselves is going to be a problem. The good news is… There are plenty of ways to... Read More
Review of STOMP at The Ambassadors Theatre, London

Review of STOMP at The Ambassadors Theatre, London

For most drummers our obsession with the drums means that we will at some point during our drumming lives catch ourselves banging old pots and pans using the kitchen utensils! It’s this raw, instant, feel-good experience which is the spirit captured by STOMP.... Read More
Drumming with backing tracks and sample pads

Drumming with backing tracks and sample pads

In this article Dan Peranic gives us an insight into the world of working with backing tracks and triggering samples on live gigs. He explains a great approach to constructing effective drum grooves whilst using samples and he discusses the merits and drawbacks of... Read More
Free Drum Lessons: Prizes & Competitions

Free Drum Lessons: Prizes & Competitions

Do you represent a charity, good cause or company based in London, related to music? Elephant Drums gives away a number of free drum lessons per year to benefit worthy causes and to help raise money for local charities. These lessons are usually donated in the form of... Read More
How long will it take to learn to play drums?

How long will it take to learn to play drums?

Many new drum students ask this common question a few weeks into their lessons: “How long will it take me to learn the drums?” The answer depends on what you aim to get out of drumming. If you only want to get to grips with the basics and a few songs it might take a... Read More
Drumming Lessons as a Gift

Drumming Lessons as a Gift

Looking for that special gift? Something a bit ‘different’? Do you have a partner, relative or friend that has “always wanted to play the drums”? Perhaps it’s someone that used to play drums but hasn’t had the chance to pick up... Read More
Drum transcriptions: music notation and tab

Drum transcriptions: music notation and tab

If you have ever searched for drum music online you will have come across two formats for transcriptions: music notation and drum tab. Notation involves notes placed on a stave, like this: Example 1 Drum tab (short for ‘tablature’) looks like this: Example... Read More
The 3 ‘H’s – Head, Hands and Heart

The 3 ‘H’s – Head, Hands and Heart

This article follows on from the previous ariticle about the 3 ‘M’ Words which apply to learning a new pattern on the drums. You may want to recap the concepts on that page as a point of reference. See Creative approaches to drumming – the 3 ‘M’ words The... Read More
BOOM! Groove & Independence with Robert Castelli

BOOM! Groove & Independence with Robert Castelli

On Saturday 25 October we are joined by drummer Robert Castelli (The Boom Quartet) for a special workshop on Groove & Independence. It’s suitable for all levels and ages – find out more here: Boom! Robert Castelli – October 2014 More info / Book... Read More
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