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
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
The famous “Amen Break” drum groove

The famous “Amen Break” drum groove

Even if you are not aware that you’ve heard this drum groove, you definitely have. It is one of the most sampled pieces of music of all time and it features on hundreds of recordings. Origin of The Amen Break The Amen Break is a 4-bar loop which lasts for about... Read More
London Drum Show – promotion code 2014

London Drum Show – promotion code 2014

The biggest drumming event of the year is nearly here. We’ve got a promotion code for cheaper advance tickets (details below). The London Drum Show is back, and for the first time it will be spread over 2 floors of the Olympia Conference Centre. It promises to... Read More
Drummer Jobs in Films, TV and Adverts

Drummer Jobs in Films, TV and Adverts

TV companies, advertising agencies and film production companies sometimes require drummers for drumming roles in their productions. Drummer jobs in films, TV and adverts Here at Elephant Drums we mainly teach private lessons and run workshops, but we have been known... Read More
The drum rudiments

The drum rudiments

A guide to Drum Rudiments Think of the drum rudiments as the “building blocks” of drumming. They are roughly equivalent to a pianist or a guitarist learning and practicing their scales. The rudiments are important to help a drummer develop technique,... Read More
Music venues in London (part 3) Shoreditch

Music venues in London (part 3) Shoreditch

This is the third part in our occasional series of guides to live music venues in London. Previously we covered music venues in Camden Town and Brixton. Read the previous articles here: Part 1: Camden Part 2: Brixton In part 3, we head to London’s trendy east to... Read More