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
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
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
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
Christmas is coming, let’s get drumming!

Christmas is coming, let’s get drumming!

Christmas is coming, Let's get drumming! Christmas gift ideas for drummers Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords-a-leaping… Yes, it’s that time of year where we put our thinking caps on and work out what we’re going to buy our... Read More