Drummers You Should Know (part 4): Animal

Drummers You Should Know (part 4): Animal

Animal by Will Connor Am I allowed this one? I hope so, because Animal is one of my favourite drummers. In fact, Animal’s appearances playing drums on The Muppet Show could have had something to do with me taking an early interest in drumming. I suspect he might have... Read More
Buying a drum kit

Buying a drum kit

If you are buying a drum kit for the first time there are many things to look out for. Drum sets come with a wide variety of options to choose from. Elephant Drums has put together this article to help answer the important questions when buying your first drum kit.... Read More
Money-saving tips for Drummers

Money-saving tips for Drummers

Some people have the perception that the drum kit is an expensive instrument to learn.  However it could be one of the cheapest if you think creatively and follow some simple money saving tips for drummers. Elephant Drums has put together a few things that you could... Read More
Drum Kit Repairs

Drum Kit Repairs

Missing lugs, cracked cymbals, wobbly drum stools, squeaky pedals, threaded bolts, rattly snares, split skins… The list of potential repairs goes on. At any stage of learning the drums it is vital to know how to perform at least a few basic repairs and know some... Read More
Rehearsal studios in London for drum practice

Rehearsal studios in London for drum practice

Drum Practice Studios Finding a studio for drum practice can be a challenge. We are often asked to recommend rehearsal studios to our students so they can practise drumming between lessons. We also get a lot of enquiries from non-students (other drummers) asking if we... Read More
Best of…  Drum lessons online

Best of… Drum lessons online

It’s that time of the year when we delve into the archives and pull out some of the best bits from our free online lessons. Popular topics Most viewed topic: A career in drumming Most educational topic: Drum lessons Most commented topic: Lifestyle / Practise... Read More
Get a grip: How to hold drum sticks

Get a grip: How to hold drum sticks

In this article we will be taking a little look at the secret art of holding a drum stick! Don’t forget that drum sticks are not the only type of drum-hitting impliment you can use. Brushes, rutes and rods can be used instead of sticks. Drums are full of tones... Read More
Playing grooves using triplets

Playing grooves using triplets

Triplets are groups of 3 notes. They are used in many different forms of drumming, whether constructing drum fills, solos or grooves. In this article we’re going to look at using triplets to construct a groove. Andy Burt gives us an introduction to triplets and... Read More
Paradiddle Mania

Paradiddle Mania

In this edition of the blog, we’ll explore further into the world of drum rudiments. Previously we talked about single strokes and double strokes in the context of drum rolls (click here to read the article). The paradiddle is a versatile rudiment because it... Read More
Learning Rock Band drums for Wii, Xbox, PS3

Learning Rock Band drums for Wii, Xbox, PS3

The Rock Band computer game on Wii, Xbox and Playstation has been massively popular. It has inspired many people to take up learning a real musical instrument. But what exactly are the differences between playing Rock Band drums and playing a real drum kit? A drums... Read More
Timing vs Time-Keeping

Timing vs Time-Keeping

“How do you know when there is a drummer at your door?” The knocking speeds up. Ha ha!The jokes are abundant, we’ve all heard them. It can become a sensitive issue when the drummer is constantly blamed for every slight slip-up in the time-keeping... Read More
The secret of reading drum music

The secret of reading drum music

Following on from the previous post about “punctuation” in drumming, this article takes a step back to look at the bigger picture of “how to read drum music”. First a bit of fun: Read the following sentences (read through quickly without paying... Read More