Drum Grades and Exams

Drum Grades and Exams

Thinking of taking Grade Exams? Here is a drummer’s guide to the syllabus options for the Drum Grades and how to get official qualifications in drumming. Drum grades are regulated qualifications and count towards UCAS points as well as being great for career development.

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Afro-Cuban Bata Rhythms

Afro-Cuban Bata Rhythms

It’s time for the next in our series of drum workshops exploring the rhythms of the world. Saturday 30 September 2017 Join us in London Waterloo (SE1) for a “Rhythms of the World” workshop led by Canadian drummer & percussionist Adam Teixeira.... Read More
World Music Day (21st June)

World Music Day (21st June)

Join the worldwide celebration of music on June 21st!
Completely different from a typical music festival, it is open to anyone who wants to take part.

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Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

Elephant Drums is pleased to present a new series of Saturday drumming workshops, starting on Saturday 5th November 2016. The series kicks off with a workshop exploring World Rhythms led by Canadian drummer & percussionist Adam Teixeira. World Rhythms on the drum... Read More
Student discount for the London Drum Show at Olympia

Student discount for the London Drum Show at Olympia

The London Drum Show is one of the drumming highlights of the year for drummers and music enthusiasts. This year the Drum Show takes place at Olympia in London on the weekend of the 12th – 13th November. Drum students and Drum Pass members can receive a discount... 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
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
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 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
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