Where are you located?
I am close to Kingsway and Alexander Drive, located in Landsdale, Western Australia. Contact me now.
Are you registered?
Matt’s Drum Lessons is a registered business name with The City of Wanneroo. My ABN is 606 873 153 30. I am a sole trader and all income derived through Matt’s Lessons is declared to the Australian Tax Office each financial year. You should feel completely safe in dealing with Matt’s Drum Lessons.
What times are available?
I teach Monday to Friday. The most popular times are after school hours (3pm onwards). Please contact me to arrange a time convenient for you.
Do I need a drum kit to get lessons?
Students have made progress without having a drum kit, however having a drum kit is recommended. If the student does not have a drum kit, there are a variety of methods to practice without one, however it is important that the student is dedicated to practice without the reward of hearing what they are playing. Eventually, you will want a drum kit (or even an electronic kit).
What is better, electronic or acoustic drums?
Real drums are… the real thing! … but they can be loud and are often too big to fit in to some rooms. You can silence your kit, or consider an electronic drum kit.
Electronic drums are quiet and small but ultimately can never 100% replace the need for acoustic drums. I consider electronic drums a fantastic tool in the modern drummers toolbox. Whether for enhanced practise hours (late night practise), or to introduce electronic musical elements, e-kits are worth considering.
I can happily answer your questions regarding product ranges in different brands and give you a no nonsense answer specific to your budget and goals.
How can I silence my drum kit?
Drums don’t have to be noisy. Check this post for ten solutions: How to Silence a Drum Kit
Should I get a nylon tipped stick or a wood tip?
Wood tips sound more natural on cymbals. They can offer rich dark tones. Nylon tips are very popular because they sound bright on cymbals.
Round tips are articulate meaning you can hear the click of the wood stick on the cymbals. Barrel tips are less articulate but give a full tone. Oval tips are somewhere in the middle.
Hickory is a denser wood that lasts long but feels heavy. Maple sticks are light so feel fast but are less durable.
With all of these factors nothing compares to having personal experience with the different types of sticks with your cymbals. If in doubt, start with wood tip Vic Firth 5A sticks.
I break my sticks often. Is this normal?
Depends. If you only use your sticks on the drum kit then yes. Some drummers go through pairs a day, others use their for years. Many factors determine how fast you go through sticks.
Playing rim shots will “chew up” you sticks quickly (but like I said, this is normal)
Playing loud and hard will wear out sticks
Hitting on the edge of the cymbals might wear them out quicker (it is still normal to hit the edge of cymbals if you want that sound though!)
Playing with poor technique will contribute to your sticks wearing out (and damaging your hands… please see me for lessons!)
What are brushes and mallets?
Brushes can make some sounds that the drum sticks can’t. You can hit the drums with them like sticks, you can also sweep them across the skins and create smooth sounding rhythms. Check out two different drummers showing some variety of sounds that brushes offer.
The first is the great Max Roach playing a solo with them, the second video is a modern Drummer Daniel Stern showing the brushes used in a song, the third is Cameron Clayton showing his mastery of the brushes in an interesting anecdotal monologue.
Do I need brushes and/or mallets?
If you want to play blues, jazz, roots music, world music, experimental, or even rock with a different sound then get brushes. Mallets are great for a mellow sound on drums and a smooth sound on cymbals. These are worth picking up as soon as you can.
You can also get all sorts of hybrids of mallets, sticks and brushes. Have a look at this for some ideas.