Lessons

Unlike bigger teaching schools that employ casual teachers, my students see me every week; ensuring continuity, rapport, and skill building without cancellations from the teacher.

Matt’s Drum Lessons has everything needed to allow for the best learning experience

  • Teaching weekdays
  • One-on-one drum tuition, separate drum kits for student and teacher
  • The only drum teacher with over a hundred songs of hand-made sheet music using the latest notation software; and his own drum book (Rockin’ in Rhythm)!
  • Learn to read, write, and understand real musical notation
  • All skill levels welcomed. From 8+ years old
  • Students can bring music they love and begin learning it
  • I am friendly, patient, and able to break drumming down to absolute basics
  • I always hold a current Working with Children Check

I aim to help create musicians; not just drummers. While focused on the drumset, I will endeavor to teach real-world skills that will create musical drummers that are employable by any type of band leader. Time keeping, dynamic control, reading skills, expressiveness, technical foundations, and many more skills contribute to an employable drummer; my students must be musicians first and foremost; not just a drum hitter.

Drum beats and fills

Goal: to gain a familiarity of all modern musical styles on drum kit.

  • Quarter note beats and fills (the 2-beat & variations)
  • Basic beats and fills (the 8-beat & variations)
  • Advanced beats and fills (adding 16th notes, 16th note triplets, & 32nd notes)
  • Triplet beats and fills (including 6/8, & 12/8 beats)
  • Shuffle beats and fills (half time shuffles, blues shuffles, etc)
  • Jazz drumming and solos
  • Train beats and fills
  • One handed 16th note beats and fills
  • Two handed 16th note beats and fills
  • Linear drumming and fills
  • Double kick drumming
  • Odd times (including ¾, 5/4, 7/8, 9/8, etc)
  • The Clave (2:3 & 3:2)
  • Latin and world styles (bossa nova, samba, songo, mambo, Afro-Cuban, Mozambique, cascara, reggae, soca, & second-line New Orleans drumming)

Theory of music
Goals: to be able to read, write, understand, and communicate with music. My students are encouraged to complete AMEB grades, expanding their understanding of musical theory, and providing themselves with the ability to compose music.

  • To recognise notes and rests
  • To understand their length and how to count them
  • To recognise the different drums and cymbals on the stave
  • To recognise and understand ties, dots, and other musical expressions
  • Basic theory of music (including chords, harmony, melody)
  • Counting
  • Time keeping

Drum-set technique
Goals: to play with ease, at all dynamics, tempos. To be able to be spontaneously creative without limitations. 

  • How to hold sticks
  • Hands technique (Rudiments, Down strokes, Up strokes, Primary strokes)
  • Foot technique
  • Posture and setting up the drums

Recommended Books
The following recommendations are the best in their specific fields, based on my own years of practising and reading the material. These books offer further and more specific knowledge than my own drumset method book, “Rockin’ in Rhythm”. I recommend my book to begin with and I will recommend the following books to my students when ready. This list is also for any one who may find it useful.

Jazz

  • Brian Fullen – Jazz Standards for Drumset – Great first resource into Jazz drumming
  • John Riley – The Art of Bop Drumming – Great further study
  • Danny Gottlieb – The Evolution of Jazz Drumming – Great historic perspectives and transcriptions
  • Stanton Moore – Take it to the Street – Excellent first (and comprehensive) look at New Orleans drumming from traditional jazz, to second line and modern funk
  • Herlin Riley & Johnny Vidacovich – New Orleans Jazz and Second Line Drumming – Great information and transcriptions from the associated video
  • Clayton Cameron – Brushworks – The must-have resource and exercise book/DVD for brushes
  • Steve Fidyk – Inside the Big Band Drum Chart – Excellent comprehensive big band explanations and charts
  • Kevin Coggins and David Barrett – Blues Drums Method – Great starting point for a schooling in blues drumming
  • Daniel Glass – Early Rhythm & Blues Drumming – Fantastic information, exercises, and playalongs for the influential drumming era

The Patterns Series by Gary Chaffee

  • Time Functioning Patterns
  • Rhythm & Meter Patterns
  • Technique Patterns
  • Sticking Patterns

Music Theory

  • Dulcie Holland – Master Your Theory Grade One – Material for AMEB examinations – General musical theory from the beginning
  • Mark Boling – The Jazz Theory Workbook – Excellent and extensive jazz theory and harmony concepts and exercises

Conceptual/Technical

  • Dom Famularo – It’s Your Move – Great technical explanations of drumset technique and perspective on the how and why of drumming
  • George Lawrence Stone – Stick Control – General stickings for multiple uses (voted #1 drumming book in Modern Drummer magazine)
  • Ted Reed – Syncopation For the Modern Drummer – Excellent source of various rhythms for multiple applications

World Styles

  • Frank Malabe & Bob Weiner – Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset – excellent information, exercises, and context for beginning these styles

General Drumset Method books/Solos

  • Mark Wessels – A Fresh Approach to the Drumset – Best method book I’ve ever seen bar none.
  • Tom Hapke – 66 Drum Solos for the Modern Drummer – From easy to not so easy. 12 bar solos.
  • Frank Corniola – Rhythm Section Drumming – Influential Australian publication with great playalong material
  • Joel Rothman – Mini-Monster Book of Rock Drumming – Essentially just the rock beats out of Joel Rothman’s Basic Drumming – excellent but contains rock beats only

Equipment