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Why take drum lessons?

Introducing music into your life comes with many positive side-effects. With regular practice you can improve your motor skills, memory, blood pressure and even your self-esteem. Playing the drums can be a great way to excert your physical energy, especially for children. It can also provide many opportunities for them to aim their focus on specific obstacles that come with playing the instrument that will eventually lead to explosive results, rewarding the struggle. I see it as my goal to nourish the flame that burns in them that moved them to start playing the drums. It can be hard to concentrate on specific topics without a direct link to that topic and your desired end goal, mostly for kids. This is why I'm always working to make sure that each lesson is a unique experience that both challenges the student during, and motivates them afterwards to go and practice the material on their own.

Besides teaching children, I also often teach drumlessons to aduts. It is a known fact that during our childhood our brain is more capable of absorbing new information, and that therefore music lessons are only for those who start at a young age. There is still a relatively large group of drummers who pick up the sticks at a later point in life, either as a beginner or coming back after a long break. Just because your learning process changes as you age doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the mental and physical benefits that come with playing drums. No matter who you are or where you are in life, it's all about sitting down at the drums and being able to develop your skills, and enjoying the process.

A good start

The main focus of my drumming lessons is the beginning drummer, young and old. Understanding how to sit well behind a drumkit, how high all the parts should be and how to hold the sticks are all very important pointers for every beginner student. When the basics are solidified a lot of space opens up for a more personal lesson plan, and the musical wishes of the student can begin to play a bigger role in the lessons.

The right direction

The content of your lessons will be completely fine-tuned to your own personal wishes and goals you want to reach in the context of drumming. Do you want to play with other musicians? Or do you prefer just playing along to your favourite bands and tunes? I will make sure that we make the most of each lesson, and that you have access to the right exercises that you can use to progress in your free time as well.

The right material

'What do I need to play drums?' and 'Can I practice drums at home without a drumkit?' are some questions that pop up to many drummers starting their journey. The materials you may need are an important part of the learning process besides simply learning how to play the instrument. Without a drumkit there are still enough ways to practice at home with nothing more than a pair of sticks. If you would like to have a kit of your own, or you just want to know more about drumgear it is definitely a topic we can cover in the lessons. 'Why is one drumkit better than the other?', 'Why is one cymbal €60,- and some other cymbal costs €350,-?', and 'What's the exact function of a drumhead?' are all relevant questions I would love to help you out with.

The goal of drumming lessons

The main goal of drum lessons (and drumming as a whole) is to enjoy yourself. Forcing yourself to practice for hours repeating boring exercises just because some online drum-guru said you should isn't really how most drummers envision their ideal practice session. Using practical real-life examples en exercises tailored to your needs I will create the right content for your lessons, so you can improve at your own pace, without sacrificing any of the fun that drumming brings.

Mark Falke, 2022