Hello and I hope you're all keeping well and staying positive.
Im keeping busy and continuing to adapt to teaching via Skype, which is working far better than i had imagined! Im sending music via email so students can print it off before the lesson, and then we do the lesson via the internet! Isnt technology wonderful! Anyone who fancies a go at this please drop me a line...its a great way to use this lockdown time creatively and keep your drumming progress on track.
It seems like the whole industry is adapting... many of the music examination boards are now allowing entry to graded drum exams via video submission rather than in person... its not ideal but we all have to try and work around the current vital lockdown situation.
So, keep practicing and drop me a line if you need a hand with anything you're working on. Lets hope that it wont be too long before we can get back to normality! Meanwhile keep updated via my facebook page www.facebook.com/ambervalleydrumschool
Hope everyone is ok and managing to stay positive in these challenging times. I appreciate that this is short notice and apologise in advance, but I am cancelling drum lessons as of today (Tuesday 17th March)
Most of you will be unaware but i have an immune system illness which requires me to inject myself on a regular basis. Whilst this in no way makes me any more likely to contract the illness (or pass it on), it does mean im at a bad risk if i do contract it. Having spoken with my doctor, the outcome is that its not a good ideal for me to sit in close proximity to others.
Im sure you will all understand, but the present situation calls for somewhat drastic measures... Hopefully in a week or two we will know much more and in time things will get back to normal. In the meantime, keep practising and if anyone wants a lesson via skype or facetime I do have the equipment to do this.
Stay healthy and positive, drop me a line anytime if you fancy a chat, and i'll see you all soon xx
We now have a selection of top quality drums and percussion for hire! Ideally suited to those in the East Midlands (Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Leicester), our rental stock includes instruments that would benefit Orchestral and Concert percussionists looking to add professional quality instruments to their set up.
Our Sonor KGL30 Glockenspiel, Tama Concert Snare Drum, Zildjian Suspended Cymbal etc are ideal for orchestral use, whilst our Premier Timbales and Pearl Folkloric Bongos will add a touch of latin flavour to your music! We also have a Gretsch USA Maple snare drum...add this to your drum kit for a recording session and add a classic American backbeat to your sound.
We also have a huge selection of toys and effects, from triangles to vibraslaps, shakers and cowbells etc.... Whatever you need please drop us a line. Our Hire prices are very reasonable considering the excellent quality instruments that we have for rental, and prices are listed either per day or per week.
Those of you who know me well will know im a huge fan of the books of American drum teacher and author, Joel Rothman. I use one of his books in my lessons on a daily basis, The Mini-Monster Book of Rock Drumming.... In my opinion, this is the best drum book on the market and covers everything you need to become a competent drummer! I now have a few copies for sale, all signed by Joel and available now for £19.99 each. This book will take you from beginner level to advanced.
Its been a busy few months with a good influx of new students... some really great young talent appearing which is always nice to see. A few are now starting to work towards the Rockschool drumkit exams, a great way to measure progress and have a lot of fun in the process, drumming along to some really cool backing tracks! If any students fancy getting involved in this, please let me know. Don't forget that you can buy the Rockschool books by following this link.
Thanks too for those who have started to leave us Google reviews! These really do help with page rankings etc as well as being good for prospective students to read. If you have had lessons with us and are willing to write a sentence or two about the experience (good or bad....hopefully good!!) please go to google homepage and type "amber valley drum school" in the search box..... our info will come up and you just need to click on the review button.
Im working on some new video material, showcasing the fantastic Bill Sanders practice pads... these offer fantastic feel and are the pad of choice of most of the top UK military bands. For those who want to purchase these pads, please contact the Nottingham Drum and Guitar Centre on 0115 8414148. The store incidently has a new gift guide for drummers, just in time for Christmas..... please click the link below.
Drummers Christmas Gift Guide 2017
As i seem to often get asked about which drum tuition books I would recommend to students, I have now added an online Shop to the website. Whilst I am not selling the books myself, I have made it easy for you to see the range of recommended books and simply click and purchase from Amazon for home delivery.
The listed books are all titles that i use everyday, and I can highly recommend. Please visit the page and take a look for yourself... If you are a beginner or advanced player of drum kit, snare drum, or tuned percussion, theres a book here for you, as well as the complete Rockschool Drum Kit exam series.
Please do get in touch if you are unsure and want a recommendation and I will do my best to guide you to the right book for you. However, all of these drum books are tried and tested, and will certainly help you in your drum and percussion studies.
Looking for drum lessons in Nottingham city centre? We are now teaching at a drum tuition studio available right in the heart of the Nottingham, just a minutes walk from the Motorpoint Arena. Ideal for those travelling into town by bus or tram, and car parking is available in nearby pay and display car parks.
Tuition in Drum Kit and rudimental snare drumming is available at the Nottingham studio.
Limited spaces are available so please get in touch to find out times and availability..... Call 07817 127229 / 01773 715870
Im currently available for gigs, either long term or one-off deps in the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire / East Midlands area. Whilst I'll consider most styles and events, Im ideally suited to musicals/theatre, function bands, or jazz groups. I read well, have transport, and great gear (both acoustic and electronic set ups plus various percussion). I also hold MU Membership and Public Liability insurance.
If you need a drummer / percussionist for a show, gigs, or deps, please drop me a line at email@example.com
Well its that time of year where we start to look forward to a new year and all the hope and expectations that can bring... For many of us, its a time to think about doing something that we've always wanted to do (usually for me it involves buying a very short lived gym membership!!)...
For many however, learning to play a musical instrument is high on the wish list...and the biggest age group at the moment that i find wanting to learn drums is 30 to 50 years old. So if you always fancied playing the drums but never got around to it, then now is the time to make a start! You are never to old, and i have had people start lessons in their 60s and 70s.... I absolutely love to see people reach their musical goals, especially when they have waited so long for it to happen.
So, what are you waiting for? Give me a call and lets get drumming in 2017! Before long you'll be drumming along to backing tracks, hopefully with a big smile on your face! Our main teaching studio is based in Aldercar, just off the A610 so within very easy reach of Nottingham, Derby, Ripley, Heanor, Eastwood, Ilkeston etc. Our drum lessons are relaxed and friendly, and I have over 25 years drum teaching experience, from ages 7 to 70 plus!
Not sure drummings for you? No problem, just book a one off taster lesson and see how you go.... it could turn out to be a whole new beginning.....
If you fancy an informal chat regarding drum tuition please feel free to call me on 01773 71580