Here's an outline of topics I can cover with you depending on your level of ability.


  • The basics of learning rudiments 
  • Whole notes & rests, Half notes & rests, Quarter notes & rests, 8th notes & rests and 16th notes & rests 
  • Time signatures (4/4, 2/4), measures, bar lines, repeat signs 
  • Starting rhythm on the practice pad, moving to the snare drum 
  • Playing with a metronome 
  • Dotted notes & rests


  • Intro of drum sets playing (hi hat, bass drum and snare drum) 
  • Co-ordination between the snare and bass drum, than adding the snare drum 
  • 8th note grooves on the hi hat and infinite variations between the snare and bass drum 
  • 16th note grooves on the hi hat with one/two hands 
  • Rock grooves using the hi hat, snare drum and bass drum 
  • How to play drum fills, when to do it and why 
  • Learning how to control the sticks - the key to relaxed and solid playing 
  • Playing songs and the role of the drummer in rock music 
  • Using the open/closed hi hat technique and use of the 1/2 open hi hat 
  • Playing in time signatures such as 12/8, 3/4, 5/4 and 6/8 
  • Using "Ghost" notes on the snare - filling out grooves sonically 
  • Using 8th note + 16th note triplets in beats and fills 
  • Counter Rhythms/ Polyrhthms 
  • Advanced bass drum technique / varying beat placement 
  • How to listen and play in a group with other musicians


  • Learning the beats & playing music of great rock drummers and bands, such as Neil Peart (Rush)... Lars Ulrich (Metallica)... Travis Barker (Blink 182)... etc. 
  • Transcribing and writing own drum music in manuscript form 
  • Learning different playing styles from the evolution of rock drumming 
  • Technical exercises for building stamina, speed and endurance in hands and feet 
  • Advanced snare drum technique for increased dynamic range 
  • Composing beats - how to come up with the right groove for a song 
  • Advanced co-ordination for technically demanding playing situations 
  • Practice time efficiency strategies