News: Drum Lesson

The Art Of Motivation

Monday, March 13th, 2017

I’ve always had problems when it comes to practising. My motivation lacked, and I always found something to procrastinate with instead – redesign my website, write a blog, rearrange the spice cupboard etc etc. I don’t think I’m alone in this, as I know many people really...

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What’s The Best Drum Set For You?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Finding the right drum set for you can be a real challenge. It’s a very personal decision that should be informed by experience whenever possible. Although you’re encouraged to try out as many drum sets as possible, you can’t play them all, so we’ve prepared a short, comprehensive guide.


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Essential Drumming Styles for Every Drummer To Master

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Different styles of music require different styles of playing, and this is no exception for drummers. A good drummer can be great in one particular genre, but a great drummer is well-versed in several different ones. Each style requires a different approach and possesses its own sense of rhythm and...

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Sign up for Drum Lessons at the show

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Sign up for free drum lessons at the London Drum Show on Roland kits with Mike Dolbear Drum School affiliated teachers! To take advantage you must have a valid entry ticket to the London Drum Show for the day on which your chosen lesson will take place. There are four different sessions with something...

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Billy Cobham’s top tips for drummers

Monday, October 10th, 2016

For over four decades now, drummers have focused on Billy Cobham’s playing in much the way that a cat eyes a mouse – with rapt, laser beam-like intensity. But the fusion legend is the first to say that music is a communal effort, and if the whole band isn’t working together as one, whatever...

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Dynamics and the Energetic Drummer

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Dynamics for a drummer are different volume levels and how energy flows in the worship set. The main responsibility of a worship drummer, outside of leading people in worship well, is giving form to music. The drummer plays a large role in determining the energy level coming off the stage. Our parts...

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Why Drums Only Sound as Good as the Room They’re In

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Some of us have spent a fair bit of time in the company of drummers, and every last one has been a little bit different. That level of independent limb coordination must do something to your neural circuitry. Some drummers hide their strangeness… unless they get to talking about “room tone.”...

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Nick Buda Nashville Studio Drummer

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

As a recording drummer that plays a variety of styles of music, there’s a process I tend to automatically go through when deciding what’s going to work best on a song I’m about to record. I have to think about what part is going to work the best as well as what sounds I’m hearing for the cymbals...

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Drumming Exercises That’ll Drastically Improve Your Creativity

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Where does the 800-pound gorilla sleep? The same place that the virtuoso drummer plays: wherever he wants to. Good drummers are in constant demand, able to write their own tickets, and play with whomever they’d like. And there are never enough of them around.

A good drummer can find him-...

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Emily Dolan Davies, Want More Work? Get More Skills!

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

I find that a big part of the reason I get asked to play drums for people is not necessarily because of my playing.  At a certain point you start going to auditions and getting called for things, and the people you are up against for the drum seat, are all of a similar, if not better, standard than...

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Language of the Blues Shuffle

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The blues shuffle is a beat based on swinging eighth-note triplets. It should sound like four sets of train wheels bumping along the rails. To play a shuffle, give the triplets a swing feel: ONE two-three, TWO two-three, THREE two-three, FOUR two-three.

The shuffle stems from early slave dances....

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Emily Dolan Davies How To Learn 40 Songs In A Day

Monday, June 20th, 2016

This was something that I have learnt to do over the years and has been one of the most valuable skills I’ve worked on! How to Learn 40 Songs in a Day!  Now it might sound pretty crazy, but this is something I had to learn how to do through pure necessity. It was a time in my life where I was...

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Emily Dolan Davies, Ways to Learn & Practise Without an Instrument

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

This is for anyone who isn’t able to practice their instrument, whether that be because of budgetary constraints, space constrains, or because your neighbors want to put you in constraints! I am extremely lucky to have somewhere to practice and hone my craft as best I can, but it’s not always...

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Emily Dolan Davies, Becoming a Better Musician

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

I’ve been looking back over the years and taking stock of some of the greatest bits of advice I’ve been given and the greatest lessons I’ve learned in forwarding my ability as a musician and thought that I’d share some of my findings.
Here are my top 5 ways to better...

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Billy Cobham’s top 5 tips for maximising your playing

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Billy Cobham is a drumming legend, a man who’s been ripping up the fusion rulebook as fast as he’s written it, for over 40 years. Here he shares some tips on how to be all that you can be behind the kit. One thing’s for sure – if Billy talks, you listen.



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