Normally, you sign up for a series of 4 workshops held at regular intervals spread over a few
months, small groups or 121. Currently, these sessions are online due to the Coronavirus, on Zoom.
Dates per series are emailed in advance. Please note that you book for a series of workshops, as this is not a 'drop in' session with 'pay as you go'.
Please note that I do not offer credits or refunds for any workshops missed, as I hope that
you will take responsibility for arranging your diary for the series.
To book yourself onto a series, please contact thedrumcoach, by email
Price guide: around £25-£45 per series of 4 workshops lasting an hour, plus drum hire of £1 per workshop. Free 'taster' session! Come along and try if you've never played these kind of drums before.
You can pay by bank transfer (BACS) or PayPal (link supplied).
Drum hire: you can hire a drum to play at my workshops or bring your own drum (djembe or conga preferred) if you have one. Recording equipment is also highly recommended so you can remind yourself and rehearse what you learnt.
Workshop series outline
What will we be learning?
Core West African rhythms, starting with the easier, more accessible ones, and building up to more complicated patterns.
How to hit the drum to bring out the right sound - and not hurt yourself!
How the various drum parts connect with each other. You will also hear how the large bass drums (dun-dun) underpin the djembé rhythms
Some of the origins of the drum and the rhythms used in West African culture
How will we learn?
Mainly by having fun, and by learning and playing together!
From each other in small groups to ensure individual progress
From instruction from the drum coaches. Going slowly at the start, then building up speed and technique
Having time to practice and repeat the rhythms to gain more fluency and confidence
Some 1–1 time to review progress and help overcome any barriers or difficulties
By using the best of current adult learning principles, with video and memory aids
Questions that often arise when attending drum workshops:
Will it be the right level for me? I will assume no experience starting with the basics, and no pressure. More experienced players can take on more complex patterns plus drum signals and soloing. Everyone can try out the bass drums!
Will I be able to remember what I’ve learnt? I encourage you to record workshops (so please bring audio equipment with you), make notes (bring a pad and pen too) and plan to practice in between workshops. We often refresh rhythms learnt at the last session. I send out recordings and videos via Dropbox of recent rhythms so you can practice at home.
Welcome to my website that introduces myself and the drumming I offer.
I work in Shropshire mainly around Ludlow, Telford and Shrewsbury.
Please have a browse around to find what you need and then contact me for more information.
It's a not-for-profit enterprise so contributions go to various good causes and charities in West Africa, mainly in The Gambia.