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Taking Drum Lessons in Manchester
Do you want to take drum lessons in Manchester? Looking for a drum tutor to help you sound like Steve Gadd, Nate Smith or Ringo Starr? Then why not start taking drum lessons in Manchester with one of our experienced, professional drum tutors! Taking drum lessons in Manchester with one of our carefully selected high-quality drum teachers will help you see your skills improve in your drum lessons quickly, whether you’re a beginner or advanced drummer, or anything in between.
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Why Take Drum Lessons in Manchester?
Drums, one of the loudest but undeniably coolest instruments. Needed in every band, and the instrument that lays down the grooves and keeps the group together. What would a band be without its drummer? Not only is taking drum lessons fun, loud, and a great way to release energy and stress but to play the drums confidently and in time develops discipline, practise skills, and motivation. There’s also a great social aspect that comes with playing the drums - most drummers you meet are in more than one band, therefore playing with more people, and making more music! Start drum lessons in Manchester today with one of our great drum tutors and get 50% off the first of your drum lessons in Manchester!
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Taking drum lessons in Manchester is an awesome idea - drums are the backbone of the band. The unit that keeps everyone together, and the one that gives the groove and feel of the song. However, they have the reputation of being loud, brash and the instrument that parents fear the most! But don’t be alarmed, as well as giving monstrous rock tones, they can be played softly with brushes or mallets. Plus, you can invest in an electric kit, which gives you the option of a quiet house with the noise only coming through headphones! Drum lessons in Manchester are a great way for your child to improve their learning in other areas, too!
Choosing the Right Kit
Choosing your first drum kit is a difficult task. It can help to understand the different parts of the drum, so you can make sure you're getting everything you need! You can talk to your drum tutor in drum lessons in Manchester about buying the right kit!
The Bass Drum
The bass drum is the biggest drum in the kit and is played with a foot pedal. It sits at the centre of the setup. Some bass drums have a hole the size of a roll of duct tape in the front drum head. This allows the air inside the drum to escape and avoids putting too much pressure on the front drum head. This also allows for dampening the sound of the drum - try it out by folding a towel and lying it inside the bass drum, against the front or back drum head. You can change this up depending on what room you're playing in, and what best fits your sound. Your drum tutor can show you how in your drum lessons in Manchester.
The Snare Drum
The highest pitched drum in the kit is called the snare drum. It has strands of metal called snares attached to its underside, which is what gives it its unique sound and makes it great for 'rolls'. The metal snares vibrate against the drum when struck, giving it a multidimensional sound. It's worth spending some time getting to know this drum and how it sounds when you hit it in different ways. The snare is often used as a fundamental part in a basic beat, and you'll be using this a lot in your first drum lessons in Manchester.
Usually, a drum kit has three toms - rack tom 1 and 2, and a floor tom. When you hear big dramatic fills in a rock song, this is usually what's used! They have a deeper, fuller sound than the snare and are usually used for fills rather than keeping a basic beat.
There are usually three types of cymbals in a standard drum kit:
- The hi hat: consists of two cymbals on top of each other. The hi hat can be controlled with the foot pedal and can be struck with the drum sticks also. You can make a shorter, staccato sound by hitting a closed hi hat (with your foot all the way down on the pedal) and a stronger, fuller sound with the hi hat open (foot off the pedal). You can also play just with the pedal - try pressing your foot on the pedal and see what you can do with that sound. For beginners, the hi hat is usually left closed, as using the foot pedal can be difficult to do at the same time as playing. Once you've had a few more drum lessons in Manchester and mastered some beats with the hi hat closed, you can start experimenting with different sounds!
- Ride cymbal: the ride cymbal a single cymbal. It often plays a similar part to the hi hat but with a more open sound.
- Crash cymbal: the crash cymbal is used for highlighting certain points in the music e.g. with a hard strike in the start of the chorus. It has the fullest, loudest sound of the three cymbals. It can also be used in a climactic section of music to replace the hi hat and play the same rhythm but with more sustained, full hits.
When finding the right drumsticks, it's best try out a few different styles and makes to see what's comfortable for you. Most drumsticks are made from hickory wood but they can also be made from maple, oak, aluminium, carbon fiber and plastic. It all depends on the sound you want but the most important things is making sure that they are comfortable to play with. You drum teacher can cover this with you in your drum lessons in Manchester.
All manufacturers have a 7A model which is quite light, thin and short. These are great for children. Models 5A and 5B are quite an average size. Here you get more stick and more weight, so they're great for adults playing rock where you'll need to hit the drums harder. Ask your drum tutor about getting the right sticks for your drum lessons in Manchester.
Drums sound best if they are placed on stands so that both drum heads can resonate freely. Placing the stands properly ensures there are no other elements effecting the vibration of the drums - for example, if one was against a wall, it could dampen the sound. It's also important to make sure that the toms which sit on the bass drum are suspended without making contact with any other part of the kit. This will ensure a clean sound. The tops of cymbal stands are padded to ensure that there is no contact between the metal from the stand and the cymbal, which could damage the cymbal. There is a plastic or rubber collar on the thread and two pieces of felt which go under and over the cymbal. There is also a winged screw attached on the top so the cymbal does not fall off if gets hit hard. If you are planning to play styles of music which require more powerful playing, investing in durable stands is a good idea to protect your precious drums and cymbals! Your drum tutor can show you how to properly set up your kit in one of your first drum lessons in Manchester.
Bass Drum Pedal
The bass drum pedal or kick pedal is a very important part of the kit. Whilst they can be played without adjustment, it is possible to change the angle of the footplate, the speed of response via the spring and the length of the beater rod. The pedal should feel responsive, easy to play and the beater should strike on the centre line of the drum. To avoid damaging the wooden hoop of the bass drum, make sure a small piece of rubber is fitted where the pedal meets the drum. There are a few different techniques you can choose to play the bass drum - a great drum teacher will be able to talk you through these in your drum lessons. Heel up, heel down and foot and leg are just a few of the approaches you could implement to harness the full power of your leg muscles and make a deep, rich sound.
Making a Decision
Some stores will sell a beginner kit which includes the full kit (snare, toms, bass drum), hardware (all stands and pedals), as well as cymbals. Other stores will sell the kit and the cymbals separately. It’s worth going into different shops and seeing what they have available. A lot of drummers choose to buy kit separate to hardware so they can get exactly the sound they want from each part of the kit, especially with regards to cymbals. It's worth consulting your drum tutor in your drum lessons in Manchester so you definitely make the right choice!
Learning Your First Rhythms
When first starting drum lessons in Manchester, it's important to remember: it’s better to do a simple beat well than a complex one badly. There is a lot of coordination involved with playing the drums which is what makes the instrument so difficult. When you’re learning your first beats/grooves, try to really focus on hitting everything at the right time. Start slow and simple, then you can build up to more complex, faster beats.
Sitting at the Kit
Posture is important when playing any musical instrument, but particularly important when playing the drums as you are sitting down for long periods of time. Your drum tutor will cover this in your drum lessons, but here are a couple of tips to get you started:
- The chair should be set so your thighs are completely horizontal.
- The snare drum can be adjusted quite easily and should be around the same height as your belt.
- The hi hat should be higher than the snare drum - so much so that you could play with crossed hands - right hand on the hi hat and left hand on the snare drum.
- The toms should be adjusted so they stand at an angle where you are able to reach them without having to turn your arms.
- The cymbals should be at a distance where you can reach them easily. Angling them is also important - they can be easily damaged by overloading them. They should not by horizontal but instead be at a slight angle pointing towards the drummer's belly button.
This is a great starting point to work from - learn more with some drum lessons in Manchester.
Practising between your drum lessons in Manchester is vital - but daunting. Just think of practising a musical instrument a bit like starting to go to the gym: when you first go, you can’t lift the heaviest weight - you have to work your way up gradually! It's the same idea with music. For the first couple of months, try practising for 15-20 mins a day. After 6 months, try increasing to 30 mins a day. After a year of playing, maybe try an hour a day. It's better to practise regularly for shorter amounts of time than playing for hours on one day, then not being able to do play for the rest of the week. You don't want to injure yourself, or tire yourself out! Little and often develops your technique and helps you build movement memory.
Manchester - the City of Music
Manchester is a buzzing Northern metropolis that has given us some iconic bands and musicians. These include Oasis, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and many more! Music is at the heart of what makes Manchester great - if you asked anyone what Manchester is most famous for, you’d likely get one of two responses. Football, and Music! Manchester's lively, vibrant and diverse music scene is world class, and there are loads of great venues where you can experience it all first hand! This charming cosmopolitan city has venues of all sizes from small capacity clubs such as Gorilla and , to the massive Manchester Arena, Victoria Warehouse and the colossal Etihad Stadium. However, the eclectic music scene is not only for lovers of pop and indie music. Bridgewater Hall hosts hundreds of concerts for fans of Classical and Jazz. Especially for Jazz lovers, there’s the Manchester Jazz Festival, where you can see acts from the North of England as well as legendary artists. As one of the biggest cities in the UK, Manchester is also home to some fantastic higher education institutions such as The University of Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music, and BIMM.
But why just watch it? Want to try being the one on the stage? There are plenty of groups that you can get involved within Greater Manchester! The Halle Choir is a prestigious choir that performs around 15 times a year. The Sunday Boys is a non-audition, all-male choir that meets weekly and also performs regularly.
Each year, hundreds of people decide that they would like to learn a musical instrument. However, it's difficult to find that perfect instrument to get you started - there is a minefield of technical language to know and understand, plus trying to guarantee quality while sticking to a budget. Luckily, there are many friendly music stores in Manchester that can advise and steer you in the right direction. Forsyth has a stunning collection of pianos and sheet music, including beginner books. Both PMT and Dawsons have a fantastic selection of guitars, bass guitars and drum kits.
Questions About Drum Lessons in Manchester?
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