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NEW - Skype lessons with Jack!

Are you interested in getting personalised one on one Skype (or Zoom) lessons on the drums?

There are some real advantages to it!

* You can learn at a time that suits your schedule
* You can learn from the comfort of your own home, on your own drumkit
* You don't have to travel anywhere, and there are no minimum contracts

Until now I haven't been able to offer Skype lessons due to my already busy teaching, gigging, occasional touring, and parenting duties! But as with the rest of the world, I now find myself in iso-lockdown, and therefore have the time to offer this service.

I am very fortunate to have my studio at home, and a full video streaming setup ready to go.

skype drum lessons


* 4 camera angles at 1080, 60 frames
* Crystal clear Protools audio
* Free 130 page PDF workbook covering the full gammut of drumming techniques, reading and styles
* Free 120 MP3 playalong tracks that match the pages in the book
* Lessons can also include mallet percussion on marimba or malletkat
* We can prepare you for exams, competitions, uni auditions or your next Youtube cover!

Here's a light hearted trailer we put together.. :)

Read more about Skype lessons HERE


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Recent Lessons

Triplet Linear Grooves What's In Your Gig Case? Adding Ghost Notes To 8th Beats
Triplet Linear Fills Cover - Shutup And Dance Mozambique Part 1
Mozambique Part 2 Protecting Your Car From Your Drums Cover - Mortal Kombat
Mozambique - Playalong MP3 Inverted Funk Part 1 Inverted Funk Part 2
Inverted Funk Part 3 Playing To Tracks On Gigs Cover - Fireflies
Blues Shuffle Part 1 Blues Shuffle Part 2 Blues Shuffle Part 3
Are Drumkit Grades Important? Pentatonix Evolution Of Music Plus Drums Disco Beat Part 1
Disco Beat Part 2 Disco Beat Part 3 Writing Drum Cheat Sheets
Fast Drum Fills Part 1 3 Ways To Write Drumkit Music Fast Single Stroke Fills Part 2
Super Mario Bros - Marimba Duet Cover Fast Single Stroke Fills Part 3 Steve Gadd Paradiddle Variations
Your First Ever Drum Lesson Flam Tap Fills In 5 Adjusting Your Bass Pedal
The Importance Of Listening To Music Flam Tap Fills In 7 + 9 Double Paradiddle Grooves - Part 1
Double Paradiddle Grooves - Part 2 Double Paradiddle Grooves - Part 3 Samba Part 1
Samba Part 2 Samba Part 3 Avoid Hihat Airlock
How To Practice Improvising 16th Linear Beat Part 1 16th Linear Beat Part 2
16th Linear Beat Part 3 5 Stroke Rolls In Grooves 7 Stroke Roll Grooves
9 Stroke Rolls In Grooves New Orleans Part 1 New Orleans Part 2
New Orleans Part 3 Awesome Warmup Pattern 1 Awesome Warmup 2
Awesome Warmup Pattern 3 What's In An Effective Warmup? Linear Fill In 9 - Part 1
Linear Fill In 9 - Part 2 Linear Fill In 9 - Part 3 Mini Stacker Groove
R L K - Part 1 R L K - Part 2 R L K - Part 3
Ever used SWERVE STICKS? Swerve Sticks Groove / Loop Avoid The Panic Roll
Clean Up Your Drum Rolls How Do You Practice 2 Ways To Play The 7 Stroke
Lots Of Mistakes - Practice Session    

Custom Studio Examples

Linear Triplets In Beats And Fills Transitioning To Heel Up Technique Adding Spice to Your Grooves
Drum Soloing Without Losing The Form 24 Note Drum Fill Adding Shaker To Grooves
Freeing Up The Right Hand Flam Tap Fills  

Getting Started

Your Very First Drum Lesson Tuning Your Toms Drumstick Choice
Drums & Pedals Setup How To Control Dynamics Different Stick Sounds
Jack's Gear Setup How To Control Speeds Sleishman Pro Series Drums
How To Hold Your Sticks Classical Technique Vs Drumkit Technique? Crescendo & Decrescendo
Counting Quarter Notes Drum Notation & Basic Theory Triplets & Flams Chop Builder
Counting 8th Notes Writing Cheat Sheets Fast Triplet Drum Fills
Counting 16th Notes Reading Drum Charts How To Choose A Ride Cymbal
Counting Triplets    

Rock Drumming

Quarter Note Rock Beats Linear Beats 1 Grooving On 2 Snares
8th Note Rock Beats Linear Beats 2 7/4 Beats
Busier Rock Beats The Funky Cowbell Beat 7 Stroke Roll Hihat Grooves
Bass Doubles In Beats Paradiddles In Beats Half Time Shuffle
Rock Shuffle Tasty Linear Drum Rhythms Fast Bass Drums
Hihat Gliss Adding The Left Hand Hihat Ghost Notes 1
Cross Sticking Expanding Drum Beats 1 Ghost Notes 2
Cymbal Choking Expanding Drum Beats 2  

Drum Fills

Re-orchestrating Drum Fills The Herta Wicked 16th Fills - Part 1
Random Outdoor Drum Solo The Herta - Part 2 Wicked 16th Fills - Part 2
The Blushda Advanced Fills In 5 & 7 Wicked 16th Fills - Part 3
The Blushda - Part 2 Wicked Triplet Fills - Part 1 Wicked 16th Fills - Part 4
Groovy Triplet Stickings Wicked Triplet Fills - Part 2 Fast 6's
The Left Flam Triplet Wicked Triplet Fills - Part 3 Extremely Fast 1 Hand Drum Fill
The X Fill The Octopus  

Jazz Drumming

The Jazz Ride Beat Beginner Jazz Fills The Jazz 9 Fill
The Jazz Shuffle Snare Independence Cross Phrasing In 5's
The Viennese Waltz Snare & Bass Independence Loose Jazz Phrasing
Hihat Splashing & Kicking Fast Jazz Brush Stroke Hihat Stirring

Latin American / World Drumming

The Son Clave Songo Imitating TImbales
The Rhumba Clave Reggae Cuban Percussion Instruments
Basic Samba Snare Samba - Part 1 Brazilian Percussion Instruments
Expanding Latin Beats Snare Samba - Part 2 African - Bikutsi

Destination Drumming

These lessons click straight through to the Youtube videos.

Linear Drum Beat Examples Independence 3 & 5 Flams Into Rolls
Metric Modulation Triplets To 16ths 6 Stroke Roll Fill Advanced Flam Fills
Double Flam Combinations Rolls Of 7 Around The Kit Fast Single Stroke Fills
Fast Bass Drum Fills Flam Fills From The Mansion Rudiments From The Cliff!
Easy Shuffle Groove - Holland Funk Groove - Paris, France Snare Groove - Positano, Italy
Triple Stroke Groove - Austria One-Drop Groove - Rhine River, Germany  

Hand Technique & Snare Solos

Snare Solos Introduction Intermediate Snare Solo Advanced Snare Solo
Beginner Snare Solo Intermediate Snare Solo + Feet 1 Advanced Snare Solo + Feet 1
Beginner Snare Solo + Feet 1 Intermediate Snare Solo + Feet 2 Advanced Snare Solo + Feet 2
Beginner Snare Solo + Feet 2 Intermediate Snare Solo + Feet 3 Advanced Snare Solo + Feet 3
Beginner Snare Solo + Feet 3 Clean Up Your Rolls - Part 1 Clean Up Your Rolls - Part 2
    Clean Up Your Rolls - Part 3

Drum Solos

Beginner Solo 1 - coming soon! Intermediate Solo 1 - "Roll Call" Advanced Solo 1 - "Gadd's Creatures"
Beginner Solo 2 - coming soon! Intermediate Solo 2 - "The Tribe" Advanced Solo 2 - "Firecracker"
Beginner Solo 3 - coming soon! Intermediate Solo 3 - "Gerald's Tomato Can" Advanced Solo 3 - "Afro Mallets"
Beginner Solo 4 - coming soon! Intermediate Solo 4 - "Capsized" Advanced Solo 4 - "Sticky Pocket"
Beginner Solo 5 - coming soon! Intermediate Solo 5 - "Sunday Strut Advanced Solo 5 - "Kinda Like Jazz"
Grooving On 2 Snares Blistering Drum Solo Open Drum Solo

The Rudiments

These videos click straight through to the Youtube videos.
Here is a chart of the 40 PAS rudiments.

Single Stroke Roll Single Paradiddle Inverted Flam Tap
Single Stroke 4 Double Paradiddle Flam Drag
Single Stroke 7 Triple Paradiddle The Single Drag
Multiple Bounce Roll Paradiddle-diddle Single Drag Tap
Triple Stroke Roll Single Flam Double Drag Tap
Double Stroke Roll Flam Accent Lesson 25
5 Stroke Roll Flam Tap Single Dragadiddle
6 Stroke Roll Flamacue Drag Paradiddle 1
7 Stroke Roll Flam Paradiddle Drag Paradiddle 2
9 Stroke Roll Flammed Mill Single Ratamacue
10 Stroke Roll Flam Paradiddle-diddle Double Ratamacue
13 Stroke Roll Pataflafla Triple Ratamacue
15 Stroke Roll Swiss Army Triplet  
17 Stroke Roll    

Pedal Technique

Introduction To Pedal Technique Playing Clean 16ths With One Pedal Double Bass Introduction
Heel Up Vs Heel Down Playing 8ths, 16ths, 32nds and 64ths With One Foot! Your First Double Bass Beat
Hihat Chicks Cool Bass Drum Exercise In 6/4 32nd Note Double Bass Beat
Hihat Stirring & Sizzling Independence Beats 16th Triplet Double Bass Beat
Hihat Splashing & Kicking    

Studio Drumming & Doing Gigs

Building A Home Recording Studio Protecting Your Drums Drummers Bits Box
Open Vs Close Micing Setting Up A PA System  
Mics For Drums Drummers Stick Bag  

Advanced Drumming

Linear Beats 1 Layered Beats 1 Expanding Rhythms - Swung
Linear Beats 2 Layered Beats 2 Expanding Rhythms - Straight
Swinging A Linear Beat Metric Modulations Meter Shifting Using 7's
Artificial Rhythms - Time Inside Time Parallel Time Signatures Awesome Independence Exercise

Drummer Health & Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention For Drummers Jack's Vege Juice
Avoiding Thoracic Kyphosis How Carbs & Insulin Work  

Mallet Percussion - coming soon!

Mallet Types - Explanation Arpegios Up C Major (semitones) 4 Mallet Burton Grip
Raw Beginner Grip Lesson Irish Jig Medley The Frog Exercise
Raw Beginner Theory Jack Cirque Untuned Percussion Arpegios With 4 Mallets
Arpegios Up C Major Jack Mallets Various Basic Salsa Montuno

Drum Covers

Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran Shutup And Dance - Walk The Moon Believer - Imagine Dragons
Rockabye - Clean Bandit Waterfall - Piano/Drums Cover Overture - Grade 8
The Versatile Drummer - Part 1 The Jetsons - Vinnie Colaiuta Max Dangerfield & Mia Rowland
The Versatile Drummer - Part 2

Big Drum Ezine Archives - Early Years!

Feb 2008 - Double Time Gospel Beats 2010 - Cool Jazz Lick  
Feb 2008 - Beginner Linear Beats 2010 - Gospel 9 Lick  
March 2008 - Metric Modulations 2010 - Afro Cuban Funk Beat  
March 2008 - Quick Sample - Polyrhythm Beat 2010 - Funky 3's In Drum Beats  
June 2008 - 32nd Note Diddle Beats 2010 - 4 Over 3 Polyrhythm  
2009 - Rock Fills In 5 2010 - Mozambique  
2009 - Moeller Technique In Beats 2011 - Jazz 5's  
2009 - Chop Builders 2011 Brush Accents  
2009 - Drum Solos 2008 - Beat Displacement Sample  
2009 - Cuban Percussion Instruments 2009 - Introduction To Latin American Drumming  
2008 - Using Drags In Funk Beats 2009 - Drum Fill Permutation Concept  
2009 - The Motown Drum Fill 2008 - Clockwise Drumfill Using 7's  
2009 - Adapting Beats In Different Styles 2010 - Improvising In The Latin Style  
2009 - Basic Quarter Note Beats 2007 - Sparse Hihat Funk Beats  
2010 - Choppy Drum Fill Exercise 2007 - The Push Pull Technique In Funk Beats  
2008 - Metric Modulations Idea