Learn to play drums!

Drum Lessons by Larry Comstock

As described in my biography, I have played drums since the early 70's, in a lot of different environments and styles, and with a lot of different musicians/bands. Playing music, and particularly drums, is a life-long passion and continuous learning experience, and I still thoroughly enjoy it. 

I also have enjoyed sharing my knowledge with hundreds of students since I first began teaching privately in 1981. Some students have gone on to do great things with their music while others have simply enjoyed playing for their own pleasure. I discovered that a great camraderie exists among drummers -- all sharing the same passion for rhythm and music. Playing drums is fascinating, challenging and invigorating.

If you have a desire to learn drums, a basic sense of rhythm, a little coordination, and are willing to dedicate time to practicing regularly (an essential part of learning), contact me for more information.

DRUM LESSON TOPICS

Reading
Ergonomics
Posture
Three 3 E's: Economy of Motion, Efficiency, Effectiveness
Basic & Advanced Technique: (Hands & Feet)
Matched v. Traditional grip
Placement of hands on sticks
The Fulcrum & finger placement
Full, Half and Low Strokes
Downstrokes (Control Stroke)
Upstroke (Pullouts)
Rudiments (incl. 40 Percussive Art Society Rudiments)
Paradiddle Plethoras: Inward, Outward, Inverted Paradiddles
Finger Control Exercises
Evenness/Consistency in strokes
Strengthening and stretching exercises
Rolls: Open and Closed
Foot Synchronization
Bass drum techniques
Hi-Hat techniques
Stylistic Principles of Favorite Drummers
Motivation & Inspiration, Discipline & Development, Self-Empowerment
3 A's: Absorb, Adopt & Adapt (Emulate, Assimilate & Innovate)

Time & Feel:
Using a Metronome/click track
Meter/Pulse & Subdivision
Backbeat Tinkering
Odd-Time
Free Feel/Over the Barline
Control and Dynamics

Coordination:
Double Bass
Independence
Ambidexterity
Ostinatos
Weak-hand playing

Other Elements:
Soloing- putting it all together
Call & Answer
Copycat sessions & battling
Playing different styles
Choosing and maintaining your gear
Drum tuning techniques
Mental/physical preparation for performances

Options:
Principles of drum recording
Microphone choice and placement
Basic audio engineering/mixing (EQ, effects, blending, etc.)
Drum tuning for the studio