bloodyrich's drummer survival guide
theworld's on fire! drum teachers
A teacher could possibly help you make quantum leaps in your abilities. Don't be afraid to try a couple different teachers - have a few lessons from one, make sure you work on the assign- ments they tell you to, and if you can try another teacher for a bit, When you find the teacher that you think can help you the most - stick with it. Some ideas when working with/choosing a teacher:
  • Talk to them about your goals & ideas.
  • Listen to their philosophy of drums & teaching music.
  • Listen to them play.
  • Ask them questions.
  • Ask them what they think your short & long term goals should be.
  • See if they treat you as an individual, or if they just have a cookie-cutter teaching method
  • Find out what they plan on teaching you, what the 'program' will contain: rudiments? drum set, snare/pad work?home home
  • Find out what drum methods (books) they will be working from
  • Ask them what their experience is, both as teacher & as a drummer

I currently take lessons from Alan Lerner. If you are in the NYC area, I HIGHLY recommend him. He is an incredible drummer, and really knows how to teach. Email me for his contact info & info.

If you don't have time or money for a teacher (or don't want one now) the web has many online drum lessons.