Welcome to DRUMSTYLE DRUM KIT TUITION EXMOUTH and the EXMOUTH DRUM SCHOOL.
**Celebrating 25+ years of professional drum kit tuition 1989-2015**
Tel: 01395 275839 (9am-8.30pm).
Email: Via the "contact" button (please allow up to 12 hours for an emailed reply).
DRUMSTYLE was founded by professional drummer, tutor and drumming author JIM FERRIS in 1989 and offers individual drum kit lessons at a studio located in EXMOUTH, East Devon, U.K.
Absolute beginners are very welcome and account for around 60% of new students. Jim is a friendly, skilled, experienced and patient teacher who has previously taught the drum kit at a number of schools across Devon and Somerset and did so for a total of twenty years. All tuition now however, is based at Jims own home in Exmouth.
The rest of the web page below, tries to answer the most popular questions asked by potential pupils. Please get in touch for any further details and to book your first lesson.
***SEE JIM GIVING ADVICE ON YOU TUBE (2002):
Plus six more linked in video's.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
***WHERE EXACTLY IS THE TEACHING STUDIO?
It is located in the Woodbury Park area of EXMOUTH adjacent to the edge of Woodbury Common and is only 15 minutes drive from EXETER motorway services via the village of Woodbury. We are also easily accessed from Ottery St Mary (25 minutes) Sidmouth (25 minutes) and Honiton (30 minutes).
The full address is listed at the very bottom of the web page.
***MAP DIRECTIONS TO THE TEACHING STUDIO;
http://www.aardvarkmap.net/mape/8HI9BJT2 .....zoom in on the map and our location will be shown as the Exmouth Drum School.
*** IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE THAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO TEACH?
Pupils ideally need to be at least ELEVEN years of age to commence their tuition, though I will consider pupils who are only ten, as long as the parent/gardian considers them to be a 'mature' ten. This minimum has been set to ensure that a young drum student does not embark on tuition before they are physically and mentally developed enough to take full advantage of their lessons.
Please note that Jim is fully "enhanced disclosure C.R.B checked" and approved to work within Devon County Council Services. The most recent approval certificate is dated 25/05/13.
***HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?
£14.50. The fee is based on nationally recommended minimum rates for professional tuition. Please note that the fee will rise to £15 from 6th April 2015.
Lessons are 30 minutes in length and are always given on a one to one basis using a professional quality Roland electronic drum kit, played through speakers not headphones.
Lessons are taken weekly with approximately 11 weeks of holiday built into each calendar year. The holiday dates are timed loosely around the Exmouth Community College school holidays.
***WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT A PUPIL JUST HAVING AN OCCASIONAL LESSON, SAY ONE EVERY TWO WEEKS?
If you are a beginner, this would be a really bad plan for you as there would be no 'urgency' to your practice or momentum to your tuition and poor technique would also undoubtably creep in, without it being 'nipped in the bud' as it would be with a weekly lesson.
Sometimes experienced drummers just want an occasional lesson to improve certain aspects of their playing. In such circumstances, the infrequency of their lessons does little harm.
***WHEN DO LESSONS TAKE PLACE?
Lessons are available four days a week. Tuesdays to Thursdays (afternoons and evenings), and then on Saturdays (9am till 1pm).
*** I'VE GOT PREVIOUS DRUMMING EXPERIENCE, CAN I START MY LESSONS AT LEVEL TWO OR THREE ETC?
Drummers with previous experience will need to clearly demonstrate that they have already developed the correct skills and reading abilities. If that can be shown, then they will start at an advanced stage of the teaching programme, otherwise they will be asked to revise their skills by going back to basics and putting everything in order from Level One. Hopefully their previous experience will help them complete this 1st stage quickly.
***I'VE ALREADY READ YOUR WEBSITE AND THE SUCCESSES OF YOUR FORMER PUPILS IS IMPRESSIVE BUT A LITTLE INTIMIDATING.
Please do not be put off at all. Absolute beginners are very very welcome and I do not expect everybody to be aiming to be a top professional player either. Everyone is different and some people only want to be good enough to play along to c.d.'s on their own at home and not even to get into a local band. That is perfectly fine with me, I only ask that all of my pupils take full advantage of their lessons by practising adequately each week so as to ensure good steady progress.
*** DO YOU TEACH GIRLS / LADIES?
Of course I do. I understand that the drum kit is still seen as a male dominated instrument but I can tell you that some of my most successful pupils have been female.
***COULD I BE TOO OLD TO START TUITION?
It is unlikely, pupils have started in their fifties and even sixties though it is true to say that adults should try to be confident that they can spare the time to practise regularly between lessons, before they commence the tuition. Adults do sometimes struggle to find enough practice time each week.
***I'M LEFT HANDED, DOES THAT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
The answer to that is both yes and no. A good proportion of my most succesful pupils are left handed, BUT they are all taught on a right handed kit set up, as right handed players. There are two reasons for this, firstly it would be impractical to rearrange the kit for one lesson and secondly, like many drum teachers, I think it is in the interests of the pupil to be able to get on anybody's kit and play. You will not be able to do that if you can only play with the kit set left handed.
In over 20 years as a professional tutor I cannot remember one left handed pupil who has failed, or been severely hindered by, having to play the kit right handed.
***HOW MUCH PRACTISE TIME WOULD I NEED TO FIND EACH WEEK?
I ask my pupils to be prepared to practise a minimum of three or four times a week for a minimum of twenty minutes per occasion (so around an hour or so, in total). Of course though, the more time you regularly spend practising, the quicker you will improve.
***CAN I JUST HAVE ONE LESSON TO SEE IF I LIKE IT?
Most definitely, that is the preferred way although it will not be possible to tell for sure if you will succeed after just one lesson. Your chances of success with the instrument will be largely down to how much you practise and how well you absorb and act on, the advice given to you during your lessons.
PLEASE NOTE that if you do have a one off "try out" lesson, it is NOT a free lesson.
*** DO YOU DO "ONE OFF" LESSONS FOR BIRTHDAY/CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?
Sorry no, not unless the intention is to go on and have further regular tuition - subject to the pupil enjoying the first lesson of course.
***WILL I LEARN HOW TO READ DRUM MUSIC?
Yes you will. Many new pupils fear this part, but they quickly gain their confidence when they realise it is nowhere near as difficult to master as they thought it would be. Being able to read drum music will give you many advantages.
***WILL I HAVE TO TAKE DRUMMING EXAMS?
No, but each tutor book does have two summary pieces at the end which checks that you have understood and can cope with, the contents of the book and pupils are issued with a certificate when they have succesfully completed each level. Pupils who reach the end of the Level Four tutor book should have the skill levels to cope with studying for a Grade 7 or Grade 8 external examination.
***DOES JIM PREPARE PUPILS FOR EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS?
Sorry, Jim has now withdrawn from external exam preparation after 21 successful years of entering pupils. A 100% pupil pass record was proudly achieved, with all but two of them, at enhanced 'merit' 'honours' or 'high honours/distinction' levels.
***PLAYING A DRUM KIT IN THE HOUSE WILL BE VERY NOISY WON'T IT?
It does not have to be. A drum kit and its cymbals can easily be fitted with sound reducing practice pads and dampers which considerably reduce the level of sound produced. It would cost you around £40 to fit out the whole kit.
Alternatively there are electronic drum kits of course. These are becoming evermore popular for home practise as they can be played through headphones, making them almost silent to others around you.
***ARE DRUM KITS EXPENSIVE TO BUY?
A reasonable starter level acoustic kit with very basic quality cymbals and also sound deadening pads, can be purchased new for aproximately £250. Professional drummers would pay upwards of £2,000 for their kit so £250 is modest in comparison.
Electronic kits also start at around £250 for beginner models that are of a (just about) acceptable quality.
***HOW SOON WOULD I NEED TO OWN MY OWN KIT?
Assuming you do not have easy access to one at a school or wherever, it is recommended that you get your own drum kit within a month or so of commencing your tuition. You cannot take full advantage of the lessons if you do not have a kit to practise on between those lessons. Jim is happy to advise pupils / parents on a suitable purchase.
***TELL ME MORE ABOUT JIM FERRIS.
Jim was born in Coventry in 1955 and studied drumming for five years at the Coventry School of Music http://www.coventrycorpsofdrums.org.uk before embarking on commercial ventures at the age of fifteen. In 1970 he appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London as a percussionist in the highest level of the finals of the World Brass Band Championships. It was suggested at the time that he was probably the youngest percussionist to have ever appeared at that level of competition. Jim again played at the Royal Albert Hall in the 90's.
During his playing career he has performed in many genres of music from Marching Band to Brass Bands to Rock Bands to Big Band Jazz and nearly everything in between. Jim has worked in theatres, cabaret clubs, seaside shows, open air stadium concerts, performed live and pre recorded radio broadcasts as well as freelance recording session work at studios in London, Coventry and the West Country. Jim has played for many t.v. personalities appearing at live shows in the South West and was the "1st call" drummer for A.J.'s JAZZ BIG BAND for 20 years, playing on four of the bands albums, two of them recorded in the bands hey day when the much respected founder and band leader Alan J. Hempstead was still in command.
Jim is currently (2014) working with a professional ABBA tribute band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181OgQJFX-Y
All of this experience, gained over many years, leaves him ideally experienced to teach drumming to others.
***HOW DO I KNOW JIM FERRIS IS A GOOD TEACHER THOUGH?
Jim has taught drumming since he was eighteen years of age. He turned it into a full time professional career at the age of 34, in the autumn of 1989. Jim taught drumming at schools across Devon and Somerset for many years (seven schools a week) including leading independent schools Blundells @ Tiverton and Queens College @ Taunton (where he was the tutor of drum kit for nineteen years).
Many new pupils are referred to him by local drummers, music teachers, present and former pupils. Jim has taught the children of many established local semi professional drummers, other professional musicians and music teachers, as well as teaching drumming to other music teachers themselves. He also taught drumming to the young son of a Duke and Duchess, but for the sake of confidentiality won't say who he was!
In 1994 he began writing a series of tutor books named "The Mere Mortals Guide To Drumming". The tutor books now consist of four levels (plus a double pedals book) and all pupils are taught from these books. Pupils who have succesfully reached the end of Level Four, have often gone on to pass Grade 8 national drum kit examinations.
As detailed above, Jims pupils have consistantly achieved "merit", "honours" and "high honours"/ "distinction" passes in national music examinations, right up to grade 8 "passed with high honours". Former pupil Mark Pusey is now a leading London session drummer with many many t.v. appearances, world tours and recordings to his credit.
Four pupils (out of a total of four entered) have won through to the semi final stage of the annual "U.K. Young Drummer of the Year Competition".
*** IS JIM WILLING TO GIVE FREE ADVICE?
In a word YES, he is very happy to help you if he can, send an email with details of your question. The FACEBOOK page; "Jim Ferris drumstyle tuition" is also sometimes used to pass on hints and tips to people new to drumming. Why not add the page to yours, as a friend?
***PAST AND PRESENT PUPILS INCLUDE;
**Mark Pusey....London sessions, ED SHEERAN, KYLIE MINOGUE, GIRLS ALOUD, SIR TOM JONES, JAMES BLUNT, LEONA LEWIS, HURTS, OLLY MURS, THE SATURDAYS, SUSAN BOYLE, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, EMINEM, JOHN BARROWMAN, PIXIE LOTT, B.B.C.'s T.O.T.P's, appearances on the Royal Variety Show plus many many other t.v. and artist video appearances and Radio One live sessions, http://www.markpusey.co.uk
** Andy Came.....drummer for Bristol based band 'SPECTRES' who, in 2012, were voted "Best Unsigned Band" by ARTROCKER magazine.
**Sarah Morgan....(grade 8 with honours) drummer for ROSIE and the GOLDBUG. Support band to the CYNDI LAUPER European Tour, Oct. & Nov. 2008. Sarah is currently (June '14) playing for leading Devon band DIAMONDOGS.
**Tom Wreford....grade 6 passed with distinction (95% - 2014) Drummer for 'TINY FOLDS' and 'AURORA SKIES'.
**George Woodward....semi finalist "U.K. Young Drummer of the Year". George was also awarded a Grade 8 in 2009 at the age of 16. Now drummer for 'FIREKIND' https://www.firekind.com - recording contract with Columbia records Australia.
**Connor Ward...grade 6 passed with distinction (93% - 2013). Drummer for Exmouth based band WEEKEND RESCUE".
**Matt Gillard....drummer for CAMBION http://video.metalonrock.tv/wizzfest/yourselftoblame.html
**Matt Freer....drummer for RESONATE, Radio One interview and sessions, LockJaw (indie) Records.
**James Bennetts....awarded "high honours" passes in both Grade 6 and 8 drum kit examinations. James toured China with a band in the autumn of 2006 and is now a drum teacher himself, in the Bristol area.
**Stuart Archer....drummer for "Picture Books in Winter" Glastonbury 2008 appearance and Radio 1 http://www.myspace.com/picturebooksinwinter
**Stuart Martin.... superb kit drummer for highly successful functions band "LIMITED COMPANY" http://www.limitedcompanyband.co.uk. Stuart was awarded a Grade 6 qualification with "honours".
**Ben Mc Cabe....semi finalist in the "U.K. Young Drummer of the Year Competition". Ben was also awarded an "honours" pass at Grade 8.
**Drew McGilchrist....semi finalist "U.K. Young Drummer of the Year". Drew has also, since the completion of his lessons, been awarded a Grade 8 "passed with distinction".
**James Keefe (aged only 15) was awarded an "honours" pass @ Grade 8 drum kit.
**Pete Darke..... went on to succesfully study for a degree in music and is currently drumming on cruise ships backing the stage shows. Sailing out of the U.S.A, Pete is continually travelling the world whilst playing the drums!
**Lewis Phillips.....passed Grade 6 drum kit "with distinction" (2010) and Grade 8 drum kit "passed with high merit" (2011).
**Josh Pooley.....passed Grade 6 drum kit "with distinction" (2011)
**James Fuke.... semi finalist "U.K. Young Drummer of the Year" 2010 and 2011.
*Plus many more potential stars of the future!
*** PRESENT AND FORMER PUPILS HAVE ASSOCIATION WITH THE FOLLOWING LOCAL ORGANISATIONS:
* Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra (senior and junior bands)
* West Exe College Big Band
* City of Exeter Railway Band.
* Queens College Taunton (junior, middle and senior school bands).
* Blundells School Tiverton (jazz band).
* Sidmouth Town Band (senior and junior bands)
* Sidmouth Community College Band.
* East Devon Wind Band.
* Lympstone Junior Band.
* Exeter Childrens Orchestra.
* Exeter College Big Band.
* Exmouth Town Band.
* Taunton Concert Band.
* Tiverton Town Band.
* Exmouth Community College Jazz Band (senior and junior bands).
* Exeter Battle Of The Bands winners (2002) "Nookie".
* Exeter Battle of The Bands winners (2004) "Supenik".
* Many other Battle of the Bands winners (2005 to the present day).
* Many local working Pop and Rock Bands....... far too many to list here!
* Plus other school bands and orchestras across Devon and Somerset.
***TO BOOK A LESSON OR TO ASK FURTHER QUESTIONS;
Please telephone 01395 275839 between 9am and 8.45pm. Alternatively, email non urgent messages via the "contact" button.
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