Drum Lessons – Grade 2 Student

Kai background – where his drum lessons started

I started teaching Kai drum lessons a couple of years ago and he was a complete beginner.  We started his lessons off with the basics by getting him to play some standard four four bass drum and snare beats which Kai picked up pretty quickly.  Kai was then an eager beaver to get on with his Rock School Grades!   Kai then went on to pass his Rock School Debut and Grade 1 in Drums.

What Drum piece I’m currently teaching Kai

Kai is are currently working on ‘Bleach’ from Grade 2 and ACDC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ which is from the sister book ‘Hot Rocks’.  See AC-DC’s YouTube clip below.

There are some good beats going on here with lots to get your teeth into. Bleach is an up-tempo number with lots of tom tom work which Kai enjoys. When playing You Shook Me Kai thinks he is playing at Wembley stadium and even tries his stick twirling which is funny. After coming back down to earth we do some of the tech exercises which are made of paradiddles and different drum fills and patterns followed by some ear tests which end the book. As I leave he is still practicing AC-DC and no doubt back at Wembley stadium!

What’s Next for Kai and his Drum lessons?

Kai will keep practicing his drum songs including ‘Iron Man’ by Black Sabbath!   We are looking to put Kai in for his Grade 2 drums after Christmas.

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Guitar lessons – Grade 4 Student

Ryan’s background – where his guitar lessons started

I have been teaching Ryan guitar for nearly four years now and he has improved greatly in that time. When Ryan first started his lessons he was a complete beginner.  Since his first guitar lesson Ryan has completed Debut, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, and is now on Grade 4 Rock School Grades.

What Guitar piece I’m currently teaching Ryan

Ryan loves his guitar lessons using the Rock School Grade books as he really enjoys the diversity of the pieces. We are currently working on Dirt Wizard from the Grade 4, a piece that has its roots firmly in 70s rock and a riff that would make Richie Blackmore take notice!  Ryan loves the riff and we are working on getting his speed up and playing the power chords in time. We are also writing the solo for the piece which instead of using the standard minor blues pentatonic scale we have thrown in some nice harmonic scales too which sound great.

What’s Next for Ryan and his guitar lessons?

Ryan hopes to take his Rock School guitar Grade 4 exam in the next few months!  Good luck Ryan!!!

Christmas Gift Idea – Private Music Lessons!

Guitar, Bass, Drums or Keyboard Lessons for a Christmas Present

If you live near Rugby, Lutterworth or any of the surrounding villages then why purchase some lessons in guitar, bass, drums or keyboard as a gift for your loved ones!?

Sometimes it can be challenging to know what to buy your loved one for Christmas as they have everything that they may possibly want or need.  Whether you’re looking to buy some lessons for your husband, partner, wife, son, daughter, granddaughter, grandson, mother or father, I can tailor their lessons to their ability or what they would like to learn.

Whether they are in to Rock, Pop or love Metal or any type of music I can teach your loved ones what they would like to learn! The lessons can be either song based or Rock School Lessons!

Contact me for more information about the music lessons I provide by calling me or e-mailing me.  See my ‘Contact Me’ page for more information.

About Me – Your local private music teacher

Hello all,

As you may know, my name is Martin Dennison. I have recently moved to Lilbourne just outside of Rugby.

Myself and my wife have been busy over the last few weeks dropping my guitar, bass, keyboard and drum lesson leaflets! So far we’ve delivered to Lilbourne, Yelvertoft, Catthorpe, Clay Coton, Swinford, Shawell, Clifton Upon Dunsmore, Newton, Kilsby, West Haddon and Crick!  We’ve still got a few more locations to flyer drop such as Brownsover, Churchover, Hillmorton, Elkington and Winwick to name but a few.

My wife has started to create this website for me to try and save our legs and also to tell as many local people (in and around Rugby and Lutterworth area) about the guitar, drums, keyboard and bass lessons that I do!

So you’re probably thinking to yourself how do my lessons work? Well I’ve been teaching private guitar, drums, bass and keyboard lessons for over 10 years. In that time I have found that the key to getting the most out of my pupils is to make the lessons fun!

I do this by teaching my pupils songs that they know and love. Also I teach from the Rock School Grades which are designed to be enjoyable but very informative for all the theory that is needed. When it gets to the point when my pupil becomes a bit uninspired by the grades or a song that I am teaching them I re-asses their needs and either have a break from the grades or the particular song that they are learning and go back to something a bit more light hearted and fun!

If you’ve got any questions about the guitar, bass, drums or keyboard lessons that I teach then don’t hesitate to contact me on 07845 961345