Frequently Asked Questions Before A Student’s First Lesson With Me

Hi folks, I’ve compiled a list of questions that I get alot from first-time students:

Q1: What should I bring to my trial lesson?

A pair of drumsticks if you already own one. If not I’ll lend you a pair.

Q2: How long is the trial lesson and what do we get to cover?

The trial lesson is a minimum of 45 minutes in duration. The aim of the trial lesson is for you to check out my teaching approach to see whether it fits you and for me to assess your learning abilities as well as psycho-motor co-ordination. The trial lesson will also be an opportunity to enquire in person any concerns you have.

Q3: What do I bring to my first lesson after I have signed up with you at the trial lesson?

Bring along these things:

1) Drumsticks – 5A sized drumsticks is great for beginner drummers. Reputable brands include Vic Firth, Vater, and Pro Mark, which are all carried by Music Theme on the basement level of Excelsior Shopping Centre, No.5 Coleman Street (City Hall area).

2) Fee for the first month which will be quoted to you at your trial lesson

3) Fee for the course books, Alfred Drum Method and The Total Rock Drummer (S$50 in total)

4) A notebook or music manuscript book to document your weekly practice assignments. Bring this along to every lesson thereafter.

An A4 sized file will eventually be very handy for storing all supplementary printed materials given to you.

Q4. I don’t have a drumset yet. How do I go about practising my weekly assignments?

You can practise in the following ways without a drumset at first:

1) Make a makeshift drumset using everyday home items: Old books, pots, pans, tins, pillows, e.t.c

2) Invest in either a single practice pad or a multi practice-pad setup

3) You can book a jamming studio to practice.

Q5: I cannot afford to have an acoustic drumset at home due to noise. What alternative is available for me?

Either of the two: Electronic Drumset with headphone output or Multi-Practice-Pad set up. For electronic drumsets you can start out with the entry level model offered by either Yamaha, Roland, or  Alesis. Contact me if you need to know which shops to get them from or log onto to the forums section of for good second hand deals under the “Drums Buy/Sell” category.

Q6: Am I required to sit for a drumset exam after each level of learning?

No. It is entirely up to the student to take drumset exams or not and if you should decide to, I offer guidance in Trinity, Rockschool, and Rock and Pop drumset exam syllabi. More information on this can be given to you at your lessons upon request. Please take note that I only prepare students for the exam and am not involved in registering the students for the exams. The students will have to register as private candidates at the relevant exam centre.

Q7: Do I need to be a fast learner in order to play drums well?

Not at all. Pace of learning has nothing to do with playing the drums well. Regardless of your learning pace, you need commitment, dedication, perseverance, and a lot of patience to develop your drumming skills to a level where you can comfortably play with other musicians.

Q8: Do I need to have prior musical experience to start taking up drums?

Not at all. I can take students from ground zero.

Q9: I’m afraid I may not have a good sense of rhythm in order to take drum lessons.

Well, that’s why you take drum lessons! To help you improve your sense of rhythm! My drum lessons although pre-structured can be customised to fit the needs of the individual student, so you have nothing to worry about!

Q.10: Do you teach kids?

Yes I do. From age 6 onwards. Bring your kid down for a trial lesson!

Q. 11: Why should learn with a private instructor when I can learn online?

Firstly, it is definitely possible to learn anything, and I mean anything, you want to learn about drumming online. But ask yourself, who is going to guide you when you inadvertently form bad habits as you learn independently especially at the beginning stages?

Secondly, drumming is a very physical activity. You need to get together with a teacher who has solid technique to help you achieve the same so that you play the drums without hurting yourself. This applies to any other instrument that you choose to take up. Technique is one of my fortes and I have helped lots of students improve their technique. I can give you great insight into how you can adapt standard drumming techniques to your physical type so that you can play the drums in a totally NATURAL way.

Thirdly, online videos and even “live” lessons cannot give you that personal touch to the lessons that make your learning experience more enriching. By personal, I mean in-person and IMMEDIATE feedback on your progress, as well as in-person advice. The human interaction element in any learning environment is not to be understated, Making music, especially great music, is a communal activity, which means there is interaction, and it is always in-person, not through a computer.


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