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Cambridge drum factory visit

Last week, my son and I had a visit to the factory in Cambridge to see their open day.

We were both absolutely won over and impressed by this great new company. Trust me, if you want top quality custom drums at a very reasonable price you couldn’t find a better place.  They are extremely approachable and can make your kit just the way you want it.

We had the pleasure of of also seeing 4 great drummers (3 performed), including Gilson Lavis (Jools Holland), Simon Hanson (Squeeze), Clark Tracey (top UK Jazz drummer, and Dan Western (Session/educator).

A great evening and a reminder of what a family thing the drumming community is.  Look at for future news from them. Support organisations like this and don’t miss out on great events like this. We need to keep drumming alive!

Seymour Junior doing well!

Really pleased how William is progressing on the drums.  He’s currently working hard on his Grade 4 trinity guildhall (the hard one!) and progressing well.

Its great to see how things have come along ever since he got his own kit.  He’s never off it!   Can’t wait to see him start to perform in front of audiences.

More video examples coming soon. Watch this space. Trust me, we have a future star there. 🙂

Proud day

Hi everyone. It’s impossible for me not to blurt out to the world how proud I am as a drum teacher right now. We have just received the pinnacle of academic achievement I have ever seen in my 14 years of teaching.    For some years now I have been teaching a young lad called Charlie Westbrook.  He is the perfect example of what can be achieved with the right level of commitment, enthusiasm and love for music.  So anyway, this young man just took his Grade 8 in Drumkit (Trinity Guildhall syllabus) and received a result of a pass of 99%!!   Knowing how tough the marking and scrutiny is under Trinity Guildhall and the requirements at this level and versatility required compared to rock syllabus’, this is an incredible achievement.  And it doesn’t stop there. He’s hungry for more.

A discussion about breakages

This has to be mentioned at least once as it comes up quite regularly.

Ok, so its common to read that drummers break heads, sticks and cymbals on a regular basis. I really believe (and there is evidence to support this), that most of it is avoidable.

It stuns me how few people that complain of breakages actually think they may have contributed to the problem although there is often a sneaky mention of ‘I do hit quite hard’, or ‘don’t mention technique’.

So lets start with stick breakages.  Yes, cheap drum sticks are not as durable. We can accept that, but for gigging why are you using cheap sticks. The weight and balance will be completely different than a standard say 5A.  You can be unfortunate and miss hit a cymbal which can shear off some of the tip (unless its nylon), but most stick breakages seem to be centred further down the stick. What this tells me is it must be related to rim shots. Are you possibly playing too many. Remember a rim shot is for impact. If you play at your heaviest and loudest sound all the time, you have nowhere to go. Do you do it because you aren’t loud enough generally? Thats what mics are for (partly).  Why not try and be a little more dynamic. Also factor in the cost of sitting in a pile of sawdust every gig.

Drum heads- Bit of a grey area this because it depends how old the head is. However there are many types of damage- Dents, coating wear, sagging, holes etc.  Coating wear is fair enough as its just age but don’t leave it too long. Dents are avoidable. Generally very hard hitting or playing through or striking angle too steep. Easily fixed if you are willing to change your habits. Remember if you play through a head not only have you passed the maximum volume anyway, you will be fighting yourself because your strokes will more than likely be muted and you are greatly increasing your risk of long term injury.

Cymbals – Ok, the expensive bit.  You don’t need to break them and it probably isn’t the cymbals fault its broken. You must allow cymbals to breathe and you must not push the cymbal beyond the point it can move to. Have you clamped it down too hard for the way you play?   I really believe (and from my own experience) that most cymbal breakages are avoidable. They can actually take quite a lot of punishment but you have to consider that playing them in an unnatural way, is this adding anything musically?  If you don’t want to bring your hand back off the cymbal try a small sweep to the side.