Contact

Please find information here on how to contact me regarding band sessions, depping and other enquiries

Email matt@seymourdrums.com

07808 539214

01354 652554

For lesson enquiries you should now contact fenland drumming school

Www.fenlanddrummingschool.co.uk

6 thoughts on “Contact”

  1. Hello,

    I am unsure if this is something you would do and if not, maybe you could point me in the right direction? My 5 year old son (nearly 6) would very much like some drum lessons. We are based in Chatteris and would like him to learn this skill too. Are you able to help?

    Thanks in advance,

    Helen

    1. Hi,
      Yes certainly. I’d be happy to help. This sort of age group is in quite a boom at the moment. Lessons can be adapted to suit and we can set them at 30mins if an hour is a little long.
      Lessons are available 7 days a week. Let me know what your availability is like and we’ll get you booked in.
      Regards
      Matt

  2. My son Kai is playing drums at school + was the only one in the class to get a he’s 14 do u do a taster lesson to c if he enjoys it

  3. I started playing drums when I was 13. Played professionally until I was 25. Got married and went to work. I am 65 now and just bought a 7-piece Pearl Decade kit. I have been trying to get my stick speed faster with little results. What do you recommend? Thanks in advance. Mike

    1. Hi. Nice to hear from you. It’s a combination of things really. Here’s where rudiments and other combinations are very useful. Even just single strokes. At a fundamental level you need to make sure the sticks feel comfortable, and balanced- bad stick choice will affect things. From then the next fundamental thing is the grip. There are many ways to personalise a grip, so in that sense there isn’t a right and wrong but there are things that can also restrict it. Once the optimum balance point is reached, the grip should be such that the stick responds freely. For German grip, make sure you keep the thumbs pointing towards each other rather than on top to make sure the wrist is working the way it should. The sticks should roughly be at 90 degrees. The grip should be loose but controlled (this is why I’m not a fan of grip tape and gloves etc which restrict free movement of the stick).
      Next job is to think about the kit setup- heights and angles have a part to play. When you strike a drum the stick angle should be relatively low to promote a better response. I see many a kit with steeply angled toms which means you will basically stab at them.
      If you are trying to improve your single stroke speed, make sure that the strokes are as even as possible (its not uncommon for the stronger hand to player higher/harder). If you are right handed spend a great proportion of time leading with the left.
      There are different techniques that can be applied at different speeds such as moving from arm, to wrists, to fingers, but the individual techniques should be developed separately. For wrist strength and evenness a great old trick is to practise on a pillow or cushion where there is little response, which in turn makes you work harder. Of course wrists will have a finite speed and so once you pass that you need to employ more rebound and finger control.
      You can’t beat working with a metronome too. Find your maximum comfortable speed, and clock it up slowly in 5bpm steps. Remember to remind yourself not to hold your breath. Obviously being relaxed as possible plays a big part.
      Jam along to songs that are challenging and will push you, but at the same time don’t beat yourself up when you get it wrong or can’t keep up.
      For 2 or three consecutive strokes I would investigate the Moeller and Gladstone techniques (The great Jim Chapin was a master of Moeller- plenty of clips on youtube). For me the big advantage of these is they help develop fluid motions.
      Once you are happy the technique is working it basically comes down to repetition.

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