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Old 09-30-2017, 11:16 PM
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Hi all, been playing about 8 years and had lessons for most of it. I'm getting more serious with my drumming and I'm looking again for a new teacher, but how can I drum teachers are at the top of their game?

I've looked at previous posts here, but the few names mentioned live miles away (e.g. other side of the country)

I'm in the south - Bath to be precise - and I can't seem to find much. Do I just have to try out a few teachers around the city and go for that? It's not a big city so I suppose I don't have much chance of finding something like this without lots of travelling?

Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:10 AM
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Hi all, been playing about 8 years and had lessons for most of it. I'm getting more serious with my drumming and I'm looking again for a new teacher, but how can I drum teachers are at the top of their game?

I've looked at previous posts here, but the few names mentioned live miles away (e.g. other side of the country)

I'm in the south - Bath to be precise - and I can't seem to find much. Do I just have to try out a few teachers around the city and go for that? It's not a big city so I suppose I don't have much chance of finding something like this without lots of travelling?

Thanks.
Found a few on the link below but I guess it comes down to doing research online about each of them. See what other people have said about them and maybe see how many styles they specialise in as the more styles they teach may show them to be a good all round player.

Although, sometimes ability doesn't guarantee someone's actually a good teacher. Like you said, maybe do a lesson with a few of them if possible and decide who you'll go with after that. That might indeed be the best approach.

All the best!, I hope you find someone you're happy with soon.

https://www.musicteachers.co.uk/area...drum/teachers/
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:41 PM
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Hi all, been playing about 8 years and had lessons for most of it. I'm getting more serious with my drumming and I'm looking again for a new teacher, but how can I drum teachers are at the top of their game?

I've looked at previous posts here, but the few names mentioned live miles away (e.g. other side of the country)

I'm in the south - Bath to be precise - and I can't seem to find much. Do I just have to try out a few teachers around the city and go for that? It's not a big city so I suppose I don't have much chance of finding something like this without lots of travelling?

Thanks.
Teachers are overrated. Use YouTube and practice lots. If you've already had a teacher then they should've eradicated any bad habits you may have.

Now you just need to learn new stuff and practice it.

Save yourself some money and teach yourself, it's not as if you'll end up being a session drummer as all those gigs are taken and no-one seems to retire from drumming unless there is a physical reason to do so. No-one can really choose drumming as a genuine career choice these days so save the cash and learn what suits you and your playing, clearly you're not a beginner so time to stretch out with what you want to do.

WOuld be my advice
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Teachers are overrated.
Pretty much everybody who is at the top of their particular tree still trains with people who know even more than they do. Grand Slam tennis players, Grand Prix dressage riders, opera singers ... anybody who wants to know more and to be better.

If you've had lessons before and you want them again, you must feel that there is more inside you that you want to be unlocked. Good for you.

Bath is probably my favourite place in the whole world, but it isn't exactly the centre of the universe. How feasible is it for you to go to London? And what sort of lessons are you after?
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Pretty much everybody who is at the top of their particular tree still trains with people who know even more than they do. Grand Slam tennis players, Grand Prix dressage riders, opera singers ... anybody who wants to know more and to be better.

If you've had lessons before and you want them again, you must feel that there is more inside you that you want to be unlocked. Good for you.

Bath is probably my favourite place in the whole world, but it isn't exactly the centre of the universe. How feasible is it for you to go to London? And what sort of lessons are you after?
I'm a student so not possible sadly.

Looking for someone who can help me improve my reading and start some more technical stuff
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Teachers are overrated. Use YouTube and practice lots. If you've already had a teacher then they should've eradicated any bad habits you may have.

Now you just need to learn new stuff and practice it.

Save yourself some money and teach yourself, it's not as if you'll end up being a session drummer as all those gigs are taken and no-one seems to retire from drumming unless there is a physical reason to do so. No-one can really choose drumming as a genuine career choice these days so save the cash and learn what suits you and your playing, clearly you're not a beginner so time to stretch out with what you want to do.

WOuld be my advice
What do you mean they are all taken? I'm know of some people who have drumming as a genuine career.

Although I know what you mean, I actually made a post about this a few weeks ago :)
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:02 PM
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What do you mean they are all taken? I'm know of some people who have drumming as a genuine career.

Although I know what you mean, I actually made a post about this a few weeks ago :)
To answer you and the previous post, I read the OP as someone who needs to start up again and had already had lessons. If he can't find a teacher, the internet is his friend.

Didn't mean to denigrate any teachers but in the UK, drummers are like gold-dust, decent ones even more so. That also means there's a dearth of quality teachers available to anyone outside of the M25.

If the OP is not interested in struggling for the rest of his life to make a career out of it, then my advice stands. Sure if you want to take a shot at drumming as a career that's great, but rather than get a local teacher, I would advise to move to London and join one of the schools then it's more about your network than anything else

You can be a good drummer and not have any lessons. But if you want to be a pro, I'd say get yer @$$ to london, pains me as it does to recommend that because who can afford to live in London, own a car to transport equipment and be a drummer? There are some but they probably have parents in London
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