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Sophie Pape - Drum Teacher

Sophie Hardwick – Drum Teacher

1. Sophie Hardwick

I am Drum tutor working around Coventry and teaching full time within various schools and to private students. I currently teach in these schools: drumlessonsandmore, drummer, drum lessons

Modern Music SchoolSt. Christopher’s PrimaryManor Park Primary SchoolMy qualifications:

    Teaching Diploma Grade 8 Merit BTEC music performance

I have trained at Nexus Music College for three years and been involved in teaching the 1st year course when in my third year. Before that I trained in a BTEC music performance course. Over the years I have gained a wealth of live experience playing with a variety of people on large and small stages alike. I am committed to passing on this experience and training musicians to be able to perform their best in any circumstance.

2. Emily Witham

Emily Witham Chetenham Drum Tutor and Musician:)


I offer drum lessons from beginner to intermediate and for all ages in the Gloucestershire area. I can teach on either acoustic or electric drums, depending on student preference.

If you’d like to arrange a lesson or find out more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Drum Lesson Enrolments for Term 3 2013 ,Drum Lessons For Adults and Children,Distance e-LearningLessons

Drum Lesson Enrolments for Term 3 2013 now open and other happenings

July 10, 2013 /

Simon / Drum Talk, Instruction

Wow I can’t get over how this year is flashing by, lots of cool things happening at the moment both in my own music world and also that of my students. Some of my students are now actively gigging in successful bands and really making a go of it. Billy O’Key deserves a special mention as his playing has really developed over the last couple of years so much so that I trust him to fill in for some of my gigs that I can’t do. He’s now gigging,touring and doing some teaching himself,really pleased for him. Others have been preparing for the upcoming Trinity College Rock and pop exams coming later in the year. This is a really good course that I believe offers a fresher and more enjoyable approach than other outdated examination boards. The emphasis is on playing music in a performance situation and it’s really going down well with students of all ages. I’ve got about 4 spaces available for this next term, two on a Saturday morning and a couple of midweek afternoon/early evening slots. Please get in touch now if you’re interested in a free trial lesson. This free lesson is just that,no obligation,no nagging emails or calls. Come and try it out and get your introduction pack and if it’s not for you then don’t come back. Though I’m happy to say that the vast majority of people do!

Drum Lessons For Adults and Children in Sydney Northern Beaches

May 13, 2013 /

Simon / Drum Talk, Instruction

One question I get asked a lot from adults is “Am I tool old to learn drums?” The answer is definitely No, you’re never too old to take up the drums! I’m getting more and more adults coming for lessons lately and they’re getting some great results. I think learning a musical instrument like the drums is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have and you can get results pretty quickly with a bit of focused effort and a few lessons. I’d say around 25% of my students are now over 40 and for some drumming becomes a big part of their lives as they discover the joy of playing an instrument in a group setting and start gigging with local bands. So if you’ve ever had an inkling that you’d like to learn the drums and want to come along for a free trial lesson please get in touch. You just might find that spark you’ve been looking for!

Distance e-Learning Drum Lessons Now Available

February 6, 2013 /

Simon / Drum Talk, Instruction

Online Drum Lessons now available form anywhere in the World! A proper lesson tailored to your specific needs with feedback and guidance. Not just a bundle of random information. Please check out my online drum lessons information page here


Dave Lourie

Dave Lourie

Has Studied with; Steve Smith (Journey, Steps Ahead) Stanton Moore Ralph Salmins Craig Blundell

Dave is also endorsed as an artist by Yamaha and Zildjian.

Steve Wall

Steve Wall

Drum Tuition Steve offers drum set tuition in all styles of music ranging from: Pop, Rock, Latin/Afro Cuban, Jazz and many more. Whether you are a complete novice or have been playing for some time, Steve will tailor a course of instruction and set out a suitable practise regimen to suit your level and needs.

Trinity Guildhall certification For those who wish to attain graded examinations, I have 13 years experience of (and an extremely good pass rate!) submitting drumming students to the Trinity Guildhall drum set examinations which are recognised and highly regarded world wide.

To read more about Steve or book some tuition follow this or if you would like to take a look at his student site follow this link

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Musings on Music History

Musings On Music History: In Which We’re Kind Of Blue, Take A Sad Song & Make It Better, and Got Georgia On Our Mind

Posted on September 24, 2013

09.23: On this day in 1930, Ray Charles was born. This baby would become the man who would propel R&B into the future, melding gospel with juke joint lyrics and jazz rhythms, as well as taking pieces of country, rock, and blues along for the ride. A singular, monumental talent, if you only know Ray from the biopic of the same name, then you need to delve further into his catalog, need to experience the albums that defined this man. We’ve rattled ’em off before, but just pick up The Genius Hits The Road (from whence “Geogia On My Mind” came) or his masterpiece Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and you’ll understand the talent in his arrangements, production, playing and voice. Happy birthday, Ray! We miss you, sir.
09.23: On this day in 1949, Bruce Springsteen was born. ‘Nuff said. If you don’t know this man, you don’t know rock, so just give it up. Happy birthday, Bruuuuuuuuce! You still rock harder and put on a better show than 99.99% of anyone out there.
09.24: This day in 1988 saw a song with absolutely no musical instruments top the Billboard Hot 100 music charts. Quick, name that tune! If you said “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin you get a cookie. That cookie, however, won’t help you get the tune out of your head. You’re welcome.
09.25: On this day in 1968, The Fresh Prince, Will Smith, was born and his parents, by the way, did understand. Remember when Will Smith was a rapper? Yeah, it’s just weird to think of him like that now, even with the lilting chorus of “Summertime”rolling through our head.
09.25: On this day in 1980, a monster behind the kit, Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died. The Led Zeppelin legend died atJimmy Page’s house after a night of drinking, as many have done before and since, choking on his own vomit as he slept. Rather than soldier on without him, the other members of the band decided to close the curtain on one of the greatest chapters in rock ‘n’ roll history. John Bonham was only 32. So young and so talented and so missed. Can you imagine if he’d lived, if Zeppelin had gone on to record and perform through the ’80s, ’90s, and into the present? It could’ve been amazing or it could’ve been awkward. We’ll never know, but it’s fun to think about sometimes.

09.26: On this day in 2003, Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris. Singer of such ’80s iconic standards as “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible,” Palmer enjoyed success in the ’70s, ’80’s, & ’90s, a veritable elder statesman in the world of pop and rock. Yeah, that video, you know the one, with the awesomely awesome guitar-weilding and drum-playing babes in tight black dresses and the brightest red lipstick, still has it.

09.27: On this day in 1947, Marvin Lee Aday was born. He would later go on to receive recognition as Meatloaf, a man who would do anything for love. Except, of course, that. Whatever that is. We’ve speculated over the years as to whatthat is. Could it be eating live bats like Ozzy? Or perhaps taking a role in a rock ‘n’ roll musical? Or wearing polyester? Or saying “Bloody Mary” three times in front of a mirror in a dark room? The options are endless.
09.28: On this day in 1991, the jazz world lost a legend whenMiles Davis passed away at the age of 65. Innovator, improviser, student, and mentor, Davis’ massive influence on jazz, musicians and fans alike, proves formidable. His Kind of Blue album ranks as the best-selling jazz album of all time, while his Bitches Brew album is considered a masterpiece in the history of music, not just jazz. Davis’ life in jazz mirrors jazz itself, as he lived through or led every major movement within jazz from the ‘40s until his death, from swing to be-bop to fusion. Don’t know what we’re talking about? You should.
09.28: 1968, this day, saw The Beatles biggest single hit the top of the charts. “Hey Jude” sat at #1 for nine weeks and has, to date, sold over 7.5 million copies. It also hit #1 in 11 other countries. Considering that the Beatles had 16 other #1 hits (!), “Hey Jude” ranking as the tops says a lot. Yeah, these guys had some talent.
09.29: Jerry Lee “Great Balls of Fire” Lewis, with a whole lotta pushin’ and screamin’, came to be on this day in 1935. The early rock ‘n’ roll pioneer introduced piano to the genre, telling one producer, who suggested he switch to guitar if he wanted to make it in said genre, “You can take your guitar and ram it up your ass!” Yeah, Jerry Lee didn’t mince words or stray too far from controversy in his life. When he married his 13-year old cousin (first, once removed), his career spiraled down pretty quick, yet he is still regarded today as one of the greatest performers ever to set a piano on fire and play it with his butt. (That last part may or may not be be true, but it’s pretty fun to think about.)

Tex and The Orchestra

Tex Benekegef

Tenor saxophone, singer, band leader Born: February 12, 1914 in Fort Worth, Texas Died: May 30, 2000 in Costa Mesa, California

He was born Gordon Beneke in Fort Worth, a birthplace which earned him the familiar nickname ‘Tex’. He played soprano saxophone as a child and began his professional career playing in territory bands of the southwest including two years with the Ben Young Orchestra (1935-37). He joined the Glenn Miller and his Orchestra the following year where his own contribution brought him individual awards in the influential polls conducted by magazines like Down Beat and Metronome in 1941-2. He recorded with the Metronome All-Stars, an annual band made up of the winning musicians in the Metronome poll, in 1941.Tex_Beneke

Although he subsequently found himself in dispute with the bandleader’s estate, Tex Beneke played a major role in establishing the trademark Glenn Miller sound as one of the most successful inventions of the big band era. His tenor saxophone solos and amiable vocals featured prominently on many of Miller’s biggest hits, including ‘In The Mood’, ‘String of Pearls’, ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, ‘I Got a Girl in Kalamazoo’ and ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’, and he was a key member of the saxophone section in his four years with the band.

He joined in 1938 having been recommended to Miller by drummer Gene Krupa. Krupa had left the Benny Goodman band and was looking for talent to form his own first band. One night he stopped in a ballroom to listen to the Ben Young band and wound up taking two or three musicains with him back to New York, but he had no room for Beneke because his sax section was already filled. Krupa knew that Glenn Miller was forming a band and recommended Beneke to Miller.

Glenn Miller

Tex remained with Miller until the trombonist disbanded the unit when he entered the armed forces in 1942. Beneke was never a member of Miller’s final Army Air Force Band which was based in England prior to the bandleader’s mysterious death when his aircraft disappeared over the English Channel while on a flight to France in 1944. Instead, the saxophonist toured in the USA with The Modernaires, the vocal group formerly associated with the Miller band. Beneke played very briefly with Horace Heidt before joining the Navy himself, leading a Navy band in Oklahoma Glenn Miller’s widow approached Beneke to lead a reformed version of the posthumous Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1946. It had a make up similar to Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band with a large string section. The orchestra’s official public début was at the Capitol Theatre on Broadway where it opened for a three week engagement on January 24, 1946. Henry Mancini was the pianist and one of the arrangers. Another arranger was Norman Leyden who previously arranged for the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band.

The band was an immediate success, touring intensively to wildly enthusiastic audience responses and racking up a sequence of hit records all in the classic Miller mould. Tex led the band until 1950, but eventually rebelled against the strict managerial insistence on playing Miller’s music exactly as the trombonist conceived it. He broke his relationship with the estate to form his own band and toured under the banner “Tex Beneke and His Orchestra Playing the Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller”.

With this ensemble Beneke introduced some of his own ideas and began to experiment in a way prohibited by the Miller estate. The break led to his being left out of the film version of The Glenn Miller Story in 1953, although he had appeared in two earlier films which featured the band, Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942).

After breaking with the Miller camp, Beneke led his own bands into the 1990s always working in some variation of the Miller sound. He was featured on American television’s Cavalcade of Big Bands in the 1960s and also worked with occasional groupings of former Miller musicians in bands like The Glenn Miller Singers in the late 1950s, and the Big Band Academy Of America in the late 1980s.

"Chattanooga Choo Choo, run it down again...
“Chattanooga Choo Choo, run it down again” Glenn Miller (right) and his orchestra perform the song in Sun Valley Serenade. Tex Beneke is to the left of Miller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



The Gretsch Renown has always been revered for its rock-solid craftsmanship and excellent sonic performance. Gretsch still uses the proven and unique Renown formula that combines North American Rock Maple with a slightly softer maple species. Each drum is expertly completed with smooth 30 degree bearing edges and Gretsch’s exclusive Silver Sealer interior finish. Heavy-duty Gretsch die-cast hoops are fitted to all tom and snare shells and classic Gretsch lugs adorn each drum. This Gretsch-engineered shell/hoop combination produces explosive attack and power that is rich with warm, low-end timbre.

NOTES: – Product shown in image is for illustrative purposes only – actual product does not include cymbals, stands, pedals, or hardware.
Gretsch Drums RN1-E604 Renown Series Shell Pack Specifications:

Shell: Gretsch formula, 7-ply USA rock maple/maple blend
Shell Interior: Silver Sealer
Bearing Edge: 30-degree
Hardware: Chrome
Tom | Snare Hoops: Die Cast
Bass Drum Hoops: Matching Wood
Lugs: Classic Gretsch Lugs
Tom Brackets: Re-designed GTS system
Snare Batter Head: Remo® Coated Ambassador
Snare Resonant Head: Remo® UT Clear
Tom Batter Head: Remo® Emperor Clear
Tom Resonant Head: Remo® UT Ambassador Clear
Bass Drum Batter Head: Remo® Powerstroke3 Clear
Bass Drum Resonant Head: Gretsch coated with muffle ring

National Competition For Young Drummers

With the start of the National Competition For Young Drummers less than 30 days away, Drumerica has announced the launch of website. The site features complete information on the contest sponsors, judges, prizes and rules as well as a page with links to free downloads of Drumerica’s official Rock, Pop, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Latin play-along tracks. The MP3’s, which have been provided by “Groove Essentials”

( and the “Progressive Metal” collection (, give drummers high-quality, professional backing tracks for their video entries and allow them to become more familiar with these popular and important drumming styles while also creating a more level playing field for all participants.Drumerica’s entry period runs from July 1 to August 1, 2014. The contest is open to 13-18 year-old boys and girls who are current residents of the U.S.A. and is sponsored by Musician’s Friend, School Of Rock, Crush Drum

Basic Fills using Syncopation by Ted Reed


In music, the displacement of regular accents associated with givenmetrical patterns, resulting in a disruption of the listener’s expectations andthe arousal of a desire for the reestablishment of metric normality; hencethe characteristic “forward drive” of highly syncopated music. Syncopationmay be effected by accenting normally weak beats in a measure, by restingon a normal accented beat, or by tying over a note to the next measure.

[sing-kuhpey-shuhn, sin-]



Music. a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normallyunaccented beats.


something, as a rhythm or a passage of music, that is syncopated.


Also called counterpoint, counterpoint rhythm. Prosody . the use ofrhetorical stress at variance with the metrical stress of a line of verse, as thestress on and  and of  in Come praise Colonus’ horses and come praise/Thewine-dark of the wood’s intricacies.