Tim York - Pro Drum Teacher

Drum lessons in Stroud, Mobile lessons in Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham and surrounding areas. Skype Tuition also available.

one-to-one Drum Tuition
Tim York

I offer tuition on a one-to-one basis at my private teaching studio, or I can come to you. The tuition can take any form you like. I have pupils that range from 6 to 65 years of age. From complete beginners to professionals, the lessons can be tailored to your aims and ability. I am DBS registered.

About Me
I'm a professional drummer and drum teacher with over 25 years experience. I've played thousands of gigs, recorded in many studios as a session drummer, and toured worldwide. I've also learned with the best teachers in the UK including legendary teachers Bob Armstrong and Clifford Jarvis. Since 2001 I've prepared students for drum exams and never had a failure. My students have gone on to, study at BIMM, ACM and Stroud college, play professionally and become teachers themselves. I'm thorough, patient and very experienced teaching children and beginners. I also have experience teaching pupils with learning difficulties. As well as this I teach music technology and can incorporate this into drum lessons if required. I've used Logic Pro and Ableton Live professionally since 2002 and I run my own recording studio and compose music.
The Studio
My purpose built teaching studio enables students to learn in a dedicated professional environment. I use Logic Pro to create practice tracks for my students, which can be provided in any format you choose, e.g. CD, mp3.
Students are given practice tracks at multiple tempos which really helps to improve timekeeping and feel.
I also score practice material using Finale - please see my Free Drum Charts download page for some examples.

I offer a FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON where we can discuss your aims and requirements and I can give you a more detailed idea of what I can offer you - just click the link to book in.
Mobile Lessons
I offer mobile lessons/home visits in Stroud, Dursley, Gloucester, Cheltenham and surrounding areas. I usually bring a laptop running Logic Pro to lessons so can provide a similar service as lessons in my own studio, since I have the same practice tracks on my laptop. One advantage to having mobile lessons is that I can help maintain and tune your drum kit.


Developing a solid foundation is vital.
At this stage we will only be learning basic techniques and focus primarily on learning essential grooves and fills. These lessons will give you enough understanding and technique to join a band.
Subjects include:
  • Posture & Grip
  • 1/4 Note Rock Grooves
  • 1/8 Note Rock Grooves
  • 1/16 Note Rock Grooves
  • 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, & 12/8 Time Signatures
  • Basic Fills
  • Triplets
  • Basic understanding of rhythmic music theory
  • The Six essential Snare Drum Rudiments
  • Understanding Song Structure
  • Playing with backing tracks
  • Improving time keeping
  • Playing with a click
  • Intermediate techniques and snare drum rudiments
  • Heel-up bass drum technique
  • Applying rudiments to the kit
  • The Universal Rhythm - The most common rhythm in the world
  • Polyrhythms
  • Musical styles including:
  • Metal
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Reggae
  • Latin
  • Motown
  • Hip-hop
  • Reading & Interpreting drum charts
  • Developing co-ordinated independence
  • Odd time signatures
  • Advanced Latin Rhythms
  • Afro-Cuban 6/8
  • Creating Rhythmic Illusions e.g. Beat Displacement
  • Metric Modulation
  • Linear Rhythms
  • 4 Way Co-ordination
  • Moeller Technique
  • Brushes
  • Recording drums, microphone choices and placement
  • Mixing drums in Logic Pro
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