Hi and welcome. My name is Alex Gould, I’m an experienced, professional drummer and drum teacher offering one to one lessons in a friendly and relaxed environment. I trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and have been performing and teaching for over 20 years.
- £40 per hour, £30 for 45mins, £20 per half hour.
- Adults, teenagers & children of all levels welcome
- Under-18s Lessons correspond with school term times/holidays
- Book weekly or per half term
- 10% discount off a block of lessons paid upfront.
- Trinity Rock and Pop grades
- 24hr notice cancellation policy
- Fully equipped studio
- Fully DBS (CRB) checked.
Contact me on 07535539242
With beginners I introduce the fundamental elements of drumming in a step-by-step approach using material from books and familiar songs. You will learn basic contemporary drum patterns (pop, rock, hip-hop etc), fills, technique, snare drum rudiments, timekeeping, reading drum notation, rhythmic vocalization, song form and more. In my lessons I aim to provide the WHAT?, WHY? and HOW? of modern drumming and a solid foundation for learning to play more advanced styles. When the groundwork has been done and as the student grows in confidence then the lessons can be more suited to their individual interests (styles etc).
I’m also a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique so I teach my students to play with good posture, in a way that prevents injury.
- Learning the drums, as with any instrument, take’s time and commitment and you will need regular access to an instrument if you want to improve, so it’s worth considering this before taking up lessons.
“I met Alex with the intention of learning a few chops to play around with while having some fun on the kit. While working to my needs and preferred styles, Alex’s knowledge and enthusiasm for music as a discipline made me eager to learn more and develop in areas I didn’t know existed. Alex’s approach to teaching is holistic, integrating the drums into their wider musical context. His way of teaching is friendly and relaxed, respecting the student’s personal way of grasping musical concepts. I’m fascinated by how he methodically simplifies and explains rather complicated ideas relating to feel and technique. He has made a huge contribution to my understanding of the relationship between mind, body and sound whilst playing. I like the vibe of his studio and I am always looking forward to our regular session.”
Alex Berciu, Feb 2017.
“During a gig shortly after my first lesson, I found that I had greater control over the effects of stage fright, something I am very grateful for. As a drummer, the lessons with Alex have helped to identify postural habits that have blocked my potential and to develop a technique that harnesses power without creating excess physical tension. The benefits of the lessons have continued to unfold over time, and I am a calmer, more present individual as a result. I highly recommend Alex for his integrated approach to drumming and the Alexander Technique.”
Simon Hoy, Sept 2011.