Established in 2004, John’s drum school is already inspiring future ‘Stars’ with student Harry Dilnot being voted ‘Australia’s Best Drummer 2006’ in the under 12 category at Melbourne’s ‘Ultimate Drummers Weekend’ by judges Dom Famularo, Grant Collins, Brian Czempinski and Graham Morgan.


Ultimate Drummers Weekend Final Under 12's 2006

Harry on the right with the other finalists and
Dom Famularo.

“The whole idea is to make the lessons FUN, whatever the level or age, not everyone wants to be the best drummer in the world or a professional, for most it’s a hobby with family and friends. However, if it’s technique you’re after then we can happily Paradiddle the night away!!" Above all the lessons are structured to the individual needs and requests of the student, it’s your call.


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As a teacher there is a never-ending obligation to inspire the student with ‘clear explanation’ being the key element. So with that in mind in 2009 I set off on what became an exhausting four year quest that resulted in my first book Practical Grooves for the Working Drummer. The idea behind the book was to create a comprehensive manual that would serve as a useful resource for both students and teachers alike - basically it’s all in one book.


The Working Drummer


So what’s in the book? Pretty much everything you need to set you on the road as a day-to-day drummer in the 21st Century. This is all realistic, relevant and practical stuff. Musical genres covered include:
Rock, Funk / R&B, Latin American, Afro-Cuban, New Orleans, Swing, Soul, Blues, Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Disco, Reggae, Punk, Grunge, Fusion and contemporary styles such as Drum & Bass, Jungle and Hip Hop.

The book also contains numerous conceptual chapters including:
• Rudiments • Independence Exercises • Brush Techniques • Odd-Time Concepts •Displacement • Polyrhythms • GrooveBuilding
• Double Bass Drum Grooves • Advanced Fills • Studio Techniques • Solo Ideas • Classic Transcriptions

Virtually every example is recorded on the accompanying CD.


I've just finished my second book entitled Beats & Pieces - Please click "Books" in the menu at top of this page.


B&P Cover


Over the years John has contributed to a range of other educational projects including workshops at The London Musicians Institute, demonstrations at The British Music Fair, drum teacher at keyboard legend Don Airey’s ‘Rock School’ and accompanied Paul Westwood on his best-selling Bass Bible, now published in several languages and sold worldwide.
“Paul Westwood is one of the most in demand bass players of our time. His Bass Bible is the ultimate method book for every bass player. It contains a fascinating journey through the world of techniques, styles, grooves and their evolution, using more than 1000 musical examples”.
                                                                                               Mel Bay Publications

“If you could only have one bass book this is the one to have”.


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