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  • Is an Online Course Worth it?
    Is an Online Drumming Course Worth It? With the rise of digital education, many drummers—both beginners and experienced players—are turning to online drumming courses. But is investing in an online course really worth it? Let's explore the benefits and considerations to help you make an informed decision. Benefits of Online Drumming Courses Flexibility and Convenience: Online courses allow you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. This is ideal for those with busy lives who may not have the time to attend in-person lessons. Access to Expert Instruction: Our online drumming courses are taught by professional drummer Luke Herbert and renowned instructors. This provides you with access to top-tier teaching that you might not find locally. Cost-Effective: Online courses are often more affordable than traditional in-person lessons. You can save on travel expenses and often have access to a wide range of resources included in the course fee. Our in-person lessons cost over $50 per lesson. You can now study with Luke online for a fraction of the cost from anywhere in the world and have access to the lessons whenever you need it. Variety of Learning Materials: Our Online course will offer a mix of video tutorials, written materials, play-along tracks, and interactive tools. This variety caters to different learning styles and keeps the lessons engaging. Community and Support: online drumming platforms have built-in communities where you can connect with other students, share progress, ask questions, and receive feedback. This sense of community can be motivating and supportive. Repeatable Lessons: You can rewatch our videos and redo our play-along routines as many times as needed. This is a significant advantage for mastering complex techniques or reviewing tricky concepts. Considerations Before Enrolling Self-Discipline Required: Learning online requires a good amount of self-discipline and motivation. Without a set schedule or the physical presence of an instructor, it can be easy to procrastinate. Quality of Content: Our courses have been made with over 20 years of experience in Drum and Percussion Education and have been proof-tested on thousands of drummers in person. To bring you the best learning experience at home using our course. Technical Requirements: Ensure you have a reliable internet connection and the necessary equipment (e.g., a practice pad, drumsticks, a metronome) to follow along with the lessons effectively. Lack of Immediate Feedback: Unlike in-person lessons, you won’t get immediate feedback from an instructor. However, many courses offer forums or feedback sessions to help mitigate this. Conclusion An online drumming course can be an excellent investment, providing flexibility, access to expert instruction, and a wealth of resources. It’s particularly beneficial for those who are self-motivated and prefer learning at their own pace. Trust in Pocket Percussions like thousands of students have done over the past 20 plus years and study with Luke, a seasoned drumming pro. Join the Discussion Have you taken an online drumming course? What was your experience? Share your thoughts and any recommendations you have in our community forum. Your insights can help others make the best decision for their drumming journey.
  • Where Do I Start When Buying Drums? Acoustic or Electronic?
  • Does Luke do Lessons in Person or Just Online? Whats the difference?
    Luke teaches in person at multiple schools across Sydney and the Central Coast. If you are local to the Central Coast you can enrol in lessons with Luke in person at MusicWorks Studio. A professional teaching facility located in Erina on the Central Coast. Contact Luke for more information.
  • How much practise should I be doing at home?
    It varies for level and ability and how long you have been learning. We recommend at least 20-30 minutes of focused practise at least three times a week though. Breaking that practise up into small focused practised routines is helpful. As outlined on our youtube channel.
  • What if I am stuck or cant progress with the online course?
    The step by step guide should make it easy to progress but if you are stuck you can always schedule in a zoom lesson with Luke or contact us via email with questions. We do our best to get back to everyone.
  • What type of Sticks should I buy?
    The standard drumstick is the 5A and we sell our custom sticks on our online store. Here is a more detailed explanation of the types of drumsticks used when playing the drums. Choosing the Right Sticks: A Comprehensive Guide Selecting the right type of sticks can significantly impact your performance and experience, whether you’re a musician, an athlete, or an outdoor enthusiast. Here’s a detailed guide to help you make an informed decision. Understanding Different Types of Drumsticks. Standard Drumsticks Standard drumsticks are the most commonly used type and come in various sizes like 7A, 5A, 5B, and 2B. These numbers represent the thickness and weight of the sticks, with 7A being lighter and thinner, suitable for jazz and lighter playing styles, while 2B is heavier and thicker, perfect for rock and more intense playing. You might also explore specialized lines, we have our own custom drumsticks on our online store and will be adding different colours and weights in the coming months. Jazz Drumsticks Jazz drumsticks are designed specifically for the lighter touch and subtler sound required in jazz music. They are usually thinner and lighter, allowing for quick, delicate playing. Sizes like 7A are common in jazz sticks, providing a balanced feel for intricate rhythms. Rock Drumsticks For rock and heavier music genres, drummers often prefer sticks that are thicker and more robust, such as 5B or 2B. These sticks can handle powerful hits and offer greater durability, making them ideal for intense performances. Brushes Brushes are essential for jazz, blues, and other genres that require a softer, swishing sound on the drums. They are typically made of metal or plastic bristles and create a unique texture that drumsticks can’t achieve. Brushes are perfect for adding subtle, dynamic elements to your drumming. Mallets Drum mallets are versatile tools used in various musical settings. They have softer, padded heads, allowing for a more muted and resonant sound on drums and cymbals. Mallets are great for creating atmospheric effects and are often used in orchestral and percussion ensemble settings. Luke endorses Dragon Fly percussion who make beautiful custom mallets. Specialty Sticks For drummers looking for a different feel and response, specialty sticks like bundled rods (such as Hot Rods) or multi-rods provide unique options. These sticks combine several thin dowels bundled together, offering a softer attack and a different texture compared to standard drumsticks. They are ideal for acoustic settings and when a quieter sound is needed. By understanding the different types of drumsticks and their specific uses, you can choose the right pair to enhance your drumming style and performance. Experiment with various sizes and materials to find what works best for you. We will be adding more sticks, mallets and brushes to our online store as it grows.
  • Acoustic Drums or Electronic?
  • What Do I need first to get started if I don't own a drum kit?
    Getting started on the drums without a full drum kit is entirely possible and can be a great way to develop your skills before investing in a complete set. Here’s a list of essentials and tips to help you get started: 1. Practice Pad A practice pad is an excellent tool for developing your drumming skills. It mimics the feel of a drum and is much quieter, making it ideal for practicing at home. 2. Drumsticks Invest in a good pair of drumsticks. Sizes like 5A are versatile and suitable for beginners. You can experiment with different sizes and weights as you progress. 3. Metronome A metronome helps you develop a sense of timing and rhythm. There are many affordable digital metronomes available, and you can also find apps for your smartphone. we recommend "TempoLite" its great and it's FREE! 4. Drum Rudiments Learning and practising drum rudiments (basic drumming patterns) is crucial for building your foundational skills. There are many resources on our youtube channel, including play along videos, to help you practice these patterns. 5. Pocket Percusson EBook & Online Course Consider getting a drumming book or subscribing to online lessons. Books like "Stick Control" by George Lawrence Stone or "Syncopation" by Ted Reed are highly recommended. Websites like Drumeo offer structured lessons for all skill levels. 6. Drum Apps There are various drumming apps available that offer interactive lessons, play-along tracks, and virtual drum kits. Apps like Drumeo Edge or Drum School can be very helpful. 7. Desk or Tabletop In the absence of a practice pad, you can use a desk or tabletop to practice. It won't replicate the exact feel of a drum, but it allows you to work on stick control and basic rhythms. 8. YouTube Tutorials Subscribe to our youtube channel at: 9. Ear Protection Even without a drum kit, it's good to get into the habit of protecting your ears. Use earplugs or headphones to protect your hearing when practising with louder devices or playing along with the music. 10. Join a Community Joining our drumming community, online, can provide support, motivation, and feedback. Forums, social media groups, and local music schools are great places to connect with other drummers. Conclusion Starting your drumming journey without a full drum kit is entirely feasible with the right tools and resources. Focus on developing your basic skills, rhythm, and coordination, and you'll be well-prepared for when you decide to invest in a complete drum set. Happy drumming!
  • Can I buy products on the store worldwide?
    We ship all our products in stock worldwide. Please allow shipping times which may vary.
  • I've signed up for online lessons or a course. What do I do next?
    If you have contacted us to have online zoom lessons, we will reach out to you and follow up with a booking form and time for weekly lessons. Our online courses will be arriving later in 2024.
  • Issue with item from online store? Refunds and Return policy?
    If you have an issue with an order please reach out to us and we will send you information on how to return items or change for exchange. There is a 30-day return or exchange policy on all clothing items. Drum products ie sticks etc can not be exchanged or refunded once purchased.
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