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Many thanks, Tim Ward.
Tim Ward - Drum
from Beginner to Advanced
See Tim Ward In Action
on YouTube now!
TUITION FOR BEGINNERS
- ALL AGE GROUPS
- CORRECT STICK GRIP
- USE OF PRACTISE PAD
- DEVELOPMENT OF RUDIMENTARY
- INDEPENDENCE OF TECHNIQUE
- READING MUSIC
- PLAYING ALONG WITH MUSIC TRACKS
- DEVELOPING ABILITY TO PLAY
DRUM FILLS AND TO SOLO
- LEARNING DRUM TUNING FOR
- HOW TO PLAY IN A “LIVE”
TUITION FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED PLAYERS
- DEVELOPING SPEED, POWER,
ENDURANCE AND CONTROL
- USE OF DYNAMICS
- HOW TO CREATE EXPLOSIVE SOLOING
- WORKING WITH COMPLEX TIME
- USE OF BOTH STICK AND
HAND TECHNIQUE FOR PLAYING DIFFERENT
TYPES AND STYLES OF LATIN MUSIC
- BRUSH PLAYING
- DEVELOPING BASIC BRUSH
- USE OF BRUSH DYNAMICS
- DEVELOPING ADVANCED
BRUSH TECHNIQUE FOR SOLOING (Listen to
TIM WARD PLAYING LIVE WITH BRUSHES - click here)
- TEACHES ON ROLAND TD12
ELECTRONIC DRUM SET
- DEDICATED DRUM STUDIO
WITH WAITING AREA
was brought up with music from a very early age and started drumming
around the age of 8. He used to accompany his father who played piano
just with a snare drum and brushes and then graduated to sitting in
with his father’s orchestra playing the first few numbers of the
evening performance. His late father Hedley
was a nationally known musician in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s and The
Hedley Ward Trio was featured on many national radio and TV broadcasts.
The Hedley Ward Orchestra
was also well known and played major events, theatres and ballrooms
around the UK.
Tim is experienced in playing most styles of music from ROCK to LATIN
to JAZZ to DISCO and MOTOWN. Apart from being a freelance player that
plays for other bands and groups of varying styles he has his own band “The Tim Ward Swingband”
that plays many top events around the country and is unique as a small
band in that it has a huge repertoire of music covering most styles of
dance music from 1920 to the present day. Tim’s Jazz Quartet has been featured in
several Jazz festivals around the UK. He has more recently worked
playing drum kit and bongos with David
voted the UK’s best Jazz pianist 9 years running at The British Jazz
Awards. He had the honour of playing for dancing at Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth’s private birthday party at The Ritz Hotel in London in 2006.
Tim has been taught by several prominent drum teachers over the years
and latterly by Malcolm Garrett,
the internationally known drummer and drum teacher. He has also been
taught both stick and brush technique on a one-to-one basis by the
legendary, late Jim Chapin the
world master drum teacher from the USA who taught “The Moeller Method”
which had it’s origins in the drum techniques used by the American
Civil War drummers. Jim Chapin was a wonderful and inspiring teacher
that taught many of the world’s top drummers. He sadly died in 2009.
PHYSICAL AND HEALTH BENEFITS
There is currently research being conducted in to the physical stamina
required by professional drummers with a test laboratory having been
built at The University of
The research is being completed by Dr Marcus Smith from the University
of Chichester and Dr Steve Draper of The University of Gloucestershire
as part of The Clem Burke Drumming Project (click here for more)
Drumming is a great form of exercise and is fantastic also for co -
ordination and releasing stress. Drum students have to develop 5-way co-ordination to play drums
successfully. Tibetan monks have also stated that drumming may also be
considered as a meditation.
USE OF BRUSHES IN DRUMMING
Tim considers brush playing to almost be “the lost art” with
many players these days only interested in playing heavy rock at a very
loud volume and the delicacy of brush playing has become unfashionable.
He feels that many people do not realise that developing good brush
playing skills actually help stick playing ability. Brush playing also
really helps with dynamics as you have to learn to play extremely
slowly and quietly then through medium tempo to really fast. It is also
good to be able to solo with brushes and of course also be able to play
loudly as well! (listen