Get Dad A Drum Lesson


Its all about the World Cup this summer of sport, but perhaps your Dad isn’t a football fan, or maybe he is but he also thinks he could cut it as a Drummer, then why not test these potential skills with a Drum Lesson this Fathers Day?

The problem is that Dad maybe thinks he could be up onstage to a sell out crowd playing a massive summer Festival like Leeds Festival, Download or Glastonbury. Or perhaps he’s got a dream seat at the back of the stage playing for adoring crowds on an Arena tour around the country but the reality is the air drumming is usually alone; or in the car!

Well, its maybe time to test Dad to see what its like?

Playing the Drums is challenging but also hugely rewarding. Its exciting and explosive, having the feel of real power and volume in your hands. What better way to enjoy your favourite music, right?

By Booking a £20, 1 hour Drum Lesson this Fathers Day, you can also get an optional second lesson at 25%* less!

All you have to do is use the Contact Form below, add a small comment with Dads Name and CHECK the “Get Dad A Drum Lesson” box and we will be in contact!



*Second Lesson is bookable after the First Lesson, with a 25% lesson price (£15) discount on successful completion of the First lesson. No Sign up or minimum lessons is required. All Terms and Conditions can be found HERE


Ghostnote Academy 2018


Don’t be scared this Halloween!

Blow away those Autumn cobwebs with Ghostnote Academy!

We may not be a crime fighting, ghost-busting outfit but we are a frighteningly good and passionate Drum School!


Don’t worry if you’re new to drums, we have plenty of experience in getting you playing right from the start. It doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience, it should be something that you can relax and enjoy; we can help you with that!

So if you have the desire to play, the ambition to take on something new and you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work, then give us a call! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

We are comitted to helping you achieve your goals and we are fully behind your passion to learn to play the drums as much as you are.

If you want more information please contact us on Facebook or Twitter

If you prefer, you can use the contact form below or call 07949 327058.




Left hand, right hand, kick..

DSCN0605To be a great drummer is to have balance, time, groove and independence.

It goes without saying, whether you are new or a pretty established player, working on these core principles can be a statement of how far an individual can be judged, for most of us this is a state of constant learning.

But, that does not mean that we don’t possess the attributes to be a great drummer, after all, individuality and our own level of ability makes us who we are; the more interesting and different a drummer plays can often go a lot further.

So as standards, we probably unfairly compare ourselves to our heroes or influences. Personally, I like to think of music as a whole and not just an individual instrument. It’s a totally different experience when isolating the drum tracks to a favourite song! I absolutely do pay more attention to what the drums are doing, whats been played, what beats or fills are being used, but I am brought to a drummer by the song in general. Therein lies the problem!

Comparisons can have a limiting effect, especially on those who are new and aspiring. There are naturally a lot of variables in trying to play like our favourite drummer, anything from the drums used, the room it was recorded in, the producer doing the recording to the player themselves. To replicate isn’t impossible but you are you and not them. I still don’t really understand when I hear things like,  I want to be able to play just like Neil Peart, Dave Grohl, Mike Portnoy, Travis Barker, Lars Ulrich etc. Why? Although I have many influences and enjoy listening and getting inspiration from these drummers, I want to develop my own style and my own sound.

As a drum educator I believe in developing your sound, establishing what you need to get better and together we can learn from each other and make real progress. I believe in setting standards and achieving goals, but I am interested in musicality, natural playing and accompaniment.

There is a place for grading and taking performance and instrument exams. For those wishing to pursue a line of work in music, those wishing to go to college and study music or perhaps even just as a personal achievement, I am a big endorser for learning through Rock School or Trinity Guildhall. I have taken graded exams myself and am proud to have got to a level where I am but I don’t think I will ever stop learning.

Thinking of learning the drums can be a daunting prospect, like with anything new, there is a lot to think about and a lot to learn. For drums, developing muscle memory is a process than cannot be shortened. It takes time and patience to get comfortable with some techniques and to harness speed. As its often said but often overlooked, start SLOW!

Being balanced with both hands, having sound technique, pushing 3 way into 4 way coordination, developing independence and control  and having a strong sense of timing are at the heart of drumming.

Learning to play has to fit in with you and what YOU want to achieve. Whether this is unlocking how to play certain songs, for your own enjoyment, to understand how to use better technique, how to be more comfortable in your own ability, perhaps with your band, achieving grade 8 or just wanting to be a weekend hobbyist – there is no right or wrong.

Whatever your need, whatever your wish or direction playing the drums, Ghostnote Academy can provide bespoke lessons tailored to your specific goals.

So give it a try..pick up those sticks!! 🙂

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What is a Ghost note?

ghostnote_chartWhat Is a Ghost Note?

In Drumming terms, it’s quite simply a De-emphasized, often near silent beat. These notes are played very softly between the “main notes” (off the beat, on the sixteenth notes) most often on the Snare drum.

While Ghost Notes can be played on any drum or cymbal, by its definition as a subtle pattern to add more depth, it’s commonly used on the snare giving the groove or phrase more of a feel than a sound.

Playing Ghost notes can add flavour to a simple beat, throwing in some complexities to enhance the sound, it’s therefore necessary to make sure that the volume of a Ghost note is played much quieter than a regular note; hence the name Ghost Note.

They can be recognised on a chart as by having brackets ( ) around the note, as in the main image, sometimes also seen as a smaller note – half-size – in a bar. Practicing Ghost notes can be challenging, its important to remember that these are notes played in between notes but also simultaneously. For example, as a right-handed drummer, the left hand will play on beats 2 and 4 while the right hand counts 1&2&3&4&. The Ghost note can then be played with the left hand, more often, and in any combination as 16th notes – on the  “e” and “a”etc, or as desired. The left hand therefore plays both the loud accented notes as well as the unaccented notes (Ghost notes). To be able to play both loud and quiet notes with one hand takes some time to master, so starting slow and being patient is imperative.

They are very effective, can be very creative and can make your own grooves fuller. With control they can become so subtle, which would be the ultimate aim, that they are almost undetectable – they are the Ghosts in the middle of the drum beat.

So, with admiration of something so simple, yet something that adds such variety, it’s no coincidence that the humble Ghost Note is at the top of our list.

We love it so much that we named our Drum school after it!

Happy practicing 🙂




DBS Enhanced


GhostNote Academy  is fully DBS (formerly CRB) checked with an enhanced certificate dated October 2016.

In accordance with Government education standards in promoting health and safety within the learning environment and with the cooperation of the Musicians Union, at GhostNote Academy  we take every effort to complete all necessary steps to provide a safe, comfortable and stimulating place of learning.

We take pride in the development of our students, whatever their age and/or ability and strive to deliver quality education in all matter of drum performance and drum related services.



Musicians’ Union

musicians-union-brandAs a full member of the Musicians’ Union I take pride in not only using the union to get the latest in teaching practices and methods but I also have all the resources available in providing the best and well researched music education.

By having the support of the union I have an ever growing source of new material from other members to guest speakers and posts, taking the Musicians’ Union on this teaching journey delivers the most up to date information.

As well as the obvious benefits, the union also provides liability insurance, disclosure and barring service checks and additional learning in child protection in music education.

Taking the welfare and safety of my students is of paramount importance, providing music learning while offering piece of mind for both student and learners families is at the heart of what GHOSTNOTE ACADEMY aims to achieve.

Music is fun and learning to play an instrument should be happy, enjoyable and safe.

So why not take advantage of exciting, new lessons? From one drummer to another..