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!

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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.

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DBS Enhanced

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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.

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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..

 

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Brand Vs Technique

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Does brand make a difference?

Is it the sound, look, make or representing artists that make us choose what we like or not like to play?

Is it really all that important about the “gear”, does a price tag make a difference or are we just sucked into the whole advertising world and how its presented to us?

I am a self confessed drum gear junkie, or at least I would be even more so if my family allowed it!

There is something special about our favourite brand or model of drum paraphernalia, we all have our reasons, yet at the heart of the issue is playing, whether in a band on on our own. Personally I agree that technique has a lot to do with sound, and this is echoed by many players, teachers and artists. Sure there are certain brands that perhaps have a better projection, deepness, decay or whatever but there is more to this than just Labels.

It is important to remember that behind many great players and all the shiny drums and dazzling stacks of cymbals is someone who has worked and improved their technique over many long years of practise. This is no coincidence, and this is nothing new. Many people take lessons to drive a car but this doesn’t mean we can drive Formula 1 cars and compete in races!

Developing your skills and “chops” takes a lot of work, combining muscle memory, fitness, stamina and control; its not something that happens overnight.

As much as our principle makers of drums and cymbals is an identity and important to us, its also important to remember that having plenty of flashy stuff is great but if it takes away from performance its a waste of time. I learned to play from having a Snare drum and Hi hats only and had to wait to add a full kit in time. Though this wasn’t a conventional way to learn, it not only helped me appreciate individual drums more and what they do but also an important lesson on what you can do with just 2 drum/cymbals (as well as the financial obligation with buying a drum kit).

Having a drum kit is more affordable today, an electric set up even cheaper, but as long as those core foundations are set early we don’t loose sight of the important goals; what our job is and how we interact with other musicians.

I have been playing with other musicians for years, I have been in bands since I was 13 years old and have gained experience that takes many years to achieve. Having fun and playing music is one of the best feelings and one of the most satisfying experiences, being a drummer is a big reward and its still the best seat in the house!

Lessons can open doors, they can teach you and the teacher more important styles and disciplines that could otherwise be overlooked. I have had lessons and enjoyed the time greatly, through commitments with work and family those lessons tailed off but I’m never far away from what I was taught and will hopefully pop in for some catch up lessons down the line.

So, there’s no time to loose, contact your local school or teacher and get out there and get learning! There is much work to do but its not a chore when its something we have passion for.

There’s no time like the present!

 

 

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Pointing in the right direction..

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Drums were the very first instrument used apart from the human voice. In fact drums have been part of our DNA all along.

Whether you’re new or just starting out, beneath everyone, there is the capacity for rhythm and coordination, most us can recognise a beat or keep time in various forms.

The drums are an instrument that anyone can enjoy but to be able to have an understanding and a command of different techniques it takes time and patience.

Starting out is never easy, the early days can be frustrating and confidence can be low. Every drummer out there has experienced this, from the greats like John Bonham and Neil Peart to Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, but with time and dedication its possible to overcome such obstacles and reach your potential.

At GHOSTNOTE ACADEMY, we cater for those individuals who are new to drums or have picked some skills but need pointing in the right direction. We offer lessons that can combine theory, technique and practical disciplines all on full or part drum kits. Using a high standard of equipment in bespoke sound proof rooms at Melrose Yard Studios, there is plenty of space to make progress and lots of noise!

We are based in the heart of York City center, a stones throw from Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles, where equipment and facilities are all provided.

So, if you’re looking for drum lessons and  want to start something exciting in a brand new drum school then don’t hesitate to get in contact!

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