Welcome to Sheffield Drum Lessons and the world of drumming.
I am Andy Bott professional drummer/drum teacher based in Sheffield UK. I am fully DBS checked and work in schools across Sheffield, National music studios across the UK. I also have a private fully equipped 'drum studio' in north Sheffield (S6 area) near The Super Tram stop 'Middlewood' on the Wadsley Park Village Estate.
I have been playing and obsessing with the drums since the age of seven (1978) starting out on pots and pans, getting onto the drums and excelling through rock, jazz and funk at an early age. As a youngster I attended the same school as Rick Allen (Def Leppard) I shared many of the same teachers whom also taught and inspired me. I played in many local Sheffield based bands and venues before attaining my first record contact at the age of seventeen along side writing, recording and playing live nationally. I started teaching the drums in my late teens 1988 privately and across schools, colleges & special schools able to tailor each lesson in line with the national curriculum.
In the late eighties & early nineties I was a signed artist (drummer) working with several record labels, management deals and publishing deals working in mainly rock, punk and indie bands. I also worked as a session drummer playing as a replacement drummer for many touring bands and I was lucky to have gone on tour with; The Levellers, RadioHead, Soul II Soul, Nick Turner and the all stars (Hawkwind), The Bootleg Beatles, Carter USM, The Blue Aeroplanes, Hue and Cry to name a few. I was so busy that when asked by my at the at time music manager 'Marcus Russell' (Ignition management) to audition with his unknown band, 'Oasis' I just didn't have the time, luckily Paul Weller's drummer: Steve White recommended his brother whom came to the rescue and saved me from a life of working with Liam Gallagher =]
I love teaching the drums to many students of all ages and abilities and I still playing the drums live and recording as often as I can and this year I have played at SilverStone Race Track, Headlined the 'Bournemouth Beach Air' show to 120,000 crowd, Travelled to Dubai opening a chain of prestigious hotels as well as performing all over the UK at music festivals and I even played on the same stage as The Beatles. My drumming career of 40 years has gone from strength to strength. Drumming is great fun, easy to get into and completely addictive, so you either want to learn the drums from scratch or maybe you have been playing a while and have reached a stale point in your playing and are looking to improve your technique.... well you're at the right place...
My ethic for teaching and learning is that no matter where you are in the scale of your drumming development there is always more to learn and more to explore and more to practise.
We are all different in our musical tastes, abilities, goals and everybody learns in different ways, this is where I excel in ensuring you learn in line with your learning style and ability. I teach at your level and your needs remain my main focus tailoring each lesson to your ability and musical tastes.
I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing drummers on the planet. This has been liberating from my old drum tutor and jazz genius Morris Fogg to Jo Jo Mayer, Thomas Lang, and the endless drummers to numerous to mention that I have toured with, I still feel there is more to learn. This thought has carried me around the world teaching/playing/supporting amazing bands and learning from all these great drummers. I would also like to thank Karl Vanden Bossche (The Gorillas, Joss Stone, Lighthouse family) for his words of encouragement in my teaching.
Developing and listening to music and appreciating the musicianship is the drive that keeps me pushing to develop my experience and pass onto other drummers.
Many of my drum students have gone onto either playing drums professionally or semi professionally and earning a living from doing what they love...
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