“I started lessons with Jack back in January 2010 after my partner bought me a two-lesson beginners crash course for Christmas. Although I’d always wanted to have a go at learning drums I did wonder that at 51 years of age I’d left it a bit late. I was also very unsure of what to expect. My fears were soon quashed on my very first lesson with Jack. We had an initial discussion of what exactly I wanted and what my targets might be. I remember vividly what I told him – “so long as I can play at least one song from start to finish then I’m happy!”
“The most important thing from my perspective was, like other pupils Jack teaches, I wasn’t interested in exams and gradings. This isn’t a problem for Jack. He has a fun and unique way of getting the basics across and for someone like myself – who has never had a single iota of interest in musical scores – it still works. He involves you with the metronome and believe it or not I can now read bits of drum music!
“Anyone who does decide on lessons will subconsciously start to pick out drum beats when listening to music. I do, and if there’s anything I’m unsure of then I discuss it with Jack, going through the concept in the next lesson. People often ask what exactly it is that I enjoy about the lessons… Whilst learning the country shuffle beat I was introduced to a blues guitarist called Joe Bonamassa which has given me a great interest in music. I also like it when Jack occasionally “jams” along on the keyboard whilst you play a particular beat. His patience is a great help too. In all honesty my only regret is that I didn’t start years earlier.
“The next step is to book my two grandsons in for lessons with Jack when they are old enough. I know they will be safe and can experience the unique and exciting lessons he provides.”