About Me

Andy MacLellan - big arms and a baald heed.Welcome to Andy Mac Drums! I’m Andy MacLellan and I provide drum tuition in the North East of England. I teach all levels with a special emphasis on teaching good technique from absolute beginner level. When I’m not drumming I’m making stuff. I’ve played musical instruments all my life, from the age of 3 or 4.  I’ve been playing drums since I was 11 years old, so around 30 years.  In that time I’ve played in about 10 different local bands in a multitude of styles from rock and pop through to jazz and funk.  I’ve always been obsessed with drums since catching the first glimpse of my dad’s old kit hidden away in a cupboard.  My first kit was a 4 piece Premier jazz kit.  I then ‘upgraded’ to a monster double kick custom-made kit (not custom made for me I should add!) with roto-tom heads – an ‘interesting’ kit to mic up.  I now play a more standard 5 piece Pearl Export Select kit.  I’m qualified to Grade 8 level in both Drums and Violin, Grade 5 Music Theory and Grade 5 piano. As such my teaching covers everything from drumming technique and kit playing through to important music theory knowledge and much more.

Inspiration

Andy MacLellan - mid-gig shot with 'lucky cap' covering baaldy heed.I couldn’t possibly list all of my favourite drummers on here – the list would be endless.  Below, in no particular order, are some drummers who have inspired me over the years.  If one day I’m able to play even half as well as some of these guys I’ll be a happy man:-

  • Dennis Chambers
  • Carter Beauford
  • Gavin Harrison
  • Taylor Hawkins
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Omar Hakim
  • Tommy Igoe
  • Ash Soan
  • Craig Blundell
  • Chad Smith
  • Chad Gracey
  • Steve Adler

Want to learn drums but can’t get to me for lessons?

First of all I can’t emphasise enough the importance of getting drum lessons from a decent teacher. There’s a huge amount of information on the internet for free these days however nothing compares to the learning journey you’ll get from professional one-on-one drum lessons. Having said that, perhaps you’re in a part of the world where lessons just aren’t an option or you just want some help with the basics and can’t afford lessons. That’s why I set up the Beginner Drums web site – a web site aimed at absolute beginners helping you with everything from kit set-up through to playing your first drum beats. Just visit www.BeginnerDrums.uk and hopefully some of the material on there will help you get started with this fantastic instrument!

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