Learn the drums from Ashley Davies, one of Australia’s most innovative and finest drummers

“A lot more full and textured than your average drum clinic”
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“He of the in-built rhythm, the drummer’s drummer.”
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Ashley Davies, Drum Tutor

I work specifically on what the student wants to accomplish from drum lessons and the style of drums they want to learn. I incorporate hand and feet technique, co-ordination and independence as well as, if they want, introducing them to a number of other drumming styles…rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, latin, hip hop etc, which can help in developing your own individual style, creativity and improvisation. Playing to music is also an integral part of the lesson and a great way to learn about arrangement, feel and dynamics.

I studied drums in high school for 3 years with one of Perth’s great drum tutors who gave me a strong foundation in learning the basic principles of technique, reading, rock and jazz…but really, all I wanted to do was play in bands, play live and play music. So, when I left school I went straight out and started auditioning to get into a combo and my drum education became playing live, the great drummers, records and the road…I went back to drum lessons occasionally if there was something that I could not work out myself and needed help with and I will always be grateful, though I did not know it at the time, for my first drum teacher who gave me such a firm grounding in the principles of drumming…something that I try to give and instill to my drum students.

Ashley Davies is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative and finest drummers. Throughout a career spanning 4 decades, Davies has covered many miles of rich musical terrain and clocked up a dazzling score of credits to his name. He is a highly sought after session drummer having played on over 70 albums, recorded for film and television soundtracks, and performed with various artists in Australia and internationally including Chris Whitley (U.S.A.), Ben Waters (England), Matt Walker, Jeff Lang, Jordie Lane, Rosie Flores (U.S.A.), The Dingoes (ARIA hall of fame), The Models (ARIA hall of fame), Lisa Miller, Rob Snarski, Chris Wilson and The Crown of Thorns to name a few and has recorded and produced 6 albums and conceived 3 live theatre shows incorporating his own compositions which have performed at various festivals around the country.

Ashley is a registered teacher with the Victorian Board of Education, has a working with children check and as well as teaching drums at Emerson School for the last 18 years he has over 25 years of private drum tuition experience.

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