Ninja Drummist - Official web site of session drummer and teacher Lewis Partridge. Free Drum Lessons, Drum Rudiments and Other Educational Resources.

The official web site of session drummer and teacher Lewis Partridge.


Private Drum Lessons and Tuition (Luton, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Bedford and Bedfordshire)

If you are thinking of taking up drumming and need any help or advice, would like to book some lessons, or have any questions at all, please email me at lewis@ninjadrummist.com.

I'm a drummer and teacher based in the Luton area of the UK. I currently teach within Luton, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Flitwick, Harlington and Bedford. If you live outside of this area, I also offer Online Webcam Drum Lessons.

I am available week days and some weekends (gigs permitting).

I have been playing for 30 years (since I was 3 years old), I have Grade 8 Drum Kit (High Honours), I am fully CRB checked and have been teaching for 15 years.

I teach all ages, abilities and styles, without prejudice. I can help beginners to quickly and easily understand rhythm, coordination and technique and get you playing your first beats (usually within the first 10 minutes of your first lesson). Perhaps you are a more advanced player and have developed a few bad habits you would like to eradicate? I can help to retrain and get you working efficiently and comfortably.

I have a great wealth of teaching materials including many great book titles that have been recommended by great drummers and teachers all over the world. I am also currently writing my own instructional drum book.

My teaching style is professional, friendly and straight forward. I am very patient and enthusiastic about drumming, music and helping others achieve their full musical potential. I take great pride in all of my students and their achievements.

Lessons are usually conducted on a one to one basis but I also have experience in teaching larger classes, clinics and workshops.


Drumming Elements Covered

I teach and demonstrate many techniques and styles. Here is a quick overview of a few of the many elements of drumming and percussion I can help you with:

Hand Techniques (Formal and Informal):

  • Free Strokes
  • Controlled Strokes
  • Finger Control
  • Moeller Technique
  • Freehand Technique
  • As well as lesser known techniques such as:
    1. Valving Technique
    2. The Three Bomb

Stick Grips:

  • American Grip
  • German Grip
  • French Grip
  • Traditional Grip
  • Timpani Grip

Foot Techniques:

  • Heel Down
  • Heel Up
  • Slide Technique
  • Heel-Toe Technique
  • Hi Hat Techniques
  • Left Foot Clave
  • Double Pedal Setups
  • Plus my own creation:
    1. The Jumping Technique

Coordination and Stylistic Studies:

  • Rock / Metal
  • Pop
  • Dance
  • Funk
  • Soul
  • RnB
  • Gospel / Church Drumming
  • Drum n Bass
  • Jazz Coordination
  • Latin and World Rhythms (Clave, Cascara etc)
  • Open Handed Technique
  • Advanced Coordination Studies

Snare Drum and Rudimental Drumming:

  • All 40 PAS Rudiments (and many others)
  • Hybrid Rudiments
  • Formal and informal Execution
  • Accenting Possibilities
  • Exercises for Development of Execution
  • Applying Rudiments to the Drum Kit

Music and Theory:

  • Learn to Read Music and Charts
  • Gain Confidence with a Metronome or "Click Track"
  • Learn to Play "Musically"
  • Understand Song Structure and Dynamics
  • Respond and Communicate with Other Musicians
  • Learn to Play in Odd Time Signatures
  • Tuned Percussion Studies

Drumming History:

  • Marching Percussion History and Development
  • History of The Drum Kit

As well as The Drum kit, I also have experience in teaching Tuned / Orchestral, World (Hand Drums etc) and Marching Band Percussion.

I can help you to ensure that your body works naturally and efficiently when playing the drums. I have many exercises to help you to develop technique, speed, power, endurance, touch, taste, knowledge and listening skills. I have also conducted extensive research into drumming related injuries and how to avoid them.


Trinity / Guildhall Drum Kit Examinations

I have many years of experience in both teaching and attending Trinity Guildhall Examinations. I have taught grades 1 - 8 and have a very high pass rate, standard and reputation.

I highly recommend taking these examinations as the standard required for each grade is great for motivating students. You will also learn a great variety of styles, techniques and music theory. They are essential in "proving" your abilities and are a great qualification to have in the music industry.

However, examinations are not for everyone and I only enter students for examinations as per the student's request.


Prices and Discounts

Price List

  • 1 Hour: £25
  • 45 mins: £18
  • 30 mins: £15

Bulk Discounts

  • 2 Hours: £45 (£5 discount)
  • 3 Hours: £65 (£10 discount)
  • 4 Hours: £85 (£15 discount)

Please contact me for more information about bookings, prices and venue.


Drum Clinics and Workshops

In addition to private one to one tuition, I am also available for Drum Clinics and Workshops. Please visit the Up Coming Gigs Page for information on events near you. Please get in contact if you would like to book me for a clinic or workshop.


Student Roll of Honour

Congratulations to the following students:

July 2013

  • Matthew passed Grade 1 with Distinction
  • Rhoshaan passed Grade 1 with Distinction

March 2013

  • Savi passed Grade 1 with Merit
  • Shania passed Grade 1 with Merit

December 2012

  • Connor passed Grade 2 with Distinction
  • Daisy passed Grade 2 with Merit
  • Gregory passed Grade 2
  • Jack passed Grade 2
  • Jamie passed Grade 1
  • Joshua passed Grade 1 with Distinction
  • Sam passed Grade 6 with Merit
  • Yaphet passed Grade 1 with Distinction

November 2012

  • Ehren passed Grade 1 with Distinction

June 2012

  • Joshua passed Grade 1 with Distinction
  • Simon passed Grade 3 with Merit

March 2012

  • Daisy passed Grade 1 with Distinction
  • Jack passed Grade 1 with Merit

June 2011

  • Jordine passed Grade 1 with Distinction

March 2011

  • Connor passed Grade 1 with Merit

June 2010

  • Sam passed Grade 5

March 2009

  • Gregory passed Grade 1 with Distinction
  • Jordan passed Grade 2

June 2008

  • Bradley passed Grade 2 with Distinction
  • Jordan passed Grade 1 with Merit
  • Sam passed Grade 4

November 2007

  • Bradley passed Grade 1 with Distinction
  • Sam passed Grade 3 with Merit

November 2006

  • Anita passed Grade 1 with Merit
  • Jasmine passed Grade 2
  • Sam passed Grade 2 with Merit

November 2005

  • Jasmine passed Grade 1 with Merit
  • Sam passed Grade 1 with Merit

March 2005

  • Luke passed Grade 1 with Merit

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