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"It's not often I hear someone who is on the cutting edge of modern drum-set performance. Well, in Australia I heard that person… Grant Collins! When you hear him, be prepared for the ride he will take you on… you will remember it for the rest of your life."
"Anyone who can play “Three Camps” with their feet deserves attention. Australia’s Grant Collins takes the Bozzio one-man-percussion orchestra to new heights by incorporating advanced Donati/Lang ambidextrous double pedal abilities and amazing four-limb independence. Collins’ drumming skills are world-class. It’s hard to imagine a human acoustic drumkit performer advancing much beyond this level."
"Grant Collins, the virtuoso drummer who made up the other half of the Full Metal Racket performance that night, led a musical revolution. His “multi-timbral soundscapes” shattered any preconceived notions about the artistic capacity of drumming. His compositions were complex and surprisingly narrative. But how can drumming be narrative? I guess it was a had-to-be-there experience!"
GRANT DRUMS ACADEMY The perfect place for drummers to learn new skills, be creative and have fun with their drumming.
No matter you're just starting out or have been playing for a while, the GRANT DRUMS ACADEMY will get you behind the drumset, having a great time and learning the art of being a drummer
Discover your full potential, find your sound and enjoy the process.
Many educational studies have shown that 45 mins is the best lesson length for maximum takeaways for music lessons. Between the personal lesson, online resources and live events, fortnightly lessons hit the sweet spot for productivity and maximum growth. Of course we can still do weekly sessions, simply enquire and we'll make it happen.
What do we do in the lessons?
Grant’s courses are built around traditional and modern drumming concepts to advance your playing. He’s written courses for Conservatoriums and Universities so knows how to structure a course for the best possible student progress.
With courses, you will...
As a part of Grants Drumming Pathways, each month will feature an exclusive workshop/masterclass to help guide you on your journey. Each session will also feature a Q&A session to answer your questions.
With monthly workshops, you will...
You can simply log in, pick a practice workout and play along with me. The workouts are designed to nurture the core skills of drumming and give you the freedom to play whatever it is you want on the drumset.
With workouts, you will...
Sometimes getting the motivation to practice can be tough. To help with this, I will be holding regular Saturday morning practice sessions. You get to practice along with me as I guide you through the session. If you missed out on your practice during the week then this is your makeup time. If you’ve already done your practice, then this is a bonus!
With Saturday Sessions, you will…
Learning new things can be tough. I know what it feels like to think you’re not able to do something or don’t have the confidence that you can work through it to get this new skill. I’ve learned how to break down these barriers and share with you the processes to move forward and advance your playing. This is what I do!
I’ve been there and I know how you feel.
I’ve been fortunate to have been a professional musician for over 30 years. Yes, this has been my full time career for this long. My background allows me to relate to a variety of different students and their origins on the drums. I started without lessons, just listening to and working out what drummers were playing on my favourite records.
My origin as a professional musician was playing in a full time professional covers band. This is a great learning platform for any musician. We had a huge repertoire of songs and I would constantly have to learn new songs every week as the latest hits would come out. I learn’t everything by ear so this taught me a great deal about hearing and understanding what the drummer does in a song and how song writing structures work. I began to realise what the better drummers were doing and how they shaped their drum parts to support the song. I was very meticulous in learning the material and would sit down with headphones, going over each bar, so that I had every single hi hat opening, ride bell and other parts so I could be as close to the original drum part as possible.
As I progressed with my learning, I started looking at doing formal studies to advance my musical skills further. I started to audition at conservatories and universities. Unfortunately my music theory skills were well down in comparison to my drumming skills so I was unsuccessful in my first attempts. I then started to get music theory lessons and after 3 years of auditioning, I was accepted to do my Bachelor of Music. I’ve since gone on to become a Doctor of Music so I have the formal qualifications as well as my on the road experiences to relate to both sides of the spectrum. I’ve also been a conservatorium lecturer and have written course curriculums for subjects so have the skills and know how to structure a course.
As well as that, I’ve travelled around the world doing concerts and also for my sponsors doing hundreds of clinics, masterclasses and percussion festivals over the past 25+ years. I’ve also done countless hours of private tuition for a wide range of students doing everything from playing in local bands to going to university to winning national drum competitions.
I’ve spent an innumerable number of hours exploring and discovering this awesome instrument and love to share not only the what, but also the how and why on all things drums. I love the creative aspect of music and like to look at ideas from a different perspective. Doing this helps us to discover alternative ways to play things and leads to finding your own individual voice on the instrument. I’m super excited about putting these programs together and would love to be able to transform and inspire your personal music journey.
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