Eddie Thrower and lessons at School

Interesting reading for a January afternoon – Eddy Thrower from Lower than Atlantis article in ‘Rhythm magazine’

This week I was lucky enough to have a chance of a quick read of ‘Rhythm’ and a rather interesting article on Eddy Thrower caught my eye!  So I thought I would share it with you.   Some of you may not know but Eddy is from ‘Lower than Atlantis’ which are a very up and coming band and will be interesting to watch in 2017!  You may have heard their 2014 hit ‘Here we go’.

They started out as a hardcore/punk-rock outfit from Watford and are now a mainstream success.  Eddy himself personifies both modern, young musician and old-school rock beast apparently!  Their success is mainly due to having played sell-out live shows, radio-plays, album sales, single downloads, and a gazillion streams.  Anyway check them out if you get the chance.

So…. Back to the article…..One particular part that sparked my interest hugely, was the question ‘Did you have lessons when you started out?’ And what an interesting response.  It transpires Eddy had the usual group lessons provide by school or the LEA which I know all about from experience.

One teacher usually teaches a group of children of all different ages and all different abilities in a 20 minute lesson. In this time they have to make sure everyone understands and get a chance to play on the one drum kit in the room for at least part of the lesson. Lots of times we hear that kids don’t even play on a kit, just on a pad??? How does that work? This is why we only offer one to one lessons.  Eddy describes it as ‘terrible’ and  I quote “ They were the kind of lessons where you have to share with another kid and you get to play a beat once every month for about 10 seconds and that was it!”

Luckily for him, he stayed focused on music and then had lessons at an academy which sounds similar to what we offer at TMB. There he ended up with a really cool drum teacher and was hooked! 

It’s kinda sad to hear that school lessons left him very underwhelmed.  There are so many opportunities for schools nowadays to provide a better service. It’s sad when group lessons are clearly not the best way to introduce someone to an instrument and inspire the young musicians of today!  As you probably know we teach in a few schools around Stratford upon Avon and Bicester, BUT if we do not teach in your school please let us know.  We would love to get into more schools but with group lessons on offer at a cheaper price, parents think they are getting a good deal. It is just such false economy. We often hear about kids giving up playing because they were so uninspired or bored……. We have to stop this being the case!  Students regularly come to TMB having had lessons before elsewhere and not enjoyed it. We show them how it should be and they fly! 

So if your school NEEDS us then put in a good word…..better still if you can give us an introduction to the relevant teacher or Head teacher we will make it worth your while !

Anyway it’s a great read for anyone and TMB wish Eddy and his band all the best for 2017!

Have a good weekend everyone and keep practising as that’s another key element Eddy mentions

Practice, Practice, Practice !!!

http://www.eddythrower.co/

 

Tim Kirkham x


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Eddie Thrower and lessons at School

Interesting reading for a January afternoon – Eddy Thrower from Lower than Atlantis article in ‘Rhythm magazine’

This week I was lucky enough to have a chance of a quick read of ‘Rhythm’ and a rather interesting article on Eddy Thrower caught my eye!  So I thought I would share it with you.   Some of you may not know but Eddy is from ‘Lower than Atlantis’ which are a very up and coming band and will be interesting to watch in 2017!  You may have heard their 2014 hit ‘Here we go’.

They started out as a hardcore/punk-rock outfit from Watford and are now a mainstream success.  Eddy himself personifies both modern, young musician and old-school rock beast apparently!  Their success is mainly due to having played sell-out live shows, radio-plays, album sales, single downloads, and a gazillion streams.  Anyway check them out if you get the chance.

So…. Back to the article…..One particular part that sparked my interest hugely, was the question ‘Did you have lessons when you started out?’ And what an interesting response.  It transpires Eddy had the usual group lessons provide by school or the LEA which I know all about from experience.

One teacher usually teaches a group of children of all different ages and all different abilities in a 20 minute lesson. In this time they have to make sure everyone understands and get a chance to play on the one drum kit in the room for at least part of the lesson. Lots of times we hear that kids don’t even play on a kit, just on a pad??? How does that work? This is why we only offer one to one lessons.  Eddy describes it as ‘terrible’ and  I quote “ They were the kind of lessons where you have to share with another kid and you get to play a beat once every month for about 10 seconds and that was it!”

Luckily for him, he stayed focused on music and then had lessons at an academy which sounds similar to what we offer at TMB. There he ended up with a really cool drum teacher and was hooked! 

It’s kinda sad to hear that school lessons left him very underwhelmed.  There are so many opportunities for schools nowadays to provide a better service. It’s sad when group lessons are clearly not the best way to introduce someone to an instrument and inspire the young musicians of today!  As you probably know we teach in a few schools around Stratford upon Avon and Bicester, BUT if we do not teach in your school please let us know.  We would love to get into more schools but with group lessons on offer at a cheaper price, parents think they are getting a good deal. It is just such false economy. We often hear about kids giving up playing because they were so uninspired or bored……. We have to stop this being the case!  Students regularly come to TMB having had lessons before elsewhere and not enjoyed it. We show them how it should be and they fly! 

So if your school NEEDS us then put in a good word…..better still if you can give us an introduction to the relevant teacher or Head teacher we will make it worth your while !

Anyway it’s a great read for anyone and TMB wish Eddy and his band all the best for 2017!

Have a good weekend everyone and keep practising as that’s another key element Eddy mentions

Practice, Practice, Practice !!!

http://www.eddythrower.co/

 

Tim Kirkham x


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