Drum Chicago currently offers private drum set and world percussion instruction, Drum Camps and 'Future of Rock' Camps. We also offer music instruction beyond just drums and percussion. We have a great staff for a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, beginner piano, saxophone, flute and clarinet. If we don't offer what you are looking for feel free to contact us and we would be more than happy to find a teacher that fits your needs. Our staff is made up of educated and trained musicians that not only teach but are professional performers as well.
Established in in the Fall of 2010 by Marshall Greenhouse, Drum Chicago adds to the ever growing music community located in Logan Square. Drum Chicago is located at 2442 N. Spaulding, near Fullerton and Kimball, and is easily accessible by the CTA blue line (Logan Square stop) and by the 74 Fullerton bus.About our clases →
had my first drum lesson when I was in the third grade growing up in Atlanta, GA. Then in 4th grade I joined the school band and continued private drum-set lessons and school band all the way through high school. Throughout those years I participated in everything I could from marching band, to the all-city Grammy Band to starting my own Rock bands with neighborhood friends.Continue →
Dave Grohl is best know today as being the lead singer and guitarist for the Foo Fighters. I am surprised to realize how many younger students do not realize that he started his music career as a drummer.
He first began touring the country with a popular punk band from DC called Scream. A few years later he was introduced to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, auditioned for the band and recorded on all but their first recording, Bleach.
If you have taken any lessons from me or seen any of my bands play, you know that I have many favorite drummers but if I had to name one if would be John Bonham. Dave Grohl too cites Bonham as his biggest influence. I can hear a lot of Bonham’s style in Dave Grohl’s playing but Grohl has his own sound as well.
Since he grew up playing punk rock, Grohl plays with a lot of power. You will often see his arms coming above his head as he puts all of his energy into each hit. I really try and do that as well when I play. The more emotion you put into your music, the more the audience can tell you are playing from your heart. Music is all about emotion and music with no feeling has no lasting power.
This may be a difficult concept for younger drummers to understand so a good way to try it out is to pick a simple beat and try and play it 10 different ways. The beat never changes but the drums and cymbals do. You can also try playing with the hi-hat totally closed tight and then slowly releasing pressure off your left foot so it gets a washy sound. Listen to Smell Like Teen Spirit and notice how the hi-hat is real open at the beginning during the distorted guitar chords but after the first fill it tightens up for the verse. This sounds simple but it is really difficult to do.
Another key to Dave Grohl’s playing is the use of flams all around the drum-kit. Two hands produces a much louder sound than one, right? So why not play flams in your fills to add more power. I do not think the best drummers are the fastest drummers. A good fill using 8th note flams can be much more effective then playing 32nd notes across the toms.
Grohl hits hard but also plays very melodic. Listen to how the fills in In Bloom almost play a melody after the guitar riff.
My favorite Dave Grohl drum track is from Queens of the Stone Age. Everything I mentioned above, and more, can be heard in No One Knows.