Play Drums With Gordy Marshall
What you'll learn
- Learning to play the drums
- How to hold the sticks
- How to set up your kit
- How to play a basic groove
- An introduction to basic rudiments
- How to play a pressed roll
- How to effectively work with a click, or metronome
- An introduction to the Paradiddle
- Dynamics (very important)
- How to use Ghost Notes
- How to count in the band
- How to finish a song, with multiple ending options
- A pair of sticks and a drum kit
- No prior musical knowledge required
Enrolling in this course will help you learn the language of music through the use of a drum kit. You will be taught valuable skills and techniques to help express your inner musician, either just for the fun of it, or to the wider world.
Playing a musical instrument (especially the drums) is one of the greatest ways to keep your body fit, whilst at the same time improve limb coordination. Few other activities simultaneously engage both sides of the brain, whilst offering a more immersive experience of the senses, like learning a musical instrument. The schooling and training process is an ongoing journey every musician follows. Music really is a continuous and fascinating adventure.
I’ve had an intimate and rewarding relationship with music for many years. I perform it for a living, but I also teach it, I listen to it for pleasure. It has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Music is life - life is music.
The drum kit is a musical instrument capable of making thousands of people move as one. So, grab some sticks, fire up your laptop or phone, get yourself comfortable and let’s have some fun hitting things with bits of wood.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to intermediate
- There is plenty of information in this course for the more advanced player too
Gordy toured the world with The Moody Blues for 25 years. For six of those years, he also toured with Justin Hayward on the arena tours of Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.
Gordy now runs the production company Legend Of A Band Productions Ltd. Gordy is the CEO of the company and produces The British Carpenters tribute show, which tours the UK.
In 2015 Gordy also created the band GO NOW! which performs the music of The Moody Blues worldwide - including a full orchestral show - as a tribute to the band he worked with for so long. It features Mick Wilson from 10cc along with other world class musicians and singers. In 2022, they had 3 separate tours in the USA, which included their orchestral show when they performed with The Omaha Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and 3 concerts with The Philly POPS.
Gordy has also performed with both Justin Hayward and John Lodge for their respective solo tours and albums.
As a session musician the list of artists on his C.V. include: Sir Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Emma Bunton (Spice Girls), Joss Stone, Gary Barlow, Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs), Mike Batt, Katie Melua, Chris Spedding, Herbie Flowers, Level 42’s Mike Lindup, Chris Thompson, Russell Watson, Jason Donovan, David Essex, Asia’s John Payne.
In 2012 Splendid Books published Gordy’s first travel book Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour. Sections of the audio book have been serialised on BBC Radio. It is available on Audible and Amazon. In 2022, a podcast series, Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour - From Rockstar to Uber Driver and Back was launched as a follow up to Gordy's book. His podcast is available on most of the major platforms including Apple, Spotify, Amazon and Google Podcasts
In addition to his pop and rock work, Gordy has been involved in many of London's West End musicals, including Fame, Grease, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Rent, Whistle Down The Wind, Thriller Live! , Wicked and Hamilton.
Gordy lives in London with his wife and two daughters.