Find Your Beat! by Tom O. Mitchell, is a book written for complete beginners who want to pick up the sticks for the first time and focus on learning to play something quickly without having to worry about reading music or learning music theory. All the first exercises are written out in colourful words and are laid out in a strategic way which will benefit younger drummers and adults who find reading music daunting. As you progress through the book, you can move on to some simple reading exercises if you feel ready but if not, that’s fine too!
The book includes embedded video examples for each exercise, so you can watch and learn exactly what you see on the page. Also included are two play-along songs, with written music charts, and audio that features full mix, a drum-less mix with a click, and a drum-less mix without a click. Each song also includes a video example so you can see what the author suggests to play.
Both tracks have a full mix, a drum-less mix with a click and a drum-less mix without a click.
Tom O. Mitchell has been playing drums since he was a teenager in 1998 and studied Popular Music at West Kent College before going on to tutor a handful of private students under the name of T.O.M Drum Tuition. He started his professional teaching career with Kent Music School in 2003, tutoring pupils across the county during school hours and went on to lecture on the Popular Music course at West Kent College.
In the meantime, Tom built up a large number of private students and in 2004 he decided it was time to step up the content of the lessons by writing a unique syllabus and coming up with a name for it – DrumWise has been going strong ever since.
Students now travel from across the South East for lessons in the purpose-built DrumWise studio in Maidstone and a team of teachers are now placed in schools around Kent to deliver drum lessons to a wide range of ages and abilities.
As a performer, Tom has worked and toured with many artists and currently plays for touring theatre tribute band Purple Zeppelin alongside recording drum tracks for artists in his studio.
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