Progressive Drumming Masterclass
25+ years of progressive drumming experience, distilled into an easy-to-follow online course, designed to teach you everything you’ll ever need + direct support from Jay.
✅ How to set up an effective practice routine
✅ What to practice – demystify this question for life
✅ The most important rudiments and patterns to learn to unlock HUGE potential
✅ Why 99% of other drum lesson options simply don’t work
✅ The most efficient techniques to learn for progressive drumming
✅ Improve your limb independence, dynamic control, groove and flow & compositional skills
My tried-and-tested course will take away all the guesswork, giving you the tools you need to become a skilled progressive drummer – no matter your current skill level. The things I cover in this course aren’t covered anywhere else – this is the only place you’ll find this information.
Fed up of guessing what to work on next? Fed up of seeing little to no improvement in your playing? Want to become a better progressive drummer and want the guesswork removed completely? Want a better chance of turning your passion into your career? Then watch this video to discover to discover how I’ve done it.
If you’ve got to the end of the video and you know this right for you – you can get started today:
Still have some questions? Book a free 40-minute consultation with me to talk about your drumming, your goals, and get a fresh perspective on why your current approach to progressive drumming perhaps isn’t working:
The Masterclass is split into 5 modules, each covering a specific topic:
Module 1 – Practicing
This module covers some of the often-overlooked essentials to help design your life around becoming a better drummer.
So many drummers aren’t sure how to set up a practice routine, or simply don’t have a routine at all. In this module, I’ll show you how to set up a practice routine that, when followed, guarantees to improve your abilities.
You’ll also learn a concept I use that ensures that I never run out of fresh ideas behind the kit and I always know what to practice next.
Module 2 – Rudimentary Fundamentals
You need to walk before you can run – this section of the masterclass covers my essential rudimentary patterns. These are the patterns I use the most often, that enable me to play everything you hear in TesseracT’s music.
You’ll also correct any potential issues with grip and efficiency in this module. Ultimately, we want to be able to move around the kit with ease and efficiency, and spending the time working through these exercises will put you on that path.
Module 3 – Groove
Most drummers you look up to will have one thing in common – they have ‘groove‘. In this module, I’ll help you to discover and develop your natural feel, and ability to groove using patterns and exercises that have helped me immensely.
Module 4 – Ostinatos & Longer Phrases
If you’ve ever listened to a TesseracT song (or a song by any modern progressive band), you’ve definitely heard a selection of repeating patterns, even if you’re unaware of this as a concept. It’s a super-effective tool we use when composing to produce intricate and interesting grooves that sound complex, but when broken down and realized, are surprisingly easy to understand.
In this module, I will teach you concepts that you can apply to your own compositions and will do this using examples and exercises from my own music as well as brand new challenging exercises designed specifically for this Masterclass.
Module 5 – Drum Fills
So many of my drum students ask for help with their drum fills, and in this module, I’ll walk you through a selection of patterns and interesting concepts you can use to create your own unique drum fills. We’ll work with linear patterns, polyrhythms, stroke-rolls, and displacement to put together some of the most amazing drum-fill combos you’ve ever heard.
Module 6 – Additional Advanced Content (added 2022)
In my first addition to the Masterclass since launching it, I have put together a collection of nine new lessons containing 43 exercises, that are a natural development from the material in the first five modules. These are optional extras you can choose to work through and cover some advanced concepts covering Drum fill development, Grooves, and Quintuplets.
Who is this Masterclass for?
The Masterclass is designed to help drummers of all skill levels who perhaps feel stuck creatively, who feel as though they’ve run out of ideas behind the kit. It is designed to help drummers who are looking for help improving their dynamic control (ghost notes and accents), groove, limb independence, double-kick technique, single-kick technique, and compositional skills, amongst many other things.
The Masterclass presents a curated selection of drum lessons that my own students have found to be the most helpful in helping them overcome a multitude of creative and physical hurdles behind the kit.
How long is the Masterclass?
The masterclass consists of 38 detailed drum lessons + nine additional advanced lessons that you can work through at your own pace.
A typical student following the practice advice I set out within module 1 can expect to work though all of the material in as little as three months.
Can I get help from Jay directly if I’m stuck?
Absolutely – If you find yourself stuck on an exercise, unable to realize a new feel, or count a new repeating pattern or drum fill – you can reach out to me for support via an exclusive Facebook Group – this is an exclusive group for Masterclass Students. Simply post a comment in there, ideally with a video link to you performing the exercise, and I will respond.
You can also reach out to me by email or in a DM if you’re uncomfortable posting in a student forum.
This video demonstrates a response I posted in the Facebook group, to a progress video for one of my students:
The community of like-minded drummers in the group may also have tips for you that can help. It’s also a fantastic place to help with accountability – sticking to your practice regime!
How much time do I need to spend practicing to see a real improvement?
We all learn at different speeds and we all have different goals. Turning up and spending 5 minutes per day on a new movement or exercise is progress – it’s why I spend literally just 5 minutes in the morning on my rowing machine. I’m not expecting to get super-fit or jacked by doing this, but I do get that feeling of reward for having moved first thing in the morning. It’s very achievable, I always feel great afterward and seem to be more energized.
I have ways to write and learn complex ideas with say, 1 hour per day. In an ideal world, 1 hour per day a few times a week would be perfect for most people to see real improvements in their playing. But you can, and will see progress with a lesser time investment too.
Even if it took you a year to gradually work through the material in the Masterclass, consider how much progress you feel you’ve made over the past year and how much improvement you could see today had you started a year ago.
If you spend 40 minutes to 1 hour per day, three or four times a week, working through the Masterclass material, in 3 months’ time (or less!) you’ll be able to see and hear noticeable improvements in your playing. Before that, you’ll absolutely have realized new compositional skills, and new creative techniques, and will have no questions at all about what to practice.
I’m not a good enough drummer to take this Masterclass
This statement has not once proven to be true and generally comes from a place of low confidence – which is something I will help you build. I wasn’t always able to play the things I can currently play – I was once an absolute beginner! No matter where you are on your creative journey as a drummer, there’s a very good chance I can help you.
How much does it cost?
I currently charge $2000 (USD) to join the Masterclass, with options for students to pay over a few months if needed.
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I appreciate this is a significant investment to consider and am acutely aware of how much the cultivation of a creative skill can mean. So I like to speak with all potential students who have any questions before inviting them to join the Masterclass to ensure that it’s the right fit.
From experience, and from my testimonials, the drummers who book these free consultations with me and decide to join the Masterclass go on to realize significant improvements in their playing and are very happy that they made this self-investment.
This is literally my life, reputation, and career so I only work with students who I know will be completely satisfied with me, my teaching style, and crucially, their own progress.
Ok – this sounds amazing! How do I join?
If you’ve watched the video, read all of the information and KNOW that this is the next step for you, then you can get started immediately:
If you have any questions, let’s schedule a Zoom call now. This is completely free – it’s simply a chance for me to get a better understanding of your current skill level and to discuss the areas you wish to improve. It’s also a chance for you to ask me any questions about my playing or about the Masterclass.
I’ll be honest if I don’t think this Masterclass is for you – the last thing I want is for you to part with your money and time, if you’re unlikely to realize life-changing improvements. This is very important to understand.