25+ years of progressive drumming experience, distilled into a structured, easy-to-follow course, designed to teach you everything you’ll ever need to know + direct support from Jay.
If you are on the fence about lessons with Jay, do it!
Initially, I struggled with limb independence and overall creativity with my drumming.
As someone who was a self-taught drummer, Jay immediately identified some foundational gaps and recommended easy-to-follow lessons that immediately accomplished my initial goals within 2 months!!
Worth every penny!
Jay is an incredibly gracious and humble teacher.
He breaks complex ideas into easily digestible concepts. There is a lot of information in the Masterclass, so this will give me things to work on for years to come.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to take their drumming to the next level.
As a beginner drummer, I found learning and practicing on my own to be overwhelming. With Jay’s lessons, you are given bite-sized, easy-to-follow exercises that provide context for what you are learning.
The ability to highlight and loop sections, and play the exercises at any speed, allows you to learn at your own pace and gives you full control over the lessons.
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Best Investment In My Drumming
As a self-taught drummer, the hardest question for me had always been "What's next?". Usually, it was just learning to cover another song, but that wasn't leading to any real growth.
Jay's masterclass was the perfect solution.
His lessons are down to earth, easy to follow, and structured in a way that drummers of all skill levels can tackle the material. You'll learn the importance of an actual practice routine, and how to identify gaps in your playing so you can improve efficiently.
Jay demonstrates that even the most complicated grooves can be broken down into fundamentals that can be mastered with some focus and discipline.
If you're looking for real guidance from a world-class drummer, this is perfect for you.
Jay’s lessons really kicked me into gear
I’ve been playing on and off for a long time, and I felt confident in my coordination and ability to navigate odd time signatures, but I was ultimately feeling directionless. I would sit down at the kit and just not know what to play.
Jay’s lessons really kicked me into gear! Jay challenged me with some crazy polyrhythms and coordination exercises and gave me a lot of patterns to use in grooves and fills. I feel like my vocabulary, coordination, speed, and overall comfort level on the kit have all dramatically improved.
I really liked the format for remote lessons – They were very clearly explained and followed a logical progression without huge leaps.
This was a fantastic experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to take their drumming to the next level.
One month in and I’m already feeling more confident with limb independence and technique.
I’ve played varying genres from classic rock and metal to reggae, but the intricacies of prog drumming have always given me my biggest challenge. I purchased the sheet music for TesseracT’s “Luminary” years back and had some luck learning enough of it, but this website brings a whole new level to drum education.
Jay breaks down incredibly complex segments into easy-to-digest sections and builds you up until the pieces fit together. Between the multiple camera angles, scrolling sheet music, and customizable tempo, there’s a combination suited for everyone.
This website is as close to in-person instruction from an industry pro as you can get. If you own drumsticks, I recommend signing up!
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Who is this Masterclass for?
The Masterclass is designed to help drummers of all skill levels who perhaps feel stuck creatively, and who feel as though they’ve run out of ideas behind the kit.
Since launching in February 2022, I’ve welcomed 110 students into the Masterclass
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.
You will discover:
✅ How to set up an effective practice routine
✅ What to practice – demystify this question for life
✅ The specific rudiments and patterns I use that unlock a HUGE library of fills and grooves.
✅ The most efficient techniques to learn for progressive drumming
✅ Improve your limb independence, drum fills, double kick, dynamics, groove and flow & compositional skills – all within the realm of Progressive Drumming.
✅ and crucially, discover why the other drum lesson options on the market, simply don’t work for Progressive Drumming.
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.
Master your Time
With all the information floating around, things can become cloudy really fast. I needed help with a solid practice regime to reach the next level.
As soon as I saw Jay’s masterclass offer, I knew this was for me.
Within a month, my goals are clear thanks to precise realistic lessons. Time doesn’t wait! Invest in YOU and the returns will be sweet!
Unlock your playing with Jay!
I have unlocked so many doors in my playing ability since learning from Jay.
I have seen significant progress in my limb independence, pedal hat control, heel-toe playing, and odd-timed grooves since I started lessons.
Where else can you get lessons with one of the top people in the industry at an affordable price?
Thank you, Jay!
I've been a drummer for 20+ years and always had an interest in progressive drumming. For some reason, I couldn't find an easy A-to-Z lesson plan covering everything I wanted to learn. Then I came across Jay's Masterclass and decided to give it a go.
So far I am much more versed in odd time, polyrhythms, stick control, double bass & independence. Internal timing is the one area I feel I've improved the most.
His lessons are concise and very easy to follow, not overwhelming. If you want to take your drumming to the next level, go for it!
How long is the Masterclass?
The Masterclass consists of 40 easy-to-follow drum 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 through all of the lessons in as little as three months.
There is no time limit though – the crucial thing is that you work through the lessons sequentially, at your own pace so that the techniques and concepts are understood and can be applied effortlessly to your playing.
Will Jay help me if I’m stuck or want feedback?
Absolutely – If you find yourself stuck on an exercise, unable to realize a new feel, or count a new ostinato or drum fill – you can reach out to me for support either via email or the students-only Facebook Group – this is an exclusive group for Masterclass Students.
Simply post a comment in the Facebook group, ideally with a video link to you performing the exercise, and I will respond.
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!
You can also reach out to me by email if you’re uncomfortable posting in the student group.
This video demonstrates a response I posted in the Student group, to a progress video for one of my students:
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 just 5 minutes per day on a new movement or concept is progress – don’t underestimate the compounding power of turning up every day and spending even a small amount of time with a new idea.
In a perfect world, I’d like my students to set aside 40 minutes to 1 hour, three to four times per week. If this amount of time seems unachievable, my practice routine lesson in Module 1 will help you out.
This amount of practice will be perfect for most people to quickly measure real improvements in their playing, without feeling burnt out. But you can, and will see progress with a lesser time investment too.
Consider this – Even if it took you a year to gradually work through the material in this Masterclass – how much progress do you feel you’ve made over the past year? Now consider how much improvement you could see today had you joined this Masterclass a year ago… or even a couple of months ago…
I’m not a good enough drummer to take Jay’s Masterclass!
This statement simply isn’t 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!
I’m self-taught, I don’t read music, and I applied and didn’t get accepted into a music school (Drum Tech in London, UK) – so I have learned everything I can play today through effort, trial, and error – which took a long time.
I’m offering you the chance to bypass years of figuring this stuff out – and if there’s one thing we can’t ever get back, it’s TIME.
No matter where you are on your creative journey, if you’re interested specifically in improving your Progressive Drumming skills, there’s a very good chance I can help you.
What is the structure of the Masterclass?
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 your own practice routine that, when followed, guarantees to improve your abilities.
You’ll also learn concepts that I personally use to ensure I never run out of fresh ideas behind the kit and I always know what to practice next.
Lessons in this module:
- How to practice drums
- Setting up a practice routine
- Programming Drums
- Composing Progressive Drum beats using a DAW (& learning the beat too)
- Warmups and drumming-related injuries
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 handful of patterns I use the most often, which 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 lessons will put you on that path.
Lessons in this module:
- Single Strokes
- Double Strokes
- Double Kick
- Heel Toe
- Pedal hat
Efficient Progressive Patterns
- Displaced Double Strokes
- Double Strokes – Whole kit exercise
- Five Stroke Roll / Parapadiddle
- Three-limb linear Pattern – *NEW*
- Four-stroke linear Patterns – *NEW*
- Hand Control
- Ostinato hand control
- Displaced Double Strokes – Advanced
Module 3 – Groove
Groove is made up of many elements – it’s a combination of timing, dynamics, feel, and technique. It’s also the ability to play for the music, not the ego, and to find the perfect resonance with your fellow musicians.
When these things are in harmony, when you can command them, anything you play will feel and sound locked-in. You’ll have ‘groove’.
In this module, I’ll help you to discover and develop your own natural feel, and ability to groove using specific patterns and exercises that have helped me immensely.
Lessons in this module:
- Groove fundamentals – *NEW*
- 16th Note Groove/Flow Learning Technique
- Ghost Note Control & Patterns
- Polyrhythms – *NEW*
- 3/2 Polyrhythm Groove
- 3/4 Polyrhythm Groove
- 5/4 Polyrhythm Groove
- Slow Grooves
- Five Stroke Groove: Right hand freedom
- Quintuplet Grooves
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 ostinatos (repeating patterns). Ostinatos are a super-effective tool we use when composing to produce intricate and interesting grooves that can sound complex, but when broken down, can be surprisingly easy to understand and learn.
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.
Lessons in this module:
- Five-Stroke Ostinato
- Five-Stroke Ostinato – Advanced exercises
- Nine-Stroke Ostinato
- Nine-Stroke Ostinato – Musical applications
- Nine-Stroke Ostinato – Double Kick Groove
Module 5 – Drum Fills
Many of my drum students ask for help with their drum fills, and in this module, I’ll walk you through a selection of my most efficient and useful patterns, and concepts, that you can use to create and learn your own unique drum fills.
We’ll work with linear patterns, polyrhythms, stroke-rolls, and displacement to put together some of the most interesting drum-fill combos you’ve ever heard.
Lessons in this module:
- Five-stroke drum fills
- Linear Drum Fill Patterns
- Flow Builder
- Nine-stroke Ostinato Drum fills
- Nine-stroke Ostinato Drum fills – Displaced
- Displaced double-stroke fills
If you’ve made it this far, it’s fair to say you’re invested in improving your drumming – so let’s talk about the next steps.
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