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Top artists get behind Yamaha campaign

Published: Tue January 06, 2009  News Feed

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Top artists get behind Yamaha campaign

Four of the country’s top drummers are backing a national music making campaign led by Yamaha Music Schools and aimed at introducing more people to drumming by offering free introductory lessons.

The scheme, championed by Feeder’s drummer Mark Richardson, Amy Winehouse groove-man Troy Miller, Neal Wilkinson (Van Morrison) and Massive Attack and Kylie Minogue drummer Andrew Small, has the potential to bring a whole new audience to the art.

There are currently 25 out of 80 Yamaha Music Schools offering the popular Drum Encounters course and, alongside guitar tuition, it’s one of Yamaha’s fastest growing courses.

Yamaha Music School manager Nigel Burrows commented: “We’re delighted to launch this national push to get more people into music making. It’s a very simple idea; we are offering free introductory lessons for all and, following the huge success of our recent Jools Holland free keyboard lessons promotion, we know many people will subsequently enroll on a YMS course. The scheme has received the support of a high-powered group of pro drummers who will be visiting participating schools wherever possible.

Their endorsement will help us promote the scheme and raise awareness of drumming. The lesson will introduce people to the fundamentals of the art and cover the basics required to play.

Mark Richardson added: “I’d like to introduce more people to playing the drums, and I know that my friends at Yamaha feel the same way – and what better way to get started than by getting your first lesson totally free. Lots of people want to play but are unsure of where to start so probably never take the first step. This campaign is designed to introduce more people to music making generally, and drumming in particular.”

Andrew Small stated:  “I think Yamaha’s offer of a free first lesson is a great way to take the plunge and start playing the drums. Now there’s no excuse not to grab some sticks and have a go.”
yamaha.co.uk

 
 
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