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My fundamental aim is to not be another ‘regular’ drum teacher coaching paradiddles and exploring the rudiments of playing drums.  I want to work with you to enhance your natural ability to hear a rhythm and develop it into your own sound.

With over thirty years’ experience in the music industry, I have been fortunate enough to work with many great musicians, both professional as well as amateur enthusiast.  My work continues to cover a vast range of musical genres from funk, soul and reggae to blues, rock and rock ‘n’ roll.

As ability develops, I want to expand on attitude and approach, including understanding your role in a band; to be aware of the power you have behind the kit and to ensure you are more than just a “time-keeper”.  I will help you to gain confidence behind a drum kit; to learn how to set the kit up in a way that works for you.  I can even offer advice on what to purchase.

Drum workshops:

I really enjoy holding drum workshops, particularly if they are part of a Festival, or at Art Centres, Schools and Colleges.  I like to share my love of playing drums with audiences, whether there are 6 people or 60, young or old, complete beginners through to established musicians.  My goals are the same as those of the one-to-one teaching but with the added aim of encouraging you to break down those drummer “barriers” and perform in front of a crowd.  Question and Answer sessions are actively encouraged!!

Based in the London area but I am willing to travel.  I can supply drum kit and sticks.


Blues Camp U.K., Tonbridge, Kent – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Guisborough Festival Drum Workshop – 2010

Grainstore Brewery Drum Workshop – 2011, 2012, 2013

Blues on the Farm Festival – 2014, 2015, 2016


CVL Drums

Protection Racket

Sabian Cymbals

Vic Firth

Prices:  For information on hourly rates and special discounts, please email, call me on +44(0)7768 457071 or leave me a message below.  We offer the following:

*Single lesson

*Course of 6 x one hour lessons

*Course of 12 x one hour lessons


“ – – – band members & audience have all commented on the noticeable change in my drumming over the last 6 months. Well, that’s thanks to having Sam Kelly as a mentor, giving me the confidence in my ability&  ‘permission’ to express myself musically. If you want to find out more about interacting with other musicians, performance, enjoying playing& freeing yourself from the technical aspects of drumming – Sam’s your man ! “

Bob Ayre 

Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary gift vouchers available for that present with a difference.

Here is a video of Sam Kelly’s Band in action where I get to “drum solo” just over half-way through the number.  I have put this video in to illustrate how a drum solo (or “self-expression” as I like to call it) can transcend so many different tempos and yet the fundamental beat remains the same.    I  encourage self-expression without boundaries but also like to bear in mind the feelings of the other musicians as well as the limitations of the song.

  1. diane tuppen permalink

    Thank you, Sam, for all your advice and support. You have the patience of a saint!!! Wembley stadium, here I come 😀

  2. cliff bayliss permalink

    Would love to have a lesson or two while in London.
    I am from Australia, and met Sam at the debbie bond show at Cropredy.
    Am in London from 13 to 18 September.

    Thanking you,

    Cliff Bayliss

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