A drummer sitting behind his Canopus Neo Vintage drum set.

Learn Drums
Anywhere

Online Drum Lessons
& Coaching with

Dennis Frehse

Drummer & Educator | Tokyo | Japan

Do you want to experience inspiring drum lessons

without the hassle of leaving your home and traveling to a lesson studio?

Do you want to enjoy an efficient, time-saving, and highly convenient learning style, personalized to your specific needs and dreams?

then this might be the right place for you!

Welcome to Learn Drums Anywhere!

Learn to swing, learn to groove, and anything in between!

Step in and look around, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I will be happy to answer them for you.

I am looking forward to drum with you soon!

Dennis

about my lessons

Everybody is unique!

I enjoy working with a wide variety of students, from total beginners who have never played an instrument before to advanced and experienced players, who are looking to close gaps of one kind or another and who wish to step up in their craft.

Everybody is different, and has different goals, dreams and needs, but what all of us unites is the love for the Art of Drumming and the pure fun playing the drums and making music!! It doesn’t matter where you are on your drumming journey, we are all family!

It’s about you

In my drum lessons, the focus is on individual support.  I will pick you up wherever you are, and after we find out goals and wishes together, will work towards those in a structured, practice-oriented and personalized way. Of course we will have as  much fun as possible, but sometimes a little sweat here and there is unavoidable 😉

We will work on building and deepening a strong basis, we will learn from music examples (songs, recordings and their performers), and we will put these into practice as quickly as possible.

Many people who come to me for lessons want to learn about Jazz Drumming, Improvisation, Technique and Control, but I am open to work on anything you are interested in. I am big into Jazz, but more than that I am into good music! I can get excited about a great rock band as I can get about great classical, folk music or anything.

Good music is good music!

Lesson Philosophy and Structure

No matter what your level and target of studies is, for me it is very important that you develop a strong basis in overall technique, musical styles and grooves, reading and musicality. Being versatile, open minded, and having a strong foundation to build on will open up many doors and possibilities on your musical journey… and you never know what chances and situations will arise for you… Get ready!


How to control and approach the instrument makes a big difference and master drummer Kenny Washington put it into perfect words:

“I don’t care if you play punk, funk, or skunk, you have to have a good technique. Clarity and sound – those are the biggest things that I look for.”

I live by this and you should too! Print this out and hang it on your wall as a reminder. Follow it and you will be fine, I promise.

That in combination with an understanding and knowledge of music will make you a well balanced drummer and musician.

Languages

My mother tongue is German, but I also teach in English and Japanese. Anyway, it doesn’t matter where we all come from and where we live. Music and drumming is an universal language and I am sure we will find ways to communicate.


Some examples of possible topics are:

  • General Studies
  • Groove & Feel
  • Sound and Tone
  • Technique & Control
  • Coordination & Independence
  • Jazz Drumming
    from New Orleans to Bebop, Hardbop to Free,
    Contemporary & European to World Styles
  • Improvisation, Creative Playing, Soloing
  • Brushes
  • Latin Jazz / Brazilian Music
  • Fundamentals of Musical Styles
  • Learn to play grooves in Rock, Pop, Funk, Hip Hop, Disco … and sound authentic
  • Open Handed Drumming
    Stop crossing your arms and learn to lead with both hands
  • Reading and Chart Interpretation
  • How to Play in a Band
  • Learning Songs
  • Preparation for Auditions and College Exams

Do you want to find out more about my lessons and my teaching style?
Get in touch and ask me anything you want to know. I will be happy to answer your questions.

learning online

Convenience and Opportunity!

Live online music lessons are booming, and that for a good reason: They work great!

Online lessons give you the opportunity to study with a teacher who matches you well and offers exactly what you need, no matter where you live.  

Online lessons are very convenient and effective, plus they are saving you the cost and time of traveling to the teacher’s drum lesson studio.  No more worries about taking crowded trains or walking through the rain… and of course, online lessons add safety to you and your family, not only during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

What is great for me as the teacher is that I can work with you using your own instrument and the same environment that you will use for practicing. That helps me to make sure that you get the most out of your situation, and I can make sure that your instrument is set up correctly and working properly.

What will you need for the online drum lessons

  • your instrument
    (sticks or brushes + practice pad or drums)
  • laptop/computer/tablet
    (including a webcam – build in or external)
  • the free Zoom or Skype software
  • a stable internet connection

This is how it looks like in my online studio

Dennis Frehse giving online drum lessons. This is the view from camera 1.
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Dennis Frehse giving online drum lessons. This is the view from camera 2.
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about me

I have been teaching drums for more than 20 years; privately, at music schools and giving workshops.
I currently teach at a music college here in Japan called Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and I give online private lessons to students around various countries.

Besides one-on-one instruction and group lessons, I have also taught workshops at middle- and high schools on Jazz Music and free improvisation. I have worked with school bands, music classes as well as a group of non-musicians, explaining the different parameters of music using broken string instruments from the school’s storage … we are talking here about learning how to make music and being creative!!

I studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA (class of ’04) and with a variety of private teachers. That alone doesn’t make a musician yet though – playing with others and hands-on experience does, and that I have plenty of.
I have done concerts and tours in Europe, the USA and Asia with musicians like Makoto Ozone, Branford Marsalis, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Lisa Ono, Tomonao Hara, Seiichi Nakamura, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr, Dan Nimmer, Martin Sasse, Michel Reis and Mike Tucker besides many others.
Venues have been from the tiniest Jazz Clubs in Tokyo to big outdoor festival sites in Korea and China, and from hotel lounges to big corporate events.
Recordings include various studio sessions for a wide range of artists as well as TV appearances in Japan for music shows and commercials.

You can find out more about my performance activities on my artist page: www.dennisfrehse.com

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