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Online Drum Lessons with

Dennis Frehse


My name is Dennis Frehse. I am a professional drummer and drum teacher from Germany, living in the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan.

I am teaching at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Kawasaki and I am giving private drum lessons online to anybody interested in learning and exploring the art of drumming, music and improvisation with me!

Find out about my lessons and what I can do for you on this website, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I am looking forward to drum with you soon!

about my lessons

I enjoy teaching a wide variety of students from young to old, and from beginners to advanced players.

Everybody is unique, and so are my lessons. I use creative and individualized approaches for each student, depending on their musical interests, learning style and needs. 

My goal is to help you become not only a good drummer but a good musician!
I will provide you with a thorough understanding of drumming and music and make playing and practicing an enjoyable and enriching experience!

I am open to work on anything you are interested in and you wish to deepen and improve.
If you are not sure yet what you want to do, no problem. We will find out together.

Topics I often get asked about are:

  • Groove & Feel
  • Sound and Tone
  • Technique & Control
  • Coordination
  • Jazz Drumming
    from New Orleans to Bebop, Hardbop to Free,
    Contemporary & European to World Styles
  • Fundamentals of Musical Styles
  • how to play Rock, Pop, Funk, Disco, … and sound authentic
  • Improvisation, Creative Playing, Soloing
  • Brushes
  • Open Handed Drumming
    Being able to lead with both hands
  • Reading and Chart Interpretation
  • How to Play in a Band
  • Learning Songs
  • Preparation for Auditions and College Exams

Get in touch and let me know if you have further questions. I will be happy to answer them for you.

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 offers exactly what you need, no matter where you live.  
Online lessons are convenient and effective, plus they are saving you the cost and time of traveling to the teacher’s 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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If you haven’t done online lessons yet and you are not sure how to set everything up, I will be happy to assist you in getting it to work. Just let me know…

about me

I have been teaching drums for more than 20 years; privately, at music schools and in workshops. I currently teach at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Kawasaki and I give online private lessons.
Besides one-on-one instruction and group lessons, I have also taught workshop-classes at middle- and high schools on Jazz Music and free improvisation. A highlight was surely working with a class of non-musicians, 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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