Practice pad on holiday travelling around Scotland
“14 months ago I went to see Chris to seek to improve my technique, with the hope that this would free up my playing of the hi-hat/ride cymbal, to enable me to broaden the range of music that I can play with my band. Chris has delivered on that goal, along with many other things that (after 35 years of playing a limited range of stuff) I never thought I’d be able to play. The range of Chris’ musical interests, coupled with his endless patience and relaxing manner mean anything is achievable with practice. If you want to improve your drumming to suit your interests (rather than just pre-set music grades) and have good fun in the process, then I’d strongly recommend lessons with Chris Joyce!”
Peter Gilbert, October 2019
“I have been learning drums with Chris for the last twelve months and I really enjoy his lessons – he’s patient, and he tailors his teaching to my level of ability so that I always feel like I’m making progress. He strikes a nice balance between following my interests and exposing me to new styles and ideas, and he always makes me feel at ease. I leave every lesson wanting to practise more and learn more.”
Pete Clough, October 2019
“I’ve been playing drums for a few years and was doing ok, but since taking up lessons with Chris my standard of drumming has improved massively. Chris has, in a short space of time taught me a lot about timekeeping, dynamics, stick control, musicality and so much more which I have been able to apply at the kit. Lessons are stretching and challenging, but equally fun and whether a beginner or advanced drummer, Chris has something to develop your skills further.”
David, September 2019
Mike Noble, July 2018
Samantha, June 2018
Simon, June 2018
Lucy Sullivan, October 2016
Chris is a talented drummer in his own right and has been there, wrote the book and worn the t-shirt and still plays in bands both here and across Europe. Chris has the talent, the knowledge, the patience and the ability to be able to pass his skills on to anybody willing and wanting to learn so if you or a family member want to learn or improve your drumming technique in a relaxed and well humoured environment then Chris Joyce Drums is the place to be.”
Wayne Boyle, Manchester, August 2015
Amanda Murphy, July 2015
Rebecca Curley, July 2015
Chris G, July 2015
Colin Bates, July 2015
Vicky Cuben, July 2015
“Chris has been teaching my son Joseph (now aged 9) for over 12 months. Chris keeps the balance perfect between pushing Joseph to learn whilst maintaining the fun and interest. Chris not only helped us pick Joseph’s drum kit, he also assembled it for him, and has given him a couple of lessons at home to make sure it was perfect for him. I am sure Joseph will be being taught by Chris for many years to come – Thank You”
Ken Platt, July 2015
Helen Meller, July 2015
Sarah Ross, July 2015
Joey also needed to develop his reading of drum notation and music not only for his own benefit but also because drum music reading was required for formal brass band competitions otherwise points would be deducted. Chris was able to help Joey progress with this and he has become proficient.
We are really pleased that Chris has managed to inspire Joey to keep playing and practising at an age when teenagers often give up their musical instruments and hobbies.
Chris is full of humour and has a great way with young people who respect him for his own abilities as a drummer and a teacher as well for his fame with Simply Red.”
Chris & Helen Blagg, 21st July 2015
I have now been studying with Chris for over 12 months. Chris’s approach to teaching has been methodical and provided me with the structure and building blocks to develop my passion that was lacking from my previous ad-hoc approach. Whilst the lessons have been structured they have been far from bland or predictable. Within the relatively short period of time that I have been working with Chris I have learned to play a variety of styles of music including jazz and rock. I trust that Chris would agree that my playing ability has developed exponentially since working with him.
It is a genuine privilege to be taught by Chris. Each and every lesson offers something new and unpredictable, pushing the envelope of my abilities just that little bit further on each occasion. Chris has also been invaluable in assisting me with the purchase of a new acoustic kit and the construction of a drum studio for the same. In the absence of Chris’s unique style of teaching over the last 12 months I fear that I would not have developed to a standard to justify the investment in a new kit and drum studio within such a short period of time.
A big genuine thank you for your continuing help and encouragement on this most rewarding of journeys.”
Marcus Jessop, 21st July 2015