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Peter Bertelli
Hertfordshire, East Anglia
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Teaching Location:Hemel Hempstead, East Anglia, HP1 2BD
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About Peter Bertelli

I have played in many UK locations in a wide variety of styles such as Rock, Roots Reggae, Indie, Jazz Funk, Blues, Pop, Soul, Swing and performing in shows such as Midsummer’s Nights Dream. All through the years my enthusiasm for music is still as strong as is my love of seeing someone realise their dream of learning to play the drums.

As a master tutor of a nationally recognised drum teaching programme, with over 10 years experience, I have a wide range of students from primary school children through to adults from all sorts of backgrounds.

My students have developed the skills and confidence to play an instrument for the first time with friends, play in front of their school, start their own bands, take GCSE Music or even make the journey from beginner to Grade 8.

My approach is the same for all of my students which is that learning the drums should be about playing musically and supportively. Lessons are at the students own pace and mindful of the fact that each student learns differently.

From the 1st lesson I cover phrasing using simple grooves and fills but students soon apply this principle in Blues, Funk, Jazz and Latin styles developing the use of rudiments and reading skills as we continue the journey.


• Grip –Stick & Pedal techniques – Sound.
• Listening – Musical awareness – Playing in time - Playing to a click.
• Phrasing – Song structure – Creating parts.
• Hi hat variations – Fill patterns & variations.
• Hands & feet 4 way independence.
• Styles – Rock/Funk/Jazz/Latin/Fusion.
• Chart reading – Rockschool grades – GCSE preparation.
• Ostinatos – Phrasing more complex patterns.
• Paradiddles – Alternative sticking – Everyday applications.
• Moeler method – Double & Buzz strokes – Rolls.
• Improvisation – Interpretation – Soloing.

I supplement lessons by accompanying on Guitar or Bass as needed as well as using a wide variety of backing tracks -
I also run the Rock & Rhythm Music School which is all about learning the necessary skills and a repertoire of songs to play Drums Bass or Guitar to so students can take part in our unique jam days.

Drum Lessons in Hemel Hempstead.