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Doug Stronach's books and methods have been used by some of the top drummers in the world. He has published four books on pipe band drumming and is author of the best-selling beginner tutor book in North America. He has taught and played throughout the world including Canada, USA, South America, South Africa, France, Germany, Sicily and the UK and has been a member of top-six prize winning bands both in the UK and Canada. He is currently a member of the six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
Some of Doug's past students include Blair Brown (Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and top-six World Solo Snare Drummer), Andrew Lawson (current World Champion Drum Corps winner with the HOE Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band), Graham Brown (Lead Drummer for the The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, current North American Pipe Band Champions), Tyler Fry (current World Champion Drum Corps winner and lead tenor for The HOE Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band), as well as many other Grade 1 competing and non-competing players.
Lessons with Doug focus on the idea that good rhythm is the primary purpose of any drummer and that the traditional route of learning rudiments are only to be learned in-conjunction with a solid understanding of time. Infinite Sticking and Duple and Triple are two of Doug's books that allow you to explore rhythm and rudiments together and apart allowing you the freedom to think clearly in both domains. Both eBook versions of these books become available free of charge to students as they progress through their lessons.
After paying for your lesson(s) through this website, Doug will contact you to schedule a lesson time. Monday to Friday during the day are best for regular lessons. Some evening slots are also available depending on your location and time zone. Please also be aware of time zones when requesting a lesson. Doug lives in Toronto, Ontario Canada (EST). Lessons can also be scheduled in-person if you live within driving or transit distance.