name is Mark Driscoll and here is my musical resume
am a guitar, drum and bass teacher based in Bromley, Kent. I
have been fully DBS checked and I teach at my home studio, Ascape
studio or at a students own homes if required. Please read on
to see my musical history.
began my musical training in 1988 by learning to play the guitar.
formed my first band with friends about 2 years later. I ran
this band for the next 10 years through various name and line
up changes playing, rock, blues, rock and roll, 60’s soul
and reggae covers. The band gigged regularly in the London and
Kent area, often playing 2 to 3 times a week.
helped me to develop as a versatile guitarist, as I provided
both the lead and rhythm back bone of the band. It also helped
me develop my understanding of different rhythms, styles of
music, various time signatures and even gave me a good training
in time keeping. It was during these years that I first started
messing about on the drums, often jumping on the kit during
breaks in rehearsals and at the end of sessions.
this period I was teaching guitar to a few students but was
mainly concentrated on my own playing. I had branched out into
original projects as a guitarist in a pop band and as a bass
player in a rock band. Both of these bands played in various
London venues including The Rock Garden. From 1996-2000 I was
also playing main guitar in a duo covering a wide range of material
and gigging throughout London, Essex and Kent.
March 2004 having taken a few years out of gigging and teaching,
I formed a new band with my old drummer and bass player. We
called ourselves Adrenalin Switch and with a new singer have
been performing more and more ever since. We cover material
from Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Kravitz, Nirvana, Foo Fighters,
Metallica and many more! Check out the link for the bands website
on the links page!
taught guitar to many people over the years in early 2006 I
decided to start teaching more seriously and started building
up my guitar and bass lessons. It was also at this point that
I started getting more serious about the drums. I began practicing
at least twice each week at Ascape Studios and started pushing
my playing more and more.
In early 2008 I began teaching a girl student the guitar who
was also learning the drums. We began regularly practicing together
and within a year she was playing with my band. My old drummer
had unfortunately had to leave the band and we were between
drummers at the time. She would play guitar and I would drum
for the first set and then we would swap over.
May 2009 while I was setting up a band for this same girl student
I arranged for the sister of one of my other guitar students
to come down and drum for her. She had been having drum lessons
at school for about 18 months, but when she turned up she could
hardly keep a rhythm together. The girl was so impressed with
my drumming that she asked me to teach her and I have been doing
so ever since. She is now able to play a wide range of rhythms
and capable of playing in a band and has even played live at
a few gigs that I organized.
recently decided that as a complement to my guitar and bass
lessons it was time for me to also start teaching the drums.
I now offer drum lessons either at my home studio on a full
size electronic drum kit or at the students home if they have
their own kit. I can also teach at Ascape Studios on an acoustic
drum kit if prefered. The lesson prices vary so
for more information on my drum lessons including rates, please
go to the lessons page.
still regularly teach electric, acoustic and bass guitar lessons
from my home studio and also travel to some students. Information
regarding these lessons can be found on my guitar lessons website
a link for which can be found on the links page.