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My name is Mark Driscoll and here is my musical resume

A picture of me playing with my band at the Railway Hotel Bromley

I 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.

I began my musical training in 1988 by learning to play the guitar. I 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.

This 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.

Throughout 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.

Me drumming at Ascape studioIn 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!

Having 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.

In 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.

I 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.

I 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.

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