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I'm a drummer and teacher from the Isle of Wight now living in the West Berkshire market town of Newbury, currently playing with RIP Love, Dr. Vegas and The Push; as well as regularly stepping in for other acts when required.

Aside from playing with my bands I also have a large number of private students with an incredible success rate for examinations though various exam boards, including Guildhall and RockSchool.

I've also been fortunate enough to work on some great clinic tours as a tech with drummers including Stanton Moore (Galactic), Chris Coleman (Stevie Wonder, Prince) and most recently Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, John Mayer, Toto).

At the UK Drum Show last year I was the stage tech for the artists performing in the MikeDolbear.com Masterclass Room which included setting up and assisting drummers from the UK scene.

I also regularly review items and contribute to the MikeDolbear.com website.

For information on my services as a tech or to find out more about lessons please use the contact tab to send me as message via Facebook.

Finally, thanks for stopping by!

Charts

I've recently been going through all of my backing tracks, collected through many years of buying magazines & books and downloaded from specialist websites.

The current tally is somewhere around 430 and I've started to write up charts to accompany these. 

You might ask why I would spend so much time doing this and the answer is simple really; it's nice to get right inside a song in a way that writing out a chart allows you to. Paying attention to the playing of a particular drummer, picking up on ideas and learning the song thoroughly for playing with a cover act are all upsides. I also like to use these charts with my students.

I am now starting to put these out as "chart of the week", with a Facebook poll between two songs and then a chart of the winning song drawn up during the week. 

The plan is to have each chart up for free, for a week at a time. It'd be great to see people doing their own cover versions and posting on my Facebook page!

This weeks chart is Blondie - "One Way or Another" and you can download it from now until next week by clicking HERE!

  

 

RIP Love

RIP Love is one of my original projects, based in Newbury and Reading we have been together in the current form since summer 2017 and have recently played a BBC Introducing slot in Reading at the Purple Turtle.

RIP Facebook

Dr. Vegas

Having gone through a few line up changes, the current Dr. Vegas is very much a function and wedding band with a set of classic and modern pop, funk, soul and disco tunes.

We're available to book for weddings and private functions.

Vegas Facebook

The Push

What with Vegas heading down a less rock heavy route, I found myself at the then of 2015 rehearsing and jamming with some rock loving guys in Newbury.

A year down the line and we're playing gigs laden with classic and heavy rock tunes from the likes of "Thin Lizzy", "Thunder" and Rage Against the Machine".

The Push Facebook