My name is Mal Holmes and I’ve been a Professional Drummer for 40 years. In that time I played on records that have been hits all over the world, played live gigs at 1000’s of venues & TV shows and worked in the worlds best recording studios with top record producers and engineers. I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching drums to all ages in schools and in private lessons.
If there’s is one thing I learnt in my career it was that you don’t have to the best drummer in the world to earn a living. You need to confident in your drumming ability and willing to listen, learn and watch. It doesn’t take long to pick up the basic blocks for drumming, once you have them you can go in any direction you want. Follow the path for being ‘Self Taught’ like I did or dive straight into drum lessons and try to achieve the highest grades.
Drumming offers many physical and mental benefits and can be enjoyed at any age. If you can hold a pair of drum sticks there is nothing to stop you on your journey. Drum kits for under 5 year olds are out there as are Electronic (E-Drums) & Acoustic Kits for beginners and professionals. There is a vast choice now of drums, snare drums, cymbals, stands, accessories and of course tutors to choose from.
Planet Drum started with one page not so long ago and is quickly growing into a Drummers Resource and Blog. When I first started to play I made tons of mistakes. I wanted Planet Drum help you make your first steps playing drums the right ones. So if you want to avoid some of the mistakes I made then I’m here to help !
Here’s a video of me on BBC’s ‘Later With Jools’ show with OMD. This was the last TV show I did with OMD.