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IMAGINE YOU'RE THE DRUMMER...

BUT FIRST, IMAGINE  YOU'RE LEARNING TO PLAY FROM  A PROFESSIONAL
DRUM TEACHER!

RICK LAWTON, a conservatory-trained professional drummer, author, nationally-recognized teacher, and performing and recording artist...
WANTS TO HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO PLAY DRUMS!

ABOUT RICK

Rick Lawton was born and raised in Lexington, Virginia. He graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He played in Army bands for 6 years, worked for a national drum distributor, managed music store drum departments, and helped new and experienced drummers (and their parents :-) invest in drum gear.

Rick is a Vic Firth stick endorser and a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team.

Rick's played in various rock, jazz and blues bands since age 15, and now resides, teaches, writes and plays in the Philadelphia area.

After over a decade holding down the drum chair and driving the rhythm section for blues-drenched, horn-enriched, legendary award-winning Jersey band Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe, Rick's constantly playing in the Mid-Atlantic region.

From private shows to large ensemble events, when Rick's not teaching, he's performing. Or practicing.

BUT THERE'S MORE.

If you're within 1/2 hour drive of Yardley, PA, Rick will come to you.

Or, you can come to Rick's studio for your first drum lesson.
Either way it's FREE!

THAT'S RIGHT. FREE DRUM LESSON.

Your first 1/2 hour lesson is free.  (if you can make it to Yardley, you really should take your first lesson here...Rick's custom-designed drum lesson studio is awesome.)

Click the SHOW ME THE DRUM STUDIO button and check it out.

DEDICATED STUDENT OF PERCUSSION

Rick has studied both the drum kit and teaching the drum kit with teachers in the MidAtlantic region, starting, of course, at the Shendandoah Conservatory of Music, and with:

 

Joe Morello, NYC The late Joe Morello was a force in the drumming world, playing with the best large bands, and also with perhaps one of the best-known jazz combos to record or perform live: The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Joe passed his decades of playing knowledge on to Rick in New York City.

 

Dom Famularo Rick takes master classes from Dom (known worldwide as "the ambassador of the drums") designed to help him play and teach at the highest level. This world-renowned teacher, player and clinician is a great resource for "proper technique" to help drummers learn to play for years without the damage that improper hand, wrist, arm or posture positions can bring.

 

Marc Dicciani The head of the Music Department at the renowned University of The Arts in Philadelphia, and a professional drummer with a rich history of live performances, Marc's a teacher that Rick has chosen for his continuing education as both a drummer and a percussion teacher.

"Rick Lawton is a major talent with such great feel on the drums... jazz, blues, rock n roll, he plays it all. If you're looking to really learn something about the drums, Rick would definitely be your guy!"


Joe "Zook" Zuccarello

Guitarist and Bandleader

Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe »

 

"I am so impressed with Rick Lawton, an excellent player and teacher. He is dedicated to continuing his studies to constantly grow as an artist. In our sessions together every time I push him in a new direction, he welcomes the challenge and grows! This is the best example for any student to see...a teacher that still learns! Rick is setting a high standard for drumming in the 21st century!"


Dom Famularo,

Drumming's Global Ambassador

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PRAISE FOR RICK LAWTON

Pro Drum Lessons
In a Pro Studio

YOU CAN LEARN AT THE "PADS" AREA WITH FOOT PEDALS OR STICKS, PLUS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN ON YOUR OWN DRUM KIT, RIGHT NEXT TO

Your Pro Drum Teacher.

Snare drum, drum kit, reading music for percussion...learn some, or learn it all!

Rick's studio in Yardley, PA is designed to help you learn by immersing you in the world of drums.

Multiple full drum kits, practice pads for both sticks and foot pedals, and a library of method books and videos lets you become immediately acclimated to the terminology, the hardware, and the best practices for learning drums.

Rick teaches

  • Rudiments
  • Dynamics
  • Technique: Matched and Traditional Grip
  • Reading Music
  • Speed

Those mirrors you see all over the studio aren't just for show, either. Rick will show you how to view your own  technique so that you can build good solid strong fundamentals, and constantly IMPROVE!

Rick's published a drum method book that he uses to teach, called Slow It Down, Break It Down.

You'll be working right from Rick's own books during your lessons, along with other great method books, including those by Jim Chapin, Ted Reed and Anthony Cirone.

ALREADY PLAY THE DRUMS?

THAT'S GREAT!
SO YOU ALREADY KNOW THE BENEFIT OF A GREAT TEACHER.

What Rick has for you, the drummer, are safer ways to practice and play, adding to your versatility, a chance to learn a lot more about reading, and more.

Truth is, as an experienced player, you can really decide which direction you want your playing to go, and get there, with Rick's help.

Rick's book, Slow It Down, Break It Down, has whole sections about learning to break music down to its basics, which you can use for any style of music.

He has copies available in studio all the time. Or, you can order a  copy on line.

HOW MUCH, YOU ASK?
GOOD QUESTION.

Pricing for drum lessons with Rick Lawton goes like this:
        First 1/2 hour lesson: FREE
        1/2 hour lesson: $35 per 1/2 hour
        1 hour lesson: $60 per hour
       Travel t o your home: Add $10*
                *(except for the FREE Lesson, of course)

These hourly prices are available in the upper left hand corner throughout this site.

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You can order any of Rick's books on line, to learn even when you're not in the drum studio.

Drum Books by Rick Lawton

Sticks&Skins Designer Collection

NEW MAY 2016!

Price: $14.95

76 pages, wire bound
Ships in 3-5 business days
CLICK FOR ORDERING INFO

NEW MAY 2016!
Independence with Triplets

This book is an advanced drumming book on one of a working drummer's best tools: Triplets.

Following the success of his first Triplets book, this one covers some advanced techniques useful to players, teachers and working percussion professionals.

Also included with your purchase of this book are FREE online audio files, demonstrating ALL the techniques Rick goes over.

Price: $14.95

Ships in 3-5 business days
CLICK FOR ORDERING INFO

Triplets
40 Triplets and 10 Ways to Play Them

Rick's written this book covering a mandatory part of understanding how to play drums: Triplets.

He's also included 10 ways to play 40 different triplets, making this book a must-have for students, teachers and working pros.

Also included with this book are FREE on line audio files that demonstrate the lessons. These files are playable on computer, phones, tablets, and anything that can access the Internet!

Price: $16.95

Ships in 3-5 business days
CLICK TO ORDER

Slow It Down, Break It Down
A Drum Method book that's unique in its approach,
Slow It Down helps you with the whole kit, as well as the studies and drills for the snare drum.

The book is a new approach to study drums, but following along with Slow It Down, Break It Down is easy.

Already getting great reviews (and loads of orders from drum teachers and students), this valuable tool is also unique as the first Rick Lawton book reviewed by the international drum standard, Modern Drummer!

When Rick first wrote the books that we have over on the left, we modified the site to include some "drummers goodies", as we call them.

From t-shirts to bumper stickers, mugs and beyond, for both new drummers, professional drummers and anyone who just loves the drums, the Sticks&Skins store has become an international thing.

30 day money-back guarantees, great shipping rates and quality products makes Sticks&Skins the real deal.

It started with the original "Relax" shirts that have been worn (and played in) around the world. And so, it continues, with the new look of Rick Lawton's site. More drummer goodies, with the promise of new stuff coming all the time!

The Original RELAX
Drummer's T-shirt
Price:
$29.99

Ships next day
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The Original RELAX
Drummer's Mug
Price:
$16.99

Ships next day
CLICK TO SEE MORE

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You Want to Learn Drums.
You've Found a Great Teacher.
And You Can Try It Out
For FREE.

Ready? Then Start Now!
Call or e-mail Today:
Rick Lawton's Drum Lessons

e-mail: RickLawton
Phone: 215-269-8258

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."