Sam Barnes Drum Teacher

sam barnes

Drummer & tutor based in Brighton, UK.


drum lessons

Are you interested in learning how to play the drums? I'm a professional drummer with over 15 years of studio recording & international touring experience paired with a passion for education that has seen me working with beginner, intermediate & advanced drummers both privately & in schools & colleges around Sussex.

Practice Pad & Vic Firth Headphones



Your lesson

Are you a new drummer? Do you want to add to & develop your existing skills on the instrument? Would you like to gain more confidence as a performer? 

My drum lessons are bespoke to your needs & long term goals. Whether that's building a strong foundation of the basics, preparing for an audition or graded exam, or simply learning how to play your favourite songs. 


In your lesson we can cover: Rudiments, grooves & fills, improvising, band & performance skills, technique, effective practicing & more.                                            

Gretsch Catalina Snare Drum


Giulia R

"Sam has been a great drum teacher! He is very encouraging, positive and his sessions are extremely informative as he does not teach only technique but also how to read music. I really enjoyed learning how to play drums with Sam & I would definitely recommend!"

rob a

" Sam is a fantastic tutor & has a great rapport with my Son. Highly recommended. Online sessions during lockdown have worked really well & it was good to continue lessons in spite of everything else going on. "

marianne b

"My son has made outstanding progress since beginning to have lessons with Sam. He has an excellent relationship with Sam and now never needs to be asked to practise, as he is so keen to master the different things they have covered in his lessons." 

isaac d

"Sam is a great drum teacher, explains and breaks down things well and he has helped me improve my rudiments and use them in more creative ways, I definitely feel I have improved as a player."

Ollie T

"I have been having lessons with Sam for a year now and I really enjoy them. He is a great teacher who ensures that I am continually learning new skills on the drums, and is very patient if I need extra support.
I often suggest songs that I would like to learn and Sam always takes the time to allow me to do this and is always supportive, ensuring that I play the best that I can."


prices & more info

Stuart c


I teach drum lessons from my private teaching studio in Portslade, just outside of central Brighton & Hove. It is easily accessible by public transport & there is parking. See the gallery below.

Sam Barnes Drum Teaching Studio

Sam Barnes Drum Teaching Studio

Gretsch Renown Tom Drum

Sam Barnes Drum Teaching Studio


lesson prices

30 mins - £15

45 mins - £20

60 mins - £25

Online lessons are priced the same.

Payments can be made in block bookings or per lesson by cash or online payment.

Gift vouchers are available by request.

Online Lessons

Don't want to travel? Do you live outside of Brighton?


Online lessons are an incredible way to learn the drums from home. 

I offer online drum lessons using Zoom with professional video & audio quality. PDF's are supplied with each lesson & I can help you get your equipment set up for optimum learning.

No drum kit required!


Drum lessons can be taken at almost any time of day, as frequently as you wish (weekly or bi-weekly is most popular) to suit your pace. 


I will always try my best to be flexible to find a time that suits you best.




Please get in touch with me using the contact form or via email at to book a drum lesson or enquire about a session.

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