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Marty Brasington - Columbus Drum Lessons

Marty Brasington is now accepting students. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Marty's 40 years of drumming experience will provide you with the expert instruction you need to help you become a better drummer!

Techniques taught:

  • Rudiments
  • Stick Control
  • Music Reading
  • Syncopation
  • Coordination & Independence
  • Time Keeping
  • Double Bass Drumming
  • Musicality & How To Play With a Band
  • All Snare Drum and Drum Set Styles

Marty Brasington at the Cavern ClubMarty Brasington is a dedicated musician and instructor with over 40 years of playing experience as a successful live and studio drummer.

Marty started his career like many drummers, playing in his high school marching band, and quickly became interested in playing the drum-kit. After high school Marty studied at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Marty then moved to the greater New York City area, where he began recording and touring in both the U.S. and Europe with several projects including the melodic rock band Norway (Frontiers Records), singer/songwriter Laura Diamond (3 Wishes Records), alternative rock band Active (Tribeca Artists Records), Danger Danger (Sony Records) lead singer Ted Poley, as well as a variety other projects, which included playing over 150+ dates a year on the Jersey Shore.

Click here to listen to some of Marty's recorded work!

Marty has also been featured in both DRUM! and Modern Drummer magazines!

Currently, Marty is the drummer with the popular Columbus, OH cover band These Guys Live. He has also played with many other local bands including Breaking Sane, Level 7, Jaded, Sonic Boom and the VV Smith band.

Marty is a hands-on teacher who takes pride in developing customized lesson plans for every student based on their current skill level and goals. Primary areas of focus include: rudiments, stick control, music reading, coordination & independence, syncopation, double bass drumming, and general musicality.

Marty's knowledge, experience and patient teaching style can help students of all ages and abilities develop the skills they need for a rewarding life in music.


Upcoming Shows w/These Guys Live


Saturday, August 13th, 2022
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Waterfront on Buckeye Lake  
10055 Sunfish Lane, Thornville, OH 43076  

Sunday, August 14th, 2022
2:30pm - 6:00pm
Port Smokehouse / Buckeye Lake  
9308 Township Road 79, Thornville, OH 43076  

Friday, August 19th, 2022
8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Barn  
1947 Linden Ave., Zanesvillle, OH 43701  

Saturday, August 20th, 2022
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Harry Buffalo  
6150 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville, OH 43081  

Saturday, September 10th, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Perry County Gun Bash  
Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 State Route 37, New Lexington, OH 43764  

Sunday, September 11th, 2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Horvath's Harbor  
14675 Zion Road, Thornville, OH 43076  

Visit for additional show dates and more information.


"My children have been taking lessons with Marty for several years now. He's a great instructor and does an amazing job keeping them challenged but not overwhelmed."

"My son loves lessons with Marty! Unlike his last teacher who only worked on the same exercises week after week, Marty keeps things fresh by doing hand exercises, book exercises, playing along with songs, playing back and forth on 2 drum sets, and Marty also plays guitar so sometimes they just "jam". He actually looks forward to lessons now and he's making great progress. Highly recommended!"

"Marty is a great drummer himself and also has great rapport with my son - who is learning and developing skills by leaps and bounds with Marty!"

"Excellent teacher!"

"Very glad that I have chance to work with Marty!"

"Marty is a patient, competent and really knowledgeable teacher. My son has had a number of drum teachers in the past and Marty is his favorite by far! He has learned so much in a short period of time. We definitely recommend him!"

"My teenage daughter has been taking lessons from Marty for 2 1/2 years. He is the perfect instructor for her. She likes that he teaches her about multiple aspects of drumming, including rudiments, reading music & playing along with songs. When he corrects her playing, he compliments her on the parts she did right & then challenges her to improve on her weaknesses. He's super patient. It's been great watching her skills develop. I highly recommend Marty as a drum teacher!"


I am really bad about asking students for recommendations... If you'd like to let me know how I'm doing please leave a recommendation or comment here. Thank you!

Want to hear some of my recorded work? Below are a few streaming mp3 files from some of the recordings on which I have appeared. Click a song title to listen.

Norway - Night Dreams Norway - Arrival Norway - Rising Up From The Ashes Laura Diamond - Adonis... and other romantic delusions Laura Diamond - Flower Garden Active - Active Baron - Love Valley Poley/Pichler - Big


To listen to more of my recorded work, visit the discography section of my personal website:


Below are just a few videos of bands I've played with over the past few years and a couple of drum covers recorded on my iPhone. Most of the 'Drum Cam' videos are just short snippets as the raw stage sound isn't perfectly balanced. More to come as I dig through the archives.

Below are links to some of the gear and books I most frequently recommend. If you have any questions about sticks, heads, drums, cymbals, pedals, etc. please ask! (Note: if images are not showing, please disable your browsers content blocking.)

What sets you apart from other drum instructors?

I have performed and recorded with many different artists and bands over the years, which has helped me build great diversity in my playing. Each artist I have worked with has helped me grow as a musician, and through those varied experiences I have been able to gradually develop and refine an outstanding curriculum to pass on to my students. I've also been a lifelong student of the instrument as well, starting from my early days in school band and orchestra and progressing through high school marching and stage bands, drum corps, studying at Berklee College of Music, and continuing to this day.

What is your teaching approach?

While my exact teaching approach will vary from student to student, essentially it comes down to: a) determining the students goals; b) assessing their current skill level; and c) developing a curriculum to help them improve their proficiency in order to meet their goals. For example, for a high school age student looking to audition for marching band, we'll spend the majority of lesson time building hand technique through rudiments and stick control exercises, along with a good amount of music reading. For a drummer looking to sharpen their skills and better their performance with their band, we'll identify those areas needing work (i.e. basic timekeeping, coordination, double bass playing, etc.) and work on each area as needed.

Do you accept students who have never played drums before?

Absolutely! In fact, that's the best way to start. By seeking qualified instruction right away, students can avoid developing bad habits that could take significant time and effort to correct later on. The majority of my students have less than 6 months playing experience before starting lessons.

What ages do you teach?

I happily teach each both children and adults. However, I generally ask that students be at least 10 years old to start lessons with me. This is not to say that younger children are incapable of learning drums. It's just not an age group I am particularly comfortable teaching. However, if you have a young student interested in lessons please feel free to contact me to discuss.

Am I too old to learn to play?

Absolutely not! There is no such thing as too old to learn something new. I've been playing drums for over 40 years and I'm still learning! If you have the desire to study and practice, you can learn to play!

I've been playing for a long time. Will you make me start over from scratch?

Even if you wanted to, it would be impossible to completely "start over." Your past musical experience is part of you. For students who have extensive experience we will define your goals, identify your weaknesses and develop a curriculum to strengthen those areas.

How long before I get really good?

How good are you now? ;-) All kidding aside, everyone is different. If you're motivated and have an innate natural ability you could show significant improvement after just a few lessons. Others may take longer to make noticeable strides forward. I can help give you the tools, but what you build with them and how long it will take will be entirely up to you.

Do you help students play actual songs?

Yes! While many drum instructors work exclusively on technical exercises, only by learning how to utilize technical proficiency in a musical context will you be able to reach your goals.

Do all your students need to learn to read music?

I strongly encourage all students to learn to read music. Especially when delving into advanced rhythms and coordination/independence exercises, knowing how to read music will allow them to see exactly how each limb interacts with the others and at exactly which moment in time. This visual aid can help students learn much faster and help them understand concepts that might otherwise be difficult for them to grasp.

What kind of music do you play and/or like?

As a drummer, I'm naturally drawn to styles and artists that are "drumistically" interesting. My iPhone is constantly filled with a diverse mixture of artists and styles. I can listen to big band music, followed by some avant-garde fusion to full-out, double bass blazing heavy metal. Professionally I have played everything from pop, rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz-fusion and country!

Can you teach me to play rock? Or jazz? Or deathmetal? Or...?

As a working drummer, I've played virtually all types of music at one time or another. For new students, all the various types of music tend to sound extremely different from one another. However, as you develop a strong knowledge of drumming, it becomes clear that almost all styles of music are based on the same fundamental elements of rhythm.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes! Purchase any lesson plan above and then contact me. I will email you a printable, personalized gift certificate that you can present to the recipient. After receiving the gift all they have to do is call or email and we will arrange the exact dates and times of the lessons.

Where are the lessons held?

I teach primarily out of my home studio in Blacklick, OH which is set up with dual drum kits and digital recording capabilities. There's also a convenient waiting area in the loft outside of the 'Boom Box' for parents to wait during their child's lesson. I also provide lessons in students' own homes using their own drums in the greater Columbus Metropolitan Area. Virtual lessons are also available anywhere in the world with an internet connection!

How much do lessons cost?

What do I need to have to start lessons?

If you're just starting out, or just want to concentrate on the snare drum, you can get started with nothing more than a pair or sticks and a basic practice pad. (I can even supply these for the first few lessons.) Good quality sticks and a decent practice pad are both very inexpensive; you should be able to get both well under $50. (Ask me if you have questions.) As you progress I'll ask you to purchase the occasional book to allow you to practice between lessons. And, of course, when you're ready for full drum kit lessons, you'll need a set of decent acoustic or electronic drums. Again, I'm always happy to help you determine the right equipment for you if you have questions.

What is your teaching schedule?

I generally teach afternoons and evenings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (Friday schedules subject to change based on my live performance schedule.) Contact me to inquire about currently available lesson times or if you have any special scheduling requests.

What if I need to cancel or change the time of a scheduled lesson?

To cancel or change a scheduled lesson, all you need to do is call, text or email me at least 24 hours prior to the time of our appointment. Any lesson that is missed or cancelled after the cut-off time must be paid for in full. (Occasional exceptions for illness or emergencies may be granted by instructor.)

I want to learn to play drums! How do I get start lessons?

Go to the Lesson Signup section. Then, simply register using the PayPal buttons. Or, send me an email through the contact form. I will promptly respond to answer any questions you might have and to schedule our first lesson together! I look forward to meeting you!

"Stone Killers" - Part 1

This free PDF lesson is a great endurance and stick control exercise taken from George Lawrence Stone and popularized by Joe Morello in his "Master Studies" book. Please contact me if you have any questions about how to practice this exercise.

Download a free, printable PDF of this lesson.


In this free PDF lesson you'll get 6 new ideas for creating sextuplet fills and solo ideas utilizing note groupings of 2, 3 and 4 between the hands and feet. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the examples.

Download a free, printable PDF of this lesson.

Drum Rudiments

Think of the drum rudiments as the "building blocks" of drumming. They are roughly equivalent to a pianist or a guitarist learning and practicing their scales. These rudiments are important to help a drummer develop technique, control, coordination and become technically competent.

Download a free, printable PDF of all 40 P.A.S Rudiments.

Drum Tuning 101

Drum tuning is an often overlooked and mystifying concept to a large percentage of drummers, even many who've been playing for years. Check out this video for a great overview of basic drum tuning by DW's John Good.

View on YouTube

Please use the form below to contact me via email.

Whenever possible, I do prefer email correspondence as email prevents me from being interrupted with non-urgent calls and text messages during lessons. If you're a prospective new student or have questions and would like to speak with me, be sure to include a valid email address. I will generally email you first to schedule a time to talk, as I am frequently busy until quite late in the evening.

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    Blacklick, Ohio 43004
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