How to get the most out of your kit

Like with any instrument, learning how to get the most from your drum kit is a long process of trial and error. While every genre has its own rules and playing styles, there are a few universal traits that any drummer should learn.

During this workshop, Jonno Sweetman will be teaching you some of the universal rules that all drummers need to learn if they want to get the most out of their kits. This is the ideal workshop for drummers of all skill levels who are wanting to take their playing up a notch.

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Where: Paul Bothner Music N1 City
When: 11am, 4 August 2018

What to expect

  • less is more if you know how
  • building a good vocabulary
  • recording vs live
  • why do we need ‘chops’

More about Jonno

Jonno is one of the most original and sensitive drummers on South Africa’s exploding music scene. His sound and approach attract attention wherever he plays and in whatever context he finds himself. Drumming is in his blood. His father, the late Robert Sweetman, was a great drummer who played professionally in the 60’s and 70’s. He was reluctant the first time Jonno asked him for a lesson, given the paternal association of drums with sex, drugs and rock and roll. Graciously putting aside his scepticism he gave the 13-year-old Jonno that lesson – and it all began.

Having matriculated Jonno attained a diploma in Marketing at Varsity College in Port Elizabeth. He also completed a Trinity School of Music Grade 8 for drum kit with merit. Growing up in a small town there were few traditional opportunities to study music.

He is also a gifted teacher with a decade of part-time drum tuition experience. Being largely self-taught has inspired him to develop some of his own unique teaching methods. He has given workshops at Paul Bothners Music and UCT Music College – leaving participants motivated and deeply inspired.

Please go to for his full biography

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