Chimaira Drummer Offering Online Drum Lessons
Everything is possible with technology, and Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick is proving that by offering online drum lessons for interested parties. The skins basher was initially planning to offer lessons via Skype, but lag time prevented that idea from becoming a reality, and instead, Herrick is currently working out the back end to offer a reasonably-priced drum lesson stream.
“I tested it out with a friend, trying to figure out angles, and it didn’t work and there was too much lag time,” Herrick told Noisecreep about his initial attempt at setting up drum lessons through Skype. “With the lag, I realized I could not give that personal touch, like working with someone directly. So I am focusing on my online lessons that will be streaming for purchase.”
For his online lessons, the drummer will record once specific thing — Chimaira parts and songs — per month. “People always ask me, ‘How do you play this part or that part?'” Herrick said. “It’s hard to explain, so I want to mix in explaining drum parts in detail and explaining why I did it and how I approached writing my parts — and other general things, such as technique.”
He is also considering offering a premium Web site and message board along with it, to foster a virtual drum community of sorts. “I want it to be where people can communicate with me and each other,” Herrick said.
He is currently working out the back end and hopes to have the site up and running by May or June. The domain is to be determined, but bookmark his Facebook page for more info. Chimaira will spend the summer as part of the Mayhem Fest 2010.