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Drum Lessons - Alain Rieder

A tradition of excellence, for 40 years!

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  • I teach drums to students of all ages and levels, and I have over 40 years of experience.
  • As I was for a long time the only one to offer modern drum lessons in Geneva, I have more experience than anyone else and my course offer is very serious.
  • Whatever your desires, needs and ambitions, I help you to develop your musicality in an optimal and progressive way, in a friendly and enjoyable way.
  • I am the author of Time Manipulation Drum Book, a well-known method available worldwide.
  • I am a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.
  • Lessons are given in English or French.

The best drum books & methods

  • My Time Manipulation Drum Book is one of the best methods for developing coordination in a groove context.
  • I also wrote an introduction method, Time Initiation Drum Book which is perfect for beginners or for drummers who already have a good level and want to review the basics in a healthy way.
  • I have other innovative methods in preparation and my students already have access to extracts. Studying my concepts will help you develop your musicality, coordination and groove in a fun and progressive way.
  • In addition to my own methods, I have an impressive collection of the best books by other authors, which represents a significant amount of resources and knowledge about the drum set. Many of these methods include audio, which allows us to approach most styles of music in an optimal way: jazz, pop, rock, blues, funk, fusion, Latin, etc.
  • I have studied most of the classic drum books, and I can teach them. I can prepare you for the exams of any school or university, Swiss or foreign.

Study topics and styles

  • Jazz : jazz time & coordination, standard tunes and structures, jazz classics, ensemble interpretation & big-band.
  • Blues : Songs and blues forms, authentic shuffle and slow blues playing, etc.
  • Soul, R&B, funk : R&B classics, Motown, James Brown classic grooves, etc.
  • Pop, rock, fusion : Tunes, songs & structures, odd meters, etc.
  • World : Afro cuban, brasilian, reggae & african styles.
  • Technique : Musical application of rudiments and melodic phrasing, soloing over ostinatos.

Course location and equipment used

  • Lessons take place in Geneva, in the Servette area, in a simple and well-equipped basement, a stone's throw from a tram stop, and two stops from Gare Cornavin, Geneva's main train station. I'm also real close from the airport.
  • There are two drumsets mounted; professional quality cymbals; comfortable headphones to work with audio.
  • I have a large music library, as well as many drumless tracks, which allows me to approach an abundance of pieces and styles of music.
  • I am an expert in the use of computer on the Mac, and the lessons may include help or advice in this area.
  • The applications I use most in the courses are Logic Pro X for MIDI programming and recording, Sibelius for music writing, iTunes, Vox and Transcribe!

Individual Lessons

Weekly one-on-one lessons, for the whole school year, except during school holidays. Bi-weekly as well as double lessons are also possible.

Five-Day Intensive Course

Five lessons in a week, for an initiation, as a refresher, or to prepare for your band's next studio session. This formula can be an advanced course, but it is also suitable to get beginners started before starting weekly lessons.


Contact me

Drum Books - by Alain Rieder

"Fun, inspiring, and educational"
Modern Drummer, 2019
"The material is sophisticated, precise, highly informative and very musical"
Drums & Percussion Magazine (Germany), 2019
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Drum Lessons in Geneva | Groove Studio | Alain Rieder