Linear Freedom is my book about linear drumming. The book presents my own concept on the subject matter.
The book offers basic vocabulary for all note values from triplets to 32nd-notes, and a conceptual approach to tie it all together. The goal is to improvise freely in a linear fashion in any note value.
The book will be supported by video features on my YouTube channel. Linear Freedom is published by Artificer Publishing Studio, and is due for release in 2017.
The YouTube channel features drum lessons, session and studio footage, clinics, and more. Check it out below:
The Eclectic Band – Have You Heard? (Forthcoming, 2016-17)
Lauren April – Tripwire (2016)
Lauren April – Poison (2016)
ZOO – Shoot EP 1 (2016)
Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band – Courante Fantasia (2016)
Lauren April – Picture on the Wall (2016)
Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band – Carousel (2014)
Mike Dolbear – Rhythm & Fills iOS (2013)
I am a drummer, bandleader, and educator. In order, this means that I play the drums, run a band, and do my best to inform others about these two things.
I work primarily as a live and session drummer. This means that I play the drums for those that need a drummer, whether that’s a live show or recording in the studio. I also make drumming-themed videos for YouTube.
I am lucky enough to have worked with a great number of very talented musicians. My main projects are the two Eclectic Bands. The Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band is a studio project that records my own jazz-fusion compositions. The Eclectic Band is a three-piece band that plays these compositions live.
I grew up in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. I am fortunate enough to have studied the piano from a young age. While I can’t play much these days, it has given me a strong grounding in musical theory.
I began playing the drums aged 11. Having played in the school orchestra and many garage bands, my first proper band formed when I was 16. This was the Nottingham-based heavy metal band Old Maid. These days, I do more swing than blast beats, but the heavy stuff still has a place in my heart! You can check the discography for my most recent recording project.
I hold a Grade 8 (distinction) from Trinity Guildhall, and play, teach, and record regularly as a professional musician. For the name droppers, I am lucky enough to have studied with a lot of great drummers, including:
- Thomas Lang
- Dave Weckl
- Virgil Donati
- Pete Riley
- Stanton Moore
- Paul Hose
- Massimo Russo
- Rob Hirons
- Sergio Belotti
- Ash Soan
- Grant Collins
- Ralph Salmis
- Bill Ward
- Dave Hassel
I also enjoy video games, sci-fi and fantasy novels, beer, curries, and tormenting my cat.
To get in touch regarding anything from tuition, clinics, session or dep work, or bookings, please use the following form.