As well as regular in-store events we’re also the brains behind the Glasgow Drum Show. We’ve pulled off two successful GDS events at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall now with past performers including Keith Carlock, Steve White, Chris Coleman and Karl Brazil. Check back here for more info on forthcoming events

Getting The BEST From Your Yamaha EAD10 w/Simon Edgoose

“Getting The BEST From Your Yamaha EAD10 Drum System!”

Find out all the tips and tricks from Simon Edgoose! The Yamaha EAD10 is essentially, the future inside two boxes. It instantly transforms your acoustic drum kit into a powerful digital/electronic hybrid with sampled sounds and studio quality digital effects. It allows you to play and record your acoustic drums along with your favourite artists from your music library or from tracks from your friends and share them digitally.

With the free iOS App you can shoot, edit and upload videos of your drum performances. The EAD10 enhances every aspect of your drumming – the way you practice, record and perform live and makes your acoustic drums do more.

We’re hosting this FREE online masterclass with Simon Edgoose on
Thursday, 29th July at 5:15pm BST on our Facebook Page!

About Simon:

Simon is a bit of a wizard when it comes to e-drum technology, having spent the last 15+ years being a consultant and demonstrator for some of the biggest brands in the drumming industry.This knowledge has lead Simon to get the call from the likes of Yamaha, U2, Kylie Minogue, Take That and of course, Drummers Only to solve any technical issues. We talk to Simon about electronics, what it’s like being a consultant for major brands, and how to get the BEST from your electronic drums!

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FREE Remo Tuning Workshop – Saturday 18th Feb

Delighted to have tuning guru Jeff Davenport from Drum Tuning Workshops / Remo back on Saturday 18th February. Jeff will be in-store 10-5pm to offer free advice and tuning tips with a Masterclass on heads and tuning kicking off at 2pm. This is the 6th time we’ve had Jeff in the shop to offer up this amazing service.

After the masterclass Jeff will be around to offer a drop in service where you can bring your drums in for a tweak, service or just generally talk all things drum heads.

He will also be showcasing some of the brand new Remo heads launched at this year’s NAMM Show in January. If you’ve ever struggled with tuning your drums or just want to know more about heads don’t miss this. Jeff is a legend!!

Yamaha #Futurebeat Regional Final

Drummers Only, in conjuction with Yamaha Drums UK will host the Scottish regional finals of the #FUTUREBEAT competition. Tuesday 22nd November from 6pm is the date for the diary, with the winner going forward to the National final in Milton Keyenes on Saturday10th December.

The event is FREE and open to the public some come on down and see the next generation tearing it up!

The 10 finalists competing for a place are:

Kian Taylor
Calum Jones
Tom Potter
Thomas Moir
Matthew Crighton
Nick Georgeiou
Robert Lang
Scott MacDonald
Rory Millington
Emily Irving.

#FUTUREBEAT is a ground-breaking new national drumming competition that offers a mouth-watering array of prizes, unique performance opportunities and maximum exposure for drummers aged 18 years and under. With a Yamaha Live Custom Drum Kit awarded to the overall #FUTUREBEAT winner, professional development by Artist Mentoring Sessions for the Grand Finalists and prizes for all Regional finalists – this is a do-not-miss-opportunity for anyone 18 years and under who plays drums.

#FUTUREBEAT is a promotion of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) in association with participating Yamaha Drum Dealers throughout the UK. The competition is co-sponsored by Rhythm Magazine and Music Radar.

London Drum Show 2016

This Friday Gordon Strachan takes his troops to Wembley to play England in an all-or-nothing World Cup qualifier. The same day the Scots of Drummers Only (Rosie’s an adopted Scot) head to London’s Olympia Conference Centre for the The London Drum Show.

The noise, the atmosphere, the passion! Yes, LDS will be the place to be in London this weekend and we cannot effing wait!!

LDS 2016 marks the first year us Scottish upstarts have been invited to exhibit at the Show. Far from mucking about with any old brands we’ve only gone and teamed up with the biggest drum company in the world – Pearl Drums. As if that wasn’t cool enough we will also be partnering with the finest cymbals to come out of the continent they call North America – SABIAN.

The Show takes place over Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November and is the biggest and longest established drum event in the UK. This year big-hitters such as Chris Coleman, Mark Guiliana and Brian Frasier-Moore will perform on the main stage while UK talent in the form of Eddy Thrower, Joe Clegg, Ian Matthews and Glasgow’s-own Tom Potter will hold masterclasses.

So, if you’re coming to LDS this weekend please stop by the Pearl and Sabian stands to say hi. On the Pearl stand (#185) we’ll have a full range of kits, snares and hardware in association with Pearl Music Europe. Over at the Sabian stand (#100) we’ll be joining forces with Westside Distribution to showcase the most popular Sabian models as well as their Vater and Gon Bop brands.

Paul, Chris and Rosie

Glasgow Drum Show 2016

It’s not every day that Keith Carlock, Karl Brazil, Steve White, Eddy Thrower, Darrin Mooney and Adam Marko are together in the one house, but twas exactly the case for the 2016 Glasgow Drum Show. Rhythm Base and Drummers Only provided yet another all star cast to entertain Scotland’s Drum Community and none of these gentlemen disappointed!

Adam Marko opened the performance proceedings with a dazzling display of odd time proficiency and facility by showcasing his band, Special Providence. He played a selection of tracks that twisted even the most diligent of audience members’ brains, without ever being unmusical! Adam was playing a beautiful collection of Meinl Cymbals and Natal Bubinga shells and no part of his kit was left unturned, with all of it being used to the most musical effect.

He also did a day of teaching in Drummers Only on the day before and his students were left delighted with his ability to impart sound knowledge, technique and encouragement. A great start to the day.

Primal Scream’s Darrin Mooney was up second. He opened with a Primal Scream tune and followed quickly with an awesome drum solo, employing a variety of rudiments and Latin ostinato playing. An amazing technical facility on display. He answered questions with great humour and realism, highlighting how many of the rhythms that cross styles are all the same, and the inflection provided by the drummer is what gives them their personality!!

He closed his set with Primal Scream’s ‘Country Girl’ which is driven by a powerful tom beat, putting his Pearl Reference Pure through it’s paces, which, as expected sounded absolutely amazing! For me, the biggest surprise of the day. A phenomenal player!

After a quick turn around of the room and kits, it was Eddy Thrower’s turn to put on a show and he didn’t disappoint. His set consisted of a collection of well known pop tunes and songs from his band, Lower Than Atlantis’ catalogue. Eddy showed off great groove, power and musicianship for someone so young. His Tama Starclassic standing up to all he threw at it! He answered questions confidently and was a real gent, especially to the younger generation. Bravo Eddy.

Steve White followed on from Eddy and was his usual, awesome self. He was showcasing the new Yamaha Recording Custom series and the first set of new Zildjian Avedis to hit the UK. Without a doubt, Steve is one of the best players of his generation. He played with his usual impeccable groove, a blinding solo. On answer to a question, brought a snare drum to the front of the stage and displayed some outrageous snare drum technique, that he picked up courtesy of touring with pipe band legend Jim Kilpatrick.

Another quick turnaround brought the last two players of the day Karl Brazil and Keith Carlock.

Karl showcased the signature groove that gets him hired to play sessions all over the world and why. He played through a variety of tracks from Jason Mraz to Robbie Williams big band tunes and even an Irish/Scottish trad. tune that was completely out of the blue for the audience, who loved every second. He displayed an amazing energy for music and was rightfully positive for the whole time he played – always smiling, laughing and joking with the crowd. He showcased the new Gretsch Broadkaster range and the new Sabian Vanguard cymbals which saw them being debuted in the UK. A pleasure to watch and listen to.

Keith Carlock closed the show with a phenomenal display of chops and groove with a solo showing technique at the highest level. The level of facility he holds puts him up there with some of the greatest drummers on the planet and it’s a rare treat to get to see people of that calibre up close. He played with an amazing dynamic range, from barely audible to a tremendous roar and his Gretsch Brooklyn kit sounded massive, all throughout his playing. A great end to an amazing day of playing.

Gear

As with last year’s show, there was a tremendous amount of new gear on display. A few new and notable entries into the stock roster were the addition of both Liberty Drums and British Drum Co. 2 superb handmade British drum manufacturers, making amazing custom kits right here in the U.K.

Andrew from Liberty was on hand at his stall all day answering questions and guiding people through the intricacies of his drums, proving why they are award winning (Rhythm Magazine – Best snares in the world right now). He had a variety of kits and snares available for people to check – from their Bop series drums to Exotic snare drums.

British Drum Co. also were on hand with their Legend and Lounge series drums available for people to check out in a variety of amazing finishes. Coupled with their Merlin snare range, there was plenty for people to indulge in for handmade, British drums.

To top off the display of British made kits, Natal brought with them a gorgeous UK made Originals kit in stunning Ebony/Maple. The kit features a thin 5.5mm 10ply one-off shell contruction of Ebony, Cherry, Walnut with 7plys of US Maple, 45 degree bearing edges, Brushed Nickel Hardware, 2.3mm hoops. The kit was designed specifically for the show and sounded amazing!

Gretsch were on display with the brand new Broadkaster range that was also used by Karl Brazil for his performance slot. The Broadkaster kit is a return to the vintage sound – based on their 1950s Broadkaster kits. The kit features a 3 ply shell, rounder bearing edge which allows greater surface contact with the head, resulting in a fatter, warmer tone. The famous Silver Sealer for the inside of the shell and the 302 double flanged hoops are also a great feature, rounding out the original design from the 50s.

Other notable appearances were Istanbul Agop with newer models such as the 22″ Special Edition Fusion and 14″ Signature Joey Waronker hats.

Sabian turned up in style with the brand new Vanguard range. Vanguard sit in their ever popular Hand Hammered range, which has undergone a serious revamp in the last year. Like all HH cymbals, Vanguard models are fully hand hammered. But there are key differences. Vanguard cymbals employ pinpoint lathing, rather than traditional lathing. Also, Vanguard cymbals are thinner and lighter, with smaller bells and extended profiles overall. The result is clean, woody stick definition, providing exceptional articulation for such light cymbal.

Other notable inclusions on the Headstock stand were Schlagwerk cajons making their debut and the Zildjian S series line, which Zildjian consider to be “a versatile collection of bright and expressive cymbals built with a balanced frequency response, making it suitable for a variety of musical styles”

The Roland Electronic Cajon was also hanging around. A unique and versatile hybrid percussion instrument that combines an authentic acoustic cajon with Roland’s famous electronic percussion technology. It provided hybrid delight for everyone who tried it.

A fine display in all from all the distributors, contributing to a fantastic show.

The attendance from the audience was massive, selling out the show. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it proves that drummers in Scotland are some of the most supportive and positive groups of musicians. The artists were on hand all day and dealt with questions and passionate fans with great enthusiasm, making it a huge triumph for both us and everyone in attendance. A thanks to all!

For more photos of the day click here.