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  • Hi Matt, thanks for all the great work, books, support and all your drumming/teaching contributions …

    Dan BrittOctober 24, 2014
  • Hi everyone 🙂
    Since I’ve been taking lessons here with Matt, I feel that I’ve sharpened my drumming skills.
    I had never really worked with the Sticking Level Systems much before, but kind of just did it naturally. Matt has shown me a way to implement the Sticking Level Positions with an exact science, which I’m very appreciative to him for.
    Also I have so many PDF Print Outs, that I had to buy a larger folder to put them all in.
    Before I started here in Feb 2014, I wouldn’t have thought Stick Control had so many different ways to be applied to the Drum Kit 🙂
    Thanks very much Matt.

    Gary EvansOctober 26, 2014
  • Hey Matt! Thanks so much for all your help in developing my chops. Amazing when you learn from a master who knows what he’s talking about!

    Nick StefanoOctober 26, 2014
  • GREAT hang yesterday Matt! Thanks again for having me on your live broadcast. Let’s do it again soon!

    Dennis LeeflangOctober 27, 2014
  • Hey Matt I’m really enjoying your videos. Keep up the great work. Happy drumming!

    Jesse ShultzabergerOctober 27, 2014
  • Matt you are the man. Unrelenting effort to share information,.Inspire, discover, motivate. Not just your own one on one students and those around the world watching on line, but are so motivated yourself. Walking the walk.Keep it up and when in doubt, ROLL

    Jon BergerOctober 27, 2014
  • Matt is the genuine article here is a man with a Dedication and Passion for our art and craft of drumming. You will not find a more complete and through instruction. Matt is Old School Too and That’s a great thing Combined with Todays technology medium of instruction and never does Matt Cut corners . He utilizes all tools at his disposal for one purpose. That’s giving each of us the best possible instruction he can provide other than himself sitting on your own set. Matt is Through using The BIBLE George Lawrence Stones Stick Control Book of Sticking . Plus His Many years of Trial and error of teaching techniques he has refined to a science. This is a great opportunity for all drummers from beginners to the most advanced to polish up on and learn from the PROS PRO. He is open to question and will relentlessly go to extremes to make sure you know and learn your lesson. Such Professionalism is almost unheard of today. For such a Small fee look what one can achieve that’s your perfection to excellence and that’s Matt Patella

    Ralph DeLorso JrOctober 28, 2014
  • This is Ana…
    love the site, I think the exercises are genius, everything you give me is helpful and I wish you all the best. 🙂

    Ana BucevicOctober 28, 2014
  • This site is a great service to your fellow drummers, Matt! This, along with your Facebook pages, are full of great resources. Your books are also great tools for gaining and maintaining chops. Good stuff, my friend!

    Jeff FiteOctober 29, 2014
  • Hey Matt, thank you for your time and patience in helping me to become a better drummer, indeed a better musician!
    Mike Wojik

    mike wojikOctober 29, 2014
  • Hi, Matt thanks for being a great teacher! You have helped me in my Drumming tremendously.

    Dylan AndristOctober 29, 2014
  • It does not matter whether you are a beginner, Intermediate, or advance player. In this group, you are treated like family. You are respected, and asked to get involved. It is a great Atmosphere to learn and develop in. If you are really serious about learning the art of drumming, and want to take your skills to the next level, this is where you can do it. Give it a try, you will not regret it. Matt, is a true icon in the drum teaching community. Leave your ego’s at the door, and come join a great drum web-site. Ed Hinman

    Ed HinmanOctober 29, 2014
  • I had a blast hanging with Matt and going over drumming concepts. He is a hell of a drummer with a lifetime of experience and a top shelf teacher, there are none better anywhere and I travel everywhere!!!
    Mike Clark

    Mike ClarkOctober 29, 2014
  • Currently taking lessons from Matt. Not only is he an amazing teacher, he is a great person.

    He has tons of advice and in the short time that I have known him, he has been able to open my mind to a lot of concepts that expand beyond drumming.

    He is the man!!

    John PaulOctober 29, 2014
  • Hi Matt,
    Thanks for all you do for us in the drum community. You are an amazing teacher and an amazing inspiration.

    All the best, Michael

    Michael BlauOctober 29, 2014
  • A very wise man once told me “speed is nothing without control”! I have studied with Matt on and off for 16 years. All of the the lessons he has tough me about gaining hand speed through technique have helped me tremendously. This site is long overdue and worthy of any skill level drummer!

    Jake FielderOctober 29, 2014
  • Hi Matt,

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, you have opened my eyes on this journey of drumming. Let’s continue with the passion of drumming and share it with all the world.

    Mauricio from Mexico City.

    Mauricio Ruiz PalaciosOctober 30, 2014
  • Hi Matt! Keep up the great work, man 🙂

    Jon ParmetOctober 31, 2014
  • Hi Matt,
    Thank you for the great lessons!

    Stephen HandlerOctober 31, 2014
  • Hi Matt,
    I appreciate the FREE video lesson. Thank you Dennis, for showing us your drumming approach and offering us some valuable exercises to bring to the drumset.

    I am a amateur drummer, wanting to be a pro some day… but, it takes time…..

    Thanks Matt, for inspiring me with love and passion for drums and drumming.

    Bruce CohenOctober 31, 2014
  • Thanks for all your hard work Matt. Bringing your experience and knowledge to the people who want to learn and grow. You’re lessons have given a solid foundation to build from and made life as a drummer easier to see the path to reach the goals they set for themselves. There is nothing like a good teacher especially when there is a lot of love and passion involved in the student. You are doing an exceptional job. Changing peoples lives for the better for life. Thank you.

    douglas aronoffOctober 31, 2014
  • Hi Matt!

    Thanks for all the drumming groups you run on Facebook. So many people email us at Drum Talk TV asking what we think of this method–that method, this gear–that gear – all sorts of questions we will not give our opinions on as a company and I ALWAYS refer them to your groups. I tell them they are all great places to pose their questions, whether they are searching for advice or wanting to start discussions, because there is such a diverse group of people with different experience to keep these forums interesting.

    Thank you for providing so many groups based on so many topics of drumming!
    Dan Shinder
    CEO/Executive Producer

    Dan ShinderNovember 1, 2014
  • Mr. Patella is a dedicated musician who seeks to elevate the drummer experience by providing platforms aimed at increasing knowledge, community, and access to relevant links.

    I enjoy being part of his groups on Facebook, and find myself looking forward to watching links to Mr. Patella’s videos.

    My ability to drum and teach are enhanced due to my connection Mr. Patella.

    Happy drumming,

    Mr. Ed

    Ed FrancisNovember 1, 2014
  • Thank you for your tireless commitment to the art of drumming and to your countless students. You are truly an inspiration to any drummer that wants to become a better player. The information that you possess and provide is awe inspiring and a must to any drummer of any level that wants to improve. Most importantly, I am truly thankful to call you my friend. There is none better….. Matt…The Boss…Patella

    Kenny HowardNovember 1, 2014
  • Matt,

    Thank you for creating this open forum for discussing all aspects of drumming and music.

    Gary JackereNovember 2, 2014
  • Matt Patella is one of those guy who carries on the tradition of drumming and all its idiosyncrasies that allow drummers worldwide to maintain the groove and rhythm of music. His passion for teaching and passing on knowledge couldn’t be more apparent and every time I stop into his site, end up learning something cool. 😀

    Bill RayJanuary 6, 2015
  • Hi Matt.
    Really I’m very happy to join to your FB group , very interesting and very didactic !
    I enjoy very mach your lessons , here in your website and on FB , and I know you’re a great teacher.
    It’s an honor to be your friend !

    Sincerely , Alessandro D’Aloia.

    alessandro d'aloiaFebruary 21, 2015
  • Love the professionalism and classic approach to the rudimental rules of percussion. Nice to see people like myself that learned theory and fundamentals are far and few these days. Seems more so that there are a lot of beaters. and so with that being said. Thank You.
    Mike King

    Mike KingMarch 4, 2015
  • I think it’s a hoot to see Herman teaching Mike Clark hand technique. Imagine, the great Mike Clarke still learning and understanding how his hand control can make him a better player. A tribute to Matt reaching out to us all. Great stuff.

    ron DeAngelisAugust 5, 2015
  • Greetings Matt,
    I saw your post on the art of drumming site about opening up your lessons in October. I signed up and will defenetly be seeing these Oct. to gauge the levels .
    Cheers, D. Zimmerman

    Douglas ZimmermanSeptember 24, 2015
  • Love the direction Matt keeps us moving in–the correct WAY to be a better drummer.Thank you so much Matt for being here.

    JosephOctober 7, 2015
  • Hello I’ve just got back into drumming recently, and I’m looking forward to your classes, this is what I need for that empty hole between lessons from my instructor, when I was younger I had a 32 piece tama kit someone broke into my home and destroyed it ,this happen when I was about 10,my mother was furious, they destroyed everything we couldn’t save anything, so I stopped playing, so here I am 43 years later starting over, I never lost my love for drums just couldn’t afford a kit I would play air drums and mess around kn friends kits ,so in august of this year I bought myself a birthday present a 6 piece tama imperial star kit and started playing, I found you on YouTube while looking for lessons ,so thank you for helping a old school drummer like myself, I’m looking forward to all your lessons sincerely Nick Padulese

    Nick PaduleseOctober 22, 2015
  • You are a blessing to the drum world—————– .

    JosephOctober 31, 2015
  • Thank you Matt for helping me set up this account. I look forward to learning in detail about the hand techniques you teach. I have always admired Joe Morello and have worked out of his Master Studies book for years. I just never had an instructor close by that taught Mr. Morello’s techniques. I also come to this site to see and learn how you teach these techniques and how you have applied them to different situations. I’m sure there’s more here for me to learn about drumming that have yet to encounter over the years.
    I’m looking forward to seeing what this site has in store.

    Jason Robertson

    Jason RobertsonNovember 24, 2015
  • Matt is A TEACHER and he concentrates on the root,because without the root a tree will not grow——thanks Matt —Joseph Carbone

    joseph carboneJanuary 16, 2016
  • Thanks for taking the time to speak to me…..I am looking forward to instruction….

    Joe ParentiJanuary 22, 2016
  • It has been a month now, that I have been a student. I can feel my drumming has grown, the instruction here is exactly why I signed on. I have been drumming for 45+ years, you never stop learning. I plan on continuing my quest to getting better and learning as much as I can……thank you…Matt Patella………

    Joe ParentiFebruary 22, 2016
  • Matty,
    I still have that kit you sold me in 1977-ish.
    Good to see you bangin’ away still.

    Jon BaileyMarch 22, 2016
  • Hi Matt, I caught your live lesson on youtube today. Great info. Appreciate you taking the time to get that all setup!

    Steven RobbsApril 5, 2016
  • Hi Matt,
    saw my first live lesson of you today.

    Great inspiration!

    Thank you.

    Uwe PetersenApril 5, 2016
  • Hi Matt Hope you are doing well. Looking forward to tomorrow’s lessons!

    Tim HallJune 20, 2016
  • Hey Matt!! Love the live lesson on Youtube tonight. As soon as I’m able I’ll sign up on the website here and hopefully get to know you more and learn from you more. Thank you!!

    JR McNeelyAugust 22, 2016
  • Hey Matt – Thanks for all the great teaching ideas, and for hosting my clinic! I’ll be seeing you soon. Keep swingin’!

    All the best,


    Mark WalkerSeptember 21, 2016
  • Hi, I live in Italy and I want to thank you for the videos on the stick control that I always follow with great interest. I do not have the money to allow me a master, so I want to thank him a lot because with his videos, suggestive, he is giving me a great help. I invite you to continue above all for those like me who can not afford a drummer. Thanks again to Mr. Patella.

    FrancescoAugust 16, 2017
  • I’ve been enjoying Matt’s demonstrations on YouTube – he approaches instruction systematically and using concepts that I understand.

    Jason StuartAugust 16, 2017
  • Great to have a pro out there that takes teaching this great art form seriously, Matt use’s the right books and know’s how to get the information across the right way to the student. Also i know he know’s whats up because we studied with the same teachers. The great Carl Wolf and Joe Morello.
    Keep up the good work Matt!!

    Thomas DeStenoOctober 8, 2017
  • Hi Matt, the new site looks great and your instruction is always top-notch!

    Gina GNovember 15, 2017
  • hey great work,the site looks very nice


    elodie sibyDecember 12, 2017
  • Hi Matt!
    Thanks for all the time you put into your lessons and videos! I really appreciate it. You have given me so many good ideas to work on and have absolutely helped me be a better drummer

    EmilyMay 7, 2018
  • hey Matt..keep up the good work

    stuOctober 1, 2018
  • I’ve been studying under a drum instructor in Chicago that studied under Chaffee and uses his books. So I’m familiar with the Chaffee books and will be interested to see your vids & PDFs.

    BrianDecember 27, 2018

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