George Lawrence Drum Lessons

George Lawrence Drum Lessons

5.0 (3)
1 employee
54 years in business

About this pro

George is very active in the drumming community both locally and nationally, attending drum festivals and conventions around the country as a performer and clinician. He owns Not So Modern Drummer magazine and produces the Nashville Drum Show every Fall. He is one of the administrators for the Nashville Pro Drummers Facebook Group and has organized and hosted the monthly Nashville Drummer’s Lunch. He has taught hundreds and hundreds of students, many who have gone on to become professional drummers and some who have become famous drummers. Of special note is student Keith Carlock, also from their mutual hometown of Jackson Mississippi, who is now recognized as one of the top drummers in the world working with the likes of Steely Dan, Sting, John Mayer, James Taylor and Toto. Pro and aspiring pro drummers from around the country seek out George for the highest level of instruction.. George owned and operated George’s Drum Shop from 1985 through 2010. In 2006 George and Joe Partridge started the Famous Drum Company which manufacturers pro level snare drums and drum sets. In 2008 George bought Not So Modern Drummer magazine from Bill Ludwig III and works as editor, publisher and photographer.

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Nashville, TN 37221
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3 Reviews


  • Mell Csicsila

    The lessons I had with George were pivotal in my development as a drumset player and musician. I still refer to those lessons and continually synthesize what we talked about to this day. If you're a serious student, he's a serious teacher!

  • Craig Douglas

    Hey Drummers - if you're looking to take your skills to the next level, George Lawrence is the guy ! If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. He will challenge you, while working at your own pace, and I GUARANTEE you that you will have a whole new toolbox of tasty techniques and skills within just a few short months. You will not be disappointed. Best drum teacher I had by far (no one was even close), and I've had a bunch !

  • Christopher Speich

    George is an excellent teacher - especially for the working, experienced drummer. He figures out the root of your issues; those things you feel inside that have been holding you back day-to-day, gig-to-gig, that insecurity you feel in certain areas and or genres. He explores those issues in a no-nonsense, professional approach. The working drummer's drum doctor!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

phone call, trial first lesson to see if we are a good fit for each other

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

college, 40 years in the music business, 45 years teaching.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

as of 10/17  $40 an hour for adults and advanced teens paid per appointment.   $20 half hour for young beginners, $80 in advance for first month.

How did you get started teaching?

My Junior high school band director had me teach the incoming seventh grade beginners and it never stopped!

What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly adult pros in Nashville now but I do take on younger students who are committed to learning and practicing.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Play with people. Join the school band, play at church, play with your buddies in a garage band. Drums are an ensemble instrument 99% of the time.

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