Keith Moon Drum Lessons

June 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm , by Bryan

So far, this website has only touched briefly on the musical side of Keith Moon. We have focused primarily on his personality and wild antics. I am thinking that these next few posts will concentrate on the real reason Keith Moon is famous. His drumming.

I thought I would start with some background I was able to find on Keith’s formal training. Keith always claimed to have received no formal training and essentially, there was almost none. But for what little training he did get, there is a story…

At 16 years old Keith saw a local band with a very talented 24 year old drummer named Carlo Little who was also from Wembley. Keith was excited and impressed by Carlo. For those who have never heard of Carlo, he was one of the first drummers for the early Rolling Stones as well as a self taught drummer. He was described as one of the “best and loudest drummers” at that time. He also never formally taught drums to anyone before or after Keith. Most importantly, Carlo had never received any formal training of his own. He was an autodidact.

Carlo only agreed to teach Keith because Keith approached him after a show and offered him 10 shillings per 30 minute lesson, and Carlo was broke at the time. They met about 5 or 6 times and that was the last time Keith Moon had any lessons on the drums.

What did Keith learn during these 30 minute drum lessons? Carlo taught in layman’s terms things like a paradiddle and how it enabled a drummer to lift alternate arms at the top of each beat while keeping a continuous roll.

Among the lasting advice Keith received from Carlo was to hit the drums with everything he had and as fast as he could within the beat. He also advised Keith to sometimes go off the beat, and then come back on to fit the song. In music, this is called syncopation.

He also learned that if he got his bass drum together, it would serve as a foundation for his drumming.

“He was keen and eager,” remembers Carlo. “I remember he came back one week and he’d got off what I’d shown him. So he was obviously listening to what I was telling him.”

When we talked it wasn’t for more than a few minutes, and it was always about the drums.”

Carlo has admitted that he was never that impressed with Keith. “I thought nothing more of it, just a young lad called Keith.”

Well, Carlo, it seems that Keith took your brief lessons pretty well and ultimately got his drumming act together. I mean, considering he’s one of the greatest drummers of all time, and is in the rock and roll hall of fame and all…


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10 Comments so far

by andjoh

On May 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

So, goes to wonder….

what did Keith teach Zac heheh, no jumping off the stool I bet LOL

by john russell

On February 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

I have read the keith fletcher biography of keith moon, and the same was said in the book, but keith also hada good friend ,who worked in a drum shop up in shaftsbury avenue , and to offset the cost of the drum lessons,he repeated the lessons to his friend Gerry for asmall fee. Gerry was also instrumental in getting keith his first drum kit,a premier kit, for 75 quid, 15 pound deposit and rest on the h.p.ave a nice day.

by Miguel

On August 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I
am waiting for your next post thank you once

by Dirk Radloff

On May 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm

You can also learn a lot from listening and I have read, that Keith admired Gene Krupa

by Earl Mars

On June 8, 2015 at 4:35 am

Do you think Moon’s drumming with the Sea Cadet Corp taught him any of the basics? And didn’t have music classes in school with everyone else too? I’d think some of that helped a bit in his understanding.

by Bryan

On June 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Very well could be as the details I have were all second hand information and did not come from Moon himself. He always just claimed to be self taught.

by Brian Krupa

On December 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I love Keith Moon ,,I could be a distant relative to Gene Krupa ,,as you can see my surname,,its polish as is Gene’s obviously,…I picked up the sticks roughly 2 month ago , and I’m doing well ,,Keith did pick up the basics from the cadets ,,you can see for yourselves in the documentary Living Famously ,,on youtube ,,recommended watch,…Hope this is of some use to you all ,,B.Krupa

by shrammy

On October 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Your statement that Carlo received no formal training as a drummer is factually incorrect. Carlo served in the military, and it is there that he received training as a percussionist.

by shrammy

On October 26, 2016 at 8:22 am

So, I see you have deleted my comment from yesterday. Can’t allow the truth to get in the way of your misleading article I see.


by Bryan

On March 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Sorry for the delay but your comment was missed by mistake. It has been approved.

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