Chad Smith's surprise drum lesson

You might know Chad Smith as the drummer with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, but he turned his hand to teaching this week when he paid an impromptu visit to the Academy of Contemporary Music and gave a surprise drumming lesson.

Drum diploma class students were treated to the spectacle of Chad conducting an ad lib masterclass on shuffle drumming patterns. He also took questions from students and discussed the influence of his various heroes, including John Bonham and Earl Palmer.

Smith went on to visit several other Academy classes and spent time signing instruments and memorabilia.

Discussing his ACM experience, Chad said: "This school is really something special, because there's not a lot of these kind of environments... this is your chance and you're here because you love music and to get better at your craft."

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.