Are you interested in learning how to play drums? While there are plenty of books and videos that can teach you how to do this, you will still need some strategies to learn the skill effectively. Like other instruments, you still need to put in the time to practice and get used to it. But once you do, you can have a rewarding experience by learning with your music.
Here are some strategies that can help you learn to play drums.
You can only learn drums if you have a drum set. It doesn’t even need to be a complete drum set. You can have some drum pads if your budget is tight. You’ll need a drum set because the skill of drumming will require you to strike a surface multiple times. While you can do that with mere drumsticks on a pillow, it will not be enough for you to master the sound and timing.
Nobody starts as an expert in what they are doing. Even geniuses require some time to learn. The best way to learn something new is to start with something easy. For drums, you should focus on learning simple beats then work your way up to more complicated ones.
Aside from beats, there are also other things that you should learn. First, you should know how to put together a drum set. A drum set has different types of drums. Aside from knowing how to put them together, you should also see the function of each drum. Second, you should know how to work with your drumsticks. You should know how to hold it right and tap it with just the right amount of force so that it produces the right sound. You’ll find that learning how to control your drumsticks has a massive impact on your drums’ sound, and it also takes a while for you to get used to it. So you may need to practice a few rounds with it for you to get used to it. There is a specific position for your limbs so that you can play drums effectively. Try to experiment with different limb positions and see what works best for you.
The drum is a unique instrument because it depends more on time than on sound. Don’t get me wrong. The sound of the drum is essential. But it is the timing that makes the sound more interesting.
Metronomes are a must for drummers. You need to be familiar with it and use it so that you can stay “on beat.” Some metronomes are made for drummers, and they aid you by measuring your beats per minute or BPM. With this, you will track if you are going too fast or too slow with your moments. For beginners, it is better to take things slow. If you practice this way, you’ll have more control over your beats so you can speed up as you become more familiar with the instrument.
It would help if you also record yourself. It will help you listen to your beats so that you can hear if you are going too fast or too slow.
Professional drummers inspired many aspiring drummers because of the song that they play. It may be the cool drum fills, or they want to learn how to use the drum to beat their favorite songs.
Once you learn the basics and play some beats, you can now try playing your drums to your favorite songs. You can do this while keeping track of your beats with a metronome. It helps because you’ll know if you are going off-beat by comparing your music to the original one. It will teach you how to adjust your beats if you go off course.
If you want to become a professional drummer, then you should familiarize yourself with drum notation. It is not enough that you know how to read sheet music. You should also know how to play it. Once you have mastered the beats, you can now buy a book or watch videos about drum notation. It will take some time to learn, and you may need to practice with your drum set multiple times to master this.
If you truly want to master the art of drumming, you will need to know the basic rudiments. Rudiments pertain to the strokes, rolls, and flams. You can familiarize yourself with these and practice them on your drum kit. From here, you will notice some patterns which you can now use to create your beats.
Now that you have a basic grasp of beats, timing, and rudiments, you can now have your drum fills. These are the drum solo sequences that you hear in some songs. Besides knowing how to add beats to existing music, you should also know how to create your drum fill when it is time for you to shine. It often utilizes the entire drum set, including the tom-toms and cymbals.
By this time, you should already be familiar with all the facets of drumming. From here on, your skill will depend on how much you practice. So be sure to protect your ears while you’re at it. It helps to have some earplugs while you play. Drums are pretty noisy, and they can damage your hearing over time.
As with all instruments, you have to show up every day and practice. It is useless to learn some beats if you are going to forget about it tomorrow. It would help if you took the time to show up in the same room and practice on your drums every day. It is far better if you have a regular schedule for your practice. That’s the only way for you to master a skill.