Learning to play a musical instrument can be a rewarding experience, both physically and mentally. When learning the drums, most people experience calm when playing; as well as it being a great workout for your legs and arms (believe it or not).
While playing the drums can be fun, learning how to play as a beginner can be frustrating and one problem most beginners’ have is that they do not know how to practice. Below are some top tips for learning the drums and becoming a happy drummer.
1. Always Enter A Practice Routine With A Game Plan
Before you sit down at the drums, it is crucial that you have a ‘game plan’. Some people will choose to play around with the drums for a bit, but that should be factored into the plan as well. The point of having a plan is not to make the practice session rigid as many people choose to play a musical instrument to avoid rigidity. Spontaneity is encouraged when inspired, but you do need to have a focus for practice to accomplish certain goals and increase your drumming skills.
2. Obtain The Plan From A Professional
As a beginner, you may not be aware of drumming plans and how to go about setting up a practice session. This is one of the reasons why people choose to pay for music lessons, or search for online drum training.
It is recommended that you use this option if you are planning on playing the drum professionally, or you could set up a practice plan from online videos. The aim is to gain a plan from someone who knows what they are doing.
3. Have A Balance Of Musicality And Technique
Contrary to belief, practicing music technique exclusively will not make you a better drummer. To be a good musician, you need to have a sense of musicality and play music. Technique is easy to learn and fun to practice, but it is not the core of being a good musician. Try to balance practice sessions with technique and musicality to improve your skills.
4. Publicly Commit To Something
The best way to gain experience and force you to learn something is by publicly committing to it. To publicly commit means to tell friends, family, work colleagues, neighbors, and whoever else you can think of that you are learning a piece and will play it for them in a set amount of time. It does not have to be difficult, but this will act as motivation to practice drums regularly.
5. Practice Each Day
The final tip is to practice your drumming each day. You may feel lethargic and choose to miss a session, but without playing each day you will not improve.