Learning to play the drums can be a very difficult task, especially if you don’t have a tutor to guide you through the process.
If you want to become a good drummer then you must practice everyday. Regular practice is far more effective than practicing once per week, but for a longer time.
You should always practice smart, not just for as long as you can. It’s better to have some form of plan when playing the drums; this plan should push your abilities, even if it’s something simple like trying to play a rudiment faster. This will ensure that your playing improves and doesn’t just stay at the same level.
Rudiments, simple 4/4 grooves and general stick techniques all form the basic arsenal of your drumming ability. No drummer should ever just learn the basics and move on, as the basics can always be improved on.
For example; you could learn the single stroke roll in one session, this is the first rudiment that you should learn. However, to play your single stroke roll in both matched and traditional grip and with your fingers and wrists can take years, and that’s not to mention being efficient with speed.
I recommend that whenever you practice the drums you should take between five and ten minutes at the beginning and end of your session to going over the basics. For a more effective practice, try to focus on the technique of your weaker hand. For example, if you are right handed then your left hand should have more attention.
It can be very easy to get bored of playing rudiments. There are 40 to learn, and practicing all of them everyday can get very tiring. Although I would recommend learning how to play all of the rudiments, I wouldn’t recommend giving them all the same amount of attention.
All of the rudiments are based on an initial five: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, paradiddle, flam, drag. Any other rudiment is just a variation of one of these. I would recommend practicing these five rudiments at least twice as much as any of the others, as if you manage to master these initial five then the others will be much easier.
I would also recommend only focusing on one or two rudiments each time you practice. This way you will be able to give them each the attention that is required. Also try to play the rudiments on multiple drums and incorporate them into beats and fills, this will improve your overall strength and coordination when drumming.
I would recommend sitting down at least once per week and planning out your drumming schedule. It’s a good idea to pinpoint your weaknesses at this time. Try to pick a rudiment that you are having trouble with, or a beat that you haven’t quite mastered and then fit this into your schedule.
I would also recommend setting yourself a goal of learning something new every week, this way you will really feel like you are improving; this is a great ay to keep you motivated about your playing.
Drum Rudiment System gives you all the tools and tips you’ll ever need to improvise fills and rudiments for any given occasion. On top of that, you will also have great fun playing along to new beats and broadening your drumming “vocabulary”.