All of us start out somewhere. Contrary to popular belief, even the best drummers started out just where you are right now; devoid of any clues on how to approach the drums.
Now, what really separates a drummer from another musician is the ability to put down the fears and take on the instrument head on.
Once you are ready, we can give you some tips on how to play drums – starting from the beginner level of course. Of course, one of the most common questions that I get from students is, “What do I need to take note of beginner drum lessons?”
The most reasonable answer would be: everything. I remember the beginning of my drumming career. Or, better put, what was intended to be the beginning of my drumming career. The difference? Well, I did not realize the importance of all those little things that my teacher told me to do. They all seemed annoying – who wants to sit there half an hour just balancing a stick and occasionally hitting a drumset?
Well, you might want to, if you are ever going to play anything more complex than Highway to Hell. The basics are called the “basics” because they actually serve as a basis for your further knowledge on how to play drums. And without a solid base, you are not going anywhere.
What is the first thing you learn if you want to drive a car? Exactly, where the pedals are. For drums, the pedals are your drumsticks, and since you already know where you can find them, you only need to know how to hold them in your hands.
There are two basic grips, the matched and the traditional grip. Most teachers will show you the matched grip: some people say it is easier, because the two hands are performing the same motion. I reckon that none of the two grips is harder or easier than the other – they provide you with different tools while playing, and you should ask your teacher to show you both grips after a while.
Since we are all going for instant gratification nowadays, learning the first “real” rhythm is usually in the beginning of the curriculum. At this stage your coordinating skills are probably not exceptional, so you should analyze the sheet music or the example your teacher provides and pay close attention to the combinations of different drum set members.
For example, in the basic rock rhythm you have two combinations: when you have to hit the hi-hat together with the bass drum and then the snare drum. There should be no clashes; these members should be hit at the same time.
The power of the kick on the bass drum or the style of the hand’s stroke can make a groove totally different. In sheet music, accents are usually marked by “greater than” sign. That means that the marked notes should be played louder than the rest, that you should make those notes stand out.
Usually these accents appear (at least in the beginning, when you are only playing beats) repetitively, giving the whole beat a different characteristic.
No matter how confident you are, in the beginning you cannot decide what your practice material should be. If the teacher does not give you homework or give you a personalized practice schedule, you can ask him to do that for you: without practice your skills will hardly develop.
However, that is not probably not going to be the case – and if there is a practice schedule for you to follow – do not be a “cool drummer”. Be a geek. Be a nerd. Be an idiot. You need to devote serious time to your music education. That is the only way to become as good as you are meant to be.
Still, you need to remember that music is art. It is a form of self-expression. It is a channel for sharing your emotions. That is very beautiful – but unless you have the skills to rule your instrument – it will just be following sheet music and obeying the rules.
It is CRUCIAL to review through the complete instructions in this section to enable you to obtain a foundation with regard to considerably more complex and advanced drums lessons. For those who think you are able to pass on this section and dash straight into more complex drums lessons, you are going to “kill” yourself because of the lack of strong drums playing principles.
Having said that, check out the list of beginner drumming lessons that we had placed together to get you started. Enjoy yourself while you are on your learning journey and savor every second of learning this wonderful music instrument…
#1 – Warm Up Exercises To Play The Drums
Just like playing a sport, drums playing involve vigorous movements of the body. And if you want to enjoy playing drums for a long time to come without facing any injuries, you need to warm up.
#2 – Techniques And Tips on How to Grip the Drumsticks
Coming up in this lesson, we teach you the proper way to hold and grip the drumsticks. This is something so fundamental and yet usually taken for granted by many beginners.
#3 – Importance of Sitting Correctly at the Drumset
The importance of form and correct posture behind the drumset can make or break you. Besides improving the quality of your playing significantly, it will also help you avoid injuries.
#4 – A Quick Guide to Reading Drums Music Notation
Like any other kinds of music, sheet music is the form of communication between musicians. In the case of drummers, this is all the more important as music notation will depict how and what you need to play.
#5 – Great Tips for Practicing With A Metronome
Did you know that the number 1 problem that most newbie drummers have is to keep time consistently? If you had heard of bands that sound like garbage, the main culprit is usually due to the overall timing of the band.
#6 – Understanding Time And Basic Counting
Most drummers dream of playing fast and want to impress the crowds with incredible beats, rudiments and solos. However, all that will be naught without any timing or consistency.
#7. Getting Started With Simple Drum Fills
Let’s get started on learning easy fills. In this video lesson, we will answer some of the most common questions like where, how and when to play them. This tutorial will get you the headstart you always wanted.
#8 – 5 Steps to Practicing Drums And Creating a Routine to Follow
I am sure you have already known that practice is important in any new skills that you pick up. The crucial thing here is that having a good practice routine will make your time and lessons more effective instead of learning things at random.
#9 – Insights to Selecting Proper Drum Sticks
With the huge variety of stick choices out there ranging from various types of thicknesses and heads, how do you know which one to choose? Which would best suit your playing style? We tell you here…
#10 – Drum Practice Pads: Are They Really Useful?
If you had been to the music store and looked in the accessories section, I am sure you know what these are. Drum pads are the little octagons or circles rubber pads that your teacher would probably use to annoy you with to get you practicing.
#11 – 3 Different Kinds of Rolls to Learn
Rolling is an essential skill that drummers of all genres of musical styles need to learn as they form an important link between various parts of music. To get you started, we show you 3 simple rolls and exercises that you can utilize.
#12 – Useful Advice on Maintaining Your Passion For Drumming
I am sure we had all experience frustration and irritation when learning a new skill at some point in our life. It’s no different when playing drums. The key thing is focusing on things that keep you motivated on making progress.
#13 – 2 Exercises With the Hi-Hat to Help You Keep Time
Keeping consistent and perfect time is often a result of tons of practice time and a little talent. However, there are exercises and tricks that you could make use of to accelerate your progress.
#14 – 4 Steps to Making Your Drum Rolls Smooth And Consistent
Rolls are a fundamental part of the instrument that every drummer needs to know about. Besides the point of learning new strokes, it is important to keep your play smooth and consistent if you want to sound great.
#15 – How To Properly Set Up Your Own Drum Set
Being a drummer, the most important instrument in your musical career is obviously the drumset. Did you know that a proper setup of your instrument can result in better play-ability and also different tones to your playing?
#16 – How To Overcome Weaknesses And Make Improvements
I often get this question asked a lot by readers. “How do I improve my drumming?” Well, the first things that you should look at are weak areas in your current drumming. Start there and work your way to better any weakness.
#17 – Four Things That You Should Remember in a Routine
We all know the importance of discipline and sticking to a schedule for consistent practice. In this article, I am going to share with you 4 things that will help make that routine even better.
#18 – Creating the Best Sounds With Good Handling of Sticks
Did you know that hold you handle and apply your strokes can have effects on the tone and sound output? We show you ways to have fun experimenting the various kinds of ways to strike the drums.
#19 – Proper Postures And Other Tips to Get the Best Form Possible
Getting your posture right when you are sitting down behind the drums is an important element to helping you play to your best. We take a look at some of the frequent problems that beginners have and how to resolve them.
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