Heavy metal is a demanding genre. What’s more, if you are a beginner, it can seem overwhelming. With so many techniques, and so many different styles, it can be a frightening experience becoming a new drummer within this vast sea of talent.
Luckily for you, we have five tips to help you get on your feet the right way.
We all start off in the same shoes. Every drummer who has ever lived, besides the three or four freaks of nature in existence, started off with no idea of what they were doing.
Don’t let other drummer’s skills intimidate you; they were awful once, too. If anything, you have a leg up on them, as you have the internet as a recourse, and more importantly, you made the first step towards drum lessons; finding out where the heck to start.
Form is the most important aspect of any musical style.
Without form, your practice time goes to waste. If you slouch and land hits nine cymbals out of thirty-two, then you shouldn’t be worrying about your practice; you should be assessing what it is you are actually doing wrong.
Pay attention to all aspects of your form. Keep your back erect, use your wrists to strike the drum heads (not literally, please –your wrist guides your stick), and most importantly, keep your head in the game at all time. Don’t think about what’s going to be for dinner while you are practicing. Think about your practice.
Yes, practice is necessary to becoming a great drummer. We’re sorry to burst your bubble.
Drummers don’t wake up with accurate limbs overnight; they train their limbs every single day. You will be no exception.
In fact, tell yourself right this moment, “Self, I will find no magic way to become a great drummer. I must practice.”
All of the time you spend searching shortcuts to becoming a great drummer is wasted time that you could have spent practicing. So hit the kit!
Chances are, you have heard an awful drummer.
The chances are even that that drummer felt he was God’s gift to the earth. Don’t let yourself become over bloated with a case of sever egotism; listen to your playing.
Pay attention to your mistakes, and don’t make excuses. Be honest; you didn’t mean to hit the snare when you did, so don’t pretend. Listen, and make a mental note. Of course, ear training for drummers is also an important aspect that should not be neglected.
Yes, it is actually important.
If you aren’t having fun, and if you don’t value every second you spend behind your kit, drumming may not be your cup of tea.
Don’t lie to yourself either; if you aren’t having fun, then you are wasting your time.
Even through the hardships of learning an instrument, true musicians enjoy every frustration; every string that back hands them, every stick the slip from their palm and breaks mother’s priceless vase, every snide comment made by Corporate Joe on how we are wasting our time.
Time spent in joy is not time wasted. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, you aren’t a drummer.
Mike Michalkowís Drumming System is THE BEST Drums course on the market.
You WILL NOT waste hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on expensive drums lessons. You’ll even get sound files (AND videos) you can play along to. And, unlike a private drums teacher, you can repeat each song or riff over and over again until you get it correct. Highly recommended!