What happens when we practice drums everyday?
Obviously we improve but let’s do the math.
Consider 2 students: John and Sally. Both students practice and arrive at class prepared each week. Each has done the following during the week.
You get the picture.
John practices 30 minutes a day. Sally 75 minutes. What happens?
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When you join a band with a set list and meet regularly with a group of musicians who share the same desire, you will improve rapidly. Guaranteed.
1. Your teenager is making mediocre progress at lessons. Their commitment is low and lethargic. You know what I mean. Junior joins the school band or drum line. What happens? Bang, they now practice at school 3 times a week or more under supervision and the pressure of their peers. They discover the rush of making music in a group. By Christmas they can read music, play in an ensemble, play dynamically and much more. Works every time.
2. Adult takes up the drums. They are having fun, playing with tracks at home, playing their rudiments, plugging along. One day they overcome their fear and anxiety and join a group of bangers in a basement in Mississauga or in my case the local concert band 12 years ago. What happens? Bang, they are practicing their pieces at home nearly everyday, because they've got to play in front of their peers next week. Drums are front and centre, unlike the 2nd clarinetist sitting quietly in the back of the band. By Christmas they can read music, play in an ensemble, play dynamically and much more. Works every time. The rush of playing music together is overwhelmingly positive.
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The school bands are returning soon. One of my students, in anticipation of resumption is getting ready. We are working on his rudiments, coordination, and repertoire from his school text. He'll be ready.
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School bands will be starting up later this year. My students will be ready. Along with their kit studies, the kids are learning play a chart/part on the snare drum.
Band directors are always on the hunt for musical well-rounded drummers. I know I was a band director. Reading drummers who groove, play the part, have confidence are rare and treasured.
We are working diligently in our studio preparing the kids to be that rare drummer. The one who can lead, participate and succeed.
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Time to dream again. Covid-19 will abate this year; the vaccines are coming, spring will arrive. Time to get musically ready to share our music with the world again.
Here are 10 ideas to mull over.
Similar to metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive regulation or "regulation of cognition" contains three skills that are essential.
In 2021 information on learning to play the drum is easy to find. It's pretty much all out there for "Free". While writing this I searched, "How many drum videos are there on YouTube?" Answer: 192,000,000
Where to start? Good question if you've never played before.
First let's consider what's good about YouTube drumming videos.
Second, what's not so good about YouTube drumming videos.
So, what does a coach/teacher do in 2021?
So, if you are getting frustrated with spinning your sticks while watching YouTube and not moving forward consider calling me. I can help get you started.
Depends on your goals. Humble or ambitious?
Slightly more difficult if:
Drums are difficult if:
Drums are formidable if:
Each level takes a different level of commitment and resource allocation.
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Make it easier to succeed.
With the following steps in order, success and fun will be so much closer.
“Musicians live to practice, and practice to live”
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher