Drum lesson tips, Ideas, Stories and Free lessons
Drumming is about having fun. Having fun is about playing well. Playing well is about directed instruction. Playing music with others is about time and groove, period. The band wants to hear our pulse, good vibes, and steadiness. This happens when we work on our "stage one drumming"
Time, Feel, Sound, Attitude, Funky, and Simple
Who is on your list? And why?
My list and reasons direct my practice: time/sound/feel/orchestration/attitude. Let's make a list for you.
Got this yesterday. What a heap of fun, and a great way to explore, review, and make some music with rudiments on my pad.
Drummers need a few things.
A close study of rudiments helps us to improve all three.
When we practice, we are judgmental. We analyze our playing to understand what needs fixing or further development. It is goal directed work. For beginners it is difficult work. I suggest only 30% of drum set time is used to practice.
On the other hand...
If you like some help getting your household drum journey started, call me.
Playing drums alone has its joys, but eventually you likely want to try it with a group. I've been playing over 45 years with groups great and small: Forty-five years of joy, excitement, disappointments, embarrassments, and more than a few triumphs. I've a few miles left in me yet too. So, let me offer some general suggestions for those looking for their first group.
Prepare to play: A review of critical skills to play in a band or orchestra
Conclusion: Be ready to play, be confident, know some tunes. Do you need to have professional skills to play? No, there is a group for everyone.
The Hunt: Where beginners can start.
For school age musicians.
"It's all about time" Terry Clarke
Job number 1. Keeping time. Full stop. So, are people born with good time or is it trainable?
Of course a student can learn to play with good time. Ask any teacher or older musician and they will tell you, kids today are more skilled and more numerous and back in the day. Why is that? Many reasons, but one is the abundance and access to expert instruction. Live and on YouTube. So, take heart.
Musical time is about muscle memory, ear training, and hand skills. Try this real simple exercise with the various metronome techniques. Over time it will help your time, feel, and hand technique while warming up your hands to practice.
(It looks simple until the metronome moves. )
Now the techniques:
1. Even strokes between the hands, no loud or faint notes. Every note the same volume.
2. No rushing when the time value doubles in tempo between the quarter and eighth notes.
3. Relaxed grip.
4. Good rebound.
Challenge levels, metronome games.
Call me, I can help.
How do you get great hands?
See my last blog post for more information, then call me.
Now, there are other ways to allocate your time, I tend to flip it 70% drill/time/feel etudes, technique and 30% repertoire. But, I'm not a beginner.
David Story, drummer, pianist, online music teacher