Drum lesson tips, Ideas, Stories and Free lessons
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.
Learning to play the drums is a long-term project. We must learn posture, grip, timing, reading, transcription, ear training, rudiments, beats, fills, repertoire, the list goes on. Oh, and develop endurance.
But sir, I just want to thrash to my favorite tunes?
So what do we do?
For beginners I suggest spending 70% of your time playing along with your favorite recordings. Thrash, bash, and scream out your joy.
Spend the other 30% on the technical side of drumming and your teacher's homework assignments. All your drumming heroes at some point in their drumming journey got down to business and spent that 30% thoughtfully and methodically learning the business side of playing the drums. As time went on, they worked out their own ratios.
Side note to parents and adult students. Technical progress is needed to maintain enthusiasm. Not unlike other human endeavors. The trick is not to kill the joy of movement that thrashing about gives, while making time to learn to how play the drums.
If I can help, call me.
There are drum books for technique, styles, and advanced concepts. I own more than a 100. But let's start simple, the basics.
So, why a book?
Books lay out a roadmap, give a sense of accomplishment, develop reading skills, and impart important drum culture attitudes in students among other things.
Below are a few favs of mine.
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”
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.
Beat #1: RL Accent with a high stick with the Right, low height with the Left will create a good accent without resorting to caveperson drumming. :-)
beat #2: A super opportunity to practice our open handed drumming. Try the Left hand on the high hat, Right on the floor tom.
Beat #3: Crosshanded with Right on High hat. Or, if you wish, stay openhanded.
The fills are tricky, call me.
David Story, drummer, pianist, online music teacher