Where do I start with learning the drums?
Drums are the oldest of all instruments we play today. They have been used for weird and wonderful things such as talking to spirits and inciting fear in enemies. They are also thought to have a range of other benefits including improving intellectual development, pain relief and combatting depression. If this is not enough to encourage you to pick up those drumsticks, what is? Perhaps the fact that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was worth $300 million and Phil Collins (Genesis) $250 million?
Drum teachers will normally charge somewhere in the region of $45 / €40 / £30 per hour. Whilst knowledge from an experienced teacher is invaluable, online resources can also aid you in learning. Online sites such Free Drum Lessons and DrumLessons.net and our highest rated online resource Successful Drumming have a great range of resources for the new drummer – click on the links to see our reviews of these websites. Some of the sites also offer an online progress tracking app so you can really see how your drumming skills are developing.
Starting from the very beginning you need to get to grips with your drum set. Do you actually know the difference between a snare drum and a base? If not, there are many diagrams online which will assist you. Acquaint yourself with the hi-hat and ride cymbal and the crash and splash. Consider the type of drum patterns you want to create and work out which parts are really important to you.
Tips and tricks for drummers.
- Warm up your hands and fingers before playing. Never crack the knuckles, it does not help with playing and could cause arthritis.
- Whilst it is useful to aspire to be a great drummer, be careful not to become a copycat. Be brave enough to develop your own style.
- In the beginning you will need to practice on your own to get into your stride. Once you are feeling more accomplished, join other musicians to really get into your groove.
- Leg strength! It is important to develop your leg strength to make you a good double bass drummer. Consider jogging, swimming or martial arts.
- Count out loud! This cannot be stressed enough for drummers just starting out. It will help you realise when you have messed up and will also develop your “5 way coordination”.
When it comes to buying your drum kit you may be comparing a new kit with a used one. There are benefits and pitfalls to both. Take a look at a few drum sets we’ve selected for you in our store (click here), or best of all visit your local music shop and have a play! A new kit will be in pristine condition and if something goes wrong you can simply go back to the shop. Additionally you will also be able to benefit from any new technology. On the downside it will be costly and you may have to purchase additional kit. Used kit may show wear and tear but if you shop around you can get a full kit. NB: Always check cymbal quality!
Practice drums everyday! The sessions don’t need to be long but use the time well. If you are not at home or near your drum kit, spend sometime drumming on your legs or actively listen to music. Get online and download some tutorials.
Now get stuck in! We know you can do it 🙂