Many people think drum lessons are boring! If you’ve ever wanted to learn drums, you may have been aggravated at how boring practicing was. Most people try to stick with their lesson but fell out because their progress is relatively slow.
Whether you’re just beginning or want to get unstuck, this article will help you. Here we’ll discuss the most effective method of handling drumming lessons— the fun and easy way to learn.
If you’ve ever wanted a “secret” to learning drums, here it is: learn by doing!
The best way to learn the drums is by playing drums. Now, I don’t mean to go to your basement or garage every single passing minute. No. You can just sit down at the drumset, pick up the sticks and hold them in your own way and slam away at the kit, even if it sounds like garbage. I mean, you’re learning how to play and doing it.
The problem with most private teachers is that they will teach you a lot of garbage before you start playing. Instead of just teaching you the proper grip for the drumsticks, they’ll teach you the history of it, or the french grip and the german grip and the blah blah blah. Or even worse, they’ll teach you the WRONG way. Unless you’re a big history buff, you’ll just want to learn the grip and move on.
Then when it comes to actually learning to play the drums, let’s face it, you probably just want to play the beats and songs you listen to on your iPod. Learning some basic beats is probably the best and most fun way to start. Instead, some teachers will just give you boring exercises to learn or make you learn your rudiments first. While it is essential to understand your rudiments, why not have a little fun first?! Learn some basic beats. That will teach you the stick grip, basic coordination and open your ears musically.
This is truly the best way to begin drumming lessons.
How to find the best drum instructor
Learning to play the drums is not easy, and becoming good or better will depend most importantly on your level of dedication, but secondly, on what and how you are taught.
Whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level and wish to learn more about your instrument through tuition, you must find the right drum teacher to improve your skill level.
When looking for the best drum tuition for your specific needs, a number of different questions need to be answered when choosing a teacher, such as:
Does the tutor have the necessary equipment?
There are teachers out there that do not own even the most basic equipment required to teach the drums and expect their pupils to provide the equipment! A drumming instructor without access to a drum kit is like a driving instructor without a car. This is highly unprofessional, and any tutor without a kit or access to one should be avoided.
Does the tutor have adequate knowledge of the skills they are being asked to teach?
If you are a beginner, then your teacher should have mastered the rudiments of drumming – the ability to hold the sticks properly or keep time, for example, are essential skills with which every drumming instructor should be endowed. Otherwise, they should not be teaching.
If you are not a beginner, you should make sure that your teacher possesses the more advanced skills and the appropriate knowledge needed to help you progress.
Does the tutor have the right temperament and good communication skills?
An even temperament and the ability to communicate are imperative to effectively teach a musical instrument. Just because a person is a good drummer, this does not mean that they will be a good teacher.
A good teacher will be patient, and understanding will be able to communicate the different aspects of drumming effectively. They will be able to effectively adapt to their students’ differing needs.
Does the tutor have the appropriate qualifications to teach you?
While your tutor doesn’t need to have any recognized qualifications, you should at least choose a teacher with the appropriate level of experience.
If a tutor has played in bands for several years, for example, this would imply that the tutor in question has a great deal of passion for music and indeed for their chosen instrument and a wealth of invaluable knowledge pass on to students.
Looking for a tutor with some kind of teaching accreditation and thoroughly checked by the proper authorities, such as the Musicians’ Union or The Criminal Records Bureau in The United Kingdom, or The Bureau Of Consular Affairs in The United States, would also be advisable. This is because you should make sure that you have found an instructor who is qualified to teach you and that you will be safe.
What type of drum tuition do you want to have?
Do you want to learn a specific style? Or are you into various types of music and want your lessons to reflect your varied taste?
There are many music styles, and accordingly, there are many different types of drumming styles. When choosing a tutor, bear in mind that a tutor specializing in Caribbean music may not have the necessary skills to teach someone who wishes to improve their Metal chops! Conversely, it is also possible that the Caribbean specialist will have a deeper understanding of that particular music than a tutor who has a more general knowledge of different drumming styles.
How much can you afford to spend on lessons?
This is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a drum instructor, as prices for lessons may vary considerably from instructor to instructor and from country to country. The way tutors wish to be paid often varies as well—some wish to be paid on a pay-per-lesson basis and others monthly. You should get a custom quote to be sure.
One piece of good advice would be to avoid choosing a tutor based purely on their low or high rates. Because someone’s prices are high does not mean that they are any better or more qualified than those whose rates are low.
Nothing beats one-on-one tuition. A good teacher can help students relinquish any bad habits through direct communication. If you are taught personally by a professional drum teacher, you will be taught the correct techniques. This is an excellent foundation on which to lay your future progress instead of spending time unlearning bad habits.
Playing the drums is a highly positive and beneficial experience. The drums are a top-notch instrument that needs high-end skill to play. Comfortably competing with all the best musical instruments, drums are affordable. Anyone can play whether you are young or old!
Drumming can become a vehicle for expressing yourself. It can serve as an outlet for all your pent up feelings, whether they be joy and happiness or anger and frustration.
Learning to play the drums can be an opportunity to find a place where you can retreat, and when you have mastered it, you can share your gift with the rest of the world.
Are you new to drumming?
Have you stopped improving and need some help?
Is there a technique that you are finding difficult to master?
No matter your answer to these questions, I am interested in knowing them. Contact me and let us talk about your needs. We can kickstart a unique custom-made drum lesson just for you or your friends.