- Do not give up! Not everything comes at once. Your mind must learn to share time, and your arms and legs must learn movement. It always takes some time.
- Do not concentrate on speed. Pay attention to the smoothness of the groove and maintaining the pace.
- Exercise regularly, even if you don’t have access to the drum kit, at least 15-20 minutes a day. Exercising 5 minutes every day is better than 35 minutes once a week.
- Recognize that you are primarily a musician, and only then a drummer. The best drummers come very musically to their playing, putting the sound of the song in the first place, rather than showing off their skills. For everything, its time and place.
- If you decide to play the drum kit, an inexpensive model worth about $ 200-300 is a good start. Most often, it will consist of a bass drum, two hanging toms, one floor, snare, hi-hat, ride, crash and racks, a chair and pedals. You can always buy items later.
- Drum sticks bounce off the drum perfectly, doing part of the backswing for you, so don’t press their plastic.
- Do not pinch the stick too hard, otherwise, you will tear the plastic, break the sticks and get injuries that will make further drumming impossible for you. Remember John Bonham and Keith Moon – everything is not so simple there, they knew what they were doing. Best drum gloves help get rid of corns.
- Do not neglect ear protection – earplugs or headphones. For example, a snare drum was made to cut through the noise of battles, and here it is a couple of tens of centimeters from your ears.
- Find tutorials or books. Read reviews about them before spending money. Not all books will be useful for you, some are designed for a different student level, while others relate to a specific style, which may not coincide with your desires.
- Learn to play rudiments, and then ask someone to show you how they can be applied in music. Just speed training, without musical use, will not do you any good. Check out Stick Control for the Snare Drummer, a book written by George Lawrence Stone, and the Savage Rudimental Workshop, written by Matt Savage. Charles Down’s A Funky Primer for the Rock Drummer is also a great book. Train rudiments to automatism so that you can safely apply them in music, and not just knock on the pad.
- If you can’t place an acoustic drum kit, pay attention to electronic drums, you can connect them to a computer and play using the Drum Machine program. You can assign a different sound to each pad, but the reaction speed may be too slow – this is their serious minus.
- Take a lesson from the teacher and see if you like to play.
- You can start banging on metal cans and buckets if you do not have money to install. Another option would be to buy or make a training pad yourself.
- In order not to annoy your neighbors, parents and everyone in your area, soundproof the drums and the place where you play.
- On your installation, nothing should fall off and hang on a kind word.
- Relax. If you’re tense, slow down and start again.
Be sure to use ear protection and play at a volume that is acceptable to others.
Things you need
- Training pad
- Drum set
- Drum Tuning Key
- Carpet or podium to place an installation on it
- Drum teacher
- Sense of rhythm
- Sound-absorbing elements, dampers, and everything to reduce drum noise