If you’re brand new to the world of drums, you may not know the best way to practice your instrument. While you may be tempted to lock yourself in a practice room for hours and hours on end, studies have shown that that may not be the best way to rehearse. At Blue Mountain Guitar Center, we love educating our new drum clients on the the basics of drums. In part one of this series, we’ll discuss the first four tips towards developing good drumming practice habits.
Before you even pick up the sticks to your brand new drum kit, ask yourself what you love about music and why you wanted to start playing drums in the first place. After all, playing a musical instrument is about creating music that will excite and inspire you, so it’s always good to know where your heart lies in it all. If there are bands or specific drummers that you wish to emulate, make sure to make a note of them to let your drum instructor know. Once you know what kind of music you want to play and why you want to play it, you’ll feel ready to take on the world of drums!
Setting goals for each drum practice session is an excellent way to get the most out of your rehearsals. If you start to notice your hand techniques are becoming more advanced than your foot techniques, make it a point to practice solely on your foot the next practice session. As your foot techniques become stronger, start to incorporate your hand movements at a gradual pace. After a little while, you should feel perfectly balanced and confident in both your hands and your feet. It also might be a good idea to keep a practice journal so you can keep tabs on the exercises and songs you’re working on. This will allow you to plan for future practice sessions much more easily.
While you may not love the idea of practicing with a metronome early on, it’s really the best way to improve your timing as a drummer. When you use a metronome during your drum practice sessions, you’ll be able to stay in control of your playing and develop a solid groove at the same time. If you currently don’t own a metronome or are looking to upgrade your current metronome, browse our large selection of metronomes online!
When you create a warm and inviting space to practice your drums in, you’ll feel more encouraged to practice and play more. Hang up posters of some of your favorite bands, or light a few candles around your drum kit. Many drummers like to add a mirror to their practice space so they can keep an eye on their drumming posture while they play. In part two of this series, we’ll discuss the final five tips for beginner drummers.
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