Many drummers who have been practicing for years have put in countless hours of practice and still can’t seem to get it right. Here are some tips for drummers tips for beginner drummers.
Practice at your own pace. Sometimes the drums can be overwhelming, so if you are using some other instrument at the same time, use that to your advantage by practicing the other instrument first. This will prevent the nerves from getting the best of you can get the rhythm of playing on the drums quickly.
Learn to let go of what you don’t want to happen. You want to play well, but don’t let yourself get so wrapped up in the music and who you are as a drummer that you lose sight of what is important. Take some time away from the drums, go shopping, work out, or spend some time with your family. After a while, you will forget about your ego and the great music you are making.
Don’t be discouraged if you find that you need to practice. Sometimes your nervousness about practicing will get the best of you need to just be patient. A good friend of mine used to tell me that sometimes the only thing that’s going to get me through a set of practice is just sitting back and watching.
When you are practicing, never let yourself get into the zone. You will never be perfect if you get too comfortable with your style or technique so use your “A” game and get out there and play like you are on stage.
Never rush into a practice session. Let everyone have a chance to practice before you start and keep it as slow as possible. If you go fast, you will waste your time and get frustrated by not being able to play at the level you are supposed to.
Learn how to practice your songs. It is a good idea to learn the basics before you try to play more complex songs because some advanced songs are so different from a simple tune. Also, a basic song will help with your coordination skills so if you are struggling with those, you might need to really focus on your speed.
Start learning new songs and styles of music to practice. You can always play with friends and get better at everything at the same time. That way you will never get bored and know that you are always learning something new.
The goal of a practice session is to get better and work your way up to playing the music at the top of your game. It is important to remember that it’s not about just beating someone over the head with your talent; you have to put in the hard work in order to improve.
If you can, schedule practice times when everyone else is not using the drums. Most people are not as fast as you, so practice and get ready for practice, but take a break when others are off the drums.
These are some tips for beginner drummers that might help you along the way. Keep practicing, keep practicing, and never let your fear stop you from improving.