If you find yourself tapping along to every song, there’s a drummer in you! If you want to know how you could actually become a drummer, or if it’s even for you, keep reading!
Is it hard?
Starting to play the drums is not as difficult to start learning as other instruments, as you don’t actually need the music theory, to begin with. There aren’t cords to learn like there are with guitars. Getting a great sound out of a drum kit is also much easier than an instrument like a violin. You can start playing along with songs straight away after learning a few rhythms.
However, drums can be hard when first learning to play, you’ll need to learn to use both hands and feet independently from each other. This can be tricky at first, but with practice, it will be much easier. Max Rock offers a free drum lesson, so you can see how you feel first.
Where should I start?
The easiest place to start when learning the drums is by tapping along to songs, which you’re probably already doing! It’s essentially the same, without the actual drum. A lot of drummers started by hitting anything- pots, pans, bin lids, anything you can get your hands on!
Get yourself some drumsticks, then you can use anything as makeshift drums. If you’ve decided you want to learn, you can even get yourself a practice pad so that you can play much more quietly, but with the feeling of actually playing.
Count out loud to music, it will improve your sense of tempo and rhythm. A drum kit is great for anyone aged around 8 and upwards, any younger and the drum kit might be too big and so it would be worth starting with something like a cajon instead.
Drum Lessons and Notation
Do you need drum lessons? It’s worth saying that motivation and plenty of practice will get you far when learning to drum. However, it’s a good idea to have drum lessons to make sure you’re starting off on the right foot- and avoid beginner mistakes. The instant feedback from a drum teacher is priceless and will make sure you’re getting the important things right from the get-go. A drum teacher will help you learn how to hold the sticks properly and stop you from developing bad habits as well as developing your skills at a much quicker pace. Have a look at when our next open day is, you can get a free lesson!
Acoustic or Electronic kit?
If you’ve decided that drumming is for you, you are probably going to want to get yourself a drum kit. You’ll have to decide whether to get an acoustic or an electronic one. If you’re going to mainly be practising at home, an electronic drum kit is a good idea. They’re more compact and can also allow you to practice more quietly- so you’ll still be friends with your neighbours! However, if you’re ambition is to play in a band, you’ll probably want an acoustic drum kit. These are obviously noisier, but mesh drum heads and low-volume cymbals can help with this. Its easier to switch from an acoustic kit to an electronic than the other way round- so bear that in mind.
Practice makes Perfect
Obviously, you’re going to be practising as much as possible, but when you’re not, watching other drummers playing can teach you a lot. Most drummers have spent hours playing along to their favourite tracks and this will develop your skills as a drummer. It will take some time to get your timing and coordination right, but the more you practice the better you’ll be.
If you think that drumming is for you, get in touch with the Max Rock team to book yourself a free drumming lesson, or come along to one of our open days. You can learn about the Max Rock method, and how we have a lesson for all drumming abilities.