Here at MaxRock, we welcome all ages - you’re never too old to rock! Learning to play an instrument is a proven way to improve both mental and physical health, as well as providing a positive and fun challenge for anyone. The drums can be a particularly exciting instrument to learn, the innate connection with rhythm is deeply rooted in ancient humans.
It’s never too late to learn to play the drums! Learning the drums has never been easier. We have group classes as well as one-to-one classes for drummers of all ages and abilities. You can learn to play a basic rock beat in minutes, and spend the rest of your life mastering it.
What do I need to start?
Whilst you can start with a pair of sticks and a practise pad, investing in an actual kit will be exciting and give you a commitment to practising. You can choose between acoustic and electric drumkits. Electronic drumkits tend to be cheaper to maintain, as heads and sticks last longer than on a metal cymbal acoustic drum kit. Electronic kits are also portable and eliminate noise problems if you are likely to receive complaints from parents/neighbours.
What should I learn?
A great starting point is simply getting used to holding the sticks, becoming familiar with their weight and feel. This may feel unfamiliar at first, but over time, they will become an extension of your hands! The next step is to simply sit at the drumkit and hit one of everything, experimenting with the range of sounds you can make. This ‘exploration time’ may sound basic, but it’s really important!
A little fun challenge is to play some of your favourite songs, listen carefully to the drum parts and try to copy them. Don’t worry about the style, tempo and complexity - simplify your ideas so that you can play a solid rhythm all the way through the song. Practising in this way opens your ears and gives you ‘jamming’ skills.
Other useful tips!
Practising time with a pair of sticks and a practise pad is time for building coordination and vocabulary, use your time on the drumkit for making music.
No matter your level or style, there is room for everyone in the world of music.
Music is not a competitive sport, learn at your own pace and in your own style. There’s no need to compare yourself to others!
Even when playing something simple, try to play it well.
Always remember, you are never too old to learn!
So, now time to get drumming!