10 Steps to perfecting your Drumming

10 Steps to perfecting your Drumming

So, you’ve signed up for Drum lessons and you can’t wait to get your first gig on stage. But how do you go from being “just about good” to “GREAT”??

Here are a few tips we’ve sourced for you from people who’ve ‘been there, done that’
Ready? Steady? Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

1) LISTEN TO THE MASTERS 

Make it a habbit to listen to and, more importantly, enjoy the people who are considered the Pro’s in the business! 

2) BECOME EKLAVYA!

Be like the legendary student Eklavya, who taught himself by watching his Guru Dronacharya
The route to perfecting any art form is to begin by copying the Masters, Listen to your favourite drummers play and attempt their beats. Try getting that right, down to the tiniest detail so that by the time you are performing on your own, the best in the business have taught you all that they know

3) SEEK DIFFERENT STYLES & TEACHERS

Go through youtube videos to watch a variety of drummers play their unique style and try bringing these into your song routine
4) KEEP THAT RHYTHM STEADY!
Consistency is key. Practice every beat by keeping it steady… Bands & composers look for steadiness…. not someone who wants to out-shadow the rest of team’s performance.  1-2-3-4… 1-2-3-4….

When your turn to play solo arrives, you can go all out Rockstar…!

5) METRONOMES MAKE MUSIC MARVELLOUS

Since metronomes have pre-set beats, they are the perfect accompaniment to your playing. They help you keep time, rhythm and meter

More & more live performers use metronomes and getting used to them as you practise is only an advantage!
6) PRACTICE & GO SOLO

Find opportunities where you can play solo and gain both – an audience & a reputation. 

Start with simple pieces where you showcase your skills at first, Then with time you can go into more complex routines and improvise spontaneously!

A good place to start is to alternate hitting the toms back and forth while hitting the bass drum. Also try loosely holding the sticks when you hit the snare a high-hat. when hitting the high-hat in a solo take your foot off the pedal in coalition with your foot hitting the bass pedal. If you loosely follow these rules, and be creative you’ll be amazed of what you can accomplish.

7) FOLLOW A MEASURE

In a four-beat measure try hitting any cymbal for all four beats, then hit the snare on any beat you want, you can even hit the snare twice in the same measure. You can also try to incorporate the bass drum on all, two, three, or even one, and try changing the bass beat from one measure to another

8) HAVE FUN

Enjoy drumming! Music is art, science & celebration together! Your drums are your buddies …. have fun

9) PILLOW PRACTICE

If irate neighbours have come knocking and complained about the noise, try using a pillow to practise instead. Let your metronome give you company & a beat to follow

10) RELAX

Be at ease. Let your body and the drum rhythm synchronise 

Make it a habit to stretch and exercise every 30 to 45 minutes 
WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER FORGET WHILE DRUMMING

DON’T FORGET-

  • To wear earplugs to avoid ear damage
  • To place your kit on a mat or padded surface to prevent your kit from moving or getting damaged by constant abrasion
  • To use soft gloves if you play really hard

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