It seems that people either believe that they can learn how to play the drums or they can’t. They say that they have no rhythm or are not coordinated enough to play. I believe anyone can learn to play drums if they have the desire and belief to do so. Rhythm can be learned and coordination is developed when you learn anything new. This article was designed to give you an idea of where to start if you want to learn drums and for a great resource that is absolutely free at http://musicnuke.com.
Some of the things that you need to take into consideration are you will need to spend some money on a basic drum kit or getting a practice pad with some drumsticks. These will be the tools that you will start with and can find other free resources online to learn. I have included a video below for you first online drum lesson.
Picking out Your First Drum Sticks
Picking out your first set of drumsticks should not be over complicated and I recommend you find a local drum shop or music store to pick up your first pair. Drumsticks come in many different sizes and shapes for different purposes. You will see that most drumsticks are labeled with a letter and a number to determine the shape. Put each set in your hands and find out what works best for you. There are many choices so asking the owner or staff on hand to help would be a great idea. They should be very knowledgeable on the subject.
Tips and Tricks to Develop with Habits:
These are some of the ideas that I have included when first starting off what to invest in as well as habits to include on a regular basis. These are just basic guidelines.
Getting a practice pad: Usually, these can be found for around 15 bucks and will let you practice without pissing off you roommates. These are easy to move around as well and can be picked up any time for a good practice session.
Paid Lessons: All the free online resources in the world may not be enough help at times. A professional drummer can help guide you on what you need to learn and will help you fix bad habits that you will form. Even if you can’t afford to have personal drum lessons every week, getting a few here and there is a huge help.
Practicing: Just like getting lessons, it is important to take the time and practice on a regular basis. This will build muscle memory and you will improve quickly. It is better to take 15-30 minutes a day instead of practicing 1 day a week for 2 hours. The training will be fresh in your head and you can pick up faster from where you left off. Also starting with basic sheet music for drums, you will pick up how to play quickly.
Start off Small and Work Your Way Up
Most people that I speak to want to buy an entire drum set up front to practice on. Drum sets can be very expensive and take up a lot of room. I recommend just starting on a practice pad to see if it is something you can stick to and if you keep at it, look for a nice used drum set to save you money. There are many people in the community that want to help new drummers out there. As promised we have included a video for you first drum lesson below: