Taking up drumming is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. It requires a lot of diligence and commitment in order to be successful. But how do you improve your drumming skills and get to the expert level? There is a difference between a drummer who plays as a hobby and one who plays professionally. Let’s discuss the most important tips and ways to become a better drummer.
One of the biggest mistakes a drummer can make is not creating time for practicing and jamming. One thing you should note is that there is a huge difference between jamming and practicing. Practice time is a chance to work on your current skills, drumming beats, stick control and other tricks that you want to learn. Jamming time is applying your newly acquired skills and playing a proper song.
Practice at a Slow Tempo
Our goals as humans is to speed up as soon as we start learning something new. The biggest danger about this is that our brains remember good information as well as bad information. In other words; If you practice playing fast, sloppy and with tension, your brain learns that. Therefore, start slowly and relaxed. By practicing slowly you’ll also have a better chance of detecting bad timing habits and correcting them.
Get a Teacher
Even though you can practice how to play drums yourself, an excellent way to learn is with a good drum teacher. Even though getting criticized from time to time may be painful, a teacher can show you the best ways to sit, stand, breathe, hold your sticks, and hit the drums. Although an instruction book can guide you on what to do, a teacher will show you how to do it. If you’re serious, schedule drum lessons, and follow to what the teacher tells and shows you.
Use a Practice Pad
During practice, spend half of your time practicing on the full drum set and the other half on a practice pad. Even though this is something most drummers are advised about, it’s something that is usually ignored and rarely carried out. The benefit of using a practice pad is that it helps develop your stick control. When playing on the full drum set, there are a lot of distractions in front of you, making it easy to play around instead of focusing on one or two techniques.
Practice With a Metronome
If you are having problems with beats or time, this is an excellent tip to use on your practice. Using a metronome improves your accuracy and makes you a drummer with more confidence and better timing. You are a drummer; your duty is keeping the band on time. If you can’t even keep on time, then how will you lead a band? Use a metronome to improve your skills.
Record Your Play
To be a better drummer with great timing, it’s a wise idea to listen back to what you have played. This gives you a chance to analyze your playing and correct things that you’re not satisfied with. To record and analyze, you don’t have to go to an expensive studio, use something as simple as your phone.
By following the above tips, you will improve your drumming skills and become an expert drummer in a very short time.