There are many elements of drums and percussion and this field is very attractive for both young people and adults, for this reason we thought of presenting a series of secrets to keep in mind, if you intend to dedicate yourself to the study of these tools.
If you are attracted to percussion instruments and want to start studying in this field, we present 10 secrets that will help you perform, regardless of your age. Even if you are an adult, don't refuse a pleasant hobby, if you wanted to become an exceptional drummer as a child, and start studying as soon as possible, age is not an impediment to learning these tools. Alone or with the help of a teacher, you have to follow a series of tips that will make you overcome all the shortcomings and become the best as an amateur drummer.
Give yourself time
As with any other instrument, the drums are subject to the same learning rules and there are no shortcuts to performance. For this reason, give yourself a generous amount of time and don't let yourself down after the first lessons.
The learning curve is not symmetrical, so even if you have moments when you advance faster and learn certain rhythms easily, there will be more complex and complicated situations that will go harder.
Even if you are a busier person, look for less time each day for rehearsals, even half an hour, than to take 2-3 days breaks for a longer rehearsal. Use every available time you have during a day to acquire the notions of theory, and you can do the rhythm at any time, including tapping your fingers on the table, each object can become a percussion instrument.
In public transport, during relaxing breaks at work or school, the night before bed, you can play various imagination games, imagining that you are on drums and the movements you have to perform.
Don't be discouraged because it doesn't work out for the first time, repeat over and over again, until you easily learn the movements, and finally you will be able to execute without thinking in advance, certain movements becoming routine. The limbs must be able to move easily, requiring a lot of exercise to coordinate them.
Absorb as much information as possible
Do not limit yourself to certain rules and methods, leave your mind open and absorb all the information in order to have a wide base from which to draw your useful things.
Start slowly, then increase the pace
Even if you use acoustic drums , even if you go on other percussion instruments, when you start studying a certain song, it initially plays as slowly as possible, in order to catch each note, slowing down the rhythm as much as possible. After you understand the song and know the notes, you can speed up the rhythm more and more, until you reach an interpretation that suits you.
Try to feel good when you repeat
When rehearsing, it is good to have the best possible condition to be able to concentrate and to obtain quality interpretations. If you feel tired, your limbs hurt and you are annoyed by what you are doing, it is better to take a break. At the beginning, in the first trainings, look for you to be able to visualize the piece in mind first, then to transmit the rhythm to the instrument.
The easiest way is to plan for rehearsals, to set your goals both long-term and medium-short. Even if it is a dynamic process, you can change it along the way, but you must have in mind what you want to mobilize.
It can even help to make a poster to put in the rehearsal room to see permanently where you want to go and what stage you are at. A time limitation for certain goals will have a positive impact on you, becoming much more conscientious to achieve your goal, than if you repeat at random without planning.
You definitely have a favorite drummer and you want to one day reach his performances. It is a good thing and, listening to different exceptional drummers, will help you choose a way of improvisation and develop in the desired direction.
Now you have enough material available online to listen to great drummers, from different musical genres, even if you have other tastes in the field. Pay attention to each genre so that you can develop and easily find a style that is right for you.
Most of the time the main enemy during rehearsals is the routine that can lead to boredom. In order not to give up rehearsals, always look for something new and give yourself some time to play.
After a serious singing session, 5 – 10 minutes improvise or use other percussion instruments that will produce pleasure and bring you back to the motivational state, suitable for a constructive rehearsal. Even if you make mistakes do not leave you discouraged, accept them and then try to correct yourself, it is part of the rule of the game.
Find a band
After passing the first lessons and already mastering the instrument well, it is good to look for a band that plays in a style you like and needs a drummer. Rehearsals with the band will bring you a plus during your journey and will also be a continuous challenge and motivation to improve yourself. In parallel, do not give up basic rehearsals.
In case you can't find a band, you can look for different recorded songs that you like, possibly without percussion and play with them. You can register and compare your own interpretation with the original song, with percussion, in order to discover your mistakes and to correct them in the future.
Studying an instrument, including drums, requires patience and perseverance, love and time, and with these qualities you can easily become a good amateur drummer.