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5 tips for drum beginners

Finally your own drum kit? These five tips will help you achieve faster results on your goals.

When you start playing the drums, not only is the joy great, but also the zest for action: You sit on your throne for hours, play and hit it, and you (quite unconsciously) improve your skills and abilities.

But especially at the beginning of his life as a drummer, it is important to know some pitfalls and dangers. Bad habits, mistakes in playing technique and other harmful things quickly creep into everyday drumming life. Once these have "nested", they can only be removed with hard (and unnecessary!) Work.

So that you don't get into this problematic situation in the first place, we have put together five tips that can be particularly helpful for drum beginners. But all other drummers should also make sure that they follow these tips!

1. Learn to play with a metronome

You don't only read this tip in the percussion area, because it is actually very, very important for every instrumentalist. But as a drummer you are for them Rhythm and the constant beat of the song responsible. A small example: if you were building a house, a shaky, crooked foundation would be pretty bad. The same is true of a song with its rhythmic structure.

A simple, little metronome is all that is needed to improve the rhythmic playing: switch it on, briefly "listen" to the tempo, and then play along. Start with a comfortable pace and a simple beat. When you feel safe, you change the beats and add drum fills. These, too, can be simple at the beginning and more complicated later.

It is very important to play relaxed (and being able to play) and seeing the metronome as part of your drum kit that is always with you and on. The sooner you get used to the "click", the easier it will be for you to keep the pace in a recording studio or on stage.

2. Find a band!

Playing the drums alone is a bit monotonous and boring in the long run. That alone is reason enough to look for a band.

In addition to the increased fun factor, however, it makes sense to play music with other people for a variety of reasons. The most important argument here is the feeling: When should you play what? A re-enacted song is patient and gives you no feedback as to whether the beats and fills actually work match the feel of the song.

It's different in a band: Here you can quickly see and hear when someone is playing too much, too little or simply something inappropriate. The Exchange with other musicians so is very important. Nothing is worse than a drummer who knocks out drumfill after drumfill with a cool, groovy number. A drum kit is just not a “solo” instrument - even if some would not admit it.

3. Pay attention to hand and foot technique (and practice)

Many techniques can be learned "automatically" and naturally - by simply playing back drum beats, fills or songs (or at least trying to do so). But sometimes that's not such a good thing because you run Risk of incorrectly learning techniques and thereby sustaining serious injuries in the long term - or at some point not getting any further in terms of speed or accuracy.

Here, too, similar to the metronome: start slowly. Our muscles first have to get used to the movements that we want to teach them in the Moeller style of play or in “swinging”. Accordingly, it just takes a certain amount of time before the special movements appear normal and you do them completely relaxed and without unnecessary tension can play.

Especially for learning playing techniques for the hand, it makes sense to pick out a few rudiments that you then play (to a metronome, of course): Once the paradiddle has been briefly noted, and then it’s off - and again very slowly. Always make sure not only to stay in time, but also not to cramp when playing for a long time. This standard rudiment in particular is perfect for learning different techniques (also for the feet).

In case of doubt, the urgent advice applies here: If you notice that something is going wrong, you should take lessons.

4. Don't buy too big a drum set too quickly

This is not necessarily a tip that you always read or that is important for everyone. But for many it is tempting to get a fortress with 10 toms and 15 pools.

That is not necessarily advisable. There is a reason why experienced jazz drummers only need two toms even after decades: You can elicit an incredible number of sounds from a single drum. If you have a smaller selection of equipment, you “force” yourself to deal with it more, and that Your own game becomes much more differentiated and dynamic.

In short: There are more ways to play than just "hit it" and "don't hit it". It makes sense at the beginning of your drummer career to deal with how different you can play with your toms and cymbals - not to mention the incredibly versatile snare drum.

5. Don't be afraid of mistakes!

It's always stupid to make mistakes. It's even more uncomfortable when you're playing to a song (or even with the band) and then totally out of step. The worst thing you can do then: stop!

If you actually stop and stop playing, you don't know what would have resulted from this "changed" flow of the game - it might have resulted in a great new and unusual rhythm. You don't get inspiration and new ideas from things that you already know and master perfectly, but only by doing something tried out, in order to experimented and maybe just make a few mistakes. But that's just part of the process and part of the natural learning process.

By following these basics, you should be able to avoid many of the mistakes other drummers made early in their training. So you can use the time you have more efficiently and learn a lot more much faster.