I have always wanted to play the drums and thought that drummers were always the coolest part of any rock band. My favorite part was just letting loose and doing an amazing drum solo that moved everyone in the audience. Getting started with my first drum set was far from what I had dreamed of. But, with all instruments I have learned it takes time and practice to get to the level you would like to be at and that is just what I set out to do.
Things To Get for Your First Drum Lesson
Just like every instrument, I always recommend that you either try someone else’s or rent that instrument until you know you want to keep playing. Drum sets usually take up a lot of room and can be very expensive. The best recommendation that I have is find someone locally that has a drum set you can practice on for the first few times or get a simple practice pad. If you are in between you can always pick up a single snare drum and add to your drum set once you find that you love drums or get paid.
Another great idea is finding a drum set second hand. My first drum set I picked up was off of Craig’s List for a 10th of what you would normally pay. Also this drummer may know of how to get a hold of good deals. Be creative with the process. Some of the other items you will want to consider picking up are drum sticks and even a drum throne to sit on. Now assuming that you have everything you need, I want to move on and talk about getting started.
Good Habits For Your Drum Lessons
Before we get started talking about how to play the drums, it is a good idea to discuss frequency. Get out a calendar if you have to and set that schedule. I would recommend at least three to four times a week for 30 minutes to an hour. This will be the most beneficial and you will see maximum results.
Another crucial habit to have is to make sure you use correct posture while positioning yourself in front of the practice pad or drum set. Stretching is always recommended as well! Drum injuries can be serious and you may need time to heal from an injury. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Your First Drum Lesson Online
In the included video you will see how to play basic beats and will become familiar with things like rudiments. The best thing you can do is not overwhelm yourself with too much information in the beginning. Over time you will learn how to play the drums and all the exercises that go with it. Keeping it simple and stress free means that when you play the drums you will have fun.
Something that really isn’t discussed in this video is how you should be holding the drum stick. There are different grips out there and you typically use different grips for different styles of drumming. Look here to find different drum grip styles and for other drum resources. There is a huge community of drummers out there that are more than willing to help you. Let us know how your first drum lessons goes.