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How Do I Prepare for Drum Lessons?

By Angela Farrer
Updated May 23, 2024
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You can prepare for drum lessons by setting aside the time you will need for regular lessons and practice, deciding the types of drums you would like to learn, and selecting an experienced instructor. Contrary to popular belief, drums are generally not an easy instrument to play for many beginning musicians. Drum lessons can be an excellent way to learn the fundamentals, but veteran drummers frequently report that dedicated and consistent practice sessions are essential for improvement. A good drum instructor can also help you get the most out of each practice session by teaching you the right mental attitude and work habits.

Scheduling enough time to devote to your drum lessons is one of the most important steps, yet it can sometimes be overlooked. Drum lessons are normally scheduled in either 30- or 60-minute sessions at least once per week, and many drum teachers recommend a minimum number of practice hours in between lessons. Fitting these practice hours in with the rest of your job or school obligations is vital for you to make progress on the drums. Skipping practice at home will be obvious at your next drum lesson, and this habit can easily equal lost time and money.

Starting drum lessons can be exciting because you have a wide variety of choices when it comes to the types of drums to learn. If you want to eventually play in a marching ensemble such as a pipe and drum band, snare drums are usually considered good beginning choices. Your instructor will usually have you learn beats while marching at the same time, so this component should ideally be part of your practice sessions as well.

If you want to learn to play a drum kit for a band, you should ideally have the opportunity to try out different musical styles such as rock or blues before deciding which one is your favorite to play. A drum instructor with experience playing different styles can be a good source of this information. Once you have purchased a drum kit suitable for beginners, it is also a good idea to set up a dedicated practice area where your drumming will not disturb others.

The right drum teacher can make a big difference in your effort to learn this instrument. A drumming instructor who is proficient in at least two music genres can help bring a good deal of stylistic variety to your playing. Selecting the best drum instructor for you can take some time but usually pays off many times over.

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Discussion Comments

By whiteplane — On May 04, 2012

There are some general things you can do to prepare, but you can get the best idea of what you need to be doing by asking your drum teacher. Even if you have never met before, call him or her up and explain your situation and ask for their advice. Maybe they will tell you to do nothing, maybe they will tell you to do something very specific. You will not know until you ask.

By Ivan83 — On May 04, 2012

If you don't have a drum set just having a set of drum sticks can be a great practice tool. You can get use to the weight and the bounce of the sticks and you can begin to work on your rudiments. Even rhythms involving only the hands can be very complicated.

Play on anything and everything. Get your arms used to the motion. Play as fast as you can for as long as you can to build up strength. There are tons of things you can do before you start taking lessons to help get yourself prepared.

By backdraft — On May 03, 2012

One of the most practical ways to begin preparing for drum lessons is to make a schedule for yourself with practice time set aside. The more time the better. You will work with your teacher for maybe an hour or two a week but most of the hard work you will do by yourself, practicing and practicing and practicing some more.

If you set this time aside before you even start your lessons you are more likely to commit to it. That is what I did and I have been playing for ten years now. In fact, I just gave my first drum lesson last week.

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