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Learning to Play the Drums as an Adult
The hardest thing about learning to play the drums as an adult is actually starting.
Remember, you are doing this for yourself.
Playing the drums because you love to play is the best way to get better.
Learning an instrument is a life skill that improves gracefully with age. That being said, it’s important to manage your expectations. Take little steps every day. Don’t beat yourself up because you can’t play as well as the 4-year-old prodigy on YouTube!
Good advice: Every adult should go to a drum teacher even before they start learning to play the drums. Your teacher will help manage your expectations and advise you on the best way(s) for you to learn.
Feature Article: Learning to play the drums as an adult
They say drummers are born with sticks in their hands. Rhythm courses through their veins. As babies they tap their feet and pound their toys. Nothing silent or stationary is safe. Well, that isn’t exactly my story.
After playing for a year, I would say learning to play the drums has been a challenge that I’ve really enjoyed. I love putting on headphones after work and letting off some steam. If you’re older and thinking about getting into drumming, my advice is to go for it. There is a drummer in all of us that deserves to be freed!
Why drumming is great for your health
We all know drumming is fun, but did you know it’s healthy as well?
If you haven’t got the time or inclination to go to the gym or to jog regularly, maybe you’d be more likely to set aside half an hour to wave sticks around if you knew that drumming would burn calories, tone your muscles and stimulate your brain.
‘Healthy choices’ is more than a catch cry for all of us, especially those ‘past our prime’ – it is the topic of much conversation around the barbecue or water cooler.
DIY learning, or do I need a drum teacher?
You always find yourself tapping along when you hear music. You’ve never learned music, but you think it would be fun to get behind a drum kit. However, you fear it’s too late because you didn’t start as a kid and you think you’ve got too much to learn.
The good news is that there’s still time and it’s not hard to master the drum kit if you have a natural rhythm, the right motivation, and some time to practice.
I know plenty of drummers who picked up sticks for the first time in their 40s – and are now very competent players.
Benefits of Learning Drums as an Adult
It's never too late to learn to play the drums
Playing music is a proven way to encourage both physical and mental health and a positive and fun challenge for anyone.
As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a drummer. My grandmother bought me a snare drum as a toddler and I’ve been obsessed with drums ever since.
Something about the shape, noise, and physicality of hitting them still draws me to the drum. I love the way they look, the sheer power of the sound, and the great, empowering feeling of locking in with other musicians during a group performance. There is just no feeling like it.
Many people feel this way about drums. This innate connection with rhythm is deeply rooted in human ritual.
Finding the right drum teacher
Today, I believe that teaching is a big responsibility. You have the power to inspire someone and change their future. I engage with all my students and encourage them to pursue and honour their creativity. A great teacher can be a positive influence in your life. Unfortunately, having a “bad” teacher can potentially turn someone off their instrument and even music in general.
The most valuable thing I have learned from the past few years of teaching drumming is that everybody learns differently. This concept has helped me fine-tune the way that I approach my job. It has also taught me patience, the value of planning lessons, and the ability to see where a student is at and where to take them next.
Beginner’s Guide to Learning Electronic Drums
You’ve been to the gigs, elbowed your way to the front at the festivals and watched the band’s every TV spot. The drummer is behind the drum kit thrashing away, lost in the music, bashing the skins as if nobody was watching. You’ve decided you want in – you’re ready to emulate your heroes and make the jump to centre stage.
Luckily for you, you’ve chosen the best instrument of all (in this drummer’s opinion at least) – the drums. But before you rush down to the local music emporium, you need to know what’s what.
There’s plenty of online video lessons about learning drums. To begin with, though, you need to start with the basics, also called rudiments. Once you’ve grasped several basic rudiments, you’ll be nailing ‘We Will Rock You’ in perfect time before you know it.
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