How To Practice Drumming (Advanced)
This video offers tips for how to develop a good practice routine on a drum kit. Grab your sticks and some friends and start jamming.
As a drummer, there are some things that are really, really useful to work on different styles of music. You really need to understand how to play rock and reggae, and funk and jazz, and soul, and drumming bass and samba. All these things are things that drummers will be asked to play.
So, as well as working on reading skills and sticking patterns and developing speed, you also want to learn how to play different styles of music authentically. That is the stuff that is actually going to get you work as a musician and keep you quite busy, and hopefully expand your musical vocabulary as well. Another really important thing I would recommend is actually to spend as much time practicing on your own instrument.
It's very difficult with drums where you often wind up playing on other people's drums. But if you actually play on your own instrument, you actually learn how to tune it, how to get a sound out of your own instrument. You learn how to hit it to produce the sounds that you actually want.
When you get into a recording studio, you know how to tune it, because it's your own, your very own instrument. When you do that on other people's kits all the time, it's a bit tricky. Although we do often have to be adaptable, I would recommend you know actually practicing on your own instrument as much as humanly possible.
Learning to read music is also an essential skill. It will help when you get into situations where people put a piece of music in front of you if you can read it. It's also a really good way to notate your own ideas to transcribe things that you've heard on records before but also you can pick up a book and teach yourself.
It's also really good you know when you go to lessons the teacher could write things down you can take them home and practice and read them. I'd recommend recording yourself as often as possible as well. It's quite a revealing thing to listen back to yourself playing.
Don't forget to spend some time improvising and experimenting on the drum kit. That's what is going to lead to you and me and all of us having a unique voice on the instrument. I think it is also really important to seek out a good teacher.
There is no substitute for actual good one to one tuition. And I'm not talking about somebody whose just got a grade eight or some diploma somewhere. Someone who's actually got real world experience is the best bet.
So, take some recommendations from people you know and musicians you know as to who are good teachers. And last but not least, spend as much time as possible playing with other musicians. It makes a whole lot more sense when you put the drums in context to something else.
Because very often, playing drums on your own, it sounds great and it feels great, but you're not actually interacting with other musicians, and you don't actually figure out what the drums are supposed to be doing until you play it alongside a bass and a guitar and some keyboards and horns. All of that kind of gives what you're doing some context. So, if we keep in mind all the things that we've discussed today, you should develop a good practice routine which will hopefully yield results.
And that is how to practice drums. .