I will start this article in a rather unusual way by saying that drums are NOT an easy instrument to learn and play. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want you to get discouraged, quite the opposite actually – I want you to be well prepared before you embark on your journey towards drumming mastery.
I have seen way too many beginners fail, not because they were not talented enough, but because they had quite unrealistic expectations. And I certainly don’t want this happening to you. Drums are not easy and if you’re looking for shortcuts, you won’t get very far.
At this point, it’s important for you to understand that there is a right and a wrong approach to learning drums. If you choose the wrong way, you’re headed for frustration, disappointment, and ultimately, resignation. My advice: do it the right way from the get-go. So…
What Is The Right Approach?
First you must understand that learning drums is a step by step process. It’s important to start with the basics and work your way up. It’s also important to develop good habits from the very beginning. This will ease your way to becoming a good drummer.
All good drummers must possess certain basic skills such as how to setup and tune a drum set, how to correctly hold a drumstick, how to count time, how to read drum notes, and so on. All this may sound a bit daunting at first, but if you break it down into manageable steps, it’s quite…well…manageable. Don’t neglect any of these.
Next, you will need a consistent teacher. Yes, you do need a teacher. By that I mean some sort of structured lessons that will guide you every step of the way. 1 on 1 tuition is obviously the best way to go, but don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on private instructors. There are other, much more affordable options, for example – DVDs.
The word to remember when looking for lessons is – consistency. Many beginners, most actually, completely ignore this. They are all over the place, they neglect the fundamentals, they don’t follow well-structured lessons, they get some instructions here, some advice there and then they try to figure things out by themselves. More often than not, they bite off way more than they can chew. The result? Frustration and discouragement.
Believe me, you do need lessons and you need high-quality, well-structured lessons. They will save you time, money, and aggravation, especially if you stick to them from the very beginning. So the main question now is…
Where To Find Them?
I’m going to tell you what I tell all aspiring drummers – Learn & Master Drums with Dann Sherrill. These are the best drumming lessons for beginners and beyond that I have seen so far. And I have seen quite a few.
My advice to you is: don’t waste your time and energy looking for bits and pieces of information all over the internet – if you’re serious about drumming, get yourself some serious instructions and stick with them. If you’re a beginner, choose lessons that are suited for beginners. But remember, even the best drum lessons for beginners won’t help you, if you’re not committed to following them.