So you want to learn the drums. It’s a good option — everyone these days is a guitarist or a singer. You’ll surely find yourself with a lot of offers from bands.
But how do you get good at drums?
Drums are such a precise, rhythmic instrument. It can seem daunting to try to get great at them. Thankfully, there’s an answer.
This article will walk you through three drumming tips to help you learn how to play conga drums.
Develop a Drum Practice Routine
It’s no secret that to get great a musical instrument you have to practice. Free Piano Sheet Music isn’t like acting — you can’t just walk on stage and face it. Any amateur can just get up on stage and say Hamlet’s lines, not everyone can get up and play Frank Zappa’s The Black Page.
It’s especially important to practice drums. Some singers can get away with natural talent and charm, and some guitarists can rely on their pedals, but as a drummer, you’re the rock of the band.
While this may seem daunting at first, it means that no matter what your “natural” talent is, you’ll be able to get great at drums if you put in the drum practice.
Find A Drum Idol
All art comes from influence. One of the quickest ways to improve at any instrument is to figure out who your favorite drummers are, and pick a few of them to imitate.
The first step is to look at the bands you like. Single out the ones whose songs you’ve noted for their drums. Do some more listens to these bands, and dig into which drummer’s work is your favorite.
Once you’ve found the drum parts you like the most, do some research on those drummers! YouTube has made it easier than ever to find live clips, so you can learn the songs by ear and study the specific techniques the drummers developed.
There’s no shame in having influence. Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham studied everything from the slick Jazz virtuosic jazz stylings of Gene Krupa to the primal bombast of The Who’s Keith Moon.
To rapidly improve at drums, find a favorite drummer.
Find A Good Resource
“Get yourself a teacher” is a bit obvious for an advice article, so instead we’re going to advocate that you find a good resource to educate yourself.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a teacher. A good music teacher will help you improve much faster than you will on your own.
However, no matter if you have a teacher or not, you’re going to need resources. Practice is important, but it’s also important to educate yourself. Resources like music libraries, internet sites, and more experienced friends who are also drummers will help you better interpret your teacher’s lessons, and teach you how to use the skills you’re rapidly developing.
Check out this article on finding a perfect double bass pedal on drummingpalace.com. This site has other articles that you could use as a resource.
Learn the Drums
It’s not easy to learn the drums. You have to find yourself a good resource, find a drum idol, and develop a good drum practice routine.
Thankfully, if you follow these three drumming tips, you’ll be mastering the instrument in no time.
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