Drum Zen offers you a clear path to rhythmic mastery. Learn to play the drums and discover meditation at the same time.
This site offers tips, tricks and techniques for drummers of all ages and abilities. Explore the philosophy behind playing the drums, learn how to practice effectively and discover how learning your favourite songs and playing them with your friends is the tried-and-tested way to make progress.
This site empowers you to embark on your own drum journey. All the resources you need are literally at your fingertips. Discover how to use the internet to learn to play the drums, how to practice, how to find a tutor and how to start or join a band.
There is a sea of information available on the internet. It can be daunting to know where to start. If you’re going it alone, it might be difficult to know if you’re working on the right things and whether you’re actually making progress. Let me outline exactly what you need to know and the priority with which you should treat each area.
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Learn to Play Drums
Getting started you have two main choices. You can either choose to go it alone or you can choose to seek out a teacher or some kind of guide. It’s quite likely your path may be a combination of the two methods.
I taught myself for six years before studying formally. I’ve decided to share my experience with both methods, hopefully saving you some time.
Which Path Are You On?
I Want to Teach Myself
Everything you need to know about teaching yourself to play the drums. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you already teach yourself, you’ll find plenty of tips and ideas to optimise your practice. Use the following links to designate between Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, or visit the Learn to Play Drums main page.
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Everything you need to know about finding a drum teacher.
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Why We Play
I might be biased, but I’m pretty sure drums are the coolest instrument on the planet to play.
The Benefits of Playing The Drums
Bringing music into your life has many benefits, both direct and indirect. Chiefly, music gives us a way to relax, to concentrate deeply on something and whisk our mind away to another place.
Let’s look at the main benefits we get from playing the drums:
It has been discovered that by synchronising the mind and body, we can naturally reduce the hormone cortisol, which is responsible for stress.
Learning the drums presents many challenges. Some things can take months or years to master. It is precisely because they are difficult that they become so compelling. Looking back at our achievements we feels good. We can reflect and realise how much more capable we are now, compared to say, three months ago.
Keeping a practice diary is a great way to track your progress and gives you a way to remind yourself how far you have come.
Drumming requires you to move your limbs independently to play patterns. You are also required to hit the drums with consistent force and accuracy to produce an even rhythm. Both of these methods train your broader coordination and you may notice an improvement in everyday movements.
Is the coordination difficult?
Over time, each individual movement slowly becomes automatic, to the point where you only have to pay minimal attention to what each limb is playing. If you can drive a car, then you can play the drums. The process for learning is much the same.
Our first connection is with the music we play along to. We can become a part of our favourite bands by re-creating the drum parts. Music brings people together, both as listeners and appreciators of music, and as players.
Most importantly, it has the capacity to ignite your passion and passion is contagious.
Whether you are playing for yourself or hoping to play music with others, music offers a pathway to connect on a deeper level with your surroundings and those around you.
When meditating we are not seeking to remove all thoughts. We are seeking to separate ourselves from them, removing the power they have over our consciousness.
Drumming takes concentration. Learning a new pattern. Engaging completely with a song. They do not leave any space left for the mind to wander. They demand full absorption, giving us a break from the thoughts that occupy our minds during the rest of the day.
The only way to stop thinking about something is to replace the thought with something else. We are incapable of thinking about two separate things at once.
Drumming, particularly on acoustic drums, has a cleansing effect. Being surrounded by vibrations creates that full engagement. All other thoughts subside. We exist completely in the moment in a state of pure creation.
Click here to read more about the deeper practice and meaning behind playing the drums. The benefits to our mental and physical health, the part drums have played throughout history and how music balances the brain and gives a frame of reference for consistent progress in other areas of life.
Study With Sam
I offer one-to-one, private drum lessons over Zoom.
I have taught for over 15 years and helped over 500 students pass grade exams, join bands and bring rhythm into their lives.
Click here to find out what it’s like to study with me.
Hi, I’m Sam Green. A professional drummer living near Wimbledon in South London.
I started teaching in 2005 and since then have guided over 500 drummers to join bands, take grade exams and bring rhythm into their lives.
If you’d like me to help you do the same, click here to read more about how I teach and what I offer.
I started playing at the age of 13 and taught myself for 6 years. At the age of 19, I studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and then went on to study how to teach for 2 years with Drumsense founder, Colin Woolway.
How To Make Progress On The Drums
As we deve, our ability to perceive our progress becomes limited. Enlist some external encouragement and make some notes at the end of your practice session. Your future self will thank you for making your next practice easier and more focussed. Read on and to get to grips with tracking your progress.
In my experience as a teacher, I have encountered great confusion from students about how exactly to practice their musical instrument. In this guide we will
The internet is a fabulous resource for learning but it can be overwhelming. This article helps you understand the importance of consistency and repetition when learning to play the drums and gives you pointers on how to maximise your progress using the resources available.
Introduction Playing a new pattern with the music in front of you, or while watching someone else is one thing. How do we internalise that
*Coming Soon* What Song Should I Learn Next? Photo by Sergey Zolkin