Category: Practice

The Best Way To Teach Yourself To Play Drums

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. I share my experience with formal learning and teaching myself to save you time and help you move forward swiftly and easily.

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How to Effectively Practice the Drums and Get Better

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 discuss and clarify:  what is practice and what is not why we practice how to get the most from your practice sessions how to approach your instrument with the right

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How to Build Speed & Control Using the Metronome

Introduction A drummer’s primary job, behind all the ahem…bells and whistles, is to maintain a steady tempo against which the other musicians can regulate and balance their musical phrases. Tempo is primarily decided by two factors: the breathing of the singer and the dancing of the audience. If a song is played too fast, the

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26 Great Drum Songs for Beginners to Practice With

A graded list of beginner songs for new drummers to play along with.
Starting slow, we gradually increase the tempo and add more interesting bass drum patterns.
Whatever your preference for music you should find something here that ignites your enthusiasm.
As beginners we need to learn time-keeping and consistency. These songs have been specifically chosen to help you develop these two key drumming skills.

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How to Accelerate Your Growth By Tracking Your Progress

As we develop, our ability to perceive our progress can become 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 get to grips with how to track your progress.

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Effective Practice

“At the end of every music lesson, my teacher tells me to practice.  What does that mean?”  What is NOT effective practice?  Playing your instrument in between your lessons is the only way to make real progress.  You can’t expect to develop any kind of understanding by just playing in your weekly session.  Music isn’t something we

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The Importance of Playing Slowly

Playing fast is fun.  There’s no doubt about it!  That feeling you get as the adrenaline kicks in, playing your newest pattern at warp speed!  Sometimes it’s the only way to play the pattern; by playing faster, the feedback to your ears is quicker, so you know you’re playing it correctly.  Try and slow it

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