Is It Easy to Learn to Play the Drums?

Many people think that the drums are the hardest instrument to learn.  They certainly might be right.  Playing the drums takes not only skill but a huge amount of practice.  It is more than just hitting things with two sticks.  However, if you really want to learn to play the drums and you go about it the right way it is certainly achievable.

Do You Have the Skills?

To play the drums successfully you need a certain amount of skills.  You definitely need to be coordinated, and you need rhythm and a sense of timing.  These are not really skills you can learn.  You need to have them before you start.  However, even if you are not the most coordinated of people, you can still learn to play the drums to a satisfactory standard.

Have A Plan.

There are many types of drumming.  So, listen first.  Listen to the music of the best drummers and join some forums.  Listen to the music you like and decide the drummer you want to be.

Have Some Patience.

To learn to play the drums is a long process.  Don’t rush into it hoping to be proficient by the end of the week.  You will be disappointed.  You will need patience and dedication and above all some hard work.  It may actually take you years to get to a suitable level.  But don’t be disappointed if this is the case, and don’t give up too easily.

Hire A Teacher.

You can try to learn alone, and watch some YouTube videos, but the best way by far is to learn from a professional.

  • If you have ever tried learning something from a book or video, you will know how easy it is to start off learning the wrong technique.  Once you’ve learnt the wrong way it is extremely difficult to change.  Having a good teacher will start you off with a good technique.
  • It is far easier to learn and achieve the correct posture when you have somebody watching and correcting you.
  • You are more likely to practice if you have a weekly session with somebody who will hold you accountable.
  • Your teacher can provide or recommend learning material and resources to help your progression.
  • As a beginner, tuning your drum kit is quite complicated.  Your teacher can help you find the method that you are comfortable with.
  • The basics. Your teacher will not let you move onto more complex drumming until you have mastered the basics.  Although this may be frustrating at the time, this will make you a better drummer in the long run.

Keep It Simple.

Like anything when you’re learning don’t try to run before you can walk.  Master the simple techniques first before you move on to more complicated ones.  Otherwise, you are just setting yourself up to fail.  You want to start off slowly with an easy routine that you can stick to.  Regular small bites of time are better than one long weekly session.

Where to Play.

You probably already know, but drums are loud.  If you are going to practice at home, where are you going to play?  You need to ensure you have somewhere for your daily practice before you antagonise your neighbours and family members.

Buying Some Drums.

Buying a set of drums is not something you should do without some advice.  Even if you are looking for a basic drum kit for beginners, Drumkit Digitalhas excellent equipment reviews and detailed buying guides.  Just remember that you don’t need to buy the top of the range kit if you are just starting out.  The best thing to do is to buy yourself a starter kit.  That way, you’ve got the basics you need without unwanted additional items.

Always remember that a drum kit can be upgraded in the future.  You are not stuck for life with the first kit that you buy.  You can add to and modify almost anything on a drum kit.  Don’t forget that your teacher can give you suggestions and recommendations.

Practice Makes Perfect.

As with anything you learn, you need to practice.  Practice, practice, practice.  It will be difficult for you to reach an acceptable level without sufficient practice.  Work out if you will have sufficient time before you start learning to play the drums.  Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, your drumming practice needs to be a priority in your life.

Too Old to Learn?

Drumming is one of those things that many adults wish they had learnt at a young age.  But are you ever too old to learn?  The answer is no, you can learn at any age.  You may never become one of the greats, but you can still have some fun.  And that is what it should be about.  Learning the drums will also improve your coordination and balance, and provide you with a workout.  Plus, it is an excellent way to relieve stress.

Whether learning to play the drums is difficult or not, is really up to you.  If you really commit yourself to learning the drums, stay patient, and you practice regularly, you are setting yourself up for success.  Just remember to start out simple and don’t frustrate yourself trying to learn things that are too complex for your ability. If you want it enough, you can learn to play the drums well. Whatever your age.