02 Mar 5 Practical Tips and Tricks To Improve Your Drumming Skills
Learning the fundamentals is just the first step; taking your skills up a notch requires dedication and hard work. Beyond practising your paradiddle and working on your rhythm, you may be wondering what you can do to take your drumming skills to the next level. In this drummer’s edition, we will be going through how you can improve on your skills!
1. Your fundamentals are key
You may be tempted to take on more challenging rhythm as you progress and commit those beats to memory. It is all well and good to execute a complex drum piece by heart, but this does not mean you will be able to stand out from the crowd.
To stand out in a sea of drummers, try to develop your unique style. To do that, a solid grasp of the fundamentals is vital. Remember to practise and work on the rudiments. Try practising with a metronome as well, to the point where your body automatically moves to the beat. It is all about committing it to muscle memory.
2. Quality vs quantity
It’s not about the number of hours you put in but what you do during practice that matters. The countless hours spent practising can all go down the drain if you’re still committing basic errors and utilising the wrong techniques.
If you are struggling with the basics, it’s best to seek a music school that offers courses on drumming. You will be guided by expert music teachers who can provide you with plenty of resources to help your practice. For instance, videos can be a useful teaching aid – whereby the video’s speed can be slowed down so that you can get a clearer look at the drummer’s technique. Once you have a better understanding of where you are going wrong, you can head work on your techniques.
3. Don’t be afraid to take it slow
Being faster does not always mean you are better. Playing the drum at such a fast pace can it be very draining on your stamina. There may also be a higher risk of missing a beat if you play too quickly. Take the time to memorise the piece, don’t be afraid to slow things down, listen closely to every note and commit them to memory.
4. Have a proper plan in place
During drum practice, always have a goal in mind. Start by identifying your weaknesses and come up with a plan to tackle the issues. Start by keeping things simple before gradually working your way towards the more challenging tasks once you are confident in your skills. It is also advisable to have a realistic time frame for your plan and to commit to it.
5. Keep an open mind
Hard work may be important, but it is not the be-all and end-all for improving your drumming skills. Always try to broaden your horizon and try out a variety of music genres. Be a sponge and try and absorb as much information as you can when given the opportunity.
Improving your drumming skill takes time and effort. Everyone has their learning curve, and what works for one drummer may not work for another. Always be open to experimenting and don’t be afraid to dedicate the time to hone your skills.
Hopefully, the tips we have shared can help you on your drumming journey. If you are an aspiring drummer who is unsure where to begin, we welcome you to join our group drum lessons and learn with like-minded folks! It’s definitely more fun to learn with others as you interact and bond over your shared musical interests. We also provide group guitar lessons if you are keen in picking up another musical instrument and expand your skillset!