Just like many instruments out there, you don’t need raw talent to be amazing. The most important thing is you stick to that instrument and practice on a regular basis. I must admit that I have never picked up an instrument and been able to play anything decent sounding for some time. It took practice and long hours of playing. Starting with the drums is not different. It isn’t a hard instrument to learn, it takes time to learn rhythm and notes. So lets take a look at some of the things you will need to get started playing.
Online Drum Lessons for New Players
With every instrument you want to start of as cheap as possible to see if it is a good fit for you. Why spend the money on something that is gonna sit in the corner? Besides, drum sets take up a lot of room in the corner. If you feel that you are serious enough to get started I would recommend that you try to find a set second hand. Either check at the local music store or online. Most people are easy to deal with and usually they will include drum sticks and learning materials with your purchase.
If you are flat broke then the best solution is a practice pad. You can find these for as little as 15 to 20 bucks and the only other thing you will need is drum sticks. If you live in an apartment or have room mates, then this is by far the best option. There are many free resources out there like Music Nuke Blog and others that have music and video lessons. These lessons were never meant to replace a music teacher. I always recommend at least supplementing your learning with a few live music lessons if your budget is limited.
Getting Started with Your First Lesson
In the lessons above you will find that before playing, that is always a good idea on how and where to hold your drum sticks. There are more than one grip that you can use for different techniques and this is discussed perfectly here. You don’t want your arms to do all the work. Let gravity play a role in your playing as well. Another thing that is not discussed in many videos is the importance to warm up and stretch. Drumming can become pretty intense so it is always a good idea to reduce injury by playing a few rudiments and stretching out your back, arms, legs, and shoulders.
I would recommend reviewing the video a few times to get a good idea of how to drum in this lesson. Learning proper technique will be the most important thing in the beginning. Why spend time down the road to unlearn bad habits? If you are struggling or need to ask a specific drum question, I would reach out to Spencer Smith to get any of your questions answered. He has been kind enough to help me and he can always point you in the right direction. Please let us know how your lessons go and don’t give up on your dreams.
The trumpet can be very rewarding to play and we have included some beginners guides on how to get started. The trumpet may look simple to play, but it takes years of practice before you will be able to become a master. Don’t let that stop you from playing trumpet though. First off, lets look at some of first steps you will take.
In the video above, you will learn how to hold the trumpet correctly. This is very important to learn correctly the first time. Learning proper habits will make or break you down the road. Holding yourself correctly while playing will help you have enough air to play. The trumpet takes a lot of air to play. Another key element is the embouchure. This is the position your mouth and lips will hold while you play.
This is a great video for you to learn notes on the trumpet. If you haven’t already picked up a trumpet, I recommend borrowing one or going to a music store to rent one. This will give you the chance to learn the instrument and see if the trumpet is right for you. I would not recommend purchasing a trumpet unless you are committed and can practice at least 3 times a week.
Taking Time to Play the Trumpet and Follow Along
Most videos are free online and easy to follow. Basic finger positions and practices are your best bet when you are getting started. For motivation it is always a good idea to join a local music band or jazz band to keep you moving forward once you get good enough to sign up. Even though there is a lot of free resources out there, it is probably a good idea to start by looking for a music instructor. They will be able to watch you play and give you in the moment feed back. Remember to go easy on yourself and have fun.
Everyone learning an instrument has had the struggle of looking for a music teacher at one point and time. You may be at the point where you are not sure where to look because there are so many instructors in your area. The good news is, you are not alone on your hunt for the perfect teacher! Now, if you live in a rural area you may have a bit harder of a time finding a music teacher locally. We have outlined some ideas for you in the post below on how you can start looking today.
Finding a Music Teacher Online
It is easier and easier to find music teachers online and use programs like Skype to interact with one another. This may not be the perfect solution for you but if you live in the countryside, this may be your only option. If you play a well known instrument like the guitar, you will find many people online willing to teach you. Places like live music tutor have instructors online waiting to help you. The benefit of this website is that you can see how well people are rating the teachers you might select.
If you are in any major metro area, you will have more of a selection for you. This will help in more competitive markets as well because you will not have to pay as much for music lessons. There are plenty of good websites out there that have local instructors available with reviews. I would recommend doing some research before selecting your music teacher. Sometimes less expensive instructors are not as good as others either.
If you can’t find reviews online or haven’t heard of the teacher, ask for some referrals. They should be able to provide you with many if they have been teaching for a long period of time. Ultimately, if you are looking for a long term teacher it is good to schedule a one on one meeting with them. This will allow you to use your intuition when meeting them. It isn’t in anyone’s best interest if you pay for music lessons that you end up dreading.
Other Resources for Music Instructors
Another great place that is overlooked is your local music store. Usually you have seasoned musicians working there that play many instruments. They will know many of the local artists and will be able to tell you who would be good to teach you. Also, if the music store is well established they will have music lessons available in the store. This will give you a safe environment to learn in and will be managed by the store. Safety should always come first when you going to meet someone new for the first time.
No matter your budget, there is always a teacher out there for you. There are so many good resources out there for you to learn from. Even if the resources are free, it will help you get your feet wet. Remember to make sure to research your instructors before making any final decisions and always have fun with your music.
There are many things a teacher can accomplish in the classroom. We have included a video that helps give a better understanding of what to expect in today’s world. This website was designed to help assist students and teachers alike.