Lessons For Beginner Drum Musicians

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

Your First Drum LessonWith 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.

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