5 Must-See YouTube Drum Solos

5 Must-See YouTube Drum Solos

When you’re learning to play drums there’s nothing like an epic drum solo to inspire you and keep you motivated to practice. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced drummer, these five videos will get you excited to keep on rocking!

Dylan Elise is a popular YouTube drumming sensation, and has many featured videos. His drum solos feature everything from one-handed snare rolls to 17-stroke rolls, and everything in between. He also uses multiple bounce rolls and flam paradiddles. Here’s one of his many impressive solo videos.

The next video is from a very well-known professional drummer, Travis Barker. Barker’s solos feature a wide variety of rudiments to create a very intense, rhythm-oriented style. Here’s one of his drum solo warm-ups.

You may or may not have heard of this Korean street performer.  Using rudiments in repeating patterns, cymbals, and a bit of showmanship for her fans, she creates a wonderful routine that captivates her audience. Sometimes when you look for the best solos, you can find drummers simply playing for the love of it out on the street.

Seven-year-old drummer Avery Molek is bound to pop up when you search for the world’s best drum solos. He may not be one of the biggest names out there, but he still has plenty of time to get there. Molek uses double drag taps, single stroke fours, and Swiss-army triplets with beautiful finesse.  Here’s Molek playing “Tom Sawyer.”

The last of the amazing drum solos on this list is “The Language of Drumming” by Benny Greb. Greb has a simplistic style that is refreshing and precise, and he sometimes uses a slower, more controlled style rather than simply relying on speed.

There are lots of great resources available if you want to learn drums. With everything from blogs to YouTube channels, drummers have a variety of educational materials at their disposal.

With all the material out there, you’re well on your way to mastering this amazing instrument. To take your skills to the next and learn amazing techniques, however, there’s no substitute for a well-qualified, face-to-face teacher.

What are some of your favorite drum solos? Share them in the comments below.

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Buying Your First Drum Set

Buying Your First Drum Set: A Guide for Beginners

Buying Your First Drum Set

So you or your child has started taking drum lessons and now you need to buy some gear. Not sure which set is the best one for you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here, drum teacher Maegan W. shares her tips for buying your first drum set…

“Which drum set should I buy?” is such a common question for new drummers.  Whether it’s  for yourself, your child, or someone you know, the first drum set can make a world of difference in a beginning drummer’s journey.

There are a few things to consider when deciding which drum set to buy. I’ve been asked over and over, and the answer remains the same: none! Yes, this may be surprising, since drums seem like they’re essential when you’re learning to play, but the bottom line is that it’s too early on to make an informed decision when you first begin playing and learning.

When you’re just starting out, there’s so much work to do on a practice pad alone. I recommend postponing buying a drum set for at least a few months. If there’s still an interest in playing and learning after a few months on a practice pad, which can run anywhere from $20 to $100, then you should look into investing in a drum set. A practice pad can be helpful throughout your entire drumming career, so it’s a great place to start.

Another reason to hold off on buying a drum set is that you, or whoever you’re planning to buy the set is for, will start to develop personal preferences. Drum sets are unique in style and sound, just like any other instrument, and need to be selected according to your goals and tendencies, and these will change as you evolve as a drummer.

If you feel like you have already made up your mind to buy a drum set for yourself or your child, than here are some things to consider.

Practice Environment

What is your practice situation? Do you need to keep quiet? Do you have a lot or a little space? Are there stairs ( easy load in and out?) An electric drum kit may be a good option If you need to play quietly or have limited amount of space.  An acoustic drum set with muting pads may also be a good option if you have unsatisfactory practice conditions.

Budget

Of course, we musicians like to think money doesn’t matter, but it does. An electric kit may also be a good option If you’re still trying to figure out if you or your child will continue playing. Electric drum kits are less expensive and generally include everything you need. When you buy an acoustic drum, you usually have to buy everything (cymbals, stands, throne, pedals, snare, etc.) separately. Also, the base price for a low-end acoustic drum will usually be at least couple hundred dollars more than an electric drum kit.

Intention

If you or your child are in love with the drums, and you know it’s going to be a main focus, than it may be worth investing in a nice kit right away. If this is the case, then acoustic is the only way to go in my opinion. There are so many things like dynamics, finesse, rebounds, feel, and hi-hat technique that can’t be learned or applied on an electric drum kit. Also, playing a live show with electric drums is like driving a go kart vs. a real race car.

No matter which way you go as far as acoustic vs. electric, or high end vs. low end, it’s important to do some research. Go to music stores and try out different sets. Look online at the drummers you admire or the style you’d like to play and see what they use. You will notice most drummers in a particular style or genre generally use similar drum kits.

Finding the right drum set is like falling in love, when its meant to be, you will know!

I hope these tips were helpful, I will try to answer any and all further questions, so leave them below.

Maegan-WMaegan W. teaches drums, songwriting, and more in San Diego, CA. She earned a degree in Percussion from the Musician’s Institute, and has been teaching private lessons since 2004.  Learn more about Maegan here!

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6 Awesome Drum Websites to Help You Practice at Home

6 Awesome Drum Websites to Help You Practice at Home

6 Awesome Drum Websites to Help You Practice at Home

While working one-on-one with lessons are the best way to learn drums, there are also some great online resources you can use to help you practice your skills. Here are six drum websites we recommend so you don’t miss a beat between lessons.

1. Vic Firth Education Resource Center

The Vic Firth Education Resource Center offers an array of learning tools including videos on basic percussion skills, snare drum specific lessons, concert/keyboard percussion skills, marching/world percussion fundamentals and play-along tracks. You can also find great info on drum history and the fundamentals of various drumming styles like jazz, funk, groove, and fusion. The website networks a community of drummers from all percussion specialties, from amateurs to professionals.

Free Drum Lessons

Free Drum Lessons is very well organized and features hundreds of different lesson plans which allow you to progress at your own rate. There are resources for beginning, intermediate, and advanced drummers. From stick grip and equipment, to music theory and play-along exercises, this website is useful for drummers of all ages and skill levels.

DRUMMERWORLD

Drummerworld deems itself an encyclopedia-like website. The site features videos of master drummers from all different genres. In addition to these videos, you can access free drum clinics, a discussion forum, sounds and grooves, and much more. The site is fast and free, and though 50 percent of traffic is from the U.S. and Canada, its reach spans across percussionists and fans in 248 countries.

DrumLessons.com

This site has a free library of video drum lessons on a wide variety of topics. Easily searchable lessons are organized by beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. You can find lessons on everything from “De-Stupefying Your Weak Hand“ to “Expressing Yourself on the Drums”. The site also offers two different DVD-based series lessons and a daily video drum lesson subscription available for purchase.

Play Drums Now

Most of the content on Play Drums Now is free. The main “How to Play Drums” training program allows drummers to improve rapidly to enjoy the fun of playing. Focusing on vital drumming skills, the site provides tons of free, field-tested drum lessons and training books. In addition to the free content, you can also find mini eBook drum lessons on timing, rhythm, grooves and fills for $6 or less. More extensive printed lessons on coordination and layering rhythms are also available for a nominal fee.

Drum Bum

Drum Bum has a searchable database with thousands of free drum lessons and videos spanning every style from beginning to advanced. The site links to hundreds of additional drum websites as well. Need a gift? The website also has t-shirts, clocks, posters, key chains, and tons of other drum-related products.

These six drum websites will help you practice at home and reinforce what you’re learning in your drum lessons. Remember, although the internet is a great resource for aspiring drummers, there’s no substitute for private lessons with a qualified teacher.

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4 Female Drummers Who Totally Rock

4 Female Drummers Who Inspire Us

When you’re learning to play drums, it’s helpful to have some solid musical influences to keep you inspired to work hard. While there are lots of amazing drummers out there, we thought we’d take a look at some of the ladies who are often considered to be among the best female drummers of all time, and who continue to inspire young musicians today.

1.  Maureen “Moe” Tucker

Maureen gained fame and notoriety as the drummer of the seminal ’70s experimental avant-garde band The Velvet Underground. Back in the day, she was often described as “that chick drummer who played standing up.” Her minimalist kit (snare, bass, toms and a mallet), unique approach to drumming, and “keep it simple” philosophy, made her the ultimate role model for all future power drummers.

Moe began playing drums at the age of 19 in 1963. With no formal instruction, she taught herself by playing along with popular songs on a second-hand drum kit.

2. Sandy West

Sandy was the drummer for the first all-girl hard rock band The Runaways. She formed the band with guitarist and lead singer Joan Jett in 1975. Her drumming was powerful, intense, and inspired many musicians who came after her.

In an interview after Sandy’s untimely death, Joan Jett said, “Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer. So underrated, she was the caliber of John Bonham.” Here’s a video of The Runaways song “Cherry Bomb.” You can hear for yourself what made Sandy so special and why she’s still a major influence for both male and female drummers today.

3.  Sheila Escovedo

Better known as “Sheila E,” she is best known for her work with Prince and The Revolution. Her talent and influence span multiple genres including pop, funk, latin jazz, jazz fusion, and rock. Sheila made her debut drumming with the jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson in 1976 at the ripe old age of 19! By the time she was in her early 20′s, she had performed and recorded with numerous musical luminaries including George Duke, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie, and Diana Ross.

Still active today, Sheila continues to influence young drummers across all genres. In 2012, Sheila played alongside Pharell Williams and Hans Zimmer at the 2012 Academy Awards.

4.  Terri Lyne Carrington

Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has had a stellar career in the world of jazz. She has performed with jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz,  Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and many others.

Terri Lyne started playing drums when she was seven years old, when her grandfather gave her a drum set. She progressed quickly, and as a teen, she traveled across the country performing and doing clinics at various high schools and colleges. In 1983, after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she moved to New York and began her career. In the late 1980s, she became the house drummer for “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

Terri Lyne continues to inspire and influence young musicians, she has been teaching at the Berklee College of Music since 2007.

These four women are among the best female drummers in the history of music. They have made a mark on the music world and continue to influence young musicians today. No matter what your aspirations, listen to these women play; you’ll definitely be inspired to continue your own musical journey!

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Drumming 101: 6 Basic Drum Terms You Should Know

Drumming 101: 6 Basic Drum Terms You Should Know

Drumming 101: 6 Basic Drum Terms You Should Know

Learning to play the drums means new equipment, new skills, and new terminology. Here, San Diego, CA drum teacher Maegan W. breaks down some basic drum terms so you can walk the walk and talk the talk…

Whether you’re new to the drumming world or you’re a seasoned pro, these drum terms are the ABC’s that every drummer should know.

1. Rudiments

Rudiments are the different drum patterns that can be used as drills themselves, or turned into music when applied properly to the drum set or drum kit.

There are several different drum rudiments, however, 40 of them have made the cut as the most important and popular rudiments to learn and use. If you want to learn about all 40, Vic Firth has a guide on their website, but for now let’s take a look at some of the most basic rudiments that you will use in your drum lessons.
Before we get started, note that the letters “R” and “L” tell you which drum or hand to play. R = right hand and L = left hand.

The Single Stroke Roll

This is the most basic of all the rudiments. This is what you would naturally play if you just picked up the sticks and started playing. The pattern is R, L, R, L. You lead with your right hand when you play this stroke, and it turns into a roll when the tempo is increased.

Once you have learned the single stroke roll, try to play the same pattern leading with your left hand:  L, R, L, R.

Double Stroke Roll

Now we get into our double strokes. The right and left hand lead will apply here as well. This is where two strokes will be played on each hand R, R, L, L (right hand lead) or L, L, R, R (left hand lead). Double stroke rolls are sometimes called “diddles.”

Paradiddle

The paradiddle is one of the most famous and important rudiments to master. It has several variations and can be applied in so many cool ways. The pattern is R, L, R, R, L, R, L, L. The pattern is all eighth notes.

Now that you have a basic overview of the essential rudiments, let’s take a look at some other common drum terms.

2. Drum Fill

A drum fill, also called a lick or a chop, is a phrase you play to fill in space between sections of a song, or to take you and the band to the next section like the verse, chorus, or bridge.

3. Drum Throne

The seat that the drummer sits on is often referred to as the throne. Yes, just like royalty, the drummer gets a special seat.

4. Traditional and Matched Grip

These terms describe how you hold the drum sticks. In the traditional grip, you hold the left stick like a fork, and the right stick like a wand.

With a matched grip, hold both sticks like a wand with your palms facing down.

5. Groove or Beat

The drum groove or beat, is a rhythmic pattern you play to the music that keeps the time.

6. Tempo

Tempo refers to the time or speed. Sometimes drummers will use a click track or metronome to practice and work on improving their tempo. Some bands and drummers even play live shows with a click track.

The list of drum terms goes on and on, and you will discover a lot more as you continue your drum lessons. If you ever hear a new term that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask someone what it means. You may feel silly at first, but it’s the best way to learn and increase your drum vocabulary.

I hope you enjoyed this and learned a few terms that you can use. Keep on shredding, that means playing drums like crazy!

Maegan-WMaegan W. teaches drums, songwriting, and more in San Diego, CA. She earned a degree in Percussion from the Musician’s Institute, and has been teaching private lessons since 2004.  Learn more about Maegan here!

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5 Ways to Improve Speed and Drum Technique

5 Ways to Improve Speed and Drum Technique

5 Ways to Improve Speed and Drum Technique

Want to play faster and improve your drum technique? Try these tips from Detroit, MI teacher Joshua J. to make your drum practice more effective.

When it comes to learning drums, there are five questions you should ask yourself:

1. What am I learning and why?
2. Is this natural or forced? (Is it relaxed or tense?)
3. Is it easy as pie? If not, then why?
4. Am I making progress?
5. Does it sound the way I want it to?

Speed is a big thing for drummers. It’s impressive and it just looks awesome. Using these five questions, let’s make a practice routine that will not only give you more speed, but better tools to improve your drum technique.

1. What Am I Learning and Why?

Answering this question will help you establish a very clear goal with room for improvement. Since your first goal is speed, find out what is the fastest speed you can comfortably play, and see what that sounds like. After that, your focus should be to play any amount faster, or play a faster version of the previous easy tempo.

A good exercise for this is to play 8 eighth notes with one hand, and four sets of 16ths starting with the opposite hand. Then do the opposite; 8 eighths with the opposite hand and four sets of 16ths with the hand you started with. Do this at a very comfortable tempo, one where you can really feel how your hands move and make it as natural as possible. Make sure that the stick is bouncing. If it’s not bouncing as much as it can without getting out of hand, you will not be able to play faster. No matter what you’re trying to do, let the stick do the work at all times!

2. Is it Natural or Forced?

This question is my personal favorite. No matter what you do, it’s crucial that you are relaxed when you play. If you’re straining to play something, it will sound hard and harsh, and you run the risk of getting hurt. It’s best to not repeat this until you find a better, more natural way to play. Again, I must stress that if you’re gripping too tightly on the stick, you’re making it harder on yourself. Really let the stick bounce and rebound off the head with your hand. This will make the stick and your hand move in unison.

3. Is it Easy as Pie? If Not, Then Why?

If the stick is moving freely with your hand but you can’t reach the goal you’ve set, then you have to ask the question, “is it easy as pie? If not, then why?” What’s the easiest thing you can play that you literally don’t have to think about? What about that makes it easy? Are there any similarities to that and the goal you’re trying to reach?

Let’s say striking the drum at an easy, medium volume twice, once with the left and right, is the first answer. For the second question it could be that you’re only hitting the drum twice. Those two questions are really easy to answer, but it’s the third question where you start to do your problem solving. Playing fast involves striking the drum many times. The motions of striking the drum are the same, just faster. What about that motion makes it easy? Whatever that is, it’s important to maintain that same feeling when you play faster. You know you’ve reached your natural limit when this seems too difficult.

4. Am I Making Progress?

This process of critical thinking and questioning is very valuable when you’re learning drums. During practice, you will mainly be asking yourself questions two and three: Is this natural? Is it as easy as pie? Trying to get the motions to feel natural and easy is the best thing you can do to reach your goal and achieve the sound you desire. Once you’ve accomplished this, you will be able to answer the fourth question because you will be able to see and feel your progress.

5. Does it Sound the Way I Want it to?

Now let’s assume that you’ve answered all of the previous questions. The final question is, “does it sound the way I want it to?” What you’re doing may feel natural and easy, but if you aren’t getting the sound you want, you will still need to make a couple of tweaks. Since you’ve already done the work to make things easy on yourself, it will be that much easier to make these changes. Sound is generally influenced by three factors: evenness, dynamics, and sound quality.

Evenness

If the sound is uneven, make sure you’re playing in similar places on the drum, and that both sticks are the same height and are going the same speed to and from the drum. Also, make sure both sticks are rebounding, and that you’re holding the sticks in similar places.

Dynamics

Stick height, placement on the drum, and rebounding are all very important to manipulate your dynamics. If you want to play fast but soft, then you have to practice playing the natural, quick motion low, and vice versa for playing loud. If you want to play crescendos and decrescendos, you have to have an even staircase effect where your heights get higher or lower while maintaining the natural, easy feel you acquired.

Sound Quality

The question of quality is the tricky one, which is why it’s the last step. In the end, you want your playing to sound good, not just to you but to other people listening as well. If you’re making fluid movements and letting the stick bounce, that’s more than half the battle and things will sound good naturally. With these little tweaks, you’re just fine tuning the work you’ve already done to make it sound “clearer.”  This is similar to clicking “HD” on a gritty YouTube video, but even with that, the video still may not look great. The same goes for your sound. You may be producing nice sounds that sound easy and not hard or harsh, but people may not like the sound you’ve chosen. It’s not any fault of yours, this is how you chose to play and you should be proud of this accomplishment. Let’s say, however, a band director asks you to change your sound; you now have the ability to do that!

You’ve practiced different tempos, and you know your limits. You’ve practiced different dynamics, and you know how to change them. These two elements alone can help you change almost any part of your playing! By simply learning to play faster, you have gained the necessary tools to improve your technique. Remember, everything should feel easy and natural. The stick has to rebound, otherwise it makes it harder on you and it will create a harsh sound.

If you continue to approach each goal with these five questions, you will make significant progress. You can use this method to improve your speed, drum technique, and any other goals you set for yourself. Don’t stop there. As you saw, even within the set questions there were other things you could think about. The more you ask, the more you will find out and the easier the process will become. Being curious will definitely help you grow. As drummers, we hit things. With these principles in mind, we are able to hit things, easily, naturally, and it will sound better, too!

Joshua JJoshua J. teaches drum lessons in Detroit, MI. and is an Orchestra Fellow of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Joshua received his percussion training from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Program, and his Bachelor of Percussion Performance from DePaul School of Music. Learn more about Joshua J. here!

 

 

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How Often Should You Tune Your Drums?

tuning a drum setKeeping your drums in tune is essential for your sound. Here, Seattle, WA drum teacher Mason L. shares his advice for how often you should be tuning a drum set…

 

One of the most defining characteristics of your sound as a drummer is the way your drums sound, so it’s important to keep your drums in tune. Tuning a drum set takes some practice to master, but it is a great skill to have whether you’re just starting to drum or you’re touring and performing professionally. Depending on what kind of music you play, how often you play, and how much your drums move, you may need to tune your drums more often or less often than you think.

What kind of music will you be playing?

All drummers know that a drum set sounds different in a punk band than it does in a jazz band or an indie rock band. Whatever genre you’re playing, listen to some similar music and listen to how the drums sound, if you’re not familiar. Drums sound unique in every style, and they should be tuned according to whatever style you’re playing.

Once you’ve listened to some music from the style you’ll be playing, or if you’re already familiar, analyze what you hear. Does the snare sound high or low, resonant or muted? Are the toms low and thumpy or higher and resonant? Does the bass drum have a pitch or not? Knowing the characteristics of the drum sound in the genre you’re playing and tuning your drums accordingly will help you fit in with new bands and will make you look knowledgeable and experienced.

If you’re thinking about tuning your drum set for the first time, do so as soon as possible. If your drums aren’t already in tune, tuning them will make your drums sound the best they possibly can. When the drums sound the way you want them to, you can remember how they should sound when you tune them again in the future.

How often do you play your drums?

The most likely reason drums go out of tune is because they’re played for a long amount of time. Drums don’t usually go out of tune if they’re not used, unless they sit abandoned somewhere for months. If you practice three times a week, it might be smart to pick a day every week or every other week to tune your drums. Professional touring musicians tune their drums often, at least twice a week, so the drums they play can sound their best for every performance. In the drum corps world, drummers sometimes play for 10 or more hours a day, and it’s not uncommon to tune a drum twice in the same day.

The frequency with which you tune your drums also depends on the style you’re playing and the way you want your drums to sound. It’s easier to maintain a lower, less resonant sound than a higher, resonant one. Some jazz drummers, who usually have higher, more resonant drums, obsess over the way their drums sound, tuning them with the same frequency that guitar players or other string players would. But a punk drummer may not ever tune his kit after he acquires it, because the thumpiness and lower pitches stay in tune easier.

Don’t forget to replace your drum heads every so often

You probably need to change a head when you can’t get the tone you want from the drum, when the head is broken, or when it’s riddled with stick indentations. Drum heads, especially bass drum heads, can be a little expensive, but a head change can make your drums sound their best and feel much better than an older head.

The tone and pitch of your drums define your sound as a drummer, so it is important to keep them in tune. To sound your best, analyze how often you play your drums, how often you move them, and what style you’ll be playing to figure out how often you should tune them. Sometimes drummers take tuning for granted, but tuning a drum set can be refreshing for your ears and rewarding as an amateur or professional drummer.

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Mason L. teaches drums in Seattle, WA. He received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from University of North Texas and has been teaching students since 2011. Learn more about Mason here!

 

 

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6 Surprising Benefits of Learning to Drum as an Adult

learning to drumCurious about drum lessons, but worried you’re too old to get started? As it turns out, there are several benefits that even older adults can glean from learning how to play. Learn more in this guest post by Edmond, OK drum teacher Tracy D...

 

If you are considering learning to drum as an adult, you may have a few questions, among which might be, “Will I be any good?”, “Am I too old?”, or “Is it too late?” Perhaps you’ve heard that one can only attain proficiency at an instrument if he or she learns as a child. If that’s the case, I have some good news! In fact, there are many benefits to be had in learning to drum — no matter what your age. Let’s take a closer look:

The physical aspect

The drum set is a very kinetic instrument, as it requires the use of your whole body. Regular, dedicated play helps improve your coordination, because you use your limbs in differing combinations to make music. It is also beneficial to your sense of balance, because you must be well-anchored to play with power and ease (which is especially true if you make vigorous use of both feet; I cannot recommend that highly enough). The integration of these factors creates a pretty good core workout, and you are building a skill as well. How cool is that?

The intellectual aspect

Did you know that your brain’s neuroplasticity stays intact throughout your whole life? This means that your mind, with active engagement, will continue to grow, learn, and retain new information. Numerous studies have shown that learning new skills helps keep your mind sharp as you age. Other studies have shown that musicians have increased volume in several areas of the brain. If you learn to read music, you also interpret and reproduce the notes that you see, which is a great integrative exercise for the mind and body. The potential for exploration is virtually infinite. As you work out and assimilate progressively advanced concepts, you will find that it becomes even easier to learn new material, which is gratifying indeed!

The spiritual and emotional aspects

One of the most important aspects of playing music is the sheer enjoyment! Playing is such an effective stress reliever, and the higher the level of facility you achieve, the more expression you can pour into your playing. It truly incorporates spirit, soul, and body, and there is nothing quite like it.

In addition, if you already play an instrument, learning to drum will solidify and strengthen your rhythmic sense — and you can bring your melodic knowledge to bear on the kit, as it lends itself quite beautifully. You will also gain a more informed enjoyment of your favorite music through the sharpening of your listening skills. There is also income potential, if you wish to gig or teach.

In sum, if you truly fall in love with this instrument, you will discover numerous treasures along this most rewarding journey, and you will reap tangible benefits all the while. It’s never too late to unearth your passion. I should know. I didn’t pick up a pair of sticks until I was almost 30, and I went on to get a music degree. Enjoy!

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Tracy D. teaches percussion and drum lesson in Edmond, OK, as well as online. She has been playing the drums various bands for more than 13 years, and has also played intermittently with the OKC Community Orchestra for the past five years. Learn more about Tracy here! 

 

 

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How Much Are Drum Lessons for Kids?

3499296495_e6583904f0_b (1)Think you’ve got a burgeoning Tony Williams jamming over there in his bedroom? Playing the drums offers a lot more than the obvious fun factor. Learning how to play an instrument like the drums has many benefits, including increasing your child’s creativity, ability to focus, and coordination. If you’re thinking of booking lessons for your son or daughter but are concerned about costs, don’t let it get you down. Continue reading to learn the average cost of drum lessons for kids, and what factors can affect the price.

Average cost of drum lessons across the U.S.

Private lessons typically run in the $10-30 range for a half hour of instruction. However, experienced or uniquely qualified instructors may charge up to $50 or more.

What factors affect the cost of drum lessons?

  • Training: Instructors with advanced degrees or specialties may raise the cost of drum lessons. This added expertise, however, may help get children started out on the right foot.
  • Experience instructing children: Children learn differently than adults, sometimes requiring specialized teaching methods. Patience is a necessary requirement, particularly for young kids, since it’s much more difficult to keep their attention. Finding a teacher who is both experienced and successful at catering to kids is essential to helping your child achieve his or her musical goals.
  • Where the lesson is held: Lesson location affects the cost of drum lessons, whether they are held at your teacher’s home or studio, your home, or via an online video chat service. Lessons at home may be more convenient, but often cost more as instructors may charge for travel time and mileage. Traveling to the teacher is typically more affordable.
  • Lesson length: This is typically not an issue right off the bat, as beginning lessons are usually short – around 30 minutes – to better accommodate the shorter attention span of children. As lesson duration increases with your child’s skills, however, so will the price.
  • Location: Areas with a higher cost of living will have higher lesson prices than those in smaller, rural locations. If you live in a high-dollar area, consider live online lessons via video chat to save some dough – and take a mini-break from chauffeuring duties.
  • Your child’s proficiency: Beginner instruction often costs less than lessons catered to more experienced drummers. However, don’t neglect to find a teacher with additional experience once your child has achieved essential drumming skills.

Now that you know what to expect, get started by finding a great drumming instructor near you!

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How Much Are Drum Lessons? 4 Factors That Affect the Cost

How Much Do Drum Lessons Cost?When you want to start beginning drum lessons, you’ll find a variety of prices depending on a few factors. While the average price for a half hour lesson can range from $15 to $40, you might not be able to find a private drum lesson instructor at either end of the range. Some of the things that can contribute to how much you’ll end up paying for beginning drum lessons are where you’re receiving the lessons, what city you’re in, and the experience level of your teacher.

First Step: Where are the lessons?

You have a few choices for this one. The least expensive option is to travel to wherever your  drum teacher is. If he or she has a studio or rehearsal space, that might mean a bit of a commute for you every week. The flip side is that the space is already rented out, so your lessons are not going toward an unanticipated cost on the part of your instructor.

Another option is to book lessons with a teacher who can travel to you. While this can be a quite attractive idea if you are having trouble squeezing your beginning drum lessons into your schedule, it can add to the cost. Many teachers will charge for transportation time, or per the mile if they need to commute to a new location. Some instructors don’t give the option to travel away from their studio. Weighing the costs between the two is a great idea before pulling the trigger.

A third option is a decent compromise between the first two. You can take lessons via Skype or other video chat service. While this option can help you manage your time efficiently, the drawback is that you are not in the same room as your instructor during the lessons. If there is a particular technique or pattern that you need to learn, it can be much easier to pick up in person. For that reason, if you need to schedule video lessons, it’s best to still include one to two in-person lessons each month.

Second Step: Where are you located?

If you live in a bigger city or suburban area, chances are that the price for beginning drum lessons will be a little higher than the price for drum lessons in the rural countryside. The upside to the higher price is that you can find a lot more variety in your selection of drum teachers. If you want to focus on concert performance, rock drumming, or even a specialty percussion instrument, you have a better chance of finding what you need in a higher population area.

This isn’t to say that you cannot find a highly qualified instructor outside of a big city. But you have a better chance of finding multiple instructors that suit your needs, and one that can work with your schedule, if you are in a large city (or willing to travel to that city).

Last Step: How experienced is your teacher?

Beginning drum lessons teachers can vary in expertise, from ones still in music school to a professional percussionist with decades of experience. The more experienced the instructor, the higher the lessons price will likely be. As a beginning drummer, you won’t need to find a highly experienced teacher, but you will need an instructor who can teach you the basics of music at a pace that you can absorb.

If you are looking for beginning drum lessons, be sure to visit TakeLessons to search for qualified instructors in your area. Good luck with your studies!

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