Thinking about signing up for beginner drumming lessons? Read on as teacher Lauren P. guides you through five helpful questions to help you prepare…
Maybe you are obsessed with your local rock and roll band or maybe you are mandated to join the school band. Whatever your reason, consider asking yourself these five questions before taking beginner drumming lessons.
What is my end goal?
Before deciding to learn the drums, ask yourself honestly what your end goal is. Do you have to join an elective and think drums are cool or easy to learn? Have you idolized John Bonham since you heard your first Led Zeppelin song? Whether you want stardom or an easy A, the reality is you will need to work hard for both. It is important you are passionate about mastering both music theory and technique or your drums will end up collecting dust in a matter of months. Stay passionate by keeping your end goal in mind and hiring a private drum teacher to hold you accountable for practicing.
Can I soundproof my space?
You can have all the passion in the world, but your parents or neighbors may limit your practice time if they cannot stand the noise. Ask yourself, do you have a basement, attic, garage, or a decently secluded room to practice? Choose a space that is as far away as possible from potentially irritated listeners. Rooms with thick carpets, curtains, and wall hangings also absorb sound. Ask your parents or housemates’ consent to let you play during specified times of day. Reassure them that additional measures can be taken to “mute” the sound of your drums. Some examples include: placing a pillow or bundled fabric in your bass drum and toms, lining the underside of your drum heads with masking tape, or even playing on a drum pad.
How free is my schedule?
How much time can you realistically set aside every day to practice in between your beginner drumming lessons? Hopefully at this point you want to spend every waking moment learning to play the drums. You need to keep the momentum going by scheduling drum practice just like you would any formal class or appointment. Setting aside time to practice for 20 minutes every day is better than playing for three hours every Sunday. Sticking to a schedule also reduces the likelihood you will “run out of time” or forget to practice.
What can I afford?
You do not need thousands of dollars to buy an expensive, new drum set. Search the Internet or look up a local instrument shop to find an affordable drum set. Better yet, seeif you have any friends or family members who have unused drums. Send out a mass email or social media post: Explain your interest in finding a used set of drums and that you are willing to negotiate price. A family-friend may love to have you take their drums for little to no fee.
How do I find the right drum teacher?
To really commit to learning to play the drums well, you need a private teacher to help you learn music theory and technique. Ask yourself what days and times you can commit to taking lessons. The only way to improve and hold yourself accountable is to find a teacher you enjoy working with at a consistent time every week.
Now that you have considered the right questions to maintain your passion and commitment to learning the drums, good luck getting started with your beginner drumming lessons!
Lauren played concert snare drum and the drum set for five years and acted as a private teacher for the snare drum and drum set for three years. Currently she tutors various subjects in New York, NY. Learn more about Lauren here!
Photo by Jeff Pioquinto, SJ